You may have heard of it as meth, speed, crank, or crystal. Or perhaps you’ve heard the terms crystal meth, ice, or chalk when it comes to the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. No matter the name, it’s a stimulant that is abused by more and more people in the United States every year. Thankfully, Soul Surgery Addiction and Mental Health Center in Arizona is a qualified methamphetamine rehab center.
Over the last ten years, its abuse has grown at a phenomenal rate, leading to more environmental, legal, and health problems among users. In relation to the plethora of illegal drugs available, crystal meth is the fastest-growing illegal substance in North America, according to a study from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The euphoria associated with meth is similar to that of other stimulants, like amphetamines or cocaine. When a user takes meth, dopamine—the naturally occurring brain chemical associated with happiness, pleasure, and rewards—increases. The short-term effects of the drug include an irregular and/or rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, increased body temperature, suppressed appetite, quick breathing, increased physical activity, and increased wakefulness.
Mentally, prolonged methamphetamine use changes the way the brain produces dopamine. Long-term meth use also affects memory as well as emotion and can cause memory problems and emotional problems in meth users—in some cases, even after the user has gotten clean. Methamphetamine misuse can also result in the development of psychotic symptoms or psychosis and this includes realistic hallucinations that can put a user at risk.
According to a study in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, “While amphetamines such as METH can precipitate and exacerbate psychotic symptoms in persons with schizophrenia, it has long been recognized that such drug use can produce psychotic symptoms even in persons with no history of a primary psychotic disorder.”
Meth Psychosis Treatment
Some methamphetamine users experience a psychiatric condition known as methamphetamine psychosis. This mental disorder is serious and can mimic symptoms of schizophrenia in that one may experience auditory hallucinations (voices in their head or voices of others when no one else is there).
They can also suffer from visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not there), olfactory hallucinations (smelling things that are not there), tactile hallucinations (feeling things that are not there—in many cases, experiencing a sensation of insects or bugs crawling on or under the skin), and gustatory hallucinations (tasting things that are not there).
Meth use can also cause delusions—firmly maintained beliefs that are contradicted by reality. Commonly experienced delusions include the belief that the person is being watched, persecuted, or controlled in some way. Delusions of grandeur (feeling powerful) are also common, as are somatic delusions (the false, fixed belief that the user’s bodily functioning or appearance is abnormal, diseased, or undergoing changes when it is not). Some of these mental health issues will go away after the patient has been clean for over a year; in other cases, the mental health changes are irreversible. These symptoms of methamphetamine psychosis can be very frightening, both for the user and for their loved ones who may not know how to help. Fortunately, help for these and other symptoms is available at Soul Surgery Rehab in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dual Diagnosis Methamphetamine Rehab Center
Mental illness goes hand in hand with meth use. In fact, meth is seldom seen alone; it is almost always connected to a mental health issue. According to a 2018 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.” Due to the heightened connection between meth use and mental issues, users seeking recovery are wise to seek out a licensed facility trained in Co-occurring Disorders, often referred to as Dual Diagnosis. Soul Surgery is a state of the art behavioral health facility specializing in the evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders such as meth and mental health issues.
Abstaining from methamphetamine use can be difficult and scary. At this time, there are no medications indicated or approved by the United States for help with methamphetamine detoxification. Unfortunately, this means that one must go through symptoms that include fatigue, paranoia, cravings, depression, and even psychosis to clean their body out. Because the symptoms of withdrawal can be so severe, behavior therapy with certified professionals is the best route to go for recovery.
Soul Surgery Addiction and Mental Health Center has a team of highly skilled professionals who not only walk through recovery with you but also can help deal with co-occurring disorders that often exist in active use as well as in detoxification.
Methamphetamine Detox and Addiction Treatment
Soul Surgery Addiction and Mental Health Centers, located in Scottsdale Arizona, is a luxury Methamphetamine Treatment facility for crystal methamphetamine psychosis, detox and addiction.. Soul Surgery provides the highest quality Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), combined with state of the art bio-psycho-social therapies, to tailor each patient’s recovery plan.
Extensive testing tells our licensed medical team the deficiencies in the patient’s body chemistry. Then, with this critical component of the Intake Assessment, Soul Surgery develops a special protocol for each stage of the methamphetamine withdrawal. This protocol for acute methamphetamine-induced psychosis involves evidence-based psych medications, individualized personal therapy, group therapy, and a plethora of ancillary services. These ancillary services may include IV Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, and BioFeedback. Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that there are medications to help reduce the cravings and ease withdrawal from methamphetamine.
Relapse prevention of methamphetamine use is also critical. At Soul Surgery, we also treat co-occurring disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD as an important means of preventing relapse to methamphetamine use. Studies have shown that stopping the use of methamphetamines diminishes the recurrence of psychotic symptoms.
At Soul Surgery, methamphetamine rehab center, detox and treatment is possible, and puts you on the road to long-term recovery.