Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerfully addictive drug. It\u2019s a stimulant, which means it increases functioning in areas of your brain related to focus, energy, and pleasure. It looks like a white power but can also be found in a glass form called \u201ccrystal meth.\u201d\r\n\r\nMeth can be consumed in several ways:\r\n\r\n \tSmoking\r\n \tInjection\r\n \tSwallowing\r\n \tSnorting\r\n\r\nUsing meth in any form can be deadly because it increases your heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and body temperature\u2014often to a point your body cannot handle. It\u2019s also extremely difficult to quit. If you\u2019re using meth, you should seek professional treatment at a meth addiction treatment center as soon as possible.\r\nHow Do I Know I\u2019m Addicted to Meth?\r\nMeth is addictive because using it even once triggers chemical changes in your brain. It forces your brain to produce a dangerously high amount of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control your brain\u2019s reward and pleasure centers. Meth damages the dopamine-producing cells in your brain and makes it hard for you to find enjoyment in anything else.\r\n\r\nThe biggest sign of meth addiction is feeling depressed or empty when coming down off a \u201chigh.\u201d\r\n\r\nPhysical signs of meth addiction include:\r\n\r\n \tWeight loss\r\n \tSleep deprivation\r\n \tOsteoporosis\r\n \tDehydration\r\n \tTooth decay & gum disease (often referred to as \u201cmeth mouth\u201d)\r\n\r\nMeth causes mental health and behavioral signs of addiction as well, which you may notice or loved ones may point out to you:\r\n\r\n \tParanoia and isolation\r\n \tPanic\r\n \tExtreme mood swings\r\n \tDecreased libido\r\n \tAggressive behavior\r\n \tPsychosis\r\n\r\nHow Do I Recover from a Meth Addiction?\r\nPeople often become addicted to meth because the drug serves a purpose for them, even if it has many other negative consequences. Meth can help someone:\r\n\r\n \tLose weight, as meth has a hunger-suppressing effect\r\n \tStay awake for extended periods of time\r\n \tIncrease the ability to work or study due to meth\u2019s energy- and focus-enhancing properties\r\n \tSuppress emotions like sadness and grief\r\n\r\nCo-occurring disorders (leading to a dual diagnosis treatment center) are common with meth use. Meth is very effective at what it does, and until you become sober, there\u2019s a good chance you won\u2019t realize how powerful the negative effects of meth are. Or you may realize them, but right now the benefits outweigh the costs. Even after you become sober, you\u2019ll likely be tempted to use again to regain those benefits.\r\n\r\nThis is why it\u2019s vital to seek therapeutic treatment through a meth addiction treatment center such as Washburn House. By addressing your underlying motivations to use meth, your desire to return to it will dramatically decrease. Then we can teach you how to live a healthy, fulfilling life free of substances.\r\nWhat Happens When I Get to Washburn House's Meth Addiction Treatment Center?\r\nWhen you arrive at Washburn House's meth addiction treatment center in Worcester, MA, our medical staff will determine how severe your meth addiction is. You can complete a pre-screening assessment over the phone or in-person at our treatment facility in Worcester. We\u2019ll consider all the unique factors of your meth addiction, including:\r\n\r\n \tHow much you use\r\n \tHow long you\u2019ve been using\r\n \tAll the ways your substance use impacts your life\r\n\r\nOnce you\u2019re matched with one of our addiction treatment programs, you\u2019ll be assigned a clinical care team, who will work with you throughout your recovery. They\u2019ll help you develop a personalized treatment plan and an aftercare plan perfect for your needs.\r\nWhat Is Recovering from a Meth Addiction Like at Washburn House?\r\nWashburn House's meth addiction treatment program in Worcester, MA is nurturing, strength-based, and highly individualized. You won\u2019t ever be judged for your meth addiction. We view each and every one of our clients as a person suffering from a disease, and our substance abuse treatment is designed to help you fight that disease.\r\n\r\nYour recovery journey begins with detox, if necessary. Then you\u2019ll create a treatment plan with help from your care team. You\u2019ll always have a say in the direction of your treatment, and we\u2019ll make note of your priorities and goals. We\u2019ll help you identify your biggest reasons for wanting to be sober and structure your treatment around them.\r\nWhat Treatment Path Is Right for Me?\r\nMedically Monitored Detox\r\nExactly what your detox from meth will be like depends on how severely dependent you are on the drug. Depending on this, withdrawal symptoms can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days.\r\n\r\nIf you are using methamphetamines and another substance, or you require more medical attention, we may recommend our medical detox program, where our skilled nursing and clinical team will monitor you 24 hours a day to keep you safe throughout meth withdrawal.\r\n\r\nWithdrawal signs and symptoms can include:\r\n\r\n \tSevere agitation and aggression\r\n \tExtreme mood swings\r\n \tDepression\r\n \tExtreme fatigue\r\n \tHallucinations\r\n\r\nNot everyone who comes to Washburn House with a meth addiction needs to move through medically monitored detox. Our\u00a0Washburn House admissions staff\u00a0and medical professionals will help you decide what\u2019s right for you!\r\nClinically Managed Inpatient Drug Rehab\r\nIn this residential treatment program, you will live in our inpatient rehab center in Worcester, MA and benefit from group therapy, individual therapy, and wraparound case management. This is our highest level of care. It allows you to explore in-depth your meth addiction while residing in a warm, supportive, compassionate atmosphere.\r\nDay Treatment\/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)\r\nOur partial hospitalization program involves spending most of your day in addiction treatment and going home in the evenings. You will still benefit from high-quality therapeutic care and will have the added advantage of applying what you learn to life in the community.\r\nIntensive Outpatient Program (IOP)\r\nThe intensive outpatient rehab center at Washburn House allows you to transition back to your home environment and apply the therapeutic skills and concepts you learn in treatment to your personal relationships and lifestyle.\r\nHow Long Does Recovery from a Meth Addiction Take?\r\nWithdrawal symptoms usually peak between 7 and 10 days, but even after acute withdrawal has passed, lingering effects may be felt for a while\u2014even years. These might include depression, cravings, and cognitive difficulties. Through long-term abstinence, these effects usually decrease or disappear.\r\n\r\nSubstance abuse treatment at Washburn House will not only help you achieve sobriety, but you\u2019ll learn skills for preventing relapse for life.\r\nDoes Washburn House Accept My Insurance?\r\nWashburn House accepts most commercial health insurance plans.\r\nWhat If I Don\u2019t Have Insurance?\r\nWe also accept direct payments. Our highest priority is getting you the treatment you need to live your healthiest life. If you aren\u2019t sure how you\u2019ll pay for treatment at Washburn House, give us a call. We\u2019re happy to help you learn how to make your ideal recovery possible.\r\nWhat Happens When I Leave Washburn House?\r\nYour assigned therapist and case manager follow you all the way through treatment and beyond. Throughout your time at Washburn House, you\u2019ll be looking toward the future and preparing for maintaining your sobriety with the help of a strong support system. These supports will be put into place through a comprehensive relapse prevention plan and aftercare plan.\r\n\r\nMeth can take over your life. Step out of its shadow and get back to who you really are with the help of addiction professionals at Washburn House. Call today for a free, confidential assessment.