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An Introduction To Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine (meth) is a potent stimulant that produces euphoria and feelings of pleasure. It is considered to have a high potential for abuse and addiction, which is in part due to the way it causes the brain to release large amounts of dopamine. Methamphetamine (also known as meth, crystal, crank, ice, glass and speed) is a highly addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It’s a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves in water or alcohol. In the US, methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act.  Methamphetamine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. Methamphetamine can be taken orally, injected, or inhaled.

It is chemically similar to amphetamine, a stimulant found in certain prescription drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Schedule II drugs like amphetamine are defined as having a high potential for abuse, but also having some accepted medical use. Drugs in this category include morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. 


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Withdrawal from methamphetamine can be very dangerous. If you have a history of seizures or heart problems, you may not be able to detox using the same protocol as someone who has no medical problems. You may want to consider an inpatient rehab that offers 24-hour detox services. Although crystal methamphetamine withdrawal can be life-threatening, it’s not inherently so.

That said, there’s a very real risk of depression when you’re withdrawing from crystal meth. If you feel you have completed detox, then your treatment team should have provided you with a plan to transition to the appropriate level of substance abuse treatment, based on your addiction, mental health, physical condition, and other factors.

The thought of treatment at a residential facility may seem somewhat overwhelming because, for the treatment duration, you will not be working, going to school, or fulfilling your day-to-day obligations. Instead, you will be 100 percent focused on treating your addiction. However, residential treatment doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.

If you have been abusing crystal meth for an extended period of time, have experienced serious impairment to your life as a result of crystal meth use, and are dependent on crystal meth, you may want to seek the structure of a residential program.

Residential programs provide a safe, structured, and supportive environment that can help you change your lifestyle. Dependence, although different from addiction, is a major sign of addiction. Chronic crystal meth use can lead to significant physiological stimulant dependence, which means that the body has adapted to the presence of meth and requires it to function normally. Dependence, although different from addiction, is a major sign of addiction.

Outpatient programs are often suggested as part of aftercare, as the sinister nature of it’s deeply psychologically addictive affects can cause craving for up to 18 months after sobriety.



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Crystal meth addiction is characterized by recurring compulsive use, even though the user knows that crystal meth causes harmful psychological or physical effects. The effects of crystal meth withdrawal are severe.

The symptoms associated with crystal meth withdrawal include intense cravings for the drug, increased appetite, slowed movements and thoughts, profound fatigue, anxiety, intense depression, psychosis, and paranoia. Using crystal meth regularly can lead to a host of serious physical and mental health complications.

Seachange Recovery provides a safe, medically assisted environment to ease the withdrawals and keep you safe from old friends and habits. That’s why many choose to go to rehab for meth in another state.


Methamphetamine use can also result in psychotic symptoms and drug-induced psychosis, with studies suggesting that those who use intravenously or have a family history of psychosis are at heightened risk. Another common co-occuring disorder with meth addiction, anhedonia is a diminished interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable or rewarding activities.

It has been theorized that changes in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain as a result of meth use may play a role in protracted anhedonia in former meth users. Although psychiatric symptoms typically resolve themselves within a week of abstinence, for some these symptoms may last long after using and may recur in times of stress. The most common psychiatric symptoms include anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, and restlessness.

As A JCAHO accredited facility, you can be sure you will be monitored and treated appropriately should any of these conditions arise.



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Behavioral therapy and psychiatric care are only one half of the puzzle for most of those seeking a long lasting recovery from meth addiction. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment to prevent relapse by increasing awareness of high-risk situations, developing coping skills, changing harmful behaviors, and managing cravings. This type of therapy is most effective when you combine it with other forms of treatment like medication.

Motivational incentives are a proven technique. In these interventions, people are rewarded for engaging in positive behaviors, such as attending treatment sessions and not using. As you stay sober, the rewards may increase in value.

Contingency management interventions, in which tangible rewards reinforce positive behaviors such as attending treatment sessions and not using.

The Matrix Model is a program designed to treat people with substance abuse problems. It incorporates behavioral therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and education, encouragement to participate in 12-step meetings, drug testing, and positive reinforcement of desirable behaviors such as avoiding substance use and attending treatment. The Matrix Model was created by Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D.

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Sea Change Recovery is unlike any other drug rehab in Southern California. We believe that recovery is possible for all those who do the work. We also believe there is no one-size-fits-all-approach to substance abuse treatment. We offer an innovative treatment program in Santa Monica, CA that combines the best clinical, holistic, traditional + modern methods in order to supply each client with the therapies and treatment they personally need.

From relapse prevention to mindfulness training to surfing on the beach in Santa Monica, we offer clients an experience that will change their lives. Most of our staff has personally been through the recovery process and are living examples that recovery is possible. Don’t let the disease trick you into thinking that the consequences aren’t that bad. Pick up the phone and call us today. We can guide you to the right treatment program for you, even if that isn’t Sea Change. Call us now at 1-866-234-7133.

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