kathy ireland® Recovery Centers

Methamphetamine Addiction

The clinicians at our various facilities provide compassionate support for families and individuals struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs) involving methamphetamine and other stimulants. The Methamphetamine Research Report: What is the Scope of Methamphetamine Misuse in the United States? states that, “nationwide, overdose deaths from the category of drugs that includes methamphetamine increased by 7.5 times between 2007 and 2017.” 

The number of people affected by methamphetamine misuse continued to rise substantially after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have taken action to decrease the risks associated with withdrawal and detox by offering telehealth, residential, and outpatient treatments to communities around the country.

What Is Methamphetamine?

The Methamphetamine Research Report: What is Methamphetamine? describes the drug as “a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.” Medical professionals use the drug to treat certain conditions. However, they rarely prescribe it for long periods due to its highly addictive nature.

We can help you safely recover from methamphetamine misuse and any co-occurring disorders using evidence-based treatments. All of our rehabilitation programs at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers include the following: 

  • Case management
  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Peer support
  • Skill development
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning

To learn more about the services we offer at our facilities, you can visit the page on Our Locations.

Illegal Forms of Methamphetamine

Illegal methamphetamine has multiple “street” names, including crystal meth, speed, crank, or ice. One of the most dangerous aspects of illicit forms of the drug is the ingredients used to make it. The process of creating the methamphetamine involves combining chemicals that can come from various sources, including household cleaners. Moreover, combining illegal methamphetamine misuse with other substances, including alcohol, can increase the risks substantially. Without knowing precisely what is in the drug, there is a high risk of overdose, injury, illness, or death due to an adverse physical reaction or complication. At kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, we educate individuals and families about the dangers of substance misuse and provide comprehensive relapse prevention.

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Methamphetamine addiction

Signs of Methamphetamine Misuse

The signs of methamphetamine misuse can overlap with other mental health or substance use disorders, making it challenging to identify. Below are a few notable changes to health and behavior that might indicate someone is misusing the drug: 

  • Secretive behavior
  • Borrowing or stealing money
  • Spending an excessive amount of time thinking about, acquiring, misusing, or recovering from the drug
  • Decrease in personal hygiene
  • Increased risk-taking behaviors
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Disinterest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Fluctuating energy levels
  • Mood swings and unusual irritability
  • Paranoid behavior

Common Health Effects of Methamphetamine Misuse

Methamphetamine is highly addictive and can have severe long-term health side effects. A single instance of misuse has the potential to cause serious injury, illness, or death. Some common ways it can impact your health include:

  • Stroke, heart attack, or heart disease
  • Liver damage
  • Scratching to the point of leaving open sores
  • Convulsions
  • Rotten teeth or other dental issues
  • Unusual weight loss and unhealthy changes in appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Unusual irritability and mood swings
  • Mental confusion and difficulty concentrating
  • Slack facial skin and sores around the mouth and face
  • Increased body temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death

Methamphetamine misuse also causes heightened libido, which can increase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Methamphetamine addiction

Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Treatment

Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, also called dual diagnosis, can impact your treatment. Symptoms of mental health disorders sometimes require medication management or psychotherapy. The clinicians at our facilities will work with you to create safety plans, teach you valuable coping skills, and help you learn to process emotions in a healthier way. 

All of our programs offer peer support and psychotherapy for treating mental health disorders. Common co-occurring conditions we treat include: 

  • Bipolar Disorder (BD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
  • Dissociative Personality Disorder (DID)
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD)
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
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Treatments and Therapy at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers

The effect that methamphetamine has on the brain can make it difficult to treat. At kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, we used a variety of modalities and evidence-based treatments to provide symptom relief and emotional stabilization. All of our locations use a holistic approach to care to ensure your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. The most common treatment for SUDs involving methamphetamine include:

A few of the specific psychotherapy modalities we offer at our locations include:

Aftercare Planning and Relapse Prevention

At kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, we use a comprehensive assessment during admissions to guide your treatment, including aftercare services. The more support you have after completing our program, the easier it will be to cope with any lingering symptoms related to SUD or your mental health. A case manager will collaborate with you to create a plan for your aftercare and provide any resources you will need to maintain sobriety, including referrals to therapists or doctor offices. We will work with you to ensure you have access to all of the information you need to make healthy life choices moving forward.

Methamphetamine addiction

The expert clinicians at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers have the treatments you need to recover from the effects of methamphetamine misuse.

Contact us today to learn more by calling us today: (603) 619-1132.

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