Methamphetamine Treatment San Diego
An addiction to methamphetamines can impact every aspect of one’s life. APEX Rehab Methamphetamine program recognizes that methamphetamines are some of the most addictive and destructive drugs out there, and we strive to help clients identify other interests and activities that can be healthy alternatives to methamphetamine use.
Methamphetamine can be obtained through prescriptions in pill form. It is a central nervous system stimulant that can be used to treat attention deficit disorders in children and obesity, among other things. It floods the body with adrenaline and dopamine, a chemical responsible for the feeling of well-being and happiness. It also blocks a certain protein that allows the body to store dopamine.
When it’s smoked or injected, meth causes an intense euphoria for a few minutes, but when it’s swallowed or snorted a heightened feeling of well-being is brought on more gradually. This way, the effects can last for up to 12 hours and the user feels happy, alert and doesn’t feel the need to eat. They also experience a higher body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate. All these effects make it comparable to cocaine.
However, when the effects fade away, the user is left with depleted supplies of dopamine, meaning they feel depressed, tired and annoyed. Prolonged abuse includes feeling paranoid and psychotic as well as unable to feel absolutely any pleasure without the drug.
Methamphetamines are extremely dangerous and at the same time, worryingly wide-spread. Many users see methamphetamine as a functional tool to be able to work more and eat less. The abuse of this originally legal drug started in the 1960’s in California, but the 1990’s saw an epidemic and the rate of patients in meth rehab programs increased by four times in California by 2002.
Methamphetamine addiction is particularly devastating for the addict and the people close to them. Developing dependence is rapid and grave, while many users state they felt addicted after their very first use. This explains why rehabilitation has the best chances of success if it is undergone in specialized addiction treatment centers in San Diego like APEX Rehab.
APEX Rehab takes an integrative, holistic direction in treating meth addiction – the causes, symptoms and behaviors must all be treated systematically and carefully. The most important thing is that the patients learn better ways of handling stress and the feelings of inadequacy through various complementing therapies.
After medically supervised detoxification process is completed, rehabilitation takes place and then aftercare. Rehabilitation can be residential or outpatient, but because of the highly destructive nature of meth addiction, inpatient rehab is typically best.
At APEX Rehab, recovering meth users will deal with the underlying causes of their addiction through counseling and psychotherapies, backed by support from physicians, nutritionists, wellness instructors, holistic healers and experiential therapists.