Do not wait until methamphetamine addiction has become an emergency. There is a hotline you can call to receive the immediate guidance, resources, and support needed to find the appropriate treatment. The National Rehab Hotline at 866-210-1303 can offer helpful information about meth addiction and treatment.
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal, crystal meth, Tina, or ice, is a very addictive stimulant. The drug can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Meth can cause serious bodily damage when taken because it changes how the brain functions and accelerates the body’s systems to potentially dangerous or lethal levels. The consequences are even more prevalent in chronic meth users.
The use of meth has serious implications. Continued use of this drug results in physical dependence and, subsequently, addiction. Not only does meth use have a direct effect on the individual’s well-being, but it can also negatively impact concerned family and friends. Unfortunately, attempting to discontinue use can be challenging and stressful without help, which is why we offer a 24-hour hotline.
Hotline for Methamphetamine Addiction
While any addiction can be a struggle, there is help for meth users. There are knowledgeable staff, ready and willing to help you on a path to recovering from addiction, starting with a toll-free call to The National Rehab Hotline at 866-210-1303. You can receive useful information about methamphetamine addiction and treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our hotline provides support, guidance, advice, and services that are accessible to you during an otherwise confusing and stressful time. We aim to answer all of your questions and concerns pertaining to meth addiction. Some of the benefits of our hotline include:
• Information about treatment options nearby
• Guidance about how to identify signs and symptoms associated with addiction to meth
• Advice about when to seek help for a loved one
Our calls are confidential with the option to remain anonymous.* Calls made to our hotline are free of charge, and you do not need to provide health insurance information. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance for meth addiction, do not hesitate to call us and to speak to one of our professionals.
*People taking calls may have to try to get help if there is immediate danger of harm to self (suicide) or others, or a vulnerable person, such as a child, is in immediate danger.
If you are struggling with meth addiction, you may have several questions and concerns.
What Questions Can I Ask the Hotline?
When you call our hotline, you will speak with a caring professional who will answer your questions related to substance use without judgment. It is a good idea to have your questions ready when you call. If you are uncertain about what to ask, here are some frequently asked questions:
• What are the signs and symptoms of meth addiction?
• Are there any treatment centers for meth addiction in my community?
• Will my insurance cover addiction treatment?
• Does treatment work?
• How do I know if my loved one is using meth?
• How do I arrange for treatment for my loved one?
• How can I prevent meth addiction?
Feel free to discuss any of your questions or concerns on the hotline with a well-qualified representative. Be assured that you will receive assistance to bring you closer to recovery.
What Can I Expect When I Call?
Be prepared to also be asked questions so that the representative can gain an understanding of your problem and can better assist you. Remember, there is no judgment. Try to answer to the best of your ability. Here are some questions you may want to be prepared to answer:
• Are there any other substances that you use besides meth?
• Are there any underlying physical health or mental health disorders?
• Are you taking medication for an underlying issue?
• Has your addiction affected other areas of life, such as your work and your relationships?
• Are you ready to start treatment?
The representative may also ask questions to ensure that the caller is not in a life-threatening situation. In the event of an emergency, you should contact first responders or your local law enforcement agency (911) to seek immediate attention. The representative may help determine whether the caller or individual struggling with addiction is suitable for treatment during the call and whether there are any co-occurring disorders, including addiction to other substances, chronic health issues, or mental health disorders.
Am I Obligated to Start Treatment After Calling the Hotline?
There is no obligation to proceed with treatment after making the call to the hotline. The hotline is the first step in determining if treatment is necessary and what resources are available to you. You will be provided with the information necessary to proceed with treatment. You will also gain a better understanding of the potential harm that meth use is having on your health, occupation, and relationships. In the end, the decision to seek further treatment for your addiction is entirely yours.
How Is Methamphetamine Misused?
Methamphetamine was originally developed from the parent drug amphetamine, which was intended to treat conditions such as obesity and ADHD. The amount of dopamine created by meth is significantly higher than what is produced naturally. As a result, in order to obtain that level of pleasure, individuals continue to use it, and tolerance for the drug is established. Unfortunately, as a result, users begin to take the drug in higher doses and more frequently.
The Dangers of Methamphetamine
Many people who use meth fail to realize the harmful effects and potential consequences. It is highly addictive, and addiction can take place within a short period of time.
Along with the increase in the use of meth, the number of medical emergencies and overdose-related deaths have been on a rise over the past decade. It has become a serious issue in the United States. In fact, an alarming 2 million Americans aged 12 or older reported use of methamphetamine within the previous year.
Extended use of meth over a prolonged period can have many adverse physical and psychological effects. The most severe is addiction as the brain becomes dependent on the drug. Chronic users may find it challenging to find pleasure outside of meth use, furthering the addiction.
