Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It’s chemically similar to the prescription drug amphetamine, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.
Meth is an illegal substance usually found in powder form and resembles glass or white powder. For this reason, it’s also known as “crystal meth.” Meth can be smoked, injected, inhaled through the nostrils, or consumed orally.
Because the enticing feelings of meth are so rewarding and fade so quickly, people often take repeated doses in rapid succession to prolong their high. This can quickly lead to addiction. Hannah’s House in Southern Texas offers a safe, effective meth rehab program to help those struggling with the damaging effects of meth addiction.
Substance Use Disorders
What Meth Does
Meth floods the brain with a neurotransmitter known as dopamine that regulates the reward and pleasure centers. The resulting euphoria from using meth can overwhelm a woman and rewire her neural pathways, which leads to a gripping emotional obsession and physical drive to continue consuming the drug.
Women who struggle with meth addiction are also more likely to have a lower gray matter volume (GMV) in the frontal lobe, limbic regions, temporal lobe, and inferior parietal lobule. This means there is a marked reduction in brain volume found in women who habitually use meth.
Social and behavioral issues are also associated with meth addiction in women. A woman who struggles with meth addiction is more likely to exhibit increasingly erratic behavior until she avoids (or is unable to) fulfill her daily responsibilities. As a result, even a high-performing woman’s personal and professional relationships and support systems may crumble. Meth addiction can also negatively impact grades, work output, employment, and finances, resulting in homelessness. Our boutique approach can not only help women overcome their addiction but can also help correct risky behaviors, dangerous relationships, and even thoughts of suicide.
How Meth Rehab Can Help
Methamphetamines affect a woman’s dopamine levels by flooding neurotransmitters and disrupting normal brain function. Normal emotions, motivation, movement, memory, and learning are impacted. Eventually, the brain loses the ability to feel pleasure, making it difficult for women with a meth addiction to feel happy.
The multidisciplinary recovery method at Hannah’s House uses advanced, outcome-driven clinical and medical interventions to help women overcome these obstacles. We identify the core issues associated with meth addiction and treat women holistically, using supervised medical detox and clinical therapies to match their unique needs and lifestyle.
Signs of Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine use can become the primary focus in a woman’s life while simultaneously adversely affecting her emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.
Physical signs and symptoms and signs include:
- Dramatic weight loss
- Appetite changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Trembling and shaking
- Elevated temperature
- Tooth degradation
- Skin abscesses at injection sites
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Decreased libido
Psychological, behavioral, and emotional symptoms include:
- Social isolation
- Violent or risky behaviors
- Relationship problems
- Repetitive behaviors
- Crawling sensations underneath the skin
- Disorganized thoughts
Understanding Meth Withdrawal
Detoxing from meth is usually not as physically dangerous as detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines. However, a painful, meth-induced psychosis can develop during withdrawal, leading to self-harm or harming others. That’s why a trained medical professional should always supervise the detox process. Many women with a meth addiction may experience paranoia, delusions, and intense agitation. Visual and auditory hallucinations are also common. Other women may incessantly pick at themselves and develop skin infections.
Comprehensive Care for Meth Addiction
Our skilled medical team consists of experienced doctors and nurses who are available 24 hours a day. During meth rehab, we treat the methamphetamine addiction