You have most likely heard methamphetamine referred to as “meth.” It comes in several different forms, including a white powder that can be formed into pills or injected; a kind of waxy substance usually called “base”; and crystals which are sometimes referred to as “rocks.” Meth is highly addictive. Addiction comes with strong cravings for the substance and can sometimes mean doing anything to guarantee another chance at using it. That’s why Vertava Health Mississippi offers a meth addiction treatment program designed to help patients maintain sobriety long-term and prevent relapse.
Signs of Meth Addiction
The brain naturally produces a chemical called dopamine, sometimes called the “reward chemical.” Some ways to release dopamine naturally are exercise, listening to music, and meditation. Meth unnaturally affects the brain’s production of dopamine, greatly increasing the level released. This leads to a person enjoying how great they felt in such a short amount of time and wanting to repeat the feeling.
Even taking a little methamphetamine can lead to staying awake longer than normal and a surge in hyperactivity. It can also negatively affect your desire to eat, make you breathe faster than normal (which can also come with increased heartbeat), and even raise your blood pressure and body temperature.
One of the more recognizable and well-known side effects of meth use is drastic changes in dental hygiene and the overall health of the mouth. Often called “meth mouth,” it usually means blackened and/or rotting teeth and can include sores on the gums and tongue as well.
There are other side effects though, including:
The long-term use of meth can result in drastic changes to brain chemistry, such as decreasing the ability to learn verbally and also affecting memory.
Our Approach to Meth Addiction Treatment
There are some common meth withdrawal symptoms, but it’s important to remember everyone’s body may react differently. This is because the length of time they’ve been using will determine how much of their brain chemistry and body has changed due to meth, but also because the body responds to treatment differently based on a number of factors, like age, daily diet, and any underlying health conditions.
Vertava Health Mississippi has many plans in place to help our patients begin and maintain recovery as safely and as comfortably as possible.
We offer individualized care and uses evidence-based methods to help you start your recovery. When you or your loved one decides to get help for meth addiction, the first thing we do is a thorough clinical assessment. By examining every aspect of a person’s struggle, whether it’s only substance-related or is in combination with a mental health disorder, we can determine the best way forward for the individual.
Medically Supervised Detox
Once you have decided to seek meth addiction treatment and are enrolled in our care, detoxing from meth is most likely where the program begins. Our medically-supervised detox uses medications to help with withdrawal. Effective treatment goes beyond a medicinal approach, however. Sometimes, while going through withdrawal, the comfort of another person can be incredibly powerful.
Our caring and professional staff is there to offer you compassion, an ear for your story or stories, and maybe a distraction or two. We do everything we can to make sure someone experiencing detox has all their needs met.
During medically-supervised detox, you are not alone and can rest assured a medical professional is always there to help.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
The core of our evidence-based therapy program is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). It’s a form of therapy that has been tested and proven to help not only substance use disorders but also anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The four main sections of a DBT program are: practicing mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each of these focuses on an aspect of your thoughts and emotions and looks at how your choices are influenced by and impact the world around you.
Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Once detox has finished and your recovery is continuing, depending on your clinical assessment, you may need to visit our meth rehab for our intensive outpatient program (IOP). These are sessions that take place Monday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
These are visits that offer both individual and group therapy, plus psychiatric services and medical assessments for how well any medication you may be taking is working. The benefit of the evening IOP treatment is your visits are spaced out across multiple days, and after your meth addiction treatment, you go home.
Find Hope and Healing in Our Mississippi Meth Addiction Treatment Center
Reach out to the Vertava Health Mississippi team today at 844.951.1931 to learn more about our approach to meth addiction treatment.