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Methamphetamine (“Meth”) Addiction
Scottsdale Drug Rehabilitation & Treatment Center
Recovery from meth addiction is always possible.
Even after a single use, meth has the power to turn your world upside down and threaten your health, your future, and your loved ones—but, as long as you are living and breathing, there is hope. No matter how long you have been using meth or how dependent you have become, you can still break its hold on your life. When you call Acceptance Recovery Center, we welcome you with open arms and provide the personal, relational, practical, and medical support you need to overcome addiction.
Don’t let it get any worse. Call us now at and ask about our methamphetamine addiction treatment programs in Scottsdale.
How We Can Help You Overcome Meth Addiction
With the right help, you or your loved one can conquer meth addiction. Regardless of the extent of the addiction, recovery is still possible, even after the onset of psychotic symptoms such as major depression or hallucinations. By acting quickly, you or your loved one may even be able to reverse anhedonia, repair the damage meth has done to the brain, and restore enjoyment of life.
Attempting to detox without help may pose a risk to addicted persons. Meth withdrawals can lead to episodes of psychosis, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and other painful symptoms, often resulting in relapse. However, you can increase your chances of success by beginning the withdrawal process at our accredited, licensed drug rehab center in Scottsdale.
At Acceptance Recovery Center, we can help you through every stage of recovery, from withdrawals to life after addiction. We believe that recovery is most successful in the context of a supportive community and through the use of evidence-based and holistic therapeutic methods, such as:
- Art Expression Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Family Program
- Music Therapy
- Psycho-Educational Groups
- Relapse Prevention
- Trauma Therapy
- Yoga & Meditation
Our team of addiction care specialists is prepared to help you address the factors that contribute to your addiction and help you take steps towards achieving long-term sobriety. We are available 24/7 to answer your call and help you begin taking your life back into your own hands.
Be Honest When You See the Signs of Meth Addiction
There is no such thing as safe or responsible meth use.
Some people report addiction after just one use. Others begin using the drug more and more in order to achieve the same high when they began using it, slowly becoming more dependent on meth with each subsequent use. This is because inhaling, ingesting, or injecting methamphetamines into your system forces the brain to release excess amounts of dopamine, creating a level of euphoria that is only possible the first time.
This pursuit leads to continued and ever-increasing use, which creates a number of observable symptoms of meth addiction, such as:
- Hyperactivity: If you or someone you love is uncharacteristically manic, talkative, or mentally hyperactive for a few hours, they may be in the early stages of meth addiction. This hyperactivity continues throughout the course of meth addiction, but it is at its peak in the very beginning.
- Behavioral changes: You may have reason to suspect drug use of any kind if your loved one is spending long hours out of the house, exhibiting negative mood and personality changes, routinely asking for money, being defensive about their activities and whereabouts, isolating themselves, changing their social habits, staying awake for long stretches of time or showing any of these signs of drug addiction.
- Psychological damage: The powerful high brought on by meth always leads to a crash, which typically involves exhaustion, intense hunger, and prolonged insomnia. These can lead to psychosis, which may take the form of anxiety, depression, jerky eye movements, hallucinations, and compulsive picking and scratching at the skin.
- Anhedonia: Using meth restructures the pleasure centers in the brain, ultimately causing anhedonia, which is the inability to enjoy formerly pleasurable activities, such as playing sports, watching movies, spending time with friends, sexual intercourse, etc. People whose brains have been damaged by meth are often unable to derive any enjoyment from basic activities such as eating and sleeping, because nothing else releases the same level of dopamine.
- Physical decline: Using meth wreaks havoc on the body. Methamphetamine use often leads to significant weight loss, fever, dehydration, brittle bones, sores due to picked skin (especially on the face), reduced sexual drive, and a generally disheveled, sickly appearance accompanied by rotting teeth and lack of personal hygiene.
Combining Methamphetamines, Opiates, and Alcohol
Many people use opiates to offset the “upper” effect methamphetamines, and others use methamphetamines to offset the “downer” effect of opiates (known as a “speed ball”). People seeking to counter the hyperactive and energizing effects of meth may also turn to alcohol. Any of these combinations can constrict blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure. They can also cause slower breathing, seizures, and unconsciousness.
In short, combining meth with opiates or alcohol can (and often does) lead to death. If you or someone you love is engaging in polysubstance abuse of any kind, this is very serious and warrants immediate intervention.
Don’t wait until tragedy strikes. Call or contact us online today to start on the path toward recovery.