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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).

Are you addicted to Meth?

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:

  • Your life has become stressful and chaotic. Your relationships with everyone are strained
  • When you are clean your problems feel insurmountable, but when you are high you feel powerful and capable of accomplishing anything
  • Constantly thinking about using and how to acquire more
  • You have begun cutting yourself off from friends or family who don’t participate or approve of your Meth use
  • Unable to hold a job, loss of child custody, constant legal troubles all due to meth use
  • You feel extreme paranoia, like people are stalking you, or hearing voices
  • You are stealing and lying constantly in order to fund your addiction
  • You opt out of buying necessities or paying bills so that you have more to spend on Meth
  • A loved one has expressed concern about your use
  • You have tried to stop using Meth but continually relapse
  • Physical symptoms like rotting teeth, intense scratching, weight loss, heart problems, and rapid aging
  • You get uncontrollable anger whenever your Meth use is challenged

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 biologicalsocial, 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.

Contact our addiction specialists today to learn more about substance abuse treatment at 1-888-711-0966 or [email protected]

Additional Resources on Methamphetamine Addiction:

  National Institute on Drug Abuse – What are the Long-term Effects of Methamphetamine Misuse?

  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Know the Risks of Meth


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