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What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine (also known as meth, speed, chalk, ice, crystal, or jib) belongs to the family of drugs known as amphetamines. This highly addictive stimulant drug is snorted, smoked, or injected and works by speeding up the central nervous system. Meth produces a rush of good feelings at first, but can make users feel edgy, overly excited, and sometimes paranoid, angry, or afraid. Meth is made by mixing several different chemicals together, which sometimes includes toxic ingredients.
What impacts does Methamphetamine have?
Methamphetamine increases a user’s heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. In higher doses it can cause seizures and lead to overdose. Methamphetamine is made in illegal labs, and the ingredients used to make it can vary widely. This makes meth extremely dangerous and its effects unpredictable.
Long-term use of methamphetamines can cause many health problems, including:
- Severe tooth decay: Meth causes dry mouth, and chronic users of meth frequently neglect their teeth. This leads to a condition known as “meth mouth.”
- Skin sores: Users of meth often feel a sensation of bugs crawling under the skin. They may scratch or pick at their skin, causing skin sores. Meth also causes itching.
- Weight loss: Because meth suppresses appetite, many users will lose weight and appear skinny or frail.
- Cardiovascular problems: People who use meth have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke because of the strain the drug puts on the central nervous system.
- Psychosis: Chronic methamphetamine abuse can cause hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and bizarre or violent behaviour.
- Brain damage: Methamphetamine is known to damage brain cells associated with thinking, memory, and movement. This damage may be permanent.
Meth addiction can lead to severe personal problems. A person struggling with meth addiction may have problems concentrating at work, they may lose their job, experience relationship difficulties, or be unable to meet daily responsibilities.
Using methamphetamine comes with a serious risk of overdose, and meth-related deaths are on the rise in Canada and around the world.
What are the meth withdrawal risks?
When chronic users of meth stops taking the drug, they will experience acute withdrawal symptoms. This is known as a “crash.” Symptoms can include fatigue, agitation, excessive sweating, confusion, stomach aches, and dehydration. Meth withdrawal can last anywhere between a few days to several weeks. Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can also include hallucinations, anxiety, severe depression, fever, tremors, and excessive sweating.
If you or a loved one is considering treatment for meth addiction, seek help from a meth addiction treatment centre or speak with your doctor or a medical professional to get the right help.
While no medication can eliminate withdrawal symptoms from meth, there are medications that can help you withdraw more comfortably.
Overdose is a serious risk, and related deaths have been on the rise in Canada and around the world.
How We Treat Meth Addiction
Gateway Recovery Centre challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We take a holistic approach to treatment that focuses on healing the mind and the body.
People often turn to methamphetamines and other drugs to cope with depression, stress, or pressures from work or school. CHRC helps clients get to the root of their behaviour and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Clients participate in individual and group therapy sessions with counsellors trained in evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).
If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, methamphetamine addiction help is just a phone call away. Learn more about our Ontario meth rehab program in Peterborough.
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