Meth Addiction

What is Methamphetamine?

A highly addictive stimulant, methamphetamine is a drug that is typically consumed by smoking, snorting or injecting. This substance has two variations: meth, which is typically in powder form, and crystal meth, which is shaped as crystals. Other names for methamphetamine and crystal meth can include:

  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Crystal
  • Crank
  • Tweak
  • Redneck cocaine
  • Chalk

The consistent and prolonged use of meth ultimately results in a built-up tolerance that develops into an addiction. Meth addiction is highly dangerous with serious effects on physical and mental health. LifeWorks NW has been supporting those of all ages for almost 60 years, and our team of addiction specialists are here to help. Feel free to contact us today.

Symptoms of Meth Use

Originally created to help with weight loss and other physical ailments, the stimulating effects of meth can present various symptoms when consumed. Symptoms of meth use include:

  • Intense excitement and attention
  • Faster or irregular heart rate
  • Faster breathing
  • Tooth rotting and dental issues
  • Skin sores
  • Persistent itching
  • No appetite
  • Little to no sleep

It is important to understand how severe the effects of meth use can be. In addition to the symptoms listed above, people with meth addictions can experience severe mental issues as the substance impacts the brain.

Long-Term Effects of Meth Use

Unfortunately, long-term use of meth or crystal meth can result in permanent damage to the body. The long-term effects include:

  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Respiratory issues
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Malnutrition
  • Memory loss
  • Brain damage
  • Stroke

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

Any lapse in meth use will cause powerful physical and psychological effects that make it extremely difficult to stop using for good. The severity of these effects will differ from person to person, but the most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Fever with excessive sweating
  • Nausea and stomach aches
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Severe depression or anxiety

The LifeWorks NW team has over 60 years of experience helping the Portland community, and our highly compassionate and knowledgeable staff can help manage the difficulties of withdrawal in a safe way to effectively begin recovery.

Meth Addiction Treatment

Treatment involves several different steps that all work together. Meth addiction treatment may include a detox period followed by rehab, therapy and long-term planning to help sobriety last. LifeWorks NW has addiction services for those of all ages located throughout Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County.

  1. Detox: This process clears the body of the chemical in a controlled manner to monitor and alleviate withdrawal as safely as possible, and is offered through other agencies if necessary.
  2. Therapy: Topics you can expect to discuss include: what circumstances, life experiences or traumas resulted in substance abuse? What support is needed, and how that can be achieved without the use of meth? In the future, what coping strategies will help resist the urge to use?
  3. Programs: Often referred to 12-Step Programs, these offer the support of a community that knows what meth addiction is like can help your sobriety journey.

LifeWorks NW also provides DUI Support and Residential Recovery Services for Women with Children.

If you are interested in learning more about treatment, addiction or need support, please contact the LifeWorks NW team today.