Treatment for Meth Addiction at Wasatch Crest


Watch: Understanding Meth Addiction


What is Meth?

Methamphetamine is often known by the following names, depending on the form it comes in:

  • Chalk
  • Speed
  • Meth
  • Crank
  • Glass
  • Crystal
  • Ice

The drug comes in an odorless, white powder that is bitter to the taste. Meth was created from amphetamines that are used in bronchial inhalers and nasal decongestants. The drug can be snorted, injected, smoked or ingested orally. Depending on how it is taken, the drug has different effects on the user.

It is common that those addicted to meth also suffer from some type of undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, including schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and other anxiety or depressive disorders.

Long-Term Effects of Drug Usage

As with other addictive, illegal drugs, meth has a long list of potentially life-threatening, destructive effects when used long-term. Users may develop tolerance to the drug within minutes, requiring the user to binge in order to preserve the initial high.

Long-term effect of using meth may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Weight loss
  • Dental problems
  • Distractibility
  • Changes in the function and structure of the brain
  • Psychosis (hallucinations or paranoia)
  • Addiction

Meth is a highly addictive drug that can be fatal in certain doses. If you or someone you love is using meth, reach out to our specialists for help.


Signs of Meth Abuse

Signs of meth abuse can fall into four different categories:

Behavioral:

  • Social isolation
  • Trouble with the law
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Loss of appetite
  • Impulsiveness
  • Problems in relationships
  • Risky sexual behavior

Mood:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Euphoria

Physical:

  • Insomnia
  • Open sores
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Liver damage
  • Loss of skin elasticity

Psychological:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Feelings of bugs crawling under the skin
  • Nervousness
  • Repetitive behavior

How to respond to signs of addiction

When you suspect someone in your life is using meth and may be addicted, it’s important to seek help immediately. We can help you or your loved one detox from the drug in a safe environment with professionals that specialize in treating drug addiction.

Detox from any drug should always be monitored by medical professionals in order to minimize the potential harm.


Why choose Wasatch Crest?

Our ultimate goal is to promote your health, happiness, and wellbeing through empathetic, personalized treatment. We are confident that we can make set you on the path to long-term recovery.

We offer inpatient treatment, sober living, and outpatient programs, along with an alumni aftercare program. All of our treatment programs incorporate adventure-based recreational therapy and family therapy. We also work closely with you to help you secure employment post-treatment. We have the tools, experience and education needed to help you overcome addiction and create a fulfilling life in sobriety.


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