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Methamphetamine is becoming an epidemic in our society. More therapists and counselors are treating methamphetamine addicts today than ever before. The substance is highly addictive, and can cause a person’s health and well-being to decline severely.
People who are addicted to methamphetamine are almost certain to need detoxification. Physical withdrawal symptoms from this drug are generally not severe, but the psychological effects can be extremely dangerous. A meth addict deprived of his or her drug can be a real threat to the safety of himself and others.
The “tweaking” stage of meth use is the most dangerous. This is the point where the addict is using the drug constantly, in an attempt to reproduce the original intense high. When that doesn’t happen, the addict becomes more and more frustrated and uncomfortable. “Tweakers” often turn to alcohol to try to modulate their symptoms, which may increase the likelihood of violent behavior.
At Avalon Malibu, we can help meth addicts clear the toxins from their body with a minimum of discomfort and a maximum of support. Both medical and psychological expertise is brought to the table when caring for each client, and an individual recovery program is devised. This individualized program draws from our wide range of therapeutic options in order to provide the most effective treatment for each client.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is synthetic and produced illegally. Methamphetamine often appears as a white or yellow crystal-like powder with chunks, and can also be distributed in pill form.
Methamphetamine is often referred to as meth or crystal meth. The white, odorless, and bitter-tasting crystalline powder is often snorted and can be easily dissolved in water or alcohol. When dissolved, it can be injected into the body or sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana and smoked. Methamphetamine vaporizes rapidly, so some people heat the drug and inhale the fumes that are released.
When methamphetamine is taken, it creates a false sense of well-being and energy. It stimulates the user’s nervous system, and the person using the drug will often push their body faster and further than it is meant to go. People who use methamphetamine will go for extended lengths of time without rest. They tend to skip meals and avoid food while on their meth binge. They will often experience a severe crash or physical/mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs are gone.
Methamphetamine is dangerous in that users suffer the same addiction cycle and withdrawal effects as those suffered by crack cocaine users. After prolonged use, both drugs lead to bingeing, which is consuming the drug continuously for up to three days without sleep. The user is then driven into a depression, followed by paranoia, belligerence, and aggression, which is a phase known as tweaking. Finally the user caves in from exhaustion, only to awaken days later to begin the cycle again.
With repeat and ongoing use of methamphetamine, individuals often experience extreme weight loss and nutritional deficiency. At Avalon Malibu, we focus on rebuilding the body and mind of the meth addicted individual through nutritional guidance and emotional support.
Prolonged use of methamphetamine can cause irreversible physical and mental harm. Some long-term effects of use include increased blood pressure and damaged blood vessels in the brain, which can lead to strokes. Addicts may also suffer brain damage, including memory loss and an increased inability to grasp conceptual thoughts. The liver, heart, and lungs can also suffer irreversible damage from meth addiction.
Avalon Malibu is committed to progressive rehabilitation for chronic users of methamphetamine. The Cottage House is a place where detox is the first step to change. We provide around-the-clock nursing care by licensed physicians and therapists in our pristine, peaceful setting.
Those who recover from methamphetamine addiction are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings. At The Cottage House, we are highly experienced and qualified to treat the co-occurring mental disorders that are associated with long-term meth use. Long term use requires long-term treatment.
Treatment programs around the country are challenged because meth is more addictive than most other drugs they deal with. At least 90 percent of meth clients tend to relapse, and the drug causes brain damage that requires an extended recovery period even after meth use is discontinued.
Avalon Malibu offers a new paradigm in treatment philosophy by integrating recovery and healing. The ‘Avalon Sanctuary Model’ provides adults an opportunity for reflection through introspection, education and mindfulness practice.
If you or a loved one suffer from a methamphetamine addiction, contact Avalon Malibu today to get the help and support you need to take your life back.