Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that has surged in popularity over the last decade and is a highly addictive chemical. Meth addiction is a serious worldwide health problem associated with major cognitive, medical, financial and legal consequences. Typically sold in crystal form, this drug can be injected, snorted, smoked or ingested orally.

This stimulant produces profound amounts of euphoria and bursts of energy which can last for upwards of 24 hours depending on the method of administration and size of the dose. Meth is so addictive due to the potent action that takes place with dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. The dopamine that is flooded into the brain provides a feeling of pleasure, reward, and motivation while the serotonin is responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and memory. After the effects of meth have worn off, the brain is entirely depleted of both dopamine as well as serotonin which creates feelings of anxiety and depression. Since a tolerance to meth quickly develops, this means that users will need to take a greater dose each time to feel the same effect — ultimately fueling an addiction to the drug.

Coming off of meth can feel like a deep, dark hole of depression, therefore making it all more reasonable for a meth user to get high again. Meth users may feel wonderful and at the top of the world for a time, although the price to pay in order to return back to “normal” outweighs the high itself. Many long-term meth users simply choose to use this drug to avoid the psychological and emotional complications that they feel when undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. The severity and symptoms of withdrawals will vary from person to person based upon how heavily and frequent meth has been abused, although common symptoms might include: fatigue, increased appetite, agitation, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations/psychosis, loss of motivation, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from around a week to upwards of two weeks. Even after the initial withdrawal symptoms have faded, an individual may suffer from post-acute withdrawal symptoms which can persist for months or even years in extremely severe cases which include symptoms include cravings and depression. Detox programs are generally the best method of approaching treatment for meth withdrawals and abuse. After detox, the following step is to attend a treatment program in order to tackle the underlying psychological effects of the underlying addiction. Rehab programs help people that suffer from meth addiction a way to establish new healthy life habits and decrease the chance of relapse. The first step is the hardest, but once the decision has been made to seek help for a solution to addiction, life begins to unfold in a way that ultimately restores an individual back to society in a healthy way. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety.