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Methamphetamine Detox

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as “meth,” is a highly addictive stimulant drug that can result in psychological dependence after one use. It is one of the more habit-forming chemical substances available, and it can completely destroy the life of the user in a short matter of weeks. If you or someone you love has been abusing methamphetamine for any length of time, seeking medically monitored detox is always a necessary first step on the road to recovery. Methamphetamine detox can be an extremely difficult process, and associated symptoms should always be closely overseen by a team of highly experienced medical professionals. At CuraSouth we are dedicated to providing men and women of all ages and walks of life with a safe and pain-free methamphetamine withdrawal as we prepare for the next appropriate level of clinical care. Our comprehensive and highly individualized detox program offers a level of clinical care that cannot be found in any state-funded detox facility or traditional hospital setting. At CuraSouth we believe that medical detox should focus on more than physical stabilization, we believe in paving the road for continued success in sobriety through a combination of therapeutic services.

Methamphetamine Addiction
Facts & Statistics

Methamphetamine abuse and addiction have been major public health threats for quite some time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 964,000 Americans over the age of 12 suffered from a diagnosable methamphetamine abuse disorder. This equates to roughly 0.4 percent of the total US population, and highlights a dramatic increase from a reported 684,000 users the year prior. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that around 1.6 million American adults admitted to using methamphetamine within the past year. 774,000 men and women admitted to using methamphetamine at least once within the past month. According to the survey, methamphetamine abuse was highest among men and women between the ages of 18 and 25. In 2016, the average age of new users was 23.3 years old.

If you or someone you love has been struggling with methamphetamine abuse or dependence, recovery is entirely possible. Overcoming addiction might seem like an uphill battle, seeing as this specific chemical substance is so addictive and related withdrawal symptoms can be so severe. At CuraSouth we are dedicated to providing a safe and pain-free withdrawal while helping you or your loved one begin on the lifelong road of recovery. To get started or for more information contact us today, we are available to help you 24/7.

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Methamphetamine Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

While the signs and symptoms associated with methamphetamine abuse and addiction vary on a person-to-person basis, there are several associated symptoms that remain consistent across the board, including:

  • Tooth decay/rotting teeth (also known as “meth mouth”)
  • Itchy skin and intense scratching, which can lead to open wounds and skin lesions 
  • Scabs on the face that appear to be acne (but are actually a result of scratching and picking, which stems from paranoia and delusions)
  • A loss of appetite which can lead to extreme and noticeable weight loss
  • Erratic behavior 
  • Sudden shifts in mood 
  • An increase in angry outbursts and aggression 
  • Extreme anxiety 
  • Paranoia and delusions (in extreme cases, auditory and visual hallucinations)
  • Continuing to use meth despite a range of personal consequences (legal, financial and interpersonal in nature) 
  • Spending an excessive amount of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of meth 
  • A lack of interest in hobbies and activities that were previously enjoyed 
  • Developing a physical tolerance rapidly, meaning that more meth is required in order for the desired effects to be achieved
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped abruptly for any reason

Symptoms of Methamphetamine Withdrawal

The duration and severity of methamphetamine withdrawal depends heavily on the severity of abuse, and on whether or not any pre-existing physical or psychological conditions are present. In most cases, however, withdrawal symptoms begin within the first 24 hours of the last use. At CuraSouth we conduct an in-depth clinical, medical and psychological evaluation upon admission to our detox program. This helps us develop a highly personalized plan of action, focusing on the unique clinical needs of each individual client. The most common symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal include:

  • Extreme anxiety 
  • Excessive sleepiness and fatigue 
  • Intense psychological meth cravings 
  • Depressed mood, which can lead to suicidal ideation when left untreated 
  • Hallucinations, delusions and psychosis 
  • An increased appetite, which can lead to temporary weight gain
  • General feelings of physical discomfort/restlessness

Psychological symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal are typically far more severe than physical symptoms. In most cases these symptoms must be treated by a trained psychiatrist in a closely monitored environment.

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Is Medical Detox Necessary For Meth Addiction?

When it comes to methamphetamine abuse, medical detox is always necessary. This is because the psychological symptoms that go hand-in-hand with withdrawal can lead to serious complications when left untreated. Anxiety is especially common, affecting roughly 30 percent of all men and women experiencing methamphetamine withdrawal. When left untreated, anxiety can quickly escalate to hyperventilation and ongoing panic attacks. Along the same vein, depression is very common – and can lead to suicidal ideation (even suicide attempts) when it is not adequately treated. The psychological drug cravings that frequently lead to relapse must also be addressed.

Methamphetamine Detox
Treatment Options

The treatment methods we utilize in order to facilitate the detox process depend heavily on the unique clinical needs of each individual client. However, because the symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal remain somewhat consistent, we generally employ a combination of Medication Assisted Treatment options, intensive therapeutic intervention and holistically-based approaches. Psychological symptoms are often treated with antipsychotic drugs in order to prevent complications. Based on the unique needs of each client, we utilize the following methods:

  • Antidepressant medications. 
  • Anti-anxiety medications. 
  • Other mood stabilizers. 
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. 
  • Non-addictive sleep aids. 
  • Therapeutic intervention with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and contingency management. 
  • 12-step program involvement. 
  • Relapse prevention training. 
  • Holistic methods of pain management and craving reduction, including acupuncture, mindfulness meditation and yoga therapy. 

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    Our Simple Admissions Process

    At CuraSouth we remain dedicated to making the entire early recovery process as uncomplicated as possible from start to finish. We understand that committing to a long-term program of clinical care can be overwhelming and stressful in and of itself. Our team of dedicated professionals is available to help you and your loved one through every step of the admissions process – which can be predominantly completed over the phone in a matter of minutes. The moment you or your loved one gives us a call we begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment. We ask a series of personal yet non-invasive questions which ultimately help our medical team determine which methamphetamine detox treatment options are going to be the most effective for each unique case. We then help explore coverage options. At CuraSouth we work closely with most major regional and national providers, meaning that if you or your loved one is currently insured, some or all of our detox services will be covered partially or in full. We provide a free, no obligation health insurance benefit check, which can also be carried out over the phone in under 10 minutes. If you or your loved one is underinsured or uninsured we offer a variety of other coverage options, including self-pay and private pay. Finally we set a date and a time for intake and help arrange travel plans whenever necessary.

    If you or someone you know has been abusing methamphetamine for any length of time, CuraSouth is available to help. We are dedicated to providing much more than a safe and pain-free methamphetamine withdrawal – we work hard to pave the road for continued success in sobriety. For more information contact us today.