New Jersey Meth Addiction Treatment
Prioritizing Personalized & Compassionate Care
Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine, an illegal psychostimulant drug that is highly addictive. Street names for crystal meth include meth, ice, glass, crank, wash, cotton candy, and more. Meth is made in illegal labs using a mixture of harmful ingredients, such as household cleaners, forms of amphetamine, and cold remedy ingredients. Part of what makes meth so dangerous is that you never really know for sure what is in it. It’s not uncommon for meth “cooks” to add toxic chemicals like antifreeze, drain cleaner, and battery acid.
Methamphetamine addiction is a disease, and, like any other disease, it is treatable. Those struggling with meth abuse and addiction can recover and go on to lead healthy, happy lives. However, it is almost impossible to break the cycle of addiction without professional drug addiction treatment.
At SOBA New Jersey, we provide a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies for those suffering from all types of drug addictions, including meth addiction. Our New Jersey meth addiction treatment programs are highly customizable and typically include a combination of medical detox, residential rehab, and outpatient treatment. Our intensive and integrated approach is designed to help individuals safely detox from methamphetamines, learn to recognize and avoid triggers, and develop the skills they need to prevent relapse.
If you or someone you love is struggling with meth use, we would love to help. Contact us 24/7 at (888) 229-7989 to speak to one of our admissions coordinators.
A Quick History of Meth
Amphetamine was first synthesized in a German chemical lab in the late 19th Century. A few decades later, Japanese scientists developed a process for making methamphetamine, which was much more potent and easier to produce.
During World War II, German soldiers used meth so they could fight longer and stay alert without rest. Some soldiers who used the drug could go without sleep for days at a time. However, the soldiers reported feeling exhausted for days after the drug wore off. In some cases, the soldiers became violent and attacked members of their own units.
By the 1950s, legal methamphetamine was readily available to everyday Americans as an inhaler and in tablet form. It was widely prescribed for depression and obesity and commonly used by athletes, students, and long-haul truck drivers.
To fight growing meth abuse and addiction, the United States banned the use of injectable meth in 1970 with the Controlled Substances Act. Today, doctors can still legally prescribe methamphetamine for ADHD and severe obesity, though it is rarely used in this capacity. Most meth consumed in the U.S. today is used illegally.
How Meth Is Used
Most people smoke meth in a glass pipe, but users can also snort, inject, or take it orally. Smoking or injecting methamphetamine speeds up the release of the drug into the body and is also more addictive.
Because methamphetamine is a stimulant, it immediately gives the user increased energy and alertness. For many people, methamphetamine gives them higher confidence and motivation to accomplish goals, and it makes them feel happy, warm, and even euphoric. The effects of meth tend to last about 6 to 8 hours, but they can go as long as 24 hours depending on the individual’s genetic makeup, the amount taken, and the frequency of use.
Because it is highly addictive, it doesn’t take long to become dependent on meth. People recovering from meth addiction often share how they enjoyed the rush of positive feelings in the beginning. As they continued to use meth, however, their lives fell apart fast.
The Long-Term Effects of Meth
Methamphetamine has many negative long-term effects. These effects are physical, neurological, behavioral, and cognitive in nature. Below, we have outlined some of the most common long-term effects of methamphetamine use, abuse, and addiction.
- Impulse control problems
- Issues concentrating
- Intense anger
- Sleep problems
Getting Treatment for Meth Addiction
Although meth addiction can have a powerful hold, recovery is possible. With professional treatment, those struggling with meth addiction can successfully eliminate the substance from their bodies and actually rewire their brains to reduce cravings and prevent the likelihood of relapse. Treating methamphetamine addiction may not be easy, but the longer an individual actively participates in treatment, the better their chances of a full recovery.
At SOBA New Jersey, we tailor our meth addiction treatments in New Jersey to meet the unique needs of each individual person. We recognize that no two situations are exactly alike, and what one person needs from treatment may differ from another. That being said, many people who attend our methamphetamine addiction rehab undergo several specific treatments and therapeutic programs.
