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You may have heard of it as meth, speed, crank, crystal or glass. However you want to refer to it, its the highly addictive drug called methamphetamine. Meth is a stimulant that is abused by more and more people in the United States every year. Thankfully, Arizona Recovery is a qualified methamphetamine rehab center.

Over the last 15 years, Meth abuse has grown at a exponential rate, leading to more environmental, legal, and health problems among meth addicts. In relation to the plethora of illegal drugs available in our world today, crystal meth is the fastest-growing illegal substance in the USA, according to a study from the Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report.

The euphoria based high 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 quite drastically. The short term effects of meth include an irregular and rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, increased body temperature, suppressed appetite, quick breathing, increased physical activity, and increased wakefulness – but that all ends in a brutal come-down when the addict runs out of the drug.

Mentally, prolonged methamphetamine use changes the way the brain produces dopamine forever. Long-term meth use also affects memory and emotion, and causes memory issues and emotional problems in meth users. Furthermore, in most cases, even after the user has gotten clean and sober. Methamphetamine addiction can result in the development of psychotic symptoms or psychosis and this includes realistic hallucinations that can put a user at high risk for negative situations.

According to a study in the Journal of Pharmacology, “While amphetamines such as METH will precipitate and exacerbate psychotic symptoms in people with schizophrenia, it has long been recognized that such drug use can produce psychotic symptoms even in persons without history of a primary psychotic disorder.”

Meth Psychosis Treatment

Most methamphetamine users will experience a psychiatric condition known as methamphetamine psychosis. This mental disorder is very serious and can mimic symptoms of schizophrenia, meaning one may experience auditory hallucinations such as voices in their head or voices of others when no one else is there.

They can also suffer from visual hallucinations like seeing things that are not there, olfactory hallucinations (smelling things that are not there), tactile hallucinations (feeling things that are not there, like experiencing a sensation of insects or bugs crawling on or under the skin), and gustatory hallucinations (tasting things that are not there but seem to be).

Meth use can also cause major delusions; firmly researched beliefs that are contradicted by reality. Commonly experienced delusions include the belief that they are being watched, persecuted, or mentally and physically controlled in some strange way. Delusions of grandeur, feeling powerful,  are also very common, as are somatic delusions, which is the false, fixed belief that the user’s bodily functioning or appearance is abnormal, diseased, or undergoing changes when it is not. Most of these mental health issues will go away after the patient has been clean for over a year and a half –  in other cases, the mental health changes are irreversible and can last forver. These symptoms of methamphetamine psychosis can be very, very frightening, both for the user and for their loved ones who don’t know how to help. Fortunately, help for meth addicts is available at Arizona Addiction Recovery.

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 found that half of those who experience a mental illness during their life will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.” Due to the heightened connection between meth use and sever mental health issues, meth addicts seeking recovery are wise to seek out a licensed facility trained in Co-occurring Disorders, often referred to as Dual Diagnosis. Arizona Recovery is a state of the art behavioral health and addiction facility specializing in the evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders resulting from 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 and addiction therapy with certified Medical professionals is the best route to go for recovery, we are here to help you! Arizona Recovery has a team of highly skilled professionals, Doctors and Nurses who not only walk through recovery with you, but also help you deal with co-occurring disorders that exist in active drug use as well as in detox.

Methamphetamine Detox and Addiction Treatment

Arizona Addiction Recovery, located in Scottsdale Arizona, is a luxury Methamphetamine Treatment facility for crystal methamphetamine psychosis, detox and addiction. Arizona Recovery provides the highest quality Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), combined with state of the art bio-psycho-social therapies, to personalize each patient’s recovery plan.

Extensive testing explains to our licensed medical team the deficiencies in your body’s chemistry. Furthermore, with this critical component of the Intake Assessment, we develop 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 Arizona Addiction Recovery, 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 Arizona Recovery methamphetamine rehab center, detox and treatment is possible, and puts you on the road to long-term recovery.

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