Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a powerful stimulant. It is easy to make and inexpensive to buy, making it a popular choice as a street drug. Withdrawal from methamphetamine is difficult, and the safest way is to go into a meth detox center.
The meth detox center at Atlanta Detox Center can help you, or a loved one detox from this type of addiction. Our team ensures that people in our care are as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the detox process.
What Is Meth?
Meth is a synthetic stimulant. That means it is manmade, and it affects the central nervous system. For the most part, it is a recreational or party drug. Crystal meth falls into this drug category.
Symptoms of meth use include:
- Weight loss
- Dilated pupils
- Mood swings
People who abuse meth can develop what some refer to as “meth mouth” because the drug can cause the teeth to rot.
What Leads to Meth Detox?
Meth use triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that can make you feel good. That feeling is what makes people want to use the drug again and again. Over time, the brain becomes accustomed to meth triggering the release of the neurotransmitter, so you must use more to get the same effect.
Detox from meth starts as early as twenty-four hours after the last dose. Withdrawal occurs because the brain stops releasing dopamine. That causes a chemical imbalance that leads to withdrawal symptoms like extreme fatigue, headaches, and confusion. Withdrawal continues until the brain chemistry balances out again.
What Are the Dangers of Unsupervised Meth Detox?
Detox from meth is very uncomfortable, and all it takes for it to stop is to use the drug again. That’s why the biggest danger is relapse. Some start using it again to keep from feeling bad—that’s why a drug detox center is essential.
Certain withdrawal symptoms are dangerous, too. For example, someone detoxing from meth can get seriously dehydrated. That not only makes them feel worse, but it can be life-threatening.
Unsupervised meth detox can also lead to respiratory problems. Meth is a stimulant. When the body is dependent on meth, and the drug use stops suddenly, everything can slow down, including breathing.
Finally, there is a psychological component to withdrawal. It can cause anxiety, depression, and mood swings. That might lead someone to hurt themselves trying to make it stop.
The safest and most effective way to withdraw from meth is with the help of professionals like those at Atlanta Detox Center. A drug detox center provides medical and comfort care. It also offers supervision during withdrawal to reduce the risk of relapse or complications for detox.
Why Choose Atlanta Detox Center?
Atlanta Detox Center is an inpatient detox that allows you to go through withdrawal in a protected and comfortable environment. Recovery is a journey that begins with detox. It is the first and often the most difficult leg of that journey.
At Atlanta Detox Center, our team of experts has the skills and training to help those with a substance use disorder get sober so that they can move onto a primary treatment program.
While at Atlanta Detox Center, you will have access to comfort care and medication to help control and ease withdrawal symptoms. You also go through therapy.
Services at Atlanta Detox Center include:
- Behavioral therapies such as CBT and DBT
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Gender-specific living arrangements and treatment
At Atlanta Detox Center, we believe family is an important part of recovery. So, we offer family therapy sessions, too.
Begin Your Recovery at Our Meth Detox Center
No one should go through detox alone. Give Atlanta Detox Center a call at 470.450.2355 or complete our online contact form today to find out more about how our support may help you or someone you care about overcome meth addiction. Reach out today.