Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Center in Florida
While meth addiction statistics in the United States have remained relatively stable in recent years, the use and abuse of these synthetically manufactured drugs continue to be a problem. Methamphetamines are dangerous and highly addictive street drugs in the same class as cocaine. You may also know them by a different name, such as chalk, tweak, crank, redneck cocaine, bennies, crystal meth, hot ice or quartz.
Users consume meth in different forms, including smoking, injecting or snorting. It has a stimulant effect, meaning it creates a high that keeps people awake and active — a stark contrast to other narcotics, which are known for providing their users with a relaxed, sleepy feeling.
While drugs like cocaine are natural plant extracts, one of the biggest dangers of meth is that it's synthetic — people manufacture it using other chemicals. The chemicals in meth are all extremely toxic to the body, causing damage to your physical health, as well as addiction and other mental illnesses. For example, certain cold medications are key ingredients in crystal meth. That’s why pharmacies strictly control some cold remedies, while others have quietly disappeared entirely from the shelves.
Meth Addiction Rehab at Tranquil Shores in Florida
In addition to the dangers associated with making and taking meth, withdrawal can be very painful and extremely difficult. In fact, one of the reasons drugs such as meth are so addictive is that their users want to avoid the trademark withdrawal symptoms associated with them. That is why the detox and recovery process is incredibly difficult to do alone and usually requires professional help.
If you’re ready to release yourself from the control meth has had on your life, you will find the ready-and-willing help you need to come down from the withdrawal at Tranquil Shores. We train our caring and compassionate staff to understand and confront the effects and dangers of crystal meth use specifically, although we do take cases involving other forms of methamphetamine abuse as well.
Treatments for Meth Addiction
Tranquil Shores recognizes that methamphetamine rehab treatment is not just about making a client not dependent on the substance. Rather, it is about treating the whole person. Our holistic, evidence-based approach includes counseling and personalized services adapted to what you need. Whether you are an executive, veteran, musician, athlete or any other type of professional, we have unique programs to address your specific requirements.
Our proven treatment options include:
- Accelerated resolution therapy: This form of exposure-based therapy helps clients deal with unwanted, negative emotions and thoughts.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This form of talk therapy helps clients replace habitual reactions with healthier ones by identifying internal conflicts and unhelpful thought processes. This therapy option is especially useful for dual diagnosis clients.
- Didactic group therapy: In this form of treatment, an instructor leads education and speech therapy to help uncover root causes and address underlying issues of addiction.
- E-therapy: This supplement to treatment is especially helpful to those who have completed other forms of treatment at Tranquil Shores and have returned home. E-therapy uses teleconferencing on computers or mobile devices to connect Tranquil Shores counselors with client alumni. Clients of Tranquil Shores can continue to receive support and help, even if they live far from our Florida location. E-therapy recognizes that treatment is an ongoing journey and may require new tools as a client’s life changes. With E-therapy, additional support is always just a few clicks away.
- Alternative healing: We offer evidence-based therapies, including acupuncture, drum therapy, Kai Chi Do, massage therapy, meditation, qigong and yoga as supplements to other forms of treatment. In many cases, these options can be a healthy way to manage stress on the treatment journey. They also help heal the whole person mentally and physically through gentle movement and focus.
- Experiential therapy: This form of treatment asks clients to take part in activities that allow them to explore the positive and negative attributes of past events and relationships. It can be a way to consider and find healthy tools to cope with triggering events and situations of the past.
- Motivational interviewing (MI): MI is a form of therapy where counselors work with a client to find the “why” or internal motivation needed to stay on the path to recovery.
Understanding the History of Meth Addiction
Historically, soldiers during wartime have taken government-approved forms of methamphetamines, as well as for treatment of ADHD, nasal congestion and asthma. Its known properties as a stimulant showed some promise in treating these medical conditions, as well as keeping soldiers alert and energized for long periods. It gained wider public awareness in the beatnik culture of the 1950s, when famous artists like Jack Kerouac were well-known for their use of artificial stimulants like "bennies."
