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7 Signs of a Meth Addiction

signs of meth addiction

Meth is an increasingly common stimulant drug. Because meth is easy to get, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive, people take meth for many reasons. Prolonged stress, unresolved trauma, stimulant addiction from prescription drugs, and untreated co-occurring disorders can all lead to meth use. Like other drugs, meth provides an escape from reality and emotional or physical pain. Meth can be hard to stop taking without a meth addiction treatment program. Spotting the signs of meth addiction can be the first step toward recovery.

If you or someone in your life is struggling with meth addiction, A Better State can help. Our outpatient programs provide flexible dual diagnosis treatment for the New Hampshire area. Call us now at 781.412.1488 to learn about our meth addiction treatment program and enroll today.

What Is Meth Addiction?

Meth is made in home labs from various dangerous chemicals like gasoline. Sold in both white power form and concentrated crystal meth, methamphetamines can be highly addictive and lethal. Meth is a stimulant drug that speeds up messages from the brain to the body. Like caffeine or cocaine, meth speeds up heart rate, metabolism, breathing, and other organ systems. It can make people more confident and talkative. Meth works by releasing dopamine in the brain. The pleasure chemical dopamine causes joy, euphoria, and motivation. It also increases meth’s additive properties through the “dopamine reward” effect. When the brain releases dopamine through a drug or joyful experience, it will crave more dopamine. Unfortunately, this natural chemical reaction makes many drugs like meth highly addictive.

Seven Signs of Meth Use and Addiction

Meth and crystal meth increase physical sensations and can confuse. Someone high on meth may seem erratic and become a danger to themselves or others. Because meth is made from various chemicals, overdose is common. When someone overdoses, they can go into cardiac arrest and experience seizures. During an overdose, they cannot seek medical attention on their own. Here are the other seven signs someone you know may use meth:

  1. Tooth decay, facial sores, mouth sores, and decline in physical appearance
  2. Changes in sleep patterns, hygiene, and daily behavior
  3. Mood swings
  4. Manic social behavior followed by isolation
  5. Drug cravings and drug-seeking behavior
  6. Confusion or paranoia
  7. Increased talkativeness and productivity

These are only some signs of meth use. Because meth is a stimulant, it’s important to watch for manic behavior followed by depression. The more often someone takes meth, the more likely they will develop a meth addiction and suffer from adverse health effects.

Outpatient Meth Addiction Treatment in New Hampshire

Spotting signs of meth use can be easier than you think. Because meth is made from various unsafe chemicals, a person’s skin, hair, and nails can change with frequent meth use. Changes in behavior, mood and mental health are all early signs of meth use. For those with co-occurring mental health conditions, drugs like meth can be more addictive. If you or someone you love is using meth, don’t quit cold turkey. The team at A Better State can help.

Our trauma-informed outpatient programs provide the New Hampshire area with comprehensive, flexible care that meets their needs. With a range of therapies, clients at A Better State enjoy both behavioral and alternative therapies for holistic recovery. With yoga, art, and mindfulness meditation, clients at A Better State get the support they need to recover, reconnect, and return to their lives.

Call A Better State Now to Learn More About Outpatient Treatment

Don’t let meth take over your life. All A Better State now to learn more about our meth addiction treatment programs and get started today. Each our staff at 781.412.1488 for more information.