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Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine (also referred to as meth, crystal, and ice, etc.) is an addictive stimulant that is chemically similar to amphetamines (speed.) Meth usually takes the form of a clear or white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder or rock-like appearance.

Using even a small amount of meth can lead to many similar physical effects as other stimulant drugs, such as cocaine. Meth used to be mostly homegrown in clandestine labs in the U.S., but now much of the meth on the street has been imported from Mexico.

Signs of Meth Use

Meth use significantly impacts a user’s brain and body. These effects are often noticeably present in a number of areas of his or her life. It is not uncommon for frequent meth users to exhibit these behavioral signs of addiction:

Loss of interest in hobbies or activities once considered important
Neglect of relationships
Isolating from others and change in social groups
Risky financial behavior, such as using savings to buy meth
Criminal behavior, such as stealing money or items in order to buy meth
Obsessive focus on a certain task, just as cleaning or organizing
Forgetting important dates or events
Clumsiness
Distracted behavior in social situations
Risky and impulsive sexual behavior
Erratic sleep patterns, such as insomnia
Hyperactivity and extremely high energy, talkativeness
Extreme loss of appetite
Displaying a tic or repetitive behavior, such as pulling hair or picking at a particular spot on the skin
Increased aggressive or violent behavior

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Symptoms of Meth Use

Meth abuse can result in a wide variety of physical and psychological effects as their entire body is adversely impacted by the drug.

The following are common physical symptoms of meth addiction:

Sudden or extreme weight loss
Extreme sweating
Irregular breathing
Nosebleeds
Slow-healing sores
Dilated pupils
Burns, especially on lips or fingers
Track marks on arms
Rotting or broken teeth (also known as “meth mouth”)
Bad breath
Premature skin aging

The following are common psychological symptoms of meth addiction:

Paranoia
Anxiety and agitation
Nervousness and fidgeting
Mood swings
Depression
Hallucinations
Belief there are insects crawling under the skin

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Treatment for Meth Addiction

Our center consists of an experienced team of qualified medical and mental health professionals that can develop a customized plan to help you overcome meth addiction. Our program includes a variety of evidence-based approaches, including behavioral therapy, counseling, and group support.

Recovery from meth abuse is possible if you have the right tools to identify and cope with addiction triggers and maintain sobriety long-term. Our center can provide you with those tools and help you regain your life!