Over time, various forms — not all government-approved — began to make their way into culture for recreational use. As its properties as a stimulant became known, people developed interest in what it could do for them. When a person takes meth, it rapidly increases the dopamine levels in their brain. This natural chemical is responsible for motivation and rewarding behaviors. When it gets released, a person will feel really good about themselves — empowered, even — and want to experience that feeling again. So, they take more meth, the high starts again and the cycle continues.
Keys to Understanding Meth Addiction and Use
As with other drugs, the problem with methamphetamines is that more frequent use means meth addicts increasingly need more of the drug to achieve the same high they felt in the beginning. As the brain creates an association between meth use and high levels of dopamine, it will demand more and more of the substance to achieve the same feelings of pleasure, energy and empowerment. This cycle can lead to abuse and addiction, as well as put users at increased risk of overdose, which can have severe and deadly consequences.
Causes and Risks of Use
The Drug Policy Alliance says that nearly 11 million Americans have tried meth at some point. While not all of these people have become addicted to it, the danger of addiction is still present from the first use. People like meth because of the euphoric effect it has. They like feeling upbeat and energetic. These feelings are one of the biggest reasons teens and young adults have tried it. One of the other reasons people like meth, particularly crystal meth, is that its effects last for a long time. In fact, some people report the effects of crystal meth can last for up to 12 hours. If those aren't enough reasons to convince people to give meth a chance, it is also cheaper than other drugs.
But, here's the problem: Any time you put foreign substances into your body, you risk doing serious damage to your brain and your organs. Meth especially can have a severe and permanent impact on brain function, leading to problems with memory and ability to learn and retain information. Not only that, but studies have shown, over time, people who have used meth also have significant emotional problems and even struggle with their ability to perform physical tasks.
Meth Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Addiction to meth can be devastating to you and your entire family. Most people know two things about meth use — it wrecks your teeth and it makes you feel itchy. But, those are just a couple of the intense symptoms meth users experience.
Overall, people addicted to meth show signs of extreme weight loss, hyperactivity, increased aggression, insomnia and irritability. The health effects of long-term meth use include irregular heartbeat, stroke, high blood pressure and damage to the liver, kidneys and lungs.
Anyone who tells you drug use doesn't impact your family isn't telling the truth. Meth addiction is also devastating to families. Besides the physical side effects associated with using meth, someone who is addicted will behave in ways you never thought possible. They become extremely focused on getting their next high and will do anything for the drug. Sadly, it is not unusual for someone struggling with a meth addiction to use their rent money to buy drugs or neglect their parental responsibilities because of the addiction.
If you have a meth substance use/abuse problem, don’t wait to get help. Located on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches, Tranquil Shores offers a safe, nurturing environment in which to heal holistically. We can be reached at (727) 888-6623 or via our online contact form.
Effects and Withdrawal Signs of Meth
The cycle of crystal meth use and its effects is one of extreme highs and lows. Its “rush” lasts several times longer than that of cocaine, putting a lot of stress on both your mind and body. When you're high on crystal meth, you likely will not sleep. Your heart rate increases rapidly. Your mind is swirling with thoughts and plans, with these thoughts often giving you the illusion of grandeur.
As we mentioned before, the cycle of meth use will lead to taking stronger doses as the drug’s effects weaken. After a frantic, ever-ascending spiral that can include psychosis and hallucinations, there is the crash — leading to total exhaustion and depression and lethargy as the mind and body try to recover from the damage meth abuse has inflicted on them. These feelings are so intense that an addict will do anything to avoid feeling them — which means doing more and more meth to maintain the high.
