What is Crystal Meth?
Crystal meth is a form of the drug Methamphetamine, a very dangerous, addictive and powerful stimulant. Other names for crystal meth include meth, chalk or speed, as well as ice or glass on the street.
The drug contains harmful, potent chemicals, and is so highly concentrated that many users become addicted after taking it just once or twice. No matter how often an individual uses crystal meth, the drug has a devastating effect on both one’s physical and mental health, and it can be life-threatening. Addiction takes hold more quickly when using crystal meth, and once the dependence has been created, it is only relieved by using more and more of the drug. The consequences are severe for both the addict and all those who care about them too.
Whilst crystal meth is known as a ‘club drug’ or ‘party drug’, and taken at nightclubs or raves for recreational purposes, it is a false pleasure. The stimulant does initially create a pleasurable effect, but this is deceptive as it quickly acts to cause chaos and harm in the body. The list of associated health conditions is long and some of the damage is irreversible. There is a risk of psychosis, heart and brain damage, as well as memory loss, aggression and violent behaviour.
What is Crystal Meth addiction?
Due to the initial euphoria and high associated with crystal meth use, many people are tempted to use the drug a second or third time. The first rush is often extremely powerful, as the feel-good chemical dopamine floods through the brain and leads to feelings of confidence, hyperactivity, energy and happiness or even euphoria. This is when the addiction takes root in the body, developing cravings to use again and building up a tolerance to the drug in the system.
Over time, the user needs more and more crystal meth to create the same powerful initial high. Once the addiction has set in, the risk of overdose and in some cases death is incredibly high for crystal meth users. That’s why it is so important to seek early intervention and professional support. The earlier an individual gets help for their addiction problem, the greater their chances of long term success and recovery.
Here at the Providence Projects, we understand how hard battling an addiction to a drug like crystal meth can be. The illness is all encompassing, and it can often feel like there is no way out. Our team of addiction counsellors and medical professionals are on hand 24/7 to offer you advice and support if you or a loved one is suffering addiction. We provide free, confidential consultations to anyone looking for drug rehabilitation and detox treatment – just call us today on 0800 955 0945 and we can answer any questions you have.
Crystal Meth: The effects
Crystal meth can affect the human body in several ways, and has many side-effects. The effects are at first enjoyable, as the dopamine receptors in the brain are stimulated, but this doesn’t last long and only entices the user to continue taking the drug. The negative effects someone might experience are listed below, although the severity of these symptoms will vary from person to person, and depends on the nature, severity and duration of the illness.
Crystal meth is one of the most harmful drugs in terms of both physical and mental health. It is almost never pure and tends to be mixed with other dangerous chemicals that you wouldn’t ever think to consume on their own.
The effects of crystal meth abuse are intense and long-lasting, and the drug does significant damage to the brain. As the disease progresses and more of the drug is consumed, the addict will begin to display more psychological symptoms of misuse, such as paranoia, hallucinations and severe anxiety. Long-term, the risk of permanent psychosis is very real.
- Physical effects
- Psychological effects
- Rapid eye movement
- Dilated pupils
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Increased appetite
- Aggression / violence
- Body tremors
- Loss of appetite
- Heart damage
- Brain damage
- Mood swings
- Severe Anxiety
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Long term psychosis
Crystal Meth withdrawals
Continued use of crystal meth changes the neurotransmitters in the brain, and the brain comes to rely on the drug to feel normal. Abruptly stopping taking the substance can lead to a number of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The severity of the symptoms experienced depends on a number of factors, including duration of the addiction, amount used, whether other substances were being misused, if there are any co-occurring mental health conditions.
The most commonly reported withdrawal symptoms include:
- Energy loss
- Extreme fatigue
- Sleeping for long periods
- Intense drug cravings
- Increased appetite
- Red eyes
- Shaking or tremors
- Vivid dreams
Crystal Meth detox
Undergoing detox from crystal meth is a difficult process, but it is also the first step on the road to recovery. It lays the foundation for your clean time moving forward. It is strongly recommended to undertake the detox process in a supervised detox or drug rehab facility. Professional support, monitoring and encouragement will help you stand the best chance of completing your crystal meth detox.
Due to the intense cravings experienced when you stop taking crystal meth, a detox is likely to lead to relapse if the user isn’t in a detox or drug rehab clinic. Going cold turkey (stopping use abruptly) is not the safest way to proceed by any means. At the Providence Projects, our private rehab clinic has seen hundreds of individuals detoxed safely and successfully. We understand the needs of the individual, and can provide them with the right level of care and support throughout the withdrawal process. For more information about crystal meth detox at our private residential rehab, please call us today on 0800 955 0945.
Crystal Meth Rehab
The first, most important step in overcoming a drug addiction is to admit to yourself and to others that you may need help. Have you lost control of your drug use? When you really want to stop do you find you cannot? Once you start using are you unsure of what will happen or when the drug use will stop? Is your drug use leading to consequences at work, with your family and friends, to your finances or to your mental and physical health? Reaching out for professional help is the best possible way to get a handle on your addiction.
There are a number of different addiction treatment programmes out there, and a whole host of detox and drug rehab clinics to choose from. Look for a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs, the level of dependence and whether you suffer from any co-existing mental health conditions.
Usually, a combination of evidence based therapies are effective to treat crystal meth addiction. These may include cognitive behavioural therapy, individual counselling, group therapy, relapse prevention workshops, and mindfulness and meditation therapies. Here at the Providence Projects, our expert team of addiction counsellors are leaders in their field, and they incorporate a range of therapies in their practice, to help clients understand the causation of their illness, as well as to develop the coping mechanisms to remain clean and sober long-term.
There are numerous benefits to entering a private residential rehab facility for crystal meth addiction. Primarily, the level of care and professional support you receive from experienced addiction therapists and medical staff. The supervised treatment on offer allows you to detox safely from all substances, as well as to explore with staff the psychological issues underpinning and driving your addiction. Another benefit to private addiction treatment is the support you receive from other recovering addicts. It can be uplifting and motivational to meet other people who have shared experiences, and can help you feel less alone.
Here at the Providence Projects, our main aim is to free people who are suffering from the torture of addiction. By entering a residential rehab programme, you benefit from the focus being entirely on your recovery. Considering the highly addictive nature of crystal meth, you need to make recovery your number one priority if you are to succeed. If you are at home, there are endless distractions and triggers, all of which can make it more difficult to overcome your addiction.
We understand how difficult it can be to make the decision to enter rehab. Our residential clinic in Bournemouth will guide you every step of the way, to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. Call us today on 0800 955 0945 to speak to one of our friendly admissions team about your detox and rehab options. We’re here to help.