Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment in Florida
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Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is a powerful stimulant drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine last year. The average age of methamphetamine users is just 19 to 20 years old. Unfortunately, meth is also one of the deadliest drugs. Many experts consider methamphetamine the most addictive drug in existence. It causes a wide range of health problems, both physical and emotional. Quitting is difficult, but it is not impossible.
If you are using methamphetamine, there is help. At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, you can get the treatment you need to get healthy and stay healthy. Our crystal meth addiction treatment program incorporates a wide range of holistic therapies and treatments that address the causes and consequences of abuse.
Street Names for Methamphetamine
Poor Man’s Cocaine
Methamphetamines are sold as a pill or powder. Crystal meth gets its name from its appearance. It looks like glass or a shiny crystal rock.
Holistic Meth Addiction Treatment
JourneyPure Emerald Coast provides comprehensive meth treatment to individuals of all ages in residential and outpatient settings. Our qualified, compassionate staff members have extensive training and certifications in evidence-based medicine, detox medicine, dual diagnosis treatment, 12 Step counseling, alternative therapy and aftercare. As one of the leading meth treatment programs in Florida, you or your loved one will find the care and comfort needed to start a brand new life. The benefits of getting treatment include:
Help with detox. For many recovering people, the earliest hurdles of meth withdrawal are too high to overcome. Relapsing during withdrawal can lead to serious or even deadly consequences, which is why getting professional detox assistance is smart. JourneyPure Emerald Coast can help you or your loved one get through withdrawal, safely and comfortably.
Help with a co-occurring condition. People who abuse drugs such as meth often suffer from an undiagnosed mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar or ADD/ADHD. With help from the qualified professionals at JourneyPure Emerald Coast, relief from the treatable symptoms of these conditions is available — and that may make relapse less likely.
Evidence-based treatment. The professionals at JourneyPure Emerald Coast believe the exciting advances in addiction medicine can benefit troubled individuals. You’ll get the benefit of the newest techniques while working through the oldest and most respected counseling program in the world.
12 Step Counseling. The 12 Steps, first developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, has produced more sober success stories than any other treatment or therapy. JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers time proven 12 Step-based programs, in addition to several alternative programs, that assist with meth treatment.
Aftercare. Many clients worry about what will happen when they return to life in the “real” world. JourneyPure Emerald Coast provides an attentive and effective aftercare program that gives newly sober clients a helping hand when they return home.
Methamphetamine was originally an FDA-approved drug. Doctors prescribed it to treat attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Today, there are newer medications with fewer side effects. Doctors rarely, if ever, prescribe meth. Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug. This means people manufacture it in a laboratory. You can make it from many commonly available items, which is why it’s profitable for drug dealers to make and sell. Users smoke, snort or inject crystal meth. The results are almost immediate and create a strong high. The high is so strong, in fact, that it is very easy to get addicted quickly to meth.
Effects of Crystal Meth Addiction
Meth’s effects are immediate and strong. It causes a surge of dopamine, a powerful brain chemical related to pleasure. The euphoria and rush of pleasurable feelings lasts for a long time. Over time, however, meth destroys the dopamine receptors in the brain, making users unable to feel any pleasure at all. This damage may be irreversible. Crystal meth’s immediate effects on the body include:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased alertness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Raised temperature
Using meth for long periods rewires the brain’s pleasure centers, “burning” them out, so they either have to regrow or, in some cases, are permanently damaged. Meth also damages the body’s blood vessels, which leads to horrific tissue damage in the face and mouth. “Meth mouth” — broken, decayed or missing teeth — is caused by a combination of tissue and blood vessel damage as well as people grinding their teeth, one of the side effects of meth. The tissue damage leads to sores that don’t heal, facial changes and skin diseases. Heart damage can also result from constant high blood pressure. Meth users are also at a high risk for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C due to sharing needles and risky sexual behavior. Meth is a very powerful stimulant. While under the influence of meth, people can become so agitated that they become violent. Because their brains are affected, some meth users even seem to undergo personality changes while they’re under the influence of crystal meth.
Why Meth Is So Addictive
Methamphetamine forces brain receptors to release massive amounts of dopamine into the limbic and cortex areas of the brain by preventing brain cells from holding onto dopamine. Responsible for controlling emotion, memory, learning and pleasure, these brain regions quickly become accustomed to excess dopamine making them euphoric all the time. Crystal meth withdrawal symptoms kick in full force when the addict denies the brain its dopamine. Over time, users who smoke methamphetamine inflict serious damage their brain cells, making it more difficult for them to get high, unless they inject the drug directly into their veins.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Crystal Methamphetamine
Meth withdrawal symptoms may not happen for 30 to 90 days after the last dose of meth. Cravings for meth can be so strong that users will do almost anything to get another hit, including stealing from family and friends, committing a crime or even harming another person.
Commonly reported meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Acute depression accompanied by possible suicide ideation
- Anxiety and irritability
- Extreme fatigue
- Inability to focus or concentrateParanoid thinking
Some crystal meth effects on the body may be irreversible if the addict does not receive treatment in time. For example, permanent weakening and damage of blood vessels may induce hypertension and heart disease. Long-term meth snorters may suffer destruction or gangrene of nasal passages. Tooth decay due to eating only sugary foods and neglecting dental hygiene inevitably leads to extensive tooth loss in meth users. Finally, brain damage similar to damage seen in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients may permanently render a crystal meth addict unable to take care of themselves without assistance.
Crystal Meth Withdrawal Treatment in Florida
Although no medications have been approved by the FDA to address crystal meth addiction (such as Antabuse for alcoholism), some antidepressants may help with regulating moods and relieving depression. Antidepressants such as Zoloft, Celexa, Effexor and Wellbutrin may be prescribed to those suffering from severe depression and anxiety during and after the withdrawal phase of treatment.
Research into the effectiveness of newer antipsychotic medications indicate they may be helpful in controlling paranoid delusions and abnormal thought patterns affecting people in meth withdrawal. Also referred to as “second generation” psychotic medications, atypical antipsychotics (AAP) block dopamine pathway receptors in the brain just as older antipsychotics do. However, AAPs do not cause the tremors or muscle rigidity produced by older psychotic medications.
We Can Help You or a Loved One Defeat a Crystal Meth Addiction
JourneyPure Emerald Coast interventionists have extensive experience with developing personalized crystal meth withdrawal treatment programs. Our intervention techniques are based on years of successfully helping meth addicts with caring and compassionate recovery programs featuring medically supervised detoxification and superior therapeutic approaches to mental illnesses, personality disorders, past traumas and emotional issues that often lie at the bottom of a long-term meth addiction.
Our staff is knowledgeable in addiction recovery. You’ll work with both licensed therapists and recovery coaches who can help you chart your own unique path to recovery. We offer unique, individualized holistic meth rehab that can help you recover from a methamphetamine addiction. During your stay with us, you’ll benefit from individual and group counseling, healthy meals, exercise and experiential therapies to help you heal your body, mind and spirit from meth addiction.