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Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine Effect on Body & Health


Methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected, and each method has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:

Mental – Increased wakefulness, anxiety, confusion, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions Gastric System – Loss of appetite, weight loss Respiratory System – Increase breathing Circulatory System – Increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, potential for HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases when injected Physical appearance – Severe dental problems, severe itching leading to sores

Methamphetamine masks the effects of alcohol which increases chances of overdose.

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Overview

Treatment teams use evidence-based treatment, including:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) Motivational incentives12-Step programs

Medical detox in Methamphetamine Recovery

Methamphetamine withdrawal side effects start within a few hours after your last dose. Severity of your side effects are dependent on multiple factors, including:

Length and amount of methamphetamine consumed Medical history Co-occurring disorders Family history Past and current Trauma

During this first 1 to 3 days of detox, most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:

Depression Hallucinations Panic Paranoia Suicidal thoughts Anxiety Fatigue

The second stage of withdrawal usually occurs in 4 to 7 days, some patients will experience moderate to severe symptoms, including:

Physical aches and pains Increased cravings Increased appetite Mood swings Irritability

After about a week, evidence-based treatment is the best way to maintain your recovery.

There are currently no FDA approved medical interventions for methamphetamine withdrawal.

Why Professional Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment is Important

The symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal may dissipate quickly but post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) and cravings can last for months.

Clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with protracted withdrawal, the emotional symptoms, and cravings you experience once the physical symptoms of withdrawal from detox recede.
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