Methamphetamine Addiction and Withdrawal


When you use methamphetamine, you may feel like you are more alert, your appetite decreases and your energy levels skyrocket. You may think that these feelings can help you be more productive and invincible, but you are actually hurting yourself.

Recovery Connection coordinators can help you find the right treatment program to break your methamphetamine addiction. Treatment works. Our helpline 800-993-3869 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our coordinators answer your questions, ease your fears and help you find the right treatment program. All calls are free of charge and confidential.

What Methamphetamine Does to Your Body

Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a powerful drug that affects your central nervous system. It increases the release of dopamine in the brain, which gives the user a sense of euphoria. Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible for you to feel pleasure. When the drug’s initial effects wear off, you experience a crash. The intense cravings you feel afterward bring extreme emotional responses such as anxiety, paranoia, aggression and hostility. This extreme emotional state is called “tweaking.” It may lead to spontaneous crimes like purse snatching or muggings to get money for more meth. This is the most vulnerable time because you may go on a crystal meth binge to avoid experiencing a crash.  But binging puts you at risk for overdosing. Chronic abuse may lead to:

  • Psychotic behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme aggression
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Death

Meth can be made with lye, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine, battery acid, insecticides, solvents, match heads, and ether. These toxic chemicals can damage your internal organs and can be fatal.

Signs That You May Be Addicted to Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine addiction causes serious damage to your body and your brain. If you are addicted to methamphetamine, you may show the following symptoms:

  1. Head banging
  2. Self-biting
  3. Hair pulling
  4. Scratching at “crack bugs” (illusion of bugs crawling under the skin)
  5. Skin infections
  6. Severe dental decay (meth mouth)
  7. Psychosis

If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, click the following link to begin a private Live Chat with one of our addiction specialists.

Safely Breaking Free From Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine withdrawal causes you to have very low energy, depression, a lack of motivation, and eat more than usual. You should go to a drug detox center to help you get rid of all the toxins from your body. However, you should never try this on your own. Going to a medically supervised meth detox center helps you stay safe and comfortable during this time. Medications for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction can be prescribed to you during the withdrawal and detox period.

Methamphetamine detox alone will not help you stay clean. Drug rehab can provide the knowledge and skills you need to deal with cravings and emotional stressors without using.

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment – Getting Help Now

At Recovery Connection, getting you the addiction treatment you need is our priority. We connect you with the best meth addiction treatment center that will provide you medically supervised detox and personalized methamphetamine addiction treatment.

Recovery Connection can help you find the right treatment program to break your methamphetamine addiction. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our coordinators answer your questions, ease your fears and help you find the right treatment program. All calls are free of charge and confidential. Don’t let anything stop you from getting the help you need.

 

Looking For Treatment?
If you or a loved one looks and acts differently than they did before they started using meth and is unable to stop using on his/her own, call Recovery Connection for help at 800-993-3869. Help is available to assist you in getting off the emotional roller coaster and to help you end the damage that you have done to your mental and physical health. If you are using methamphetamine and don’t believe you need help, I urge you to find a picture from before you started using and compare it to how you look today.
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