Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that provides a sense of elation for the user at an enhanced level that makes normal pleasure levels seem like a letdown. Methamphetamine was initially developed for medicinal use in the early 1900s. However, addiction can set in with non-prescribed, non-controlled use when people are introduced to the drug by friends, loved ones, or total strangers. When addiction is beginning, the person makes repeated attempts to regain the substance-assisted high and begins to use meth more frequently and in higher doses.
Meth rehab and addiction treatment is the most successful to avoid relapse, overdose, and meth-related death.
Northpoint Recovery is here to help Colorado recover from meth addiction. Our Loveland clinic treats co-occurring disorders and meth addiction. To learn more about our inpatient and outpatient meth rehab programs, call us now at 970.579.4569 to learn more about substance abuse treatment we offer.
Symptoms of Meth Use
Methamphetamine, or meth, is a white powder stimulant drug. Meth speeds up the brain and body’s processing speeds. Meth enters and leaves the bloodstream quickly. By speeding up messages in the brain, a person may seem more alert as a rush of dopamine is released. Side effects of meth use include:
- Erratic behavior
- Fast heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
Physical symptoms of meth use include:
- Dilated pupils
- Skin sores from picking during paranoid episodes
- Rapid eye movement
- Burns, particularly on the lips or fingers
- Tooth loss
- Extreme weight loss
A meth high happens quickly. The drug enters the bloodstream quickly through snorting, smoking, or injecting. The high, however, doesn’t last long. This intense rush makes meth highly addictive. Some people develop addiction after their first use.
Dangers of Meth Use
Meth and crystal meth (concentrated meth powder in crystallized form) can cause irreversible damage. Meth overdose frequently causes heart attack, stroke, seizures, and kidney disease. Because meth is often made in home labs, it’s hard to know what other drugs and binders are used to make it. This can cause other health problems, increase addiction rates, and lead to death.
Smoking meth causes tooth decay and loss. Injecting meth can cause collapsed veins and increase the risk of blood-borne pathogens from needle sharing. Smoking meth can cause permanent damage to lung tissue.
Meth Addiction Rehab
Northpoint Colorado’s inpatient drug rehab allows you to focus 100% on recovery. You’ll receive care for withdrawal before moving to treatment to help understand the reasons behind your addiction more fully. We continue to support you with step-down outpatient programs and aftercare to achieve lasting sobriety.
Northpoint Colorado provides evidence-based therapies for meth addiction, including:
- Family education
- Individual and group counseling
- 12-step support
- Encouragement for non-drug-related activities that can be pursued with aftercare
Contingency management typically uses the same therapies but may introduce a reward program with vouchers. This type of reward helps the patient focus on short-term goals such as negative urine samples rather than the possibly overwhelming idea of lifelong recovery.
In the early stage of recovery when relapse can be common, or at facilities that don’t offer inpatient care, rewards can be infinitely helpful to gain multiple days in treatment and build healthier thinking skills. Long-term recovery is the goal for both the patient and the treatment center.
Medications have proven helpful for fighting addiction to other substances such as opioids or alcohol, but that has not been the case with meth. Knowing this further stresses the importance of having a defined therapy path.
Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Through Therapy
Northpoint Colorado’s highly trained staff will assist you through our inpatient program that begins with detox before moving to addiction treatment over four weeks. Your time will be spent in phases of treatment.
Drug Detox Program
Detox offers you 24/7 support from a full medical team with prescription medications available to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. Healing activities are also helpful, and we offer acudetox (a type of acupuncture) as part of our treatment program. You’ll be able to focus fully on your recovery.
The treatment phase will focus on the psychological aspects of your addiction. You’ll understand the root causes of your meth use, manage cravings that can cause relapse, and retrain your brain to function normally without meth.
Aftercare will be recommended as part of your individualized recovery plan. It may include outpatient treatment and community interaction with our alumni group. Regardless of which path you take, it’s important that you continue to practice in aftercare what you’ve learned in treatment and receive support to maintain a sober lifestyle.
Get Help for Meth Addiction Today at Northpoint Colorado!
If you or someone in your life is struggling with meth, don’t wait. Get help today. The staff at Northpoint Colorado is here to help you safely and effectively detox from methamphetamines. Our community clinic is ready to serve you with inpatient and outpatient programs. With partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, Northpoint Recovery can help you heal. We even have virtual IOP support.
Ready to learn more about how Northpoint Colorado can help you and your loved ones? Call us now at 970.579.4569 for a free assessment.