More Information About Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine, also known as 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, injecting, snorting and swallowing. Meth boosts brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes feelings of euphoria and increased energy. Due to the excessive release of dopamine, meth is very addictive. While rumors that using meth one time will cause addiction aren’t true, meth’s rapid and powerful high has been known to cause cravings immediately after the first use.
The experts at meth rehab 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.
Detox: The First Step in Treating Methamphetamine Addiction
The first stage of treating meth and crystal meth addiction 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, detox symptoms wreak severe psychological effects on meth users, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid heartbeat
Because of these effects, the do-it-yourself or “cold turkey” detox method is never recommended. Medically supervised meth and crystal meth detox at a professional rehab center is the safest way to begin the treatment process.
Our Approach to Treating Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine treatment requires a holistic addiction treatment program that allows for a number of methodologies to work together to treat the whole person instead of just addressing the addiction alone. One important tactic is participating in one-on-one therapy and small group sessions that focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Another therapy method we use in our meth rehab program is amino acid therapy, which 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 also includes yoga, fitness, acupuncture and equine therapy. These therapies are supplemental in addition to both individual and group therapy, and can help keep you focused and eliminate downtime, which often brings on stress and anxiety for those in treatment.
Meth Rehab in California with a Non-12-Step Focus
Ranch Creek Recovery provides comprehensive methamphetamine addiction treatment in our private holistic rehab centers. We have a maximum of six clients in our rehab center at any one time; this allows our staff to give each person the highest quality of care, and we work with you on getting to the roots of your addiction. Our staff members are highly qualified and are here to help you through your treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ranch Creek’s non-12-step rehab for methamphetamine addiction, please contact us today by filling out a form or giving us a call to speak with a representative. We can walk you through our admission process as well as discuss your insurance coverage options.