The National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides statistics on meth use in the United States. They claim that 6.4% of all adults age 26 and older have tried methamphetamine at least once during their lifetimes. This means you probably know someone who has used crystal meth or is struggling with it. Knowing the signs of meth use can make all the difference in helping yourself or your loved one find treatment.
What is Meth?
Sometimes referred to as crank, ice, chalk, or glass, methamphetamine or meth is a synthetic drug. People produce it in clandestine laboratories using a variety of chemicals such as lithium, pseudoephedrine, acetone, and toluene. You can safely use these substances for their intended purposes. However, when combined, they are often a powerful and deadly combination.
Methamphetamine production results in a white, crystal-like powder that users may snort, inject, or smoke. After taking it, you may feel a euphoric rush. That rush is what leaves most users wanting more of the drug once its effects have worn off. The urge to keep using meth may continue unless you or your loved one visit a meth addiction rehab center.
Signs of Meth Use
If an individual is using meth, he or she may display certain signs of meth use such as:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Picking at one’s hair or skin
- Being awake or asleep for several days on end
- Extreme mood swings
Users often experience tweaking near the end of their meth binge. At this stage, drug effects have started to wear off, even though cravings remain. This can lead to extreme agitation or even physical aggression. During tweaking, a person may complain about intense itching or feelings of bugs crawling underneath their skin.
Treatments Crestview Recovery Offers
Are you or a loved one experiencing the signs of meth use and want to get help? If so, you could benefit from one or more of the following treatment programs:
- Art therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
You can enjoy these programs in a comfortable, cottage-like setting. We’ve designed our living space to feel as much like home as possible. That, along with our scenic setting in the Pacific Northwest, provides the perfect environment for you or your loved one to heal.
Gender Segregated Therapy
At Crestview Recovery, we understand that men and women face addiction differently. Accordingly, we offer gender-segregated treatment. We’ve found clients respond better in group therapy sessions when surrounded by members of the same sex. Gender-segregated therapy also reduces the odds of romantic relationships developing, which may hinder your treatment.
Don’t Wait to Get Help
If you or a loved one are showing signs of meth use, it’s important to seek treatment now. Don’t wait until things are out of control to take your problem seriously. Get in touch with one of our rehab specialists by calling Crestview Recovery today at 8662620531.