California Meth Addiction Treatment

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Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth or crystal meth is a highly addictive stimulant drug. Meth addiction is so common in The United States, that a national survey found that approximately 1.6 million people said they had used meth in the past year, and 774,000 reported using it in the past month. While first-time use of meth can seem exhilarating to some, it quickly can begin to ruin your health, life, and destroy your relationships. Meth addiction can often lead to many health issues such as psychosis and other mental disorders, cardiovascular and renal dysfunction, infectious disease transmission, and even lethal overdoses.

Finding a California meth addiction treatment center that actually cares about you or your loved one may seem hard, but at American Addiction Institute of Mind and Medicine, we care about your lasting recovery. We will do whatever it takes to get you or your loved one clean from meth addiction. The most important thing that you should take away from this resource is that you can and will get your life back on track if you put the effort in. We have years of expertise treating meth addiction and can help you as well. Contact us today to learn about our California Methamphetamine addiction treatment programs.

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Meth Addiction Statistics

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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) An estimated 964,000 people aged 12 or older had a methamphetamine use disorder in 2017. The CDC tells us that methamphetamine usage and addiction has been increasing due to the availability. Here are some additional meth addiction statistics as reported from the CDC and NSDUH:

  • 22.3% reported injecting methamphetamine
  • Between 2015–2018 6.6 per 1,000 adults reportedly abused meth
  • Among adults who used meth in the past year also abused prescription opioids 40.5%

How to Tell if a Loved One is Addicted to Meth

Living with or seeing someone you care about struggle with meth addiction can be one of the most heartbreaking things in the world. Yet every day people become addicted to and abuse meth. There are some early warning signs if you have a loved one that is addicted to meth or just started to use it. Meth is a highly dangerous drug and if someone you care about is using it, use this article as a resource for how to help them. Here are some of the most common signs to tell if a loved one is addicted to meth:

Sudden erratic behavior

Noticeable skin sores

Extreme levels of paranoia

Rapid eye movement

Uncontrollable Hyperactivity

Rotting teeth

otherwise known as “meth mouth”

Uncontrollable weight loss

Frequent ticks

such as: scratching, moving their jaw, pulling hair, etc…

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California Meth Addiction Treatment Options

In California, there are various meth addiction treatment options for you no matter what your insurance or financial situation is. The first thing you need to do is be sure that the individual is ready and willing for help. If they are not willing, the treatment process can be very difficult for their long term recovery. You can call us 24/7 if you have questions or would like our help convincing your loved one to get the help they deserve. There are several different levels of addiction treatment for you to consider depending on the amount of use and how long they have been using. Here are the common treatment options for meth addiction:

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  • Outpatient
  • Sober Living

What Meth Detox and Withdrawal is like

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Meth detox is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from, because users can experience meth withdrawal symptoms for up to several months after stopping. This is why it’s very important to detox within a licensed and medical facility while being overseen by doctors and professionals. Quitting meth cold turkey can cause an increased rate of complications and relapsing. While meth detox can be uncomfortable, medications are commonly prescribed during your detox to reduce and manage the withdrawal symptoms. Our lead medical director, Faried Banimahd, MD has many years of experience helping people quit meth for good. Here are some of the most common meth withdrawal symptoms that you should be aware of:

  • Increased agitation and mood swings
  • Increased cravings for meth
  • Insomnia and/or sleeplessness
  • Mild to severe psychosis
  • Emotional blunting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • And Cold and flu like symptoms

Long Term Effects of Meth Use

If a person who is addicted to meth continues the use, there can be some extremely serious long term side effects. Meth is a drug that attacks your central nervous system and thus can cause physical and emotional damage in the long run. Most of the damage occurred from long term meth use can be reversed with time however. No matter how bad things have gotten, we encourage you to reach out for help. Some of the most common long term effects of meth use include: weight loss, psychosis, rotting teeth and gums, skin sores, and anxiety disorders.

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How to Find the Best Meth Addiction Treatment in California

If you or your loved one are ready to find a meth addiction treatment center in California, congratulations! Accepting the need for help is the best and first step that you can take towards getting your life back! There are so many addiction treatment centers in California. How can you know which to trust and which ones will have your best interest in mind?

You should start by researching the center you find. Look at their online reviews, their website, and the staff they have. You’ll also want to know if you want to pursue a 12-step program or a maintenance medication program. Both programs work but some better than others. It’s also important to call and interview the center before deciding to go with them. You can call us 24/7 to speak with a friendly meth addiction expert who will guide you through everything you need to know about treatment. We are standing by the phones and ready to help!