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Men’s Methamphetamines Rehab
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine belongs to the family of drugs known as amphetamines. This class of drugs is known to speed up the central nervous system. It is a drug created by mixing multiple chemicals and sometimes toxic ingredients. Methamphetamine is also described as meth, speed, chalk, ice, crystal, jib.
What impacts does Methamphetamine have?
The use of substances can impact the way in which the brain functions and the release of and reuptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health. The use of substances can also increase the symptoms of a diagnosed mental health concern. Methamphetamine use can cause an increased heartbeat, high blood pressure, seizures, high body temperature, and a high risk of overdose. As Methamphetamine is made in an illegal lab, its composition is not always the same, and depending on the filler substances used, it can have a different impact on one’s health each time someone uses from a different batch.
Long term use of methamphetamines can cause severe tooth decay known as ‘meth mouth’, feeling of bugs under skin- picking and sores can develop, loss of appetite and weight loss. Those who use methamphetamines can also have trouble sleeping and an increased risk of heart disease or stroke due to the strain chronic use has on the central nervous system. Psychosis can also develop with long term use which can include behaviours such as hallucinations, delusions, paranoia or bizarre and violent behaviour.
Methamphetamine can cause damage to cells in those areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory and movement. It is unknown if this damage is permanent. Those who us methamphetamines for any length of time can experience job loss due to behaviour, failed drug test, inability to function in the workplace or lack of attendance.
What are the meth withdrawal risks?
Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals. Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety. Acute withdrawal symptoms are known as a ‘crash’. This is when a client experiences fatigue, agitation, excessive sweating, confusion, stomach aches and dehydration. Withdrawal can last anywhere between a few days to several weeks.
People may also experience methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms that include hallucinations, anxiety, severe depression, fever, tremors and excessive sweating. It is recommended that anyone experiencing withdrawal from methamphetamines attend a withdrawal management facility or speak with medical professionals about their withdrawal to ensure safety.
Although there is no medication to ease withdrawal, clients can be provided medication to counter some of the symptoms that present during withdrawal and safety can be monitored.
Overdose is a serious risk, and related deaths have been on the rise in Canada and around the world.
How We Treat Meth Addiction
Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours.
The staff at CHRC understand that often people use methamphetamines because they experience depression or struggle with establishing a healthy sleep pattern. Clients are supported through counselling to get to the root of their behaviour and develop healthy coping mechanisms within the group and individual counselling settings offered through the program.
At CHRC, we understand that counselling alone cannot treat addiction and that nutritional therapies and support are needed to aid in the healing of ones physical and mental state. On a neurochemical level, our nutritional program offers clients the building blocks needed to rebalance their systems in a way not offered by any other treatment centres in Ontario. The body requires certain foods and the nutrients they hold to make dopamine.
Certain amino acid supplements have been found helpful during not only withdrawal but also through treatment in providing the body the nutrients needed to naturally release dopamine and serotonin. This can alleviate some of the mood concerns that arise during withdrawal. Amino acids play an important role in eliminating cravings as well.
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