Methamphetamine, most commonly called meth, is an illicit drug that can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Because of the dangers of this drug, many seek to find help through treatment. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer outpatient detox for individuals looking to gain independence from a life of meth dependency or addiction.
Exploring what Methamphetamine is and How it’s Used
Essentially, meth is a central nervous system depressant that can cause extreme physical dependence and is known for being highly addictive. Even first-time users can get hooked on this substance. While meth was first introduced for medical purpose back in World War II, it’s not commonly used in the medical industry today. If it is, it’s prescribed to help individuals struggling with ADHD and sometimes to those struggling with weight management. Most meth users get their product off the street from illegal manufacturers and use the substance illicitly. The effects of meth cause a user to feel energized, euphoric, and motivated. However, with prolonged use, users experience physical dependence. And, experience excruciating withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not present in the body.
Symptoms of Methamphetamine Abuse, Dependence, and Withdrawal
Because methamphetamine evokes such a powerful response, it’s common that first-time users get hooked. The strong effects keep people coming back time and time again. And, shortly, the body starts to adapt to the high surges of dopamine. When this happens, tolerance raises, and more of the drug is needed to experience the same effects. And, the body starts to recognize when the drug isn’t present; reacting adversely when it’s not being used. This is the defining characteristic of dependence to methamphetamine. Other characteristics of meth abuse and dependency may include:
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Obsessions with picking skin, hair, or nails
- Neglecting personal hygiene and appearance
- Strange/erratic sleep schedule
Once a person develops a dependence on meth, if they stop using the drug, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of meth withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, but they are not life-threatening. Meth withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Increased appetite
Medical Detox for Methamphetamine Dependence at Diablo Valley
Because methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms are so agitating, many individuals revert back to using the substance just to ward off symptoms. However, with a medical approach to detoxing from meth, individuals can benefit from a more comfortable experience. Here at Diablo Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer a medically-assisted, outpatient approach to methamphetamine detox. And, treatment services throughout detox and after, so individuals have the best chance at obtaining lasting sobriety. If you’re ready to start on your detox and take back your life from meth dependency, contact us today.