Methamphetamine Addiction

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Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, powerful stimulant that has enormous effects on the central nervous system.

The high that people feel from meth is short lived, prompting constant use and addiction. Because of this, users sometimes forgo basic needs like food and sleep just to keep using meth uninterrupted. Meth releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain reinforcing the addiction and need to constantly consume. It is estimated that over 1 million people in this country have a meth use problem. Meth is widely available across the entire U.S., relatively easy to produce, and comparatively cheap.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that Methamphetamine is the drug that most contributes to violent crime. This correlation is most likely due to the aggressive and psychotic behaviors that are consequences of meth abuse. Meth has devastating long-term effects such as irreversible brain damage, cardiovascular and heart damage, accelerated aging, and severe dental problems (meth mouth).

Meth Addiction Treatment - Los Angeles

Meth is easily produced and highly addictive. For those reasons it has made its way into communities across the country. Because the “high” from meth is short, users will find themselves needing to constantly ingest it. This leads to the users neglecting their basic needs of eating and sleeping, with the end result being psychosis, extreme paranoia, and violent behavior. Many meth abusers started out thinking they had control over the drug, using it to stay active and accomplish their daily obligations. However they soon find they need more and more to feel good, become unable to sleep or function in their “normal lives” end up giving up everything they once cared for to chase the “high” instead. Some users only started abusing meth to lose weight, but end up in the throes of addiction.

Here are some warning signs that Meth Addiction has become a problem:

How Can Pathways Recovery Center Help Me?

Meth addiction can be devastating for the addict and their loved ones, leaving the addict completely alienated from family and friends. It can be hard to reach out for help while in a state of paranoia and isolation brought on by Meth abuse.

At Pathways Recovery Center, you’ll find the support you need to leave Meth behind for good. Using our social treatment model, you can finally feel like you aren’t alone in the vicious cycle of addiction. In our private, intimate facility designed for serenity and comfort, you’ll begin intensive therapy to not only address addiction, but the underlying factors that led to it. At Pathways Recovery Center, we believe that healing addiction means healing the whole person. You’ll undergo assessments to determine each of the contributing biological, social, and psychological factors that have kept you in the cycle of addiction. We’ll help you pinpoint exactly where your stumbling blocks are, so you can overcome them. Using evidence-based therapies like CBT and DBT, we’ll help you learn new coping skills and positive thinking patterns that will help you overcome your cravings, master your emotions, and heal.
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