Methamphetamine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that produces effects such as euphoria and increase energy. Most who try the drug do not just stop with one use, the pleasurable effects draws them in and they get to the point of building a tolerance. In time they are physically and psychologically addicted, experiencing a wide range of withdrawal symptoms and overwhelming drug cravings making in almost impossible to stop use.
Chronic use of methamphetamine causes physical harm, many have drastic changes in their appearance due to anorexia, body sores and meth mouth; once a beautiful person becomes a physical mess. Meth also causes many psychological effects, changing the users personality and mental function permanently. Meth takes over and everything that was once important isn’t; an addict may loss employment, suffer academic failures, financial hardship, become homeless, and a large strain is put onto their person relationships to the point where friends and family have “given up.” For most it takes hitting rock bottom to admit there is a problem and seek help, when it gets to that point a Methamphetamine Treatment Center is waiting to help you regain control and clean up your life.
How Methamphetamine effects the brain
Meth affects the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is the control hormone for happiness. This is why the meth user at the onset of withdrawl experiences an extreme inability to feel pleasure.The brain releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine that stimulates brain cells in return enhancing mood and body movement when the drug enters into the body. Meth abuse causes a neurotoxic effect and the brain cells that contain dopamine and serotonin are damaged. Chronic meth abuse reduced levels of dopamine in the brain. Chronic meth users often experience symptoms like those of Parkinson’s disease, which is a severe movement disorder.
The treatment of methamphetamine take a rather long period of time, the addict must want to be sober in order to be successful. When entering into a treatment facility you will under go an assessment process. In this assessment the Doctors and staff will determine the severity of your addiction and what the proper course of treatment will be for you to successfully recover from Meth addiction. The important thing for you and your friends and family to remember is that recovery from meth addiction takes time, it is not a quit fix. This is because meth stays in the body from six to twelve months and the difficulty of the recovery process because of how meth affects the brain chemicals. The recover process can take then several months inpatient or years in a halfway house, each persons recovery needs are different.
- inability to experience pleasure
- severe craving
- mental confusion
Entering into an in patient treatment facility you will go through the detoxification process will cleanse your body of any toxins and chemicals. Unfortunately there is no known medication to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal but with the support of staff 24-7 you will be reassured the discomfort will soon pass. A Doctor may prescribe you anti depressants that can help with the emotions and psychotic symptoms during recovery. While the brain attempts to heal itself you will go threw behavioral therapy. During this treatment you will the therapy will help you get to the root cause of your addiction. You will be taught how to feel good without drugs again, and to maintain your sobriety in the “real world”. A strong social and familial network is crucial in determining a successful recovery. This is why friends and family are strongly encourage to take part in the recovery process, they want to see you sober just as much as you want to be sober.
You can successfully over come your addiction to Methamphetamine with the help of friends and family and a treatment program design for you.