Over time, the impact of meth and its highly addicting properties takes over and consumes every aspect of one’s life. Unfortunately, methamphetamine overdoses resulting in death are common in the United States. You eventually build up a tolerance to meth with each continued use. As cravings for the drug increase, so does the risk of overdosing. The harmful effects are rapid but can be avoided the sooner treatment is sought.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Addiction?
People with an addiction to meth may exhibit a wide range of symptoms, which can be extreme in some cases. These signs and symptoms include:
• Mood changes
• Dilated pupils
• Disrupted sleep patterns
• Memory loss
• Dental issues
• Weight loss
• Skin lesions
• Violent or erratic behavior
These issues are caused by the changes in the brain as a result of methamphetamine misuse. Research has demonstrated the structural and functional changes in the brain with the use of meth, which helps to explain cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes often witnessed in meth users.
Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine
Meth use, especially when used chronically, can result in long-term health complications, such as permanent damage to organs, including the brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, and heart. Other health concerns include severe dental issues, painful skin sores, and dramatic weight loss.
Withdrawal occurs when the user discontinues the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense and often include depression, anxiety, muscle pain, tremors, nausea, suicide ideation, excessive sweating, agitation, fever, and confusion. The severity of withdrawal symptoms varies based on numerous factors. This often proves how difficult it can be to quit without professional help. In this case, a medical program for detox may be necessary.
When Should I Call a Meth Addiction Hotline?
There is no wrong time to call The National Rehab Hotline. However, keep in mind that the sooner you seek help, the better. Individuals with an addiction to meth and their loved ones call the hotline for reasons such as:
• To learn more about the effects and symptoms
• To learn about treatment options
• To find treatment
• To talk to a professional without judgment
• To get reassurance
• To ask questions and address concerns
How to Recognize Methamphetamine Addiction in Loved Ones
Recognizing meth addiction in friends or family is the most important first step in seeking the appropriate help. Some signs and symptoms can be easily overlooked, so it is important to educate yourself about the drug and the effects of addiction to it. Knowing this information will help to navigate potential irrational behaviors and will allow you to know when to step in and seek treatment. Our hotline is a great resource to point you in the right direction.
The following behaviors suggest an addiction:
• Neglecting responsibilities such as academics or a profession
• Struggling to maintain a social life or increased social conflict
• Giving up social activities
• Experiencing physical or psychological changes
• Showing erratic or irrational behavior
• Sexual preoccupation and risk-taking behavior. Many crystal meth users are gay men, and some have unfortunately caught the HIV virus.
• Some users, in the depths of despair, will report that they feel suicidal. While this is worrisome, it is a reason to get them into immediate treatment, perhaps for a few days on a psychiatric floor of a hospital, getting them a break from their drug use.
Your loved one may be ready to begin recovery and accept professional treatment if:
• He or she has failed at attempting to stop use of the drug.
• Drug use is negatively impacting various aspects of life.
• He or she expresses a willingness or desire to seek treatment.
What Are the Treatments for Meth Addiction?
Treatment for methamphetamine addresses several areas. While there is no medical detox from this drug, users typically are unable to stop using the drug unless they are in a supervised environment. At the very least, some people have gotten clean by attending 12-step meetings (Crystal Meth Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Alcoholics Anonymous) every day, using a sponsor and support system. Even doing so, many people keep relapsing without professional treatment. The body has to learn to function without meth in its system. The specific method for treatment depends on the length and severity of the addiction. Doctors may prescribe medication to ease the symptoms. In some cases, outpatient treatment may be an option; however, this is dependent upon certain criteria, such as your social circle and the environment in which you live.
If the addiction is severe and the chances of relapse are greater, the individual will likely be encouraged to enter an inpatient program. In this event, cravings for the drug are expected to be more intense, so there is staff available at an inpatient facility to address potential issues.
An inpatient treatment program may also be recommended if the environment in which the person lives does not support the road to getting clean. Finally, meth users with co-occurring psychological disorders may need to be monitored throughout the process by a medical professional. Substance use and mental health conditions are often co-occurring. Therefore, inpatient treatment may be necessary for this scenario.
Aside from the process of stopping the drug, another component of treatment is therapy, often specifically cognitive behavior therapy. Individuals in the program are provided with strategies to cope and methods used to assist them in functioning in day-to-day activities while sober. They are also introduced to healthy thought and behavior patterns that will help lead them to fulfilling and productive lives.
Battling an addiction to meth can be difficult, but do not hesitate to seek help. Recovery is possible. Whether for yourself or a loved one, a qualified professional is waiting to guide you through this overwhelming process and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at 866-210-1303 so that we can assist you