Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Methamphetamine addiction treatmentMethamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that is closely related to amphetamine, but has longer lasting and more toxic effects on the central nervous system. It has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Around the turn of the century there were thousands of meth labs found throughout the country. Despite the reduction in these labs, the overall use of meth has only slightly lessened, and it is available in different forms.

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Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamine is one of the most potent, addictive and damaging illicit drugs. Chronic, long-term use can lead to psychotic behavior, hallucinations, and stroke. Other names for methamphetamine include ice, crank, crystal meth and speed.

In 2007, there were an estimated 529,000 current users of methamphetamine aged 12 or older (0.2 percent of the population). These estimates were not significantly different from the estimates for 2006 (731,000 or 0.3 percent) but there still has been a decrease in overall use.

In 2006, 1.9 million Americans age 12 and older had abused methamphetamine at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.

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Methamphetamine Treatment

Addiction to methamphetamine can cause a period of several days without sleep. A couple of the major effects of sleep deprivation include paranoia and hallucination. Due to these hallucinations and the psychotic break in reality that meth addiction causes, many treatment practitioners have errantly begun to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to these patients. The truth is, 24 hours of rest with proper nutrition will do more to help get a meth addict more grounded than an antipsychotic drug.

Long-term meth use also has very serious physical side effects. These include liver damage, collapsed veins (if injected), lung damage (if smoked), rotted teeth and sores on the skin. Many times the sores on a person's skin come from the feeling that they have bugs crawling on them and therefore they pick at themselves continually to the point of causing major irritation, bleeding and infection.

In most cases the most effective form of treatment for methamphetamine addiction will include a long-term inpatient facility that does not use replacement drugs and has a thorough body cleansing process to get rid of the leftover toxins. This helps to reduce cravings, increase energy and increase mental alerness.

Contact us today if you or someone you know needs methamphetamine addiction treatment and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.

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