Methamphetamine

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Meth Rehab Center in Cincinnati

Taking a Holistic Approach to Meth Addiction Treatment

If you’re addicted to meth and/or other drugs and need help, whether it’s detoxing or therapy, Cedar Oaks Wellness Center has the right program for you. Our meth addiction treatment has helped clients throughout Cincinnati recover peacefully in nature. Located on 120 acres of forest, our facility provides a calm, judgment-free atmosphere for you to commit to a healthy and sober lifestyle.

Learn more about our programs and therapies by calling our team today at (513) 780-5201, or fill out our online form. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your future.

What Is Meth?

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system to increase dopamine production. The substance often takes the form of a white, bitter powder and can be snorted, smoked, or ingested. Crystal meth, on the other hand, is blue or clear in color and usually smoked in its crystal form. Because dopamine is the chemical often associated with pleasurable feelings, as well as motivation and reward processing, individuals commonly abuse meth to achieve a euphoric rush. Other side effects include increased energy, talkativeness, and decreased appetite—meth users are known to be awake for multiple days at a time because of the drug’s stimulating effects.

Other common effects associated with meth abuse include:

  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Tremors

Though initially used in nasal decongestants, methamphetamine has since been classified as a Schedule II stimulant by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and is now relatively difficult to access legally. Many people with meth addictions acquire the substance illegally.

Though the FDA has taken measures to regulate methamphetamine over the years to prevent abuse, people have adapted to using the drug in its illicit forms over time, and today thousands of Americans are addicted to meth and crystal meth. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 2.0 million people used methamphetamine in the last year. Meth addiction is already dangerous on its own, but people with addictions are also known to combine meth with alcohol and other drugs like Xanax.

Dangers of Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is highly addictive, meaning individuals can develop addictions after using meth for shorter periods of time. One of the known dangers of meth is that it’s often “cut” with other substances by dealers, meaning that individuals who take meth may also be taking it in combination with drugs like opioids or antidepressants. The risk of overdose increases when someone takes multiple drugs at the same time because of the possible interactions the drugs may have with one another.

Because meth is often injected by people with addictions, there’s also an increased risk of contracting diseases through unsensitized needles like hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Individuals also risk suffering from collapsed veins through repeated injection.

Other harmful health effects associated with both short-term and long-term meth use include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Permanent brain and heart damage
  • Liver, kidney, and lung damage
  • Psychotic symptoms that can last for years, even after quitting meth
  • Itching, which often leads to skin sores
  • Dental problems

Because it’s so addictive, meth can immediately begin rewiring your brain’s chemistry, leading to harmful habits that can be difficult to break. Even if you realize your behavior is dangerous or toxic, it can feel impossible to change your actions or quit using meth without professional intervention or detox services.

How We Help

Individuals struggling with meth addiction can begin their treatment by undergoing detoxification, which involves weaning the body off the drug and experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Because meth addictions are often moderate to severe, many affected individuals require inpatient treatment, where they can be monitored by medical professionals.

After detox, it’s recommended that individuals immediately go into therapy to stop unhealthy patterns and learn effective coping mechanisms. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we offer a variety of therapies, from EMDR to family therapy and group therapy. Because every individual has a different relationship to drugs, including meth, we strive to get to know our clients first before we prepare a customized recovery plan for them. Meth addiction is dangerous and can utterly destroy a person’s life, which is why we take a holistic approach and ensure our clients are treated physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Put your mind at ease today by getting the help you need. Call us at (513) 780-5201 for meth addiction treatment in Cincinnati.

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