Meth Addiction Treatment Center Austin

man standing in front of sunset recovers from Meth AddictionMethamphetamine or meth is a dangerously destructive drug that can lead to addiction even after the very first use. The stimulant resembles a white crystalline powder, which is usually snorted, smoked or injected. The drug produces a fast, powerful rush or “high,” which can last for many hours. In some cases, users will binge use the drug, taking hits every few hours until they become too incapacitated to continue. If you or someone you love has been using this dangerous drug, it’s time to seek rehab for meth addiction.

Effects of Meth Addiction on the Mind and Body

Meth causes a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine into 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.

Other 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

Over the long-term, meth can be one of the most destructive drugs around. Users may experience lung, kidney and liver damage, brain damage and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Meth users may become malnourished as a result of a decreased appetite and may go for long periods of time without sleep. Long-term meth use can also cause severe anxiety, paranoia and depression. Meth can cause a sensation known as “skin crawling,” which leads users to constantly pick and scratch at their skin.

Signs of Meth Abuse

Meth addiction can occur rapidly and may include the following signs:

  • Increased activity and wakefulness without 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”

Rehab for Meth Addiction

Meth is a destructive drug that requires professional treatment to overcome. At The Last Resort, we offer a variety of evidence based treatment as well as an immersive 12 step program to help people get well. If you or someone you know is struggling with a meth addiction, the time to get help is now. Contact The Last Resort today at 877-892-7997 to learn how you can safely and effectively overcome your meth addiction for good.