For many people, there comes a point where their meth use has progressed to such a dangerous level that their life is as risk. They’ve developed an unhealthy physical and emotional on the drug just to function normally, and recognize that detoxification from meth is crucial. However they are faced with a challenge, as withdrawal symptoms drive many people to use again because of their intense discomfort. For this reason, it is often necessary for those wanting to quit their meth use once and for all to enter into a treatment center.
Patients who choose Malibu Beach Recovery Centers are given a support network of highly skilled and caring medical staff committed to providing the resources necessary for a safe detoxification. We thoroughly assess each client, gathering critical information such as medical history and severity of addiction, before matching them with an individualized detox plan. This first step is one of the most important on the road to recovery, and therefore is incredibly important for long-term success.
Methamphetamine (meth) has become a significant problem in major cities across California, such as Malibu and West Los Angeles, in recent years. It is relatively inexpensive and widely available in urban and suburban areas alike, making it easy for people of all walks of life to purchase and use. This drug belongs to the stimulant family, and can be smoked or injected based on a user’s preference. Unlike many other drugs, meth can be made using common household ingredients, which has resulted in numerous meth labs across California.
People are drawn to this popular drug because of the intense feelings of euphoria it brings about. This drug works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain. Users will report an almost immediate rush of pleasurable sensations once they’ve consumed meth because it is able to reach the brain so quickly. This can encourage addiction, as users become hooked on the happy feelings they can achieve at a rapid pace.
Recognizing An Addiction to Meth
Spotting an addiction to meth in an individual can be tricky, as many addicted individuals tend to be secretive with their use. However, there are a number of physical and psychological symptoms that might present themselves, revealing an addiction to the drug. Individuals suffering from an addiction might experience hyperactivity, dilated pupils, weight loss, eye twitching, loss of appetite, and repetitious behavior. Further, people who are under the influence of this powerful drug will often stay awake for a number of days, which is then followed by a crash during which they’ll sleep for extended periods of time. Users might also go through a manic phase, which can in some cases manifest through behaviors such as obsessive cleaning.
Who Can Become Addicted to Meth?
When studying the impact an illegal drug has on a particular community or even country, officials will typically attempt to determine the demographics of the average user. The difficult thing about a drug as far-reaching as meth is that addiction crosses many boundaries including ethnicity, gender, race, and age. From urban to rural dwellers, high school students to blue-collar workers to white-collar workers, men to women, many groups are impacted by meth.
Statistically, there are a number of risk factors that make some individuals more prone to developing an addiction to meth. Individuals who have a family member that has suffered from an addiction have a higher risk of developing an addiction themselves, as there is a genetic component. Further, people who have experienced abuse as a child or neglect from their parents make up a larger portion of the total group of individuals addicted to meth. Additionally, individuals suffering from a mental illness are often pushed to use drugs as a way to cope and self-medicate.
At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, we are committed to treating the whole individual. To us, it is not only important to treat the physical symptoms that come about when detoxing from meth, but also the psychological and emotional symptoms that drive patients to use in the first place. In order to successfully treat each client, we must first perform a number of extensive assessments that provide critical information on their unique situation. Clients who enter our facility will undergo a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, addiction assessment, spiritual assessment, and family, living, and work environment assessment.
Once these assessments are complete, we are then able to create an individualized detox plan that accounts for the specifics of each patient’s history of meth use. Detoxification treatment plans must be customized to ensure clients are kept healthy and safe during this challenging period, and should be monitored by skilled professionals.
Meth Detox At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers: What to Expect
Prolonged use of meth can have a serious impact on the body. Eventually, many users will turn to a treatment facility to begin the detoxification process from this drug. It is highly likely that during detox patients will experience withdrawal symptoms because, over time, the body experiences changes in the central nervous system and brain due to meth use. In fact, the body comes to depend on meth to function, and once use has stopped, the body must attempt to readjust to its new drug-free state.
Withdrawal from this powerful drug can be particularly intense. Not only will patients experience physical withdrawal symptoms during detox, but they may also experience psychological and emotional symptoms as well. Some of the most commonly experienced withdrawal symptoms from meth include: anxiety, hallucinations, severe depression, paranoia, extreme fatigue, paranoia, mood swings, and psychosis. The intensity and severity of each symptom will vary from person to person, and is highly dependent on their history of use and length of addiction. Most individuals, however, can expect to begin experiencing the onset of symptoms within a day or two of quitting, and they can last for up to three months or longer. The typical pattern of detox and the onset of specific symptoms is as follows:
Days 1-3: In these first few days, recovery patients are likely to experience extreme fatigue and find themselves sleeping more than usual. Feelings of depression may also begin to set in at this point as well.
Days 4-10: Recovering individuals will begin to experience incredibly strong cravings to consume meth. This is a particularly challenging point in the detox process, as it challenges the ability to remain motivated and resist relapse. During this time many people will experience intense mood swings, and will start to feel pains throughout their body including headaches. Paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations may begin during days 4-10 as well, but these symptoms will typically subside after about a week or so.
Days 11-30: During these later days of detox, patients usually continue to have feelings of depression as well as a lack of motivation. Cravings to use will likely still be present, though less intense. After the first month, those who have quit their meth use will start to feel better.
During withdrawal, it is crucial that patients are under the care of experienced medical professionals. At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, we offer top-notch care to every client.
Let’s Beat Addiction Together
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to meth, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. You do not have to go through detox alone, and instead should do so with the support of the staff at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. We are standing by to take your call and begin the assessments of your current situation. Once you’ve contacted our facility, you can begin your journey to the happy and drug-free life that you and your loved ones deserve.