Methamphetamines are stimulant drugs that can be smoked, snorted, injected, or swallowed in pill form. The drug may be prescribed for ADHD, but it has become primarily a drug of abuse. Like other stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, meth creates an artificial perception of pleasure in the brain. Because it can be injected, meth puts users at higher risk of contracting a contagious blood disease like HIV or Hepatitis B or C. Meth overdose often leads to stroke, heart attack, or organ problems, all of which may result in death.
Meth is commonly associated with insomnia, as the perceived positive effects of the drug are short-lived, leading users to binge the drug for days at a time, in place even of sleep and food.
To overcome meth addiction, proper treatment is essential. Without the medical supervision and assistance a certified and accredited detox facility provides, serious complications may result from meth withdrawal. Because We Care, Royal Life Centers is committed to providing the safest, most effective medication-assisted meth detox, followed by carefully structured, individualized medical regimens, an intensive therapy program, and extensive aftercare options.
Short-term effects of meth use may include (NIDA):
- Increased wakefulness/physical activity
- Decreased appetite
- Faster breathing
- Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
Long-term effects of meth use may include (NIDA):
- Extreme weight loss
- Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)
- Risk of HIV/Hepatitis C
- Intense itching
- Sleep problems
- Violent behavior
Should I seek treatment for meth addiction?
Signs of a meth problem may include:
- Tooth decay/loss (signs of “meth mouth”)
- Binging meth
- Planning activities around meth use
- Engaging in other high-risk behaviors
- Intense scratching
- Weight loss
- Continuing to use despite negative effects
- Withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or others, you may have a meth problem and require medical help to safely detox.
Withdrawal from meth typically lasts between one and two weeks and is mostly psychological, so it can be very emotionally taxing. Symptoms may be felt as soon as a few hours after the last dose. Our goal at Royal Life Centers is to make detoxification from meth as smooth as possible, which is why our guests are monitored through and after detox and our medical staff is on site 24/7 to ensure safety and comfort.
Meth withdrawal symptoms may include (NIDA):
- Severe depression
- Intense cravings
What happens after medical detox?
Following medical detox at Royal Life Centers, guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment designed to support physical and mental wellness and promote a lasting, sober lifestyle. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions and activity, movement, and adventure therapies into one program that treats mind, body, and spirit.
Guests may begin their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP, and sober living at our grad housing residences. At Royal Life Centers, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care.
If you or a loved one has a meth addiction, or any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Royal Life Centers admissions staff are available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns Because We Care.