Topsail Addiction Treatment

Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

What Is a Meth Addiction?

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, is a powerful and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. It is a white, odorless crystalline powder which easily dissolves in either water or alcohol, while it can also be transformed into rock-like chunks known as crystal meth. Most known for being smoked in glass pipes, meth can also be snorted, injected, or orally ingested.

The drug has a similar chemical structure to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Comparably in clinical settings, methamphetamine is used in very limited contexts. It can help treat ADHD as well for instance, while it is also used for weight loss and and bronchial dilation. However, its clinical use is rare and strictly controlled due to its high potential for abuse and dependence.

A meth addiction is highlighted by the inability to control the use of methamphetamine – despite being aware of the harmful consequences. Yet the feelings delivered by the drug can override rational thought. Meth acts by increasing the levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, movement, and reward. The result: it supplies an intense rush of euphoria and increased energy, making it a highly addictive substance.

The misuse of methamphetamine is a significant issue for the United States – and more specifically, in Massachusetts. It can cause a range of serious health issues that have both physical and mental effects. The widespread availability of meth – supported by its easy synthesis in makeshift laboratories – further contributes to its prevalence as a misused drug across the US.

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Topsail: Professional Meth Treatment in Massachusetts

Topsail is one of the leading methamphetamine addiction treatment centers in Massachusetts. Our modern meth rehab center is ideal for those requiring intensive outpatient programs to treat their addiction. This is a recommended next step in the recovery process after detoxing, as it offers a combination of effective treatment with flexibility. The latter means individuals are able to continue working, go to school, maintain family obligations, etc. while still completing their meth addiction treatment program. With our treatment for meth addiction, we provide multiple programs that feature different levels of intensity and duration. The three main forms of substance abuse treatment programs available at Topsail are:
  • Full Day Treatment / Partial Hospitalization (PHP)*

    The next step in fentanyl addiction treatment is partial hospitalization. This program offer similar intensive levels as inpatient treatment, but it gives patients the opportunity to remain living at home. Group counseling, therapy sessions, and medication management are all part of PHP. The program utilizes full-day sessions, which patients must attend five days a week at our medical facility.
  • Half Day Treatment / IOS / IOP**

    An IOP is the next step down in treatment. While it remains at an intensive level, the amount of time a patient needs to commit to treatment is lowered. For instance, the number of sessions drops from five to three, and these last between three and four hours each. With greater levels of flexibility, patients are able to continue with their work, school, or family commitments while attending our treatment center.
  • Weekly Treatment / Outpatient / OP

    Outpatient programs are designed for those that are further along in their fentanyl recovery process. Designed for those seeking care post-intensive treatment, sessions are weekly and last one hour each. Outpatient treatment places a focus on lifestyle management and methods to prevent relapses from occurring.
With our methamphetamine abuse treatment options, we decide which route to take following an initial meeting. Our medical professionals asses each person’s medical history, current situation with methamphetamine, family support, and other pertinent points to construct the most effective personalized treatment plan to achieve long-term recovery.

Why Is Meth Addictive?

Meth is highly addictive due to its potent impact on the brain’s reward system. Like any other drug, meth alters the way the brain works. Meth does that by stimulating a rush of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, through the brain. This surge of dopamine results in intense euphoria and a powerful sense of wellbeing, driving users to seek the drug repeatedly. Over time, meth alters the brain’s chemistry. This diminishes the natural production and response to dopamine, which, consequently, makes it increasingly difficult to experience any form of pleasure without the drug. Meth has a much longer duration of action compared against other stimulants, and this results in prolonged effects. All of this leads to a dependency, as users consume more meth to chase the initial high – despite the growing impact of the consequences. The practicality of meth cannot be overlooked in terms of its addictive nature. The drug is relatively cheap when matched against the likes of cocaine, making it a preferred option among those who cannot afford more expensive controlled substances.

Meth Addiction Symptoms

A methamphetamine addiction manifests through a range of physical, behavioral, and psychological symptoms. Below are some of the most common signs someone is suffering with a meth substance addiction:

Physical changes

Prolonged meth use can cause drastic physical changes. Addicts are known to be afflicted by severe dental problems, which are commonly known as “meth mouth”. They can also have skin sores, weight loss, and exhibit signs of aging rapidly.

Increased energy

One of the negative consequences of meth use is increased energy and wakefulness. This surge in energy may not seem too bad on the surface, but it causes users to stay awake for extended periods. This hyperactivity can cause health problems like insomnia.

Behavioral changes

Another common sign of meth use is significant behavioral changes. These changes can include increased aggression, impulsivity, and risk-taking behaviors. A significant decline in personal hygiene is a further sign of addiction.

Psychological symptoms

Meth users frequently exhibit psychological symptoms like paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. These symptoms can not only be severe, but also potentially lead to violent behavior – whether self-inflicted or to others.

Social withdrawal

As addiction takes hold, individuals often withdraw from family, friends, and social activities. They may become isolated, where the drug becomes central to the user’s daily life – often at the expense of relationships and responsibilities.

The Side Effects of Meth

Along with the noticeable symptoms listed above, there are various severe side effects that can crop up due to meth addiction. These side effects include:

Neurological effects

Meth is well-known for causing severe neurological issues. This can include memory loss, impaired cognitive functions, and even an increased risk of stroke. Addicts can also experience the likes of increased confusion, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Cardiovascular problems

Meth abuse significantly increases the risk of heart problems. Irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure are common issues, while, in extreme cases, heart attacks can also be possible. The strain caused on the cardiovascular system can be acute and chronic.

Infections

It is known that meth users typically develop skin sores as a result of scratching and picking at the skin. These open up the possibility of infections developing, while the sores themselves can cause significant scarring.

Psychotic symptoms

Different symptoms of psychosis can make an appearance with long-term meth use. The likes of paranoia and hallucinations may not just appear before or during meth withdrawal, either – they can even persist on a long-term basis after drug use has stopped.

Meth Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

The treatment process for meth detoxification involves a two-stage process, each with their own distinct symptoms and challenges. The first stage, known as the acute phase, typically lasts for up to two weeks. During this two-week period, individuals generally experience intense – and often overwhelming – symptoms. These include severe depression, anxiety, fatigue, and an intense craving for the drug. This is followed by the subacute withdrawal stage. This phase can extend into several weeks and is, for the most part, a continuation of some symptoms – albeit in a less intense form. Mental health issues like depression, irritability, and cravings persist. Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or vivid dreams, are also common.

Attend Our Meth Addiction Treatment Center Today

If you need professional treatment for your meth addiction, Topsail is a leading option in Andover, Massachusetts. Our specialist treatment team knows how to help those attempting to move on from their methamphetamine use. With the care, experience, and expertise to make a difference, let us guide you towards a healthy life with our meth addiction treatment programs.