Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment
The treatment for crystal meth addiction is detox. The Cravings for meth begin almost immediately and last for at least the first few days. During this time, your loved one will also experience fatigue and depression.
During the detox time, the patient also experiences mental symptoms including mood swings, difficulty concentrating, paranoia, and, at times, hallucinations. Physical symptoms include restlessness, increased appetite, and various aches and pains. These symptoms start to taper off. Cravings and moodiness can continue past detox, as can brain impairments.
Most meth addicts require extended inpatient rehab in a residential facility for a specific period. During this time, patients receive group and individual counseling to help understand their own addictive behaviors and to learn strategies for coping with their addiction once they return to their normal lives.
Signs & Symptoms of Meth Addict
Physical signs and symptoms of crystal meth use start showing up right away in the body of an addict. Take a look at some of the key physical signs of use:
- Loss of weight
- Increased physical frailness
- Sores that appear like extreme acne on the face
- Tooth decay
- Droopy skin on the face
- Tremors and convulsions
- Extreme scratching
- Increased body temperature
Overdose Effects of Crystal Meth
Crystal meth overdose results in an over-stimulation of the nervous system that is always dangerous and can be fatal. If you suspect that your loved one is in the middle of an overdose, look for the following signs:
- Extreme paranoia
- Seizures and even stroke
- Difficulties with breathing
- Kidney failure
- Extreme agitation
- Dangerously high body temperature
While acute overdose is extremely dangerous, over-stimulation to the nervous system also occurs over time in what some consider to be a chronic overdose. With chronic overdose, long-term use of crystal meth results in the same sorts of physiological and psychological symptoms.
Anyone experiencing a crystal meth overdose requires immediate emergency medical attention.
Treatment for Crystal Meth Addiction
At Health Republic, it is important to us that we provide our patients and their families with reputable sources. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing their meth addiction with their doctor in fear of feeling shame or blame. Because of that stigma associated with addiction, it is important for us to provide information that you can count on.
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