Substance abuse professionals state that the best way to come off meth is to enter a detox center. Medical detox supports patients through the worst of the detox process and makes sure they do not relapse. Most detox centers also offer various medications to help reduce the intensity of cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.
You don’t have to go through detox alone. Receiving compassionate support from addiction professionals can make a world of difference when starting the recovery process. Getting help at a detox center also will allow you to receive an assessment of your addiction and a unique, comprehensive treatment plan to increase your chance of long-term sobriety.
While going through detox, you will begin learning about the disease of addiction. You will learn how to create a firm recovery foundation and can begin working on other mental or emotional issues you may have with dual-diagnosis treatment.
Once the detox process is complete, the next step is to commit to a treatment center to continue your recovery.
Addiction Treatment After Detox
Addiction experts always recommend attending a treatment center after detoxing from meth. If you detox but don’t follow a comprehensive recovery plan, you are more likely to relapse. A full recovery program allows you to receive individual and group counseling, which can help address co-occurring mental and behavioral health issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, job issues, coping skills, anger management, and more.
You can also attend classes that will teach you about addiction and recovery. As you dedicate yourself to stop using meth and create the kind of life you truly desire, you’ll have the support and encouragement from our treatment center staff.
If you cannot attend an inpatient drug rehab due to work or family obligations, there are outpatient or intensive outpatient programs that allow you to come in for sessions on your off time. You can also attend a 12-step program that has meetings designed to support and encourage you in your recovery. Crystal Meth Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two groups that may help.
Get Help for Meth Addiction Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, it’s time to reach out for help. We have trained clinical professionals standing by ready to assist with detox and continued treatment. Our goal is to free you from meth addiction, something we aim to do in a safe, supportive, and stigma-free environment.
At SOBA New Jersey, your comfort is a top priority. Here, you can focus on your recovery while developing personal skills to aid in your continued sobriety. We provide an integrated, whole-person approach to addiction treatment that focuses on healing all aspects of the self. With saunas, steam rooms, and other amenities on site, as well as professional chefs to provide meals and nutritional counseling, you can prioritize self-care as you navigate the recovery process.
Our patients and their families have direct access to some of the state’s leading addiction treatment specialists and clinicians. We are the only treatment center in New Jersey to offer such a wide range of traditional addiction treatment programs and alternative and adventure therapies. We treat all our patients like family and are ready to assist you on the path to healing.
You deserve a life free from addiction. We’d love to help get you there.
Our experienced admissions coordinators are available 24/7. Give us a call now at (888) 229-7989 and take that first step toward recovery.
Neurological & Behavioral Effects
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that those who chronically abuse meth may suffer complications with motor skills, memory, emotion, and cognitive learning. Additionally, long-term meth use and addiction leads to depression, social isolation, delusions, and altered perceptions of reality. For some people, methamphetamine leads to extreme anxiety and paranoia. People can have insomnia for days and may experience suicidal or homicidal thoughts. Depending on how much meth they use, some people may behave erratically or violently.
Some of the most common cognitive effects of long-term meth use include:
- Erratic or violent behavior
- Memory loss
- Obsessive behaviors
- Reduced learning and motor skills
Meth addicts commonly experience serious physical side effects. These side effects include significant, rapid weight loss and loss of appetite. People may age very rapidly because of tissue and bone loss. They may have body sores from constantly picking at their skin. Meth use can cause damage to the heart, brain, and blood vessels which may lead to stroke, heart disease, coma, and cardiac arrest. Users can also develop rapid heart rates and irregular heartbeats.
Some of the many physical effects of long-term meth use include:
- Brain damage
- Damage to liver, kidneys, and lungs
- Damage to blood vessels resulting in stroke, heart disease, coma, and cardiac arrest
- Extreme weight loss
- Skin sores
- Tissue and bone loss
- Tooth decay and gum disease (“meth mouth”)
At times, you can feel lost and confused when struggling with addiction or mental health. Our team understands what you are going through and works with you to reclaim the life you deserve.