Short-term effects of meth use include:
- Decreased appetite
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
- Increase in physical activity and wakefulness
- Increase in body temperature and blood pressure
- A skewed judgment that can lead to poor decision-making
Long-term effects of meth use include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Damage to the liver, kidneys, and lungs
Unfortunately, this brief list does not fully describe the devastation an addict can experience, both physically and mentally. The severity of these effects can vary, but they are generally intense and can create serious barriers to an addict's ability to function in normal daily life. Other effects include:
- Increased risk of HIV and hepatitis B, for people who inject the drug
- Dental problems
- Severe weight loss
- Violent behavior
- Sleep issues
- Intense itching
- Emotional and cognitive issues
- Lack of physical coordination
While these short- and long-term effects can be alarming, many people are most afraid to face the painful and intense effects associated with withdrawal from meth.
Effects of withdrawal from methamphetamines include:
- Intense feelings of anxiety and depression
- Drug cravings
Why Seek Rehab for Meth Addiction?
When you look at that list, it's easy to wonder why anyone would seek out meth addiction treatment when they will be facing such a painful withdrawal in doing so. We get it. But, here's the truth: While the effects of withdrawal can be intense and painful initially, they do subside. Once they do, you can once again learn to function and think clearly and, over time, return to a normal life.
Yes, the idea of meth treatment can be scary, but the alternative is even scarier: The effects of remaining addicted to meth can be deadly.
If you overdose on meth, it can result in a heart attack, stroke or organ failure. Even if you don't overdose, taking meth can lead to impaired judgment that may alienate your family, cost you your job or even land you in jail. Maybe you are there already. Or, perhaps you aren't. But we can tell you with absolute certainty if you haven't reached that point in your addiction yet, it will come if you do not make the brave decision to ask for help.
When you are ready to reclaim your life from methamphetamine misuse, you want more than just a stop to dependence. Methamphetamine has a devastating effect on every part of a person’s life. It can lead to cognitive and memory problems, severe dental decay, cardiovascular problems and psychotic episodes. It often cause problems at work, home, school or in relationships. In addition, methamphetamine misuse can increase the risk of getting infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Find Help for Meth Addiction at Tranquil Shores in Florida
You may be tempted to say you can just do it yourself. However, in our experience, complete meth addiction recovery requires professional help to break the addiction and heal the whole family. Reach out to our meth abuse treatment center today to begin your journey to recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to meth or crystal meth, contact Tranquil Shores for help.
Serving men and women struggling with addiction in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton and Seminole areas of Florida, Tranquil Shores sets the standard for quality care in addiction services. Clients come from around the world to reclaim their lives from addiction at Tranquil Shores.
At our addiction treatment center, we offer an integrated recovery model to help heal the whole individual. Addiction is not just a medical condition. It consumes your whole person and infiltrates your entire life. Our addiction services address all aspects of your recovery, including physical, mental and social.
The integrated recovery model includes healing modalities that embrace an individual’s unique talents to complement behavioral therapy. Our individualized treatment plans incorporate relaxing activities and teach skills necessary to create a happy, healthy life without substance dependence.
Our addiction treatment programs at Tranquil Shores extend beyond our facility in Tampa Bay to include aftercare services when you leave the center. We understand addiction recovery is a long journey, and for the most successful outcome, you need long-term support. As you recover from meth abuse, our aftercare services reach out to you in your home community and reinforce the living strategies you learned in your treatment program.
Each person has a different story about how they became addicted to meth. And, each person's needs when they enter a rehab program can vary as well. But, while there can be some variations in treatment plans, there is one thing most professionals agree on: Recovery is a process. It is not a short-term fix or something you can expect to achieve after a week or two of sobriety. If you are serious about overcoming your addiction to meth, you will be working through recovery every day for the rest of your life.
Yes, that sounds intimidating. And no, you won't spend the rest of your life in a meth addiction treatment center. However, most people fail to realize that overcoming a drug addiction and staying clean long-term usually happens when the addict commits to long-term help and care. At Tranquil Shores, we are proud to offer continuing care long after your time as a resident at our Florida facility has ended. As part of our Continuing Care program, you will find the help and support you need as you transition from our residential treatment center back into your daily life.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance dependency or co-occurring disorders, you and your family should seek professional assistance. Contact Tranquil Shores to learn more about how our integrated recovery model and relaxing setting can get you on your way to a lasting recovery.
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