Methamphetamine, also known ice, glass and crystal is a powerful synthetic stimulant. Users experience physiological changes such as a boost in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and body temperature in addition to hugely increased energy, euphoria, paranoia and nervousness.
Methods of use include smoking, injection, snorting and orally. Meth boost brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine which causes feelings of euphoria and increased energy. Meth causes an excessive release of dopamine. Due to the spike in dopamine, meth is very addictive. While rumors that using meth one time will cause addiction are not true, meth’s rapid and powerful high has been known to cause cravings straight away.
The experts at meth treatment centers like Ranch Creek Recovery have noted as well that the “coming down” period following meth use causes deep depression and feelings of emptiness and hopelessness, which also contribute to the advent of meth addiction.
What Happens at Meth Rehab Centers?
The length of treatment for methamphetamine addiction will depend on the amount of meth used and the length of continuous use. More severe addictions or long-term ones usually require a longer cycle of meth treatment. A minimum of 90 days in residential treatment with a long-term aftercare program is recommended.
The first stage of rehab for meth is detox. Short for detoxification, this first stage is the management of withdrawal symptoms and the purging of toxins from the body. While not as physically dangerous as alcohol or heroin withdrawal, withdrawal symptoms wreak severe psychological effects on the addict, including:
Because of these effects, Do-It-Yourself or “cold turkey” detox is never recommended, but instead medically supervised detox at a meth treatment center is a must.
Meth Rehab After Detox
Treatment requires one on one therapy sessions along with small group sessions with a focus on cognitive, behavioral therapy. Our amino acid therapy is used to restore the brain chemistry and help with cravings, appetite, sleep patterns, energy, stress and mood swings.
Our holistic approach to treating meth addiction includes yoga, fitness, acupuncture and equine therapy. These therapies are included in your day of counseling groups and individuals, they help keep you focused and eliminate down time which brings on stress and anxiety.
California’s Premiere Center for Meth Treatment and Meth Rehab
At Ranch Creek we provide comprehensive treatment for methamphetamine addiction in our private drug rehab with the finest quality care, and we work with you on getting the roots of your addiction. Our staff are highly qualified with many years’ experience and are here to help you through your treatment 24/7. Call us today for a confidential assessment.