Recognizing And Treating Meth Addiction

Recognizing And Treating Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine acts as an addictive drug and has a stimulant (energizing). It comes as a pill or a powder. It can also be snorted as a powder.

Crystal methamphetamine tends to be pale in color. It looks almost like fragments made of glass and rocks. It is smoked through a pipe.

The intense high produced by methamphetamines fades rapidly and leaves you feeling euphoric. Easy withdrawal can cause emotional and physical problems, including insomnia. Meth addiction treatment often involves a pattern of meth binging over several days followed by a crash.

Which Side Effects Are There?

Even in small doses, methamphetamines are extremely potent. It has similar effects to other stimulants, like speed and cocaine. Side effects include

Mood:

  • Feeling Exhilarated
  • Feel Confident And Empowered
  • Euphoria
  • Emotions “Blunted” Or Dulled
  • Increased Sexual Stimulation
  • Agitation

Behavioral:

  • Talkativeness
  • Enhanced Social Interaction
  • Increased Aggression
  • Bizarre Behavior
  • A Lack Of Social Awareness

Physical:

  • Increased alertness/wakefulness
  • Blood pressure increases
  • Increasing body temperature ( hyperthermia).
  • Increased oxygen intake
  • Appetite loss
  • Racing heartbeats or any other irregularities
  • Fidgeting and physical activity are increasing

Psychological:

  • Absence of inhibitions
  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia

The first step in recognizing any misconceptions you might hold about substance use or addiction is to acknowledge them. It is important to recognize that substance abuse changes brain structure and chemistry. This makes it increasingly difficult to stop using the drug.

Consider carefully the best way to communicate your concerns. A positive outcome is not guaranteed if you are considering an intervention.

Interventions can be used to motivate a loved one to seek treatment. A confrontation-style intervention can sometimes lead people to withdraw from their loved ones because of shame, anger, or withdrawal. In some cases, a friendly conversation can be a better option.

It is important to be ready for any possible outcome. The loved one could deny ever having a problem and refuse to seek help. It is worth looking for additional resources or joining a support group to help family members and friends who are suffering from addiction.

How To Help If You, Your Loved Ones, Need Help?

You or your loved ones are ready to get help. It might be beneficial to bring a friend, family member, or another support person along. They can help you begin the journey to recovery.

Many people begin with a visit to the doctor. They can also refer you to a treatment facility and answer any queries you might have.

How To Expect Detox?

  • Anxiety
  • Seize the moment
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Sex pleasure has declined
  • Feeling depressed
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Increased appetite
  • Insufficiency of energy or fatigue
  • Motivation is lacking
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

Research suggests that methamphetamine withdrawal follows the same pattern. Within 24 hours after the last dosage, symptoms appear. These symptoms peak 7 to 10 days after abstinence. They will disappear within 14-20 days.

Detoxification (or detox) is a procedure that helps you to stop taking methamphetamine. A detox can also help ease withdrawal symptoms.

An initial evaluation and screening test for other medical conditions will be done before you begin to detox.

Your doctor will prepare you for treatment when the drug is out completely.