Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that can cause severe damage to the central nervous system. Methamphetamine, commonly known as “meth,” causes increased activity and talkativeness, decreased appetite, and a short-lived sense of well-being or euphoria.

Relative to most other drugs, methamphetamine has the potential for significant damage– both to the body and brain as well as resulting from our behaviors while using the drug. If you or a loved one is using methamphetamine, it is absolutely essential to pursue meth addiction treatment, like the program at AAR Healthcare.

If you or someone you are close to is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego methamphetamine addiction treatment program can help.

How Does Meth Affect the Brain?

Methamphetamine affects many neurotransmitters in the brain, but the most affected is dopamine. When triggered, dopamine sends pleasure signals to various parts of the body and brain and is then stored for later use.

Unlike normal brain functionality, the dopamine released is not recycled and stored for later, which overstimulates the brain. Instead, it remains in the body until the high is replaced with the crash of unpleasant feelings. In order to replicate that feeling and avoid the crash, users will want more of the drug at higher doses.

Meth has the following effects on the brain:
  • Impaired learning and motor skills
  • Cognitive issues
  • A decline in mental flexibility
  • Structural and functional changes in brain areas associated with memory and emotions
  • Neuron death throughout the central nervous system
  • Death of glial cells
  • Brain damage
  • Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease

The effects of meth on the brain can be long-lasting, if not permanent. Simply put, if you believe you may have a methamphetamine addiction, it is crucial to reach out for help from our AAR Healthcare team right away. 

Do I Need Meth Addiction Treatment?

To determine for yourself if you are abusing meth or otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:
  • Are you using higher doses with more frequency than you used to?
  • Do you question if you could function without meth?
  • Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms when there is no methamphetamine in your system? 
  • Have you had a loss of appetite or drastic weight loss?
  • Are your teeth rotting or falling out?
  • Are you intensely scratching your skin, causing open sores?
  • Do you have long periods of sleeplessness?
  • Are you experiencing mood swings, irritability, or paranoia?
  • Do you have legal issues or financial problems due to your meth use?
  • Are you isolating yourself from friends and family?

If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to methamphetamine, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. 

The Meth Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Methamphetamine addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Although there are not yet “on label” MAT protocols for stimulant addiction, there are promising approaches supported by recent addiction research. AAR Healthcare is on the forefront of such research and will continually assess the efficacy of such approaches for our clients.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in the Matrix Model (MM), which has been demonstrated to work especially well for stimulant addictions, motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

Learn More About Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.