Drug addiction can happen quickly with serious drugs in any shape or form and at The Villa Treatment Center, we see it every day. Clients check into our facility, move through dual diagnosis and detox, wondering how their lives reached this point. We understand that addiction can take control of your life, from the smallest things to everything that was once important such as family, nutrition, work and finances. Methamphetamine can drastically change lives and is considered one of the most addicting and dangerous drugs on the market today.
What is methamphetamine?
This drug is the reason you have to scan your ID before purchasing nasal decongestants. Meth (methamphetamine) is made from over the counter drugs with pseudoephedrine as the active ingredient. Because of the way meth is processed with lab crafted impurities, it is one of the most unsafe since many of the contents that go into each batch are unknown. Like heroin, methamphetamine is a white powdered substance that can be snorted, smoked and injected. Unlike heroin, methamphetamine can also be taken orally and dissolved into certain liquids like water and alcohol.
Possible Meth Ingredients:
- Anhydrous ammonia
- Motor oil
- Starting fluid
- Pipe cleaner
- Variety of acids (sulfuric or hydrochloric acid)
- Red phosphorus
- Sodium hydroxide
- Crystal iodine
- Lighter fluid
Can you imagine these things in your body? The chemical composition of meth is difficult to detect, and the fact that people are not aware of what’s in it is why it’s scary to imagine taking.
Quick High, Long-Term Negative Effects
The duration of the high associated with meth is very short compared to other drugs and has to be frequently taken for the individual to feel that high the same way, if not stronger each time. Tolerance is built relatively quickly with the frequency of use and causes an incredible amount of long-term damage within the body physically, psychologically and emotionally. Meth directly interacts with the central nervous system as a potent stimulant that drastically alters moods, memory, and function.
Influence on brain function is high with meth as it changes the overall structure of the brain. The reason for this is that meth blocks tiny dopamine receptors in the brain which causes the nervous system to produce high levels continuously present in the body. This drug is one of the only drugs that doesn’t break down quickly through metabolic processes, so although the effects the user feels are short, the drug remains in the system building up over time.
Physical and psychological effects of meth:
- Structure and function of the brain
- Functional motor skills offset
- Mood swings with depression, anger and euphoria in high levels
- Breakdown of the immune system
- Psychological issues such as paranoia, hallucinations
- Loss of memory
- Tooth decay
At The Villa Treatment Center, we want our clients to understand the severity of this addiction to meth and to know that we can help them overcome it. Long-term effects of methamphetamine can leave a person affected for the rest of their lives if it’s not treated as soon as possible. Meth can effect addicts even after they’ve stopped taking it for months to years, depending on how long they used. The incredible neurodegenerative effects are alarming as those suffering from years of addiction developed psychological conditions that produce hallucinations, voices, intense mood swings and other false physical stimulation. Studies have shown that long-time meth users develop Parkinson’s disease fairly early.
Treatment at The Villa Treatment Center
Upon checking into our welcoming, compassionate treatment center, our intake counselors will talk with clients about their condition and medical history. Once admitted a therapist will conduct dual diagnosis to find out if there are any concurring mental health conditions and if other addictions are present. As our counselors learn more about each client, they will draft a recovery plan based on their own personal needs. Our residential treatment program is ideal for methamphetamine abuse treatment, and we recommend at least ninety days for recovery.
Combination treatment using behavioral, cognitive and alternative therapies is the best option after detox and dual diagnosis. Because of the difficulty for clients to overcome this strong addiction to meth, we offer familial support and treatment to help clients develop a sound foundation at home. Training family members to understand the nature of meth addiction and how to help their loved one during times of stress can keep any relapse at bay.
If you or your loved one is experiencing methamphetamine addiction and needs help now, call The Villa Treatment Center. We meet you where you are and work to help clients free themselves from addiction in a safe and comforting environment. Let us help you get back to the important things in life.