One of the substances that we have vast experience helping clients detox from is methamphetamine. Meth falls into the category of stimulants, or drugs that raise levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body. Unlike with alcohol or other drugs, detoxing from meth is not lethal. However, there are other complications, including extremely high cravings for meth while the individual is detoxing which lead to high relapse rates.
Detoxing at ReAlign
Methamphetamine detox is often an unpleasant and difficult experience. At ReAlign Detox, we do everything we can to ensure the comfort of our patients and increase their chances of abstaining from meth for good. Our trained doctors have years of experience using medically-assisted treatment to help our clients’ detox experience more comfortable and effective. We understand the difficulties that our clients face as they embark on the road to recovery from a meth addiction and we know how to help them through every step of the way, providing them with a professional and effective detoxing experience that will serve as a firm foundation for the rest of their recovery.
The Dangers of Meth
Methamphetamine falls under the “stimulant” category of drugs, as it serves to enhance the users’ levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body. Part of the reason that meth is so addictive is that it does its job well, providing short-term benefits such as:
- Increased energy levels
- Acute attention to detail and alertness
- Intense focus and determination
- A rush of heightened mental and physical performance
These side effects appear desirable to many people, which is why so many people become addicted to meth and relapse as they are attempting to recover from their addiction. With sustained use, the damaging effects of meth can be devastating, permanent, and often lethal. Some of the negative effects include, but are not limited to:
- Increased heart weight and blood pressure
- Severe, unhealthy weight loss
- Poor dental health, frequently called “meth mouth”
- Convulsions or stroke
- Brain damage
The Difficulties of Meth Detox
Meth is one of the most difficult substances to detox from for a few reasons. First, any time a person is detoxing from a substance on which they have become dependent, it is difficult for them to stop. Their cravings for the substance are often enough to persuade them to keep using, often regardless of the negative effects it has on their health and/or life. Those withdrawal cravings are especially acute for meth users due to the positive short-term effects it has on the users and the intense negative effects it has on them once they stop. Those effects include:
- Irritability and aggression
- Extreme fatigue
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety and paranoia
The intense cravings for meth coupled with the psychological and physiological lows that the user experiences as they attempt to abstain from it make it very difficult for people who are addicted to meth to overcome their addiction.
Get the Help You Need
Meth detox is difficult and uncomfortable and should never be attempted alone. Not only can detoxing from meth be dangerous, but it stands little chance of success unless supervised and directed by qualified professionals. At ReAlign Detox, we have years of experience successfully helping our clients detox from meth in a comfortable and effective way. If you or a loved one is suffering from a dependency on meth, please get the professional help you need. Come to ReAlign Detox and let us help you.