Meth, an amphetamine similar to Adderall, produces intense highs which last for only a short time. Meth and other amphetamines form a class of stimulants which can then be prescribed by doctors (in the case of Adderall) and reward users with sensations of alertness, energeticness, euphoria and invincibility. This reward quickly leads to massive health problems and addiction also. Meth, the street version of this amphetamine, can be several times more addicting than its prescribed counterpart. Meth passes more quickly into the user’s bloodstream. The use of either drug can lead to long-term use requiring a meth addiction rehab center.
While Adderall can legitimately treat conditions like ADHD when used as directed — Adderall enhances concentration — meth, on the other hand, is strictly taken for recreational purposes. Also, street drugs like meth frequently include contaminants or other drugs mixed in along with the primary drug, making it significantly more dangerous. These factors multiply meth’s adverse effects as well as make this addiction substantially more difficult to treat.
Meth, Adderall or any drug containing an amphetamine can lead to addiction and can cause serious, long-term and permanent health problems, including brain damage as well as accidental death. If addicted, users will then find any and all available means to get more drugs — even illegal ones — whether or not they began using in prescription form. An addiction to meth or Adderall will always require a medically-supervised detox and individualized therapy as well as rehab. Failure to get the treatment you need will then inevitably lead to relapse and ongoing medical issues.
Meth’s Short-Term Side Effects
Meth has many negative side effects in the short term which include:
- Appetite loss
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Sleeping issues
- Erratic behavior
- Panic attacks and psychosis
Long-Term Effects of Meth
Of course, long-term abuse of or addiction to meth also has many serious consequences. They typically require the help of a meth addiction treatment center. These symptoms include:
- Concentration problems
- Dental problems
- Motor skill impairment
- Weight loss
- Memory loss
- Violent behavior
- Hallucinations, psychosis and paranoia
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
- Alzheimer’s-like changes in brain structure and function
Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Users withdrawing from meth will have many frightening, dangerous as well as life-threatening side effects, including:
- Drug cravings
- Sleep difficulties
- Shaking and tremors
- Chills, fevers and sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Respiratory complications
- Respiratory failure
Bayview Recovery’s Meth Addiction Rehab Center
Bayview Recovery can help you through your detox — which is crucial to your recovery — but we can help you in many more ways. A full recovery requires you to learn how to manage urges as well as heal past wounds. Otherwise, it will be impossible for you to give up drugs and alcohol. Detox alone, however, will not guarantee sobriety. Sobriety comes not only from rehab but also from successfully finding authentic joys in your life which do not involve using. This is the heart of a treatment program at Bayview Recovery.
Bayview Recovery’s meth addiction treatment center also believes that your treatment should include joy. Joy is not a result that comes later. This approach, we believe, can help you get well faster. By replacing drugs and alcohol with meaningful activities and relationships, you can also achieve natural highs that don’t require substance abuse, ones you can easily sustain. This is one of the many values of a stay at Bayview Recovery and one which accompanies your personalized therapy and treatment.
You can reach Bayview Recovery at 855.478.3650 today, where one of our recovery specialists can get you started on your path to personalized treatment. Bayview Recovery puts all its resources behind understanding you, your struggles and your strengths, giving you the instruction and support that can help make your recovery possible. Bayview Recovery will be behind you, for every step.