Methamphetamine (meth) is one of the most addictive and damaging substances a person can use. Recovery from this insidious drug takes expert medical care and a thorough treatment plan. At Del Arroyo Recovery Center in Agoura Hills, CA, we have a long history of providing effective meth addiction treatment. Our team is committed to helping people safely break free from drug abuse and achieve lasting sobriety.
The Rise of Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant that was originally developed in the late 1800s as a treatment for things like obesity, asthma, and narcolepsy. It was further developed into various forms, including a powder (speed) and a crystal (crystal meth). It was a valuable pharmaceutical at first, and it was even used in World War II to help keep soldiers awake.
Over time, meth and other addictive stimulant drugs became popular as recreational drugs for their fast, energetic high. However, they produce extremely dangerous effects in even casual users.
Possible effects of methamphetamine drug abuse include:
- An intense high
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Faster/heavier breathing
- Shaking or convulsing
- Cardiovascular problems (heart attack, stroke)
- Death, sometimes upon first use
Meth’s devastating toll was clear by the 1970s, when it was made illegal in the U.S. Unfortunately, there was already a recreational market full of addicted people, and illegal labs quickly filled the gap. Meth has continued to be a major concern ever since, especially with the popularity of mixing the stimulant with opioids like heroin and fentanyl.
Stages of Meth Addiction
Meth addiction often develops in stages:
- Experimentation: The person decides to try meth, perhaps out of curiosity or a desire to escape with a strong stimulant high. They may try different forms like speed or crystal meth.
- Regular use: They begin using meth more often, building a tolerance and using more over time.
- Dependence: The person develops a physical chemical dependence. Their body can no longer function normally and relies on meth for a dopamine hit. They start getting sick from meth withdrawal.
- Recurring cycle: They are caught in a cycle of using meth in greater amounts just to avoid sickness. The drug addiction digs deeper, worsening withdrawal symptoms and causing lasting body and brain damage.
Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction
There are several red flags for methamphetamine abuse:
- Physical deterioration (poor hygiene, dental problems, disheveled appearance, skin lesions, etc.)
- New or worsening psychological issues like paranoia or delusions
- Suspicious behaviors like running unexplained errands or acting “antsy”
- Financial problems
- Failing to meet responsibilities
- Increased irritability and anger, possibly with violent tendencies
Our Approach to Meth Addiction Rehab
At our Los Angeles area rehab, we start with a medically assisted detox, during which clients are monitored and supported 24/7 by medical staff. After the detox program, they begin a structured inpatient program with intensive therapy sessions (we don’t offer an outpatient program). This also includes treatment programs for co-occurring disorders like depression or anxiety.
We take a big-picture approach to the addictions we treat, combining typical behavioral therapy with other evidence-based methods and wellness practices. Our experienced team of therapists and addiction counselors are dedicated to creating a supportive environment where individuals can safely recover from meth addiction.
Why Choose Del Arroyo Recovery Center for Substance Abuse Treatment?
Our meth detox and addiction recovery program are intensive, thorough, and focused on long-term recovery. In addition to safely ending the substance abuse with medication-assisted detox, our treatment programs tackle the roots of the addiction and set you up for a better life. We also continue to help beyond drug treatment, with comprehensive aftercare, peer support programs, and recovery resources.
Take the First Step Toward Recovery In Our Southern California Treatment Programs
Meth addiction isn’t just difficult to overcome alone; it may also be dangerous to quit without medical care. If you’re ready to leave substance abuse behind, contact us today to learn how our professional detox program and meth addiction treatment can help you safely escape the destructive cycle of meth abuse for good.