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Methamphetamine Rehabilitation program

Methamphetamine rehabilitation can be tricky. At Whole Recovery, we have done extensive research on the long term and short term effects of methamphetamine use. Methamphetamine, otherwise known as "meth", is a powerful stimulant that makes radical changes in the brain.

Here are some common short term effects meth produces:

temporary weight loss

intense euphoria

increased energy and talkativeness

compulsive repetitive habits

feeling "awake" and "alert"

lack of appetite and need for sleep

Initially, meth can seem enticing and exciting and this couldn't be further from the truth. It is common for women to take methamphetamine to lose weight and have increased energy. This is only an illusion that this drug gives you, in fact, meth almost always leads to addiction and weight loss is only temporary, contingent on this drug. Eventually, something happens where the drug turns on you and does exactly the opposite of what it used to do. It initially increases your energy levels making you think that it is helping you in your life to get things done, but after a very short time, you need the drug to even get out of bed in the morning. Meth causes extreme depression, paranoia, and delusions similar to schizophrenia. These effects may last for years after the user stops taking the drug, and sometimes may never go away.

At Whole Recovery, our priority is to detoxify the body and the mind from the poison in the body produced by methamphetamine. Unlike cocaine or heroin, which are based from the cocoa plant and the opium poppy, meth is completely man made. It is made of lethal poisons that deteriorate your body rapidly regardless of how it is ingested. Whole Recovery has a variety of techniques used to help the body heal from the damage and restore the person back to health. We strongly believe in holistic practices, such as amino acid supplements, detoxifying massages, yoga, and a diet enriched with vitamins to help the recovery process. Relaxation, a proper diet, amino acid supplements are just some of the ways that can significantly help curb the depression and complete exhaustion associated with recovery from meth. The amount of time it takes to recover is based on how long the user has been on the drug, and how much they used. Regardless of the circumstances, it is never too late to stop methamphetamine addiction and start a new life. At Whole Recovery, we can help.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine (Meth) is an addictive stimulant that strongly activates certain systems in the brain.

What does it look like?

Methamphetamine is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks. When the powder flakes off the rock, the shards look like glass, which is another nickname for meth. Meth is usually white or slightly yellow, depending on the purity.

How is it used?

Methamphetamine can be taken orally, injected, snorted, or smoked.

What are its short-term effects?

Immediately after smoking or injection, the user experiences an intense sensation, called a “rush” or “flash,” that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Snorting or swallowing meth produces euphoria — a high, but not a rush. After the initial “rush,” there is typically a state of high agitation that in some individuals can lead to violent behavior. Other possible immediate effects include increased wakefulness and insomnia, decreased appetite, irritability/aggression, anxiety, nervousness, convulsions and heart attack.

What are its long-term effects?

Methamphetamine is addictive, and users can develop a tolerance quickly, needing larger amounts to get high. In some cases, users forego food and sleep and take more meth every few hours for days, ‘binging’ until they run out of the drug or become too disorganized to continue. Chronic use can cause paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior (such as compulsively cleaning, grooming or disassembling and assembling objects), and delusions of parasites or insects crawling under the skin. Users can obsessively scratch their skin to get rid of these imagined insects. Long-term use, high dosages, or both can bring on full-blown toxic psychosis (often exhibited as violent, aggressive behavior). This violent, aggressive behavior is usually coupled with extreme paranoia. Methamphetamine use can also cause strokes and death.

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