Are you concerned that you or a close friend or family member has Crystal meth addiction?. On this page Rehab Healthcare (Rehab Hc) will try to inform you as to how this drug works, the dangers of its addiction, the signs for you to look out for and how you can get help and support. Rehab HC will passionately listen to your needs and requirements, signpost you to the appropriate help tailored to you, including referral to a rehab centre that meets your requirements, and support you in your journey to recovery. Give us a call!.
What is Crystal Meth Addiction?
Crystal Meth (Crystal Methamphetamine) is also known as meth, crankand ice. It ismore commonly used in the US and Central Asia but more and more people have been using it in the UK in recent years. Crystal meth is a synthetic potent stimulant of the central nervous system. Although the structure of crystal meth is similar to that of Amphetamine (Speed), it is much more potent than it. Crystal meth is more prone to abuse because its effects on the brain are much stronger and last longer.
Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction
If you suspect that someone you know has crystal meth addiction and you’re unsure. There are a few signs that can give it away especially when injected. Some of these signs are seen in users of other stimulant substances like Speed, Cocaine, Crack cocaine and NPS (Mephedrone).
Irritability and short temperament
Erratic behaviour and extreme fluctuations in mood
Hyperactivity, increased rate of speech
Followed by prolonged periods of sleeping (after coming down from the drug)
Confusion and sometimes slurred speech
‘Gurning’ (uncontrollable grinding of teeth and abnormal mouth movements)
Withdrawal symptoms like sweating, shaking, anxiety, irritability.
Tooth decay and erosion of the gums
Appearance of injecting sites and wounds
Finding drug using paraphernalia like glass meth pipes.
Dangers of Crystal Meth Addiction
As mentioned above, Crystal Meth is a very potent stimulant of the brain. Crystal meth addiction causes adverse effects on the brain functions such that using it just for a few times is dangerous as it easily leads to strong addiction. Excess dose causes death. Injecting Crystal meth increases its risk of death from overdose. Some of the many unfavourable long-term effects of crystal meth addiction include:
Mental illnesses – includes anxiety, aggression, agitation, depression, paranoia, auditory and visual hallucinations, psychosis, suicidal thoughts and self-harming through scratching of skin as addicts have an abnormal feeling of bugs crawling on their body and head.
Risk of Infections – injection abscesses, HIV or Hepatitis infections from needle sharing, STDs from risky sexual activities
Overdose risk – leads to the risk of death.
Treatment of Crystal Meth addiction
Of note, crystal meth addiction causes strong psychological dependency due to its intense effect on the brain, hence addicts experience intense craving on stopping its use. It was previously thought by scientists and substance misuse professionals that crystal meth causes no physical dependency, however as more and more people using it seeks help for crystal meth addiction, it has become apparent that heavy use of crystal meth can cause physical dependency. Crystal meth addicts with physical dependence tend to develop withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop. These symptoms include insomnia, irritability, sweating, anxiety and shaking.
As with any substance addiction associated with strong psychological dependency, many collaborative psychological interventions are considered. Physical withdrawal symptoms are also treated. Treatment of crystal meth addiction involves:
Medical assessment of dependency by a specialist doctor
Assessment of associated mental health conditions/psychoses
Medication to manage withdrawal symptoms
1-2-1 Key-working and Counselling
Structured Groupwork Programme
Advice and Guidance, including Harm Reduction Advice and Relapse Prevention
Mutual Aid and Social Support Groups like SMART Recovery and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
It is great that you have made the decision to stop. Give us a call. One of Rehab Healthcare advisors will go through all of the options available to you. We will explain the pros and cons of each option and look at your individual needs based on family life, Work and local support networks.
Most of the above treatment can be done under one roof in a residential setting. What works for some, doesn’t work for others. As with any other addiction and subsequent recovery from it, the outcome will be largely dependent on the motivation of the addicted person to achieve their desired goal. Total recovery is possible and we have personally witnessed many people addicted to crystal meth achieve long-term abstinence. Call us now!.
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