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Crystal Meth: Addiction, Rehab, Treatments, and Risks

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Crystal Meth: Addiction, Rehab, Treatments, and Risks
Dealing with a Crystal Meth Addiction? Help4Addiction are here to help.
Are you addicted to crystal meth? Is a loved one using it? We accumulated everything you need to know about how to get help for a crystal meth addiction in one place. Nestled in our pages, you will find information on treatment, on identifying this addiction, and on getting help for friends and family members that are suffering from addiction.  Let’s look more closely at what crystal meth is and how you can spot it.

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal Meth is the crystalised form of methamphetamine. This substance is usually a cloudy white colour and comes in crystal form. These crystals are smashed apart and snorted, smoked, or injected, to give the user a high. Most users smash it and snort it to get a sense of instant euphoria.  Crystal meth is dangerous because it is the purest form of methamphetamine that exists. Meth increases the dopamine levels in your brain temporarily. The effect wears off quickly, so the user takes more. They soon develop immunity, so they take even more. Eventually, meth users overdose from using toxic levels.  Meth affects your brain chemistry, changes your blood pressure, and affects your heart. Negative signs of meth use include blackened teeth, heart and respiratory diseases, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and severe mood swings. Crystal meth has an impact on your appearance and can cause welts on the body. Users are known to scratch themselves bloody. These are all signs to watch out for if you suspect a loved one is addicted to meth or crystal meth

Street Names for Crystal Meth include:

  • Ice
  • Rocks
  • Shards
  • Crystal
  • Meth
  • Glass

Use of Crystal Meth in the UK

Crystal meth is a huge problem in the USA, but here in the UK it hasn’t taken a proper foothold yet. Nevertheless, if a drug exists, so does the potential for drug addiction. The Home Office reports on seizures of drugs in 2019 doesn’t include data covering Crystal Meth. This is because it simply isn’t found in notable quantities. Why is this? VICE speculates that there is a huge influx of cheap, high-quality cocaine currently circulating UK markets. Add to this our proximity to Holland, the EU’s biggest producer of stimulant drugs, and crystal meth is an expensive way to party.

Treatment for Crystal Meth Addiction

When you do develop a crystal meth addiction, detox and rehab are the most effective treatments. 

Detox

During the detox period, you allow your body to become chemically clean of the drug. This begins a few hours after your last use and can last for up to 5 days. The symptoms will lessen after the first 72 hours, allowing you to progress to the rehab portion of your rehab clinic stay. When you detox in a clinic you are both safer and have access to medical assistance.

Rehab

Rehab includes a blend of activities, proper diet and exercise, peer support, group and individual therapies, and even workshops focused on recovery. Anything other than a mild addiction will take at least 28 days in rehab to treat, though many conditions can take longer. During this part of your treatment, you will learn what makes you use and how to avoid using it in future. You will leave armed with all the information you need to make a full and complete recovery from crystal meth addiction.

Aftercare

Aftercare is care extended to you when you leave rehab and return to your old life. This transitory period can be difficult, since you are going through the biggest change yet since you recovered. Choose a rehab clinic with a sturdy aftercare program for the best chance at a successful recovery. Good aftercare programs include online support, telephone support, and other resources. It may help you to continue seeing a group for therapy while you are in recovery. 

How to Find the Right Rehab Clinic for you?

Here at Help4Addiction, we are specialists in helping those with an addiction into rehab. You can call us at any time of the day or night, or you can use our call back service and our trained team will call you. We are dedicated to matching people with the ideal clinic for them, since the right rehab centre gives you a better chance of staying clean from drink or drugs. Call 0203 955 7700 today to start your recovery from crystal meth. It will be the best decision you have ever made.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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