There’s no way around it: meth addiction destroys lives. This synthetic drug is incredibly potent and highly addictive. By temporarily altering brain chemistry, it provides an extremely intense but short-lived rush of pleasure that can result in rapid dependency. As such, it isn’t possible for people to use meth in a “casual” way. Most meth users are instantly addicted. Others find themselves constantly fixated on the drug and needing to acquire more of it after just one or two times of experimentation. In addition to being highly addictive, methamphetamine is very hard on the body.
Even sporadic and short-term use can result in:
Widespread Periodontal Disease
Progressive Tooth Loss
Significant Bone Density Loss
Painful Skin Sores
Given the tremendous impact that methamphetamine has on the brain, stopping “cold turkey” is far from easy. Many people who are successfully able to detox from this drug on their own quickly relapse as post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) set in. With methamphetamine use, the brain floods the body with massive releases of dopamine that gradually wear this important neurotransmitter out. After dopamine burnout has occurred, when meth users aren’t high or aren’t actively getting high, their brains no longer have the ability to release “feel-good” chemicals on their own.
At California Centers for Recovery, we leverage a diverse range of strategies for making both meth detox and meth recovery infinitely easier. Choosing treatment at our comfortable, Manhattan Beach, CA facility is a great way to reclaim your life, your health, and your freedom from the clutches of this powerful and extremely destructive drug.
The primary, physical symptoms of meth detox include intense fatigue and a dramatic increase in appetite. These symptoms typically abate within just 24 to 72 hours, and they can often be easily managed without medical intervention. Unfortunately, the subacute withdrawal symptoms for meth frequently span for several weeks. These symptoms of abstaining are largely psychological in nature. More importantly, they represent the greatest risk for relapse. Thus, although many people can safely and successfully abstain from meth for several days without professional help, they have a very high likelihood of returning to the drug after this time.
At CCR, we have an in-depth understanding of exactly how meth affects the brain, its chemistry, its functioning, and even its size. We use a variety of treatment modalities for mitigating these changes, and for helping the brain and body heal. While meth is frequently used by people to elevate their moods and confidence, most find that after just several months of use, they are no longer able to feel happy or confident at all without it.
There are also a number of significant medical challenges that meth users have a very high likelihood of facing, for instance, given that meth causes:
• Long bouts of sleeplessness and altered decision-making as a result
• Lowered inhibitions
• Dramatic increases in libido
Meth users have a statistically high rate of sexually transmitted disease. Many recovering meth users are also suffering from dangerous oral infections, skin infections, and other serious health issues. Even as our team works to minimize the emotional and psychological damages of long-term meth use, we are also equipped in mitigating the physical problems that this drug commonly creates. Medications can be prescribed for promoting mood balance as the brain heals, just as medications can be used for resolving pervasive infections or bringing them under control. We can also work with outside treatment teams for ensuring the proper management of chronic or incurable diseases, and for mitigating other methamphetamine-related health issues.
From the moment that you walk into our facility, you’ll be treated with dignity, compassion, and understanding. Our team will expedite your admission so that you can quickly adapt to your new environment, discover the different therapies and resources at your disposal, and establish relationships with our onsite counselors and doctors. Good nutrition, proper sleep hygiene, and social balance are all important parts of the whole-health approach we take. You’ll find that you have plenty of access to nutrient-dense, satisfying foods, ample opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, and various therapies and interventions for addressing any lingering problems with insomnia, fatigue, and restlessness. Best of all, once your mind and body are ready to proceed with your addiction treatment, you can effortlessly transition from the detox portion of your stay to our residential recovery program. With absolutely no gaps or breaks in your care, you can successfully move past the earliest and most challenging phases of recovery, and the period during which most meth users relapse.
Benefits of a medically supervised Meth Detox
You may be convinced that detoxing from meth is something that anyone with enough willpower can do on their own. However, even if you have the fortitude to weather the first 24 to 72 hours of physical withdrawal effects, the emotional fatigue and psychological withdrawal symptoms that immediately ensue will place you at an extraordinarily high risk of returning to meth use just as soon as your body is free of this toxin. Supervised meth detox at Southern California Detox will place you in beautiful, tranquil surroundings that are completely free of the temptations, toxic relationships, and toxic environments that have been contributing to your addiction. Our secure campus, knowledgeable staff, and generous array of support services will help you make it through this first and most challenging part of recovery without relapsing. Once your detox is done, you can start working on understanding your addiction and developing the right tools for keeping your recovery on track long-term.
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