Sarasota Meth Addiction Rehab
Studies indicate that individuals abuse a wide variety of substances, and many have a "drug of choice" that they turn to for the particular kind of high it provides. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that has become widespread in some communities in the United States. Sarasota Meth addiction creates profound medical problems for the individual and social problems for the community. Sarasota Meth Addiction Treatment can help to save lives and restore individuals to productive lives.
There is hope for Sarasota meth addiction recovery. For help finding treatment centers near you, call Drug Treatment Centers Sarasota at (941) 866-2996.
What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant drug that was developed in the early 20th century. It was first used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers, but the drug's potential for abuse soon became evident.
The U.S. government designated it as a Class II stimulant, only available through prescription. Known as "crystal meth," "chalk," "crystal," "ice," and a variety of other names, it is a white to brown, crystalline powder with a bitter taste that dissolves easily in alcohol or water.
Meth produces a powerful feeling of physical stimulation and mental hyperactivity. The immediate "rush" can last for 30 minutes, with a 4 to 16-hour high that causes a feeling of extreme competence, but also causes intense focus on irrelevant details.
Understanding Meth Addiction
The intensely pleasurable sensations provided by meth make it a prime target for abuse and resulting addiction. Methamphetamine reaches the brain quickly. Increasing tolerance requires more of the drug to maintain the same high, and individuals fall into addiction at high rates.
Meth can be snorted, smoked taken orally or dissolved in water or alcohol. Binge drug taking may occur, with profound crashes that cause people to sleep for days afterward. Users become dehydrated and poorly nourished quickly. The user's health and mental clarity deteriorate rapidly.
Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction
- Physical - Individuals lose weight rapidly, look gaunt and exhausted, lose interest in grooming, develop sores from picking at their skin and their teeth begin to rot and loosen. They look much older than their actual age.
- Mental - Users become paranoid, anxious, restless, confused or violent.
- Social - Individuals may break off relationship with family and friends, preferring to spend time with others who use drugs. They neglect jobs and family responsibilities, become aggressive and argumentative, and seem unable to relate to normal life.
Symptoms of Abuse
A number of symptoms are associated with meth use:
- Does not sleep for long periods, then sleeps for days
- Loses appetite, loses weight
- Has periods of increased activity
- Appears nervous or anxious
- Has extreme mood swings or become violent
- Appearance and behavior deteriorate rapidly
When meth is withheld, users may experience any or all of the following symptoms:
- Increased need for sleep
- Increased appetite
- Severe depression
- Lack of feelings of pleasure
- Psychotic states
- Severe cravings that can last for weeks
Relapse Rates for Meth Addiction
Because methamphetamine use has a profound effect on the dopamine receptors in the brain, normal brain chemistry can take some time to return to normal. The relapse rate for methamphetamine addiction is high, and repeated meth addiction treatment and medical detoxification help may be necessary to restore these individual to normal function.