It has been called the most dangerous substance on Earth—and it isn’t hard to understand why. Meth is relatively inexpensive to make, which means it is relatively easy to obtain; at the same time, it is powerfully addictive, and wields the power to destroy a person’s health, finances and relationships. However, there is an important message to add to this note, which is that even the bleakest, deepest cases of meth addiction can (and do) have happy endings. Meth detox and recovery are possible for anyone through clinical intervention and compassionate care. At Above It All Treatment our goal is to provide both, and to help those with meth addiction find their own road to lifelong addiction recovery through helping you find resources through our facility partners.
Whether you struggle with meth addiction yourself or see the warning signs of it in a loved one, know that hope exists, and that love and support are just a phone call away. As you consider your own needs for meth addiction, take a moment to build your understanding of how meth addiction works—and how recovery is possible.
Understanding Meth Addiction
Meth is pervasive throughout the country. Most often meth comes in the form of a bitter, odorless powder; the color can vary, and sometimes meth is taken by dissolving it into water or alcohol. Meth is an entirely synthetic drug, and because it is so easy and inexpensive to manufacture, it has become a true epidemic in some of the poorest parts of the country.
Meth is a stimulant, and works on the body’s central nervous system. Meth makes the brain and body both believe they have boundless energy; however, it actually drains critical, life-sustaining nutrients, calories, sleep, and more. What this means is that meth causes an intense high even as it wears down the user’s the body. Meth can lead to euphoria (extreme highs in energy and mood), but then to depression, anxiety, and in some cases violence. Meth withdrawal can even be deadly.
Signs of Meth Addiction
If you are concerned that your friend or loved one is addicted to meth, there are a few common signs and symptoms to look for. Some of these common warning signs might include:
- Tooth decay
- Dilated pupils
- Psychotic or obsessive behavior
- Hyperactivity/ bursts of energy and euphoria
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Major shifts in energy levels
Note also some of the many common behavioral signs of meth addiction and of drug addiction in general:
- Stealing to get money for more drugs
- Extreme secrecy
- Withdrawal from relationships/ social isolation
- Withdrawal from activities or hobbies that used to bring pleasure or passion
All of these signs and symptoms are grounds for concern—but the good news is, recovery is always possible. The first step is seeking clinical intervention through a treatment center.
How to Help a Loved One with Meth Addiction
What do you do when you witness a friend or loved one showing some of these warning signs? First, remind yourself that you cannot “fix” the problem or force anyone into rehab. What you can do is offer love and support. Let your loved one know that you are worried, and that you wish to see them get better. Contact Above It All for help intervening.
Use non-accusatory statements in your conversation—phrases that start with I feel or I think. Remember that addiction is a disease, not a failure of moral will. Empathy and compassion are key. Just make sure you let your loved one know you are there to listen and to support them, no matter what. The ultimate goal: Encourage your loved one to seek care in a treatment center like one of Above It All’s facility partners. Be an ambassador for hope and recovery.
Get Treatment for Meth Addiction
Whether you are battling meth addiction yourself or you have a loved one who is struggling, you should know that hope and healing are there for the taking. Recovery rarely happens without medical intervention, though. Above It All’s partner facilities offer personalized treatment for anyone and everyone who is struggling with meth abuse or any co-occurring conditions.
Learn more about how meth addiction treatment works. Start down the road to recovery by contacting Above It All Treatment right away.