Maybe you’ve reached a breaking point and you’re ready to put your drug abuse behind you but you need some help. You’ve come to the right place. Briarwood Detox Center offers personalized medically assisted detox for a number of addictive substances, including methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine (or meth) is a synthetic, man-made stimulant drug that is very addictive. It is usually made in the form of a white powder or pill. Crystal methamphetamine is another form of the drug that looks like glass chunks or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Slang names for methamphetamine include:
When using methamphetamine, individuals will either inhale (smoke), swallow a pill, snort the powder, or inject the powder after dissolving it in water or alcohol.
When a person uses methamphetamine, their brain is flooded with dopamine so they experience a powerful rush of euphoria. This “high” wears off quickly but it makes the drug extremely addictive. After the initial euphoria wears off, users typically feel angry, afraid, edgy, or overly excited and with continued use over time, they may experience extremely high body temperatures, severe itching, dental problems, extreme weight loss, and cognitive and emotional problems.
Long-term methamphetamine abuse may change the brain permanently, affecting a person’s ability to experience pleasure from natural things like eating a good meal or spending quality time with a loved one.
Do I Need Methamphetamine Detox?
While a full detox program is not necessary for methamphetamine, we do recommend a period of safe medical observation in a clinical environment while you are discontinuing use. If you are addicted to methamphetamine and have developed a dependence on the drug, you may need to be monitored during withdrawal to ensure your safety.
Why Medical Observation?
The dopamine levels in the brain drop dramatically when you stop using methamphetamine. As a result, detox can be a very lonely time, filled with melancholy thoughts and depressive tendencies. This leads many people right back into drug abuse.
If you are addicted to methamphetamine you may also experience severe mood imbalances during withdrawal. Medical observation in our facility provides additional support to help you cope with the psychological issues you experience when you stop using the drug.
Most often, our clients detoxing from methamphetamine are also extremely exhausted. Our caring medical staff will treat any uncomfortable symptoms that are keeping you awake to help you get the rest you need to recover.