Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive synthetic drug that changes the way a person’s brain functions.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that meth can be fatal even on the first try because it can cause a person’s body systems to rise to dangerous levels, which can lead them to stop breathing or their heart to stop.
People who use meth run the risk of developing stimulant use disorder, or meth addiction. This can be devastating to their health and overall quality of life.
Fortunately, meth addiction is treatable. Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital provides inpatient meth addiction treatment for adults age 18 and older. Our meth addiction treatment center offers focused, evidence-based support that can help you find your unique path to recovery.
Everyone’s body reacts to meth differently because of their genetic makeup, medical history, and other factors. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that when a person acts a certain way or displays various symptoms, it could mean that they are struggling with meth addiction.
These are common warning signs and symptoms of meth addiction:
- Has bursts of alertness or activity
- Struggles to fall or stay asleep
- Loses their appetite
- Experiences sudden weight loss
- Feels anxious, irritable or depressed
- Heart races or has an irregular heartbeat
- Breathing becomes rapid or shallow
- Has episodes of confusion, paranoia or hallucinations
- Displays irrational, erratic or violent behavior
- Suffers from intense itching unrelated to another medical condition
- Struggles with dental problems unrelated to another medical condition
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, between 2015 and 2018, about 1.6 million adults age 18 and older in the U.S. used meth in the previous year.
- During the same time frame, nearly 60% of adults in the U.S. reported struggling with meth addiction.
- Of the adults who reported using meth in the past year, 36.2% said that they used the drug within the last month, 19.2% said that they used meth within the last three months and 17.2% said that they used it within the last six months.
The ways meth addiction can affect a person’s life vary based on several influences, such as how long they’ve been using meth, whether they’ve sought treatment before and what kind of support system they have.
These are some of the ways untreated meth addiction can impact you:
- Chronic sinus irritation or bleeding
- Coughing, bronchitis or pneumonia
- Tuberculosis or other lung infections
- Hepatitis infection from needle use
- HIV infection from needle use or unprotected sex
- Sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancy
- Chest pain, irregular heartbeat or heart attack
- Skin sores from constant scratching
- Gum disease, mouth sores, tooth decay or tooth loss
- Traumatic injuries resulting from violent behavior
- Illegal activities and frequent arrest or incarceration
- Damaged relationships with loved ones
- Job loss, chronic unemployment or homelessness
- Worsening or onset of a mental health condition
When you use meth, it can destroy the best parts of your life and make you lose hope that you can achieve recovery from meth addiction. But with appropriate treatment for meth addiction, you can regain control from a disease that has kept you from fulfilling your greatest potential.
Recognizing that you need professional help for meth addiction takes courage, but taking the steps to start the recovery process can be lifesaving.
At Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital, we acknowledge how challenging it can be to reach out for support. The environment at our treatment place emphasizes respect for every person we care for. We believe that everyone has intrinsic value, and we have the utmost respect for your personal dignity.
We view every person as a unique individual who has diverse life experiences that can impact the way meth addiction affects them. Before you start inpatient meth addiction treatment with us, you’ll complete a comprehensive evaluation that allows us to identify the most beneficial therapies and treatment modalities for your needs.
Based on this information, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your specific strengths, challenges, needs, and recovery goals. Your treatment team will work closely with you to ensure that you continue to make positive progress throughout your time at our meth addiction treatment center.
When you take part in inpatient meth addiction treatment at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital, your care team will integrate a variety of evidence-based therapies and treatment modalities into your treatment plan.
Depending on your specific needs and recovery goals, you may take part in:
- Experiential therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family sessions
- Medication management
- Group therapy
Throughout your time at our meth addiction treatment place, you may benefit from treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that are proven to promote positive recovery outcomes.
Although inpatient meth addiction treatment at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital is typically a short-term experience, we work with every patient to help them build a solid foundation for long-term recovery.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital.