Methamphetamine, more commonly referred to as meth, is a potent and highly addictive stimulant that affects the body’s central nervous system. Meth most often comes in the form of a white, bitter-tasting, odorless powder or crystals that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Meth can be swallowed, smoked, injected and snorted. Due to the addictive nature of this substance, some users begin to experience the signs of meth addiction with just one use.
If you or a friend or family member is dealing with meth addiction, The Last Resort is here to help. We utilize a selection of evidence-based and structured treatment programs at our Austin area rehab facility, where we’ve helped countless men beat and recover from meth addiction.
“The Last Resort gave me a second chance at life. Not to mention how they provided my family with constant support and love as well. I am forever indebted to them and I can’t express enough how truly special a place The Last Resort truly is.”
– Brian H.
Effects of Meth Addiction
Meth causes a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the “feel good” transmitter that leads to the rush of euphoria users can become hooked on very quickly. Once the drug wears off, dopamine levels drop significantly, leading to depression and cravings for more of the drug. Through continued use, regular meth users will build a tolerance, and require more of the drug to achieve the high they are after. This greatly increases the risk for overdose.
In addition to the feeling of euphoria, the effects of meth addiction include:
- Feelings of alertness and mental acuity
- Increased heart rate and heart arrhythmias
- Increased body temperature, sometimes to dangerous levels
- Suppressed appetite, which can lead to weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Delusions and hallucinations
If you or a friend or family member are experiencing the side effects of regular meth use, reach out to The Last Resort Recovery to learn more about our men’s addiction treatment program.
Signs of Meth Addiction
How addiction affects people differs from individual to individual, as there are different levels of addiction and some people may be better at hiding the signs than others. If you’re trying to identify if someone has an addiction, your first step should be considering the typical behavior of your loved one, and how their current behavior is different from that. There are also a number of emotional and physical signs that could be indicative of a meth addiction.
There are numerous signs to look for, but the most the common signs of meth addiction include:
- Increased activity and wakefulness without the need for sleep
- Skin infection and abscesses, due to constant picking at the skin
- Significant weight loss and signs of malnutrition
- Memory loss and mood disturbances
- Paranoia, aggressive or violent behavior
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Severe tooth decay, known as “meth mouth”
If you’ve noticed any of these signs with a man in your life, seeking help is critical in beating this dangerous addiction. As individuals stop using meth, they may experience intense withdrawal symptoms including extreme fatigue, depression, psychosis, and suicidal thoughts. That’s why our rehab facilties offer supervised medical detox programs that helps men who are determined to beat their addiction reach their goals. If you or your loved one are ready to get started on the road to recovery, reach out to our admissions team today.
Treatment for Meth Addiction Near Austin
There are many options when it comes to treatment for a meth addiction. At our 55-acre rehab facility near Austin, we offer an in-depth, step-by-step treatment program that specializes in helping men struggling with a meth addiction. As part of our men’s rehabilitation and recovery program, patients can expect to participate in a number of evidence-based treatments, such as:
Once you or a loved one has accepted that they need help to beat their meth addiction, reach out to the Last Resort Recovery. Our admissions team will get to know you, as well as your history with addiction to craft a custom treatment plan made just for you.
After you’re admitted to our rehab facility near Austin, your personalized treatment plan composed of evidence-based treatments we’ll begin. It’s time to take your first step on the road to beating meth addiction.
Once you’ve completed your in-house treatment, we encourage patients to continue participating in our aftercare programs. We offer programs including a transitional living facility and support groups, so you can prioritize recovery and stay on the right track to maintain sobriety and prevent relapse.
"As a family member, I cannot say enough GOOD things about the Last Resort Recovery Center and all the staff. They are A1, top notch, and a very wonderful but strict place to get your life back on track. TLR was a Godsend to me and my family – but most of all to my husband Tim!! He has been such a happier, healthier and positive man since his time there. I truly feel God had his hand on us finding this place for Tim. It has saved my husband’s life and has also given my son his Dad back.
Nothing in life is 100 percent perfect, but as far as I am concerned, Tim is alive and doing so much better with the caring, loving, supportive and sometimes tough love from the guys at the Last Resort. Tim loves each and every one of them, and either talks, emails or texts one of them on a daily basis. They are still very tight and have stayed together to start and share their new life. Thanks to the Last Resort more than words can ever say."
- LADAWN A. (Tim’s wife)
Get Help For Your Meth Addiction
Meth is a dangerous and highly addictive drug that is challenging to stop using without help from professionals. At The Last Resort Recovery, our patients are men from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and beyond that are looking for comprehensive addiction treatment. Take control of your life and beat your addiction to meth today. Reach out to our admissions team to get the help that you or your loved one needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meth produces a number of long-term health effects that are irreversible. With other drugs like alcohol, much of the damage that was caused can begin to reverse itself when usage is stopped. With meth, things like tooth decay and organ damage can last for the rest of your life.
Current evidence shows that behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency management interventions are currently the most effective treatments for meth addiction. Reach out to our team and we’ll create a custom recovery plan for you based on your addiction history, interests, and more.
Attempting to get off of meth using a cold-turkey method can be risky with withdrawal symptoms often including psychosis, depression, and suicidal thoughts. If you think you are addicted to meth and are committed to seeking help, contact The Last Resort. Our medical detox program can help you quit meth safely and under supervision. In addition to completing detox, you’ll participate in our evidence-based treatments for substance abuse.