Methamphetamines are a group of mostly synthetic substances that have a stimulating effect on the central nervous system. Approximately 13 million people, 12 years and older have abused methamphetamine in their lifetimes. Methamphetamine’s addiction, potential and destructive health as well as social consequences, make its abuse particularly dangerous.
Methamphetamines cause an intense feeling of euphoria and excitement by acting directly on the brain’s reward system, making the user of Meth prone to a drug addiction. The high can last for several hours and after the initial feelings of euphoria fade, the person will feel fatigue and depression and can sleep for extended periods of time. Meth alters how the brain is able to feel pleasure and can leave you feeling depressed even after discontinuing its use. Taking even small amounts of methamphetamines can result in increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and hyperthermia.
Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many negative health consequences, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. Chronic methamphetamine abusers can also display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects crawling under the skin).
Suncrest Counseling is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center as well as a Day Treatment facility. We can customize a treatment plan to help you recover from Methamphetamines and provide an intensive program where you can attend counseling each day and get the help that you need.