Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania
Providing Users with the Treatment They Need to Heal
Methamphetamine – or meth – is a potent and highly addictive drug that can be made and sold as a white powder or in a glass-like form called crystal meth. Meth can be smoked, injected, snorted, or swallowed.
Meth users generally experience a high that makes them feel alert, energized, and wide awake. Once the effects of the drug wear off, however, the user will experience a crash, which is usually accompanied by feelings of fatigue, depression, and/or anxiety.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to this powerful drug, we encourage you to seek Silvermist’s meth addiction treatment in Pennsylvania. Our facility was designed with the client in mind and our only goal is to help clients beat addiction and find the path forward.
The Effects of Meth Abuse & Addiction
When someone uses meth, the drug affects their brain’s dopamine levels. Because users build up a tolerance to meth, they find themselves needing increasingly larger doses to get the desired effects. When a user becomes dependent on meth, their brain function and chemical makeup have changed. Many people who abuse meth or become addicted to it find that other aspects of their lives fall by the wayside. Friendships and familial relationships may suffer, school or work performance may decline, and users may encounter trouble with the law or with their finances.
According to the DEA, long-term meth use can damage up to half of the brain’s dopamine-producing cells.
Long-term meth use can also lead to:
- Aggressive behavior
- Trouble sleeping
- Coordination issues
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Memory problems
- Violent tendencies
Dealing with Meth Withdrawal
Meth withdrawal symptoms can be excruciating, so it is best to seek assistance with detox in a facility rather than attempt to withdraw alone in your home.
Common meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Intense cravings for the drug
- Hunger, leading to weight gain
- Mood swings
The first withdrawal symptoms usually appear about 24 hours after the user’s last dose. Withdrawal tends to last one to two weeks, sometimes up to four weeks.
Treating Meth Addiction
Meth addiction treatment requires several rounds of detox. An effective treatment plan should address not only the physical symptoms of withdrawal but the psychological damage that the meth addiction has caused. At Silvermist, we strive to help our patients see how their lives can improve once they eliminate meth.
Meth addiction can be treated through an:
- Outpatient program, where the user receives medication and is allowed to detox at home. An outpatient program is generally best for a user with a less severe addiction. Outpatient programs are usually anywhere from 10-12 hours a week and can be completed around a user’s work or school schedule.
- Inpatient program, where the user remains in the care of a treatment center. Users in an inpatient program are protected from temptations and are given a safe place to detox and regain control. Inpatient programs are usually anywhere from 30 to 90 days.
Meth addiction is a serious problem that plagues hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country. If you or someone you love is suffering, seek meth addiction treatment in Pennsylvania from Silvermist.