Whether known as speed, crank, or crystal, methamphetamine is an incredibly addictive and fast-acting drug that floods the brain with dopamine, creating an intense rush and euphoria. In the long run, its effects can be the total opposite. If meth is ruining your life, you might be wondering: Do you need rehab for meth?
The physical signs that a meth habit might be spiraling out of control include tooth decay, the sensation of crawling skin, hair loss, elevated body temperature, wakefulness, an aged appearance, and facial sores — often the result of users obsessively picking at the skin. Weight loss, erratic and jerky movements, and the loss of appetite are other symptoms.
Psychologically, meth creates just as much havoc, whether you snort, smoke or inject it. Addicts can become obsessed with how to score meth, and when they might be able to get the next fix. The compulsion takes over, and nothing else matters. Making things worse, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, mood swings and psychotic behavior are common occurrences.
Unfortunately, meth use is among the hardest addictions to treat, but it is possible to live a life free from the damaging drug. The Mend can work with you to safely detox from methamphetamine in a safe and comfortable environment and manage withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety and depression.
After detox, our staff will work with you to determine the best next aftercare steps in the recovery process. Options include residential treatment, also known as rehab, that may include one-on-one therapy sessions, life skills education, alumni support, self-care outings and cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. How and if to continue recovery after detox is a decision that’s always completely up to you.
If you’re still not sure whether the time is right to quit drugs or alcohol, take our 10-question quiz HERE.