Methamphetamine Rehab in Kennesaw, GA
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Methamphetamine is dangerous. Even one dose can lead to addiction, and long-term use can cause countless health conditions. For many people, getting treatment for methamphetamine addiction could spell the difference between life and death.
If you are struggling to stop using meth or worried about a loved one, our team at North Georgia Recovery Center can help.
What Is Methamphetamine?
Also called blue, crystal, ice, meth, and speed, methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Meth can appear as a white, bitter-tasting powder or pill, or as crystal methamphetamine, which looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks.
The drug is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the illicit psychostimulant known as MDMA or “ecstasy.”
Most methamphetamine is made by transactional criminal organizations in Mexico, but it can also be made in small, clandestine laboratories with inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. People use dangerous chemicals to make meth, which can cause fires and explosions. Meth is also neurotoxic, meaning it can damage your brain over time.
Prevalence of Methamphetamine Use
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 2 million people ages 12 and older in the United States use methamphetamine at least once annually in 2019. Roughly 184,000 people aged 12 or older used meth for the first time this same year, a number has remained relatively stable over the past five years. Roughly half of all surveyed meth users reported an addiction to methamphetamine.
Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine
People take meth by smoking, snorting, swallowing a pill, or injecting a mixture of methamphetamine and water. The drug then increases the amount of dopamine in the reward areas of the brain, creating an intense “high.” The high starts and fades quickly, so many people take back-to-back doses in a “binge and crash,” pattern or go on a “run,” where they give up food and sleep and take the drug every few hours for several days.
In addition to a “high,” meth can produce:
- Increased wakefulness and physical activity
- Decreased appetite
- Faster breathing
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Higher blood pressure and body temperature
Taking too much meth can also lead to overdose, which is especially common when dangerous opioids, like fentanyl, are added to street methamphetamine without consumers’ knowledge.
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Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine
Taking methamphetamine can increase your risk of infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, especially if you inject the drug. In addition to sharing blood and bodily fluids, people using methamphetamine may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex. Methamphetamine can also make symptoms of HIV/AIDS worse.
Other consequences of long-term methamphetamine use include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)
- Intense itching and sores on skin (from scratching)
- Changes in brain structure and function
- Memory loss
- Sleeping problems
- Violent behavior
Because meth is so addictive, any attempt to stop using could result in severe withdrawal symptoms. When you stop taking meth, you might experience anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, intense cravings, and even psychosis.
Having the right therapy and support can help you get through this difficult process.
Our Meth Addiction Recovery Programs
Meth addiction can be difficult to overcome, but know that there is always hope. Addiction to methamphetamine can be treated with behavioral therapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, helps people recognize, avoid, and cope with situations that trigger drug use. Some motivational therapy tactics may also be helpful.
Treatment for drug addiction works differently for everyone, which is why our team at North Georgia Recovery Center builds an individualized plan that will work for you. When our entire team is dedicated to your life of sobriety, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Your rehabilitation journey may involve the following:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP) - This program allows you to receive structured care for your addiction and mental health issues in a safe environment. This program can be completed from home with periodic doctor visits, in addition to regular therapy sessions.
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) - Based on structure and accountability, this flexible program allows you to receive treatment without the need for an extended hospital stay.
- Outpatient group (after care) - Once treatment is completed, our after care program will continue to follow up with your progress and offer you chance to connect with others in recovery.
- Individual therapy - Individual sessions with licensed therapists will allow you to discuss any issues you are experiencing and discover actionable solutions.
- Family therapy - We believe family involvement is crucial to a successful recovery plan. Our family therapy sessions are designed to help you and your family work together towards lasting recovery.
For access to the best care available in Kennesaw, Georgia, call us at (678) 940-7873 or contact us online.
No matter where you are in your addiction or recovery, it is never too early or too late to ask for help. Our rehab center is here and ready to assist you with full transparency and a well-rounded treatment plan made just for you.