Meth addiction

Meth Addiction Overview

Meth addiction treatment can be the difference between life and death. Methamphetamine use is increasing across the United States. Meth is extremely addictive, with some reporting addiction after the first usage. Unfortunately, meth addiction is also an extremely cruel and unforgiving experience, leading people into nightmarish situations. It’s more important now than ever to understand meth use and addiction, and meth treatment.


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What is Meth and How Does it Work?

Meth works by stimulating the Central Nervous System and increasing the synthesis of dopamine. Dopamine is a feel-good chemical that is behind the feelings of pleasure that users experience after taking Meth.

Meth addiction has increased at an alarming rate in the past decade. It is used by many people because of its potency and the feeling that it produces; however, it is a strong drug that can have monumental side effects and can completely overturn the life of the person using it. Furthermore, methamphetamine can be one of the hardest drugs to quit; it can produce severe withdrawal symptoms that can also cause several health problems.

Nevertheless, it isn’t impossible to quit meth; there are many healing centers that can help people overcome meth abuse and get their lives back on track.

Cornerstone Healing Center is one of the best when it comes to overcoming drug addictions and has helped thousands of people recover from all types of substance abuse disorders; from methamphetamine to heroin addiction treatment and more.

Below, we look at what meth addiction actually is and the effects it has on your body. We’ll also dive into how you can find the best treatment possible for you or your loved ones.

What is Meth Addiction?

Meth addiction is the dependency on methamphetamine, which develops from prolonged use. People who tend to use meth for a long period of time develop tolerance towards the drug, and their body stops reacting to it the way it used to in the start. This results in a decrease in the production of dopamine, and the user does not feel as high as they initially did.

Methamphetamine can produce a long-lasting high and people who take it consecutively for an extended period experience an endless high that tends to get weaker if the dose is not increased.

To maintain the high, the daily dose of the drug needs to be increased gradually; if the user somehow quits taking the drug or decreases the everyday intake, they start experiencing withdrawal symptoms that can range from minor problems to extreme ones for people who have used the drug for a long time.

Drug addiction, especially meth addiction, saw a dramatic increase in the last decade; however, the rate of addiction has started slowing down because people are now getting to witness the long-term consequences of methamphetamine abuse.

What are the Signs of Meth Addiction?

There are several signs of meth addiction that can show if a person is on the drug or not. These signs include both physical signs and other signs, which include mood swings and other indicators.


Some of the most common indicators of meth addiction include the following:

  • Thinning of the body and weight loss
  • Facial acne
  • Rotten teeth, also known as meth mouth
  • Deteriorating skin quality
  • Weakness
  • Neverending itching
  • Strokes
  • And many more, depending on the person 


The above-mentioned signs are those that can be detected through the eye; however, there are many signs that are not visible to the eye but are felt by the user.

These signs of Meth Use include:

  • Increased sex drive
  • High body temperature
  • Liver damage
  • Increased vulnerability to infections
  • Deteriorating Immunity
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • A feeling of perpetual confusion
  • Jerkiness
  • And many more


These are only a few signs of meth abuse; however, the people who use meth for longer periods are even at the risk of sudden death.

What are The Side Effects of Meth Addiction?

Countless side effects are associated with meth addiction, and they only tend to get worse with time. From mental issues to physical ones, methamphetamine can create countless problems and produce side effects that will deteriorate your health with each passing day.

Some of the major side effects of methamphetamine abuse are as follows:

  • Severe nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and other digestive issues
  • Severe mood swings
  • Fits of anger and an increase in aggression
  • Some people might experience seizures
  • Mental breakdowns
  • Physical crashes
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness and disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Hepatic issues
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Tooth decay
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression and psychosis
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Blocking of blood vessels


Some of the many side effects of meth use have been mentioned above. Long-term use and overdoses can also lead to permanent damage to the brain and in many cases, death.

What to Expect From Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

Methamphetamine, being one of the most potent synthetic drugs, is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms. People who are looking to quit meth can experience countless symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms associated with meth abuse are divided into two phases. The first phase lasts for the first 24 hours of meth withdrawal. This phase is the most intense and can cause a lot of problems. Some of the symptoms that a person might experience during the first phase include severe meth cravings, fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and an increased appetite, among several other symptoms. The second phase of meth withdrawal is less intense than the first and can last for almost a month. Increased appetite, anxiety, depression, and meth cravings are some of the symptoms associated with the second phase of meth withdrawal. It’s important to always remember that these are temporary. The duration and severity of these withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the time of use. People who have used the drug for a long time might experience more severe withdrawal symptoms for longer periods.

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How to Get Help for Meth addiction

We are Cornerstone Healing Center. A premiere Substance abuse treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona. We offer programs dedicated to helping short and long-term users quit substance abuse and start a new healthy life.

We offer many different meth addiction treatment programs. These programs include inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient treatment, sober companion programs, and more.

If you or a loved one is actively suffering from a meth addiction we are one of the best places to find treatment.


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