Methamphetamine Addiction

meth addictionWhat is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a highly addictive stimulant drug that can be inhaled, taken by mouth, injected, or smoked. Other names for meth include ice, glass, crystal, and chalk. Meth is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystal-like powder. The drug produces a feeling of intense euphoria.

Methamphetamines work by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine which leads to high levels of the chemical in the brain. The drug creates an immediate and intense feeling of euphoria. Continued use of meth can easily lead to addiction. Long-term users of methamphetamines may experience anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and mood disturbances.

methamphetamine addictionMethamphetamines can wreak havoc on your mind and body. One condition, known as “meth mouth,” consists of severe tooth decay and loss of teeth. This condition is known to be a side effect of meth use caused by grinding and clenching of teeth, dry mouth, and lack of hygiene.  

In 2012 it was reported that approximately 1.2 million people had used methamphetamines in the past year.  

Signs of Methamphetamine Use Include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Nausea
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Loss of appetite
  • Convulsions and seizures

meth abuseMethamphetamine addiction may be treated with medications to assist with detox and therapy. Therapy may include group counseling and individual counseling. Following detox, continued treatment in a sober living environment and intensive outpatient program can help lead to long-term recovery from addiction.

If you or a loved one are suffering from methamphetamine addiction our team of therapists are here to help. Silicon Beach Outpatient Center is a premier substance abuse treatment center in Los Angeles, California. We specialize in intensive outpatient treatment for adults with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Contact us today to learn more at 310.846.8215.