Crystal meth is classified as an amphetamine, an extremely addictive central nervous system stimulant requiring meth detox to safely treat addiction. Addiction to methamphetamine is so destructive that many chronic users risk stroke, brain damage, coma or death, and detoxing from crystal meth will be more stable and comfortable in a program equipped to address symptoms as they arise. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found recently about 10.4 million Americans age twelve and over have used methamphetamine at least once in their life. Meth is used by people of all demographics, from recreational party-goers, to individuals with psychological conditions generating a predisposition for stimulants. Crystal meth addiction causes an individual to change physically and psychologically, and while some changes may be permanent, many can be reversed if recovery is sustained.

Meth Addiction: How to detox

Many of the concerns regarding how to detox from meth addiction center on the sometimes drastic changes which occur to someone with a chemical dependency. Chronic meth use directly changes the brain and body functioning constricting the blood vessels, and cutting off the steady flow of blood to all parts of the body. Heavy use will weaken and destroy these vessels, making skin likely to damage and preventing the body’s ability to repair itself. Addiction can result in collapsed jaw, rotted teeth, paranoia, delusions and psychosis. Methamphetamine affects brain chemistry, disrupting cognitive ability, leading to disturbing or violent behavior. Meth detox is composed mainly of psychological distress, and in some cases people have experienced psychotic breaks. Withdrawing individuals generally experience:

  • Paranoia
  • Aggression and anxiety
  • Violent mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Rapid heart rate and/or heart arrhythmia[/twocol]

Although an individual may not be in immediate physical danger, the psychological pain can be just as dangerous. The majority of methamphetamine addicts who withdraw without a sub-acute detox relapse due to the cravings created by the psychological effects. At New Start, we provide a comfortable and safe environment as possible, and ease you through the process with 24/7 care available.

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What to expect from meth detox at New Start

With meth detox, it is important to treat the physical dependence and subsequent conditions as well as psychological and emotional associations with the drug and its effects. At New Start, patients are encouraged through a variety of methods, to discover and treat the root of their addiction. Through group and individual therapy, patients learn about their addiction and how to prevent relapse in the future. Our clinicians begin with a comprehensive evaluation of each client to gain a working knowledge of their medical history, history of abuse as well as psychological conditions which may be of concern. A physical evaluation, including a vision screening, will be completed. Our team of professionals has experience working with patients detoxing from meth and have competent judgment for assigning a severity level based on variables such as age, number of years using, amount used per week, family history and any underlying mental disorders. Once the initial health assessment is completed, our clinical staff members work closely with patients to design a treatment plan tailored to individual needs. The continuum of treatment and comprehensive care offered at New Start Detox ensures the ability to surmount the physical and psychological aspects of meth addiction. This achievement will promote the confidence necessary to begin building the tools essential to successfully engaging in long-term addiction recovery.