Methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, “glass,” or “biker’s dope,” is a synthetic drug. Meth was first synthesized in the late 1800s in order to treat a variety of disorders such as narcolepsy, depression, and bronchial infections. Meth is a very addictive substance that can completely rob someone of their sense of self. There are many signs of meth addiction caused by the high meth gives a user. The high one gets from meth floods the brain with a rush of chemicals. These chemicals make the user feel alert, focused, and euphoric.
Desoxyn, a form of meth, is used to create attention-deficit disorder prescription medications such as Adderall and Ritalin.
Short-term effects of meth use include:
Signs of Meth Addiction
The use of meth causes a surge of energy for up to 12 hours. In order to avoid the low of coming off the drug, a person will continue to use. Because meth is an upper, this can lead to irregular sleeping patterns. A person addicted to meth may stay up for a few days, or even weeks, at a time while on a binge and then crash. When an addict crashes, they will fall into a deep sleep for an extended period.
A sudden drop in weight, fidgety movements, dark circles around the eyes, dilated pupils, paranoid thoughts, and shaky hands can all be signs of a possible meth addiction. If any of these symptoms apply to you or a loved one, you should enroll in a meth addiction treatment program.
Depending on how a person uses the drug can also offer clues of addiction. Meth can be snorted, injected, smoked, or eaten. Paraphernalia includes glass pipes with a narrow stem that leads to bulb end, hypodermic needles, torch lighters, small baggies, razor blades, and cut straws.
How First Steps Center Can Help
First Steps Center is dedicated to providing you or your loved one the ultimate care needed to overcome a meth addiction. Our substance abuse treatment center in Scottsdale AZ offers a 12 step support program, family and nutrition support, and a variety of therapies to meet your needs.
Our programs are personally tailored to each individual’s needs. First Steps Center offers substance abuse programs in a variety of settings such as our rehabilitation center, intensive outpatient care, and residential treatment.
A victim of substance abuse can oftentimes experience depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. Our center offers various mental health programs to help patients recover. In addition to our many therapies, we offer dual diagnosis treatment which allows our patients to have a plan that will overcome their addiction as well as their mental illness.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any signs of meth addiction, let First Steps Center help you find the end to your addiction and the start to a better life. Please give us a call at 866.832.6398