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Extremely addictive and toxic to brain chemistry, methamphetamine gives a high that can injure your brain and body for life. Meth, or methamphetamine, is commonly known as ice, crystal, glass, speed, and crank. Meth is a potent and addictive stimulant that is long lasting. The chemical make-up of meth is similar to amphetamine ( speed ), but meth is much more dangerous to the central nervous system. Methamphetamine has a very high risk of abuse and can lead to serious physical and psychological dependence.

The danger of meth use is one of true
concern and need for qualified help

Like speed and cocaine, even a small amount of meth may cause fast and irregular heartbeat, elevated body temperatures and increased blood pressure. These symptoms, particularly when meth is consumed at high doses, may cause death from heart attack, organ failure from overheating or stroke. Methamphetamine works by seriously altering the way the brain works. First, it raises the release of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. It simultaneously blocks the brain from soaking up the dopamine that is released. Studies have shown that changes in the brain’s dopamine levels are related to impaired verbal skills and decreased motor skills. 

We aim to stabilize the neurochemistry
that has been altered by meth use

Meth is a very addictive substance, and chronic use can have severely negative effects on the body and brain. Meth abuse can lead to extreme weight loss, scabs and sores on the skin and face, and dental problems. Constant meth abusers may become violent and anxious. Meth users commonly display a wide range of psychotic behavior, including hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions. A meth delusion that is often reported is the feeling of bugs crawling underneath the skin.

One does not have to drown in a pool of meth use,
life is worth living and we can help

Trying to get off meth without professional guidance is rarely successful as withdrawal can be highly uncomfortable and therefore, commonly leads to relapse. However, when this process is handled correctly, it can be tolerable with minimal discomfort. Through stabilizing the neurochemistry, balancing levels of dopamine, and employing several methods of detoxification and healing; recovery from meth use can effectively occur. Our adjunctive therapies and holistic medicine treatments relieve the majority of withdrawal and cravings throughout rehabilitation. Corrective treatments, which are aimed to manage the causes that led to meth use, allow for balance and truly sustainable relief from mental, emotional, and physical pain. Many staff members at Alternative to Meds Center have overcome substance abuse challenges with the right help, and can now provide real compassion. If you or someone you care about is using meth, call us and find out more about how we help people to break this pattern.

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