Crystal Meth Detox in Washington State
Crystal meth is a powerful stimulant that can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Most often the drug is smoked for quick and easy access. Once in the user’s system, crystal meth causes three effects: euphoria, increased energy, and a decreased appetite. Crystal meth addiction treatment is widely available to those seeking help. Treatment in a detox facility is suggested for those reliant on crystal meth due to the strong withdrawal symptoms faced when ending the use of crystal meth.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
We have excellent relationships with detox facilities in the Pacific Northwest and surrounding areas, and will assist you with detox placement should you or your loved one require this service prior to entering our drug addiction treatment program.
Understanding Crystal Meth Addiction
Crystal meth is one of the most addictive substances in the country, accounting for more than half a million regular users in the United States. Even more devastating is that the drug affects the lives of people as young as 12 years old, and more than 13 million people in the country have tried crystal meth. The intense effects of crystal meth reinforce use, and many people report being addicted after their first time trying the drug. Like other substances, crystal meth puts a person into a never-ending cycle of use to avoid the symptoms of non-use and withdrawal.
Crystal meth is an attractive drug to many people because of the intensity and longevity of the drug’s effects. Additionally, the drug is one of the most widely available and relatively affordable compared to similar drugs, such as cocaine.
Crystal meth may be snorted, injected, or smoked. Common street names for the drug are as follows:
A person who uses meth experiences the following:
- An initial rush of heightened energy that lasts up to 30 minutes.
- Enhanced confidence that lasts four to 16 hours.
- Hyperactivity for three to 15 days, during which the user ingests more meth to maintain the high.
- “Tweaking,” the most dangerous stage that occurs when the effects of the drug begin to decline.
- One to three days of utter exhaustion as the body begins to shut down from the heightened energy of previous stages.
- “Meth hangover” that lasts two to 14 days that reinforces use.
- Withdrawal that takes one to three months.
Signs of Crystal Meth Use
A person on crystal meth perceives a heightened level of energy and overall well-being, but other signs are noted by those around the person, such as the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Irritability and aggressive behaviors
- Inability to sleep
- Paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations
- Signs of heightened energy, such as hyperactivity, rapid and continuous talking, and obsessive behaviors
- Life-threatening effects, such as convulsions
Effects of Long-Term Crystal Meth Use
Long-term, chronic use of crystal meth causes permanent damage to the body and brain, such as the following:
- Chronic high blood pressure and heart rate
- Increased risk for strokes and cardiovascular conditions
- Damage to the liver, kidneys, and lungs
- Permanent damage to the brain, including problems with memory and processing conceptual information
- Difficulty managing moods and emotions
- Tooth decay, a condition known as “meth mouth”
- Psychosis, depression, and other psychological issues
One of the most unfortunate effects of long-term use, though, is that the brain is no longer able to process dopamine as effectively. Dopamine is a natural brain chemical responsible for creating feelings of pleasure. The rush of crystal meth occurs because the drug rapidly releases large volumes of dopamine that must be processed by specific receptors. Over time, the constant stress placed on the receptors causes irreversible damage. The damage to the receptors is often permanent, so the person may experience only minimal feelings of pleasure and reward.
Crystal Meth Detox
Due to the severity of symptoms associated with detox and withdrawal from crystal meth, medical supervision is highly recommended to ensure one’s safety, well-being, and success. Detox from crystal meth normally does not result in physical symptoms, but the medical team can administer medications should physical symptoms appear. The emotional symptoms, though, can be severe, which is why many people fail to stop on their own. The medical staff closely monitors the detox process and intervenes as needed.
Symptoms Related to Crystal Meth Detox
The most common symptoms of crystal meth detox are as follows:
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Drug cravings
- Depression, paranoia, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts
- Loss of appetite
- Aggressive behavior and irritability
The goal of medical detox at Free by the Sea is to help the person feel as comfortable as possible. While the symptoms cannot be completely eliminated, the effects can be managed and minimized. Our medical team may treat the emotional effects with anti-depressant medications or anti-anxiety medications. In some cases, the medications are prescribed long after the person leaves treatment to restore the chemical balance of the brain.
- Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
- Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
- Long-term transitory living
- Men and women in separate buildings
- Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific
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Crystal meth use is often driven by underlying emotional issues and inadequate coping skills that lead to destructive behaviors. The program at Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, helps you learn healthier ways to manage your underlying emotional issues while building a positive support system. Contact us today at 800-272-9199 to learn more about our services or to speak with one of our addiction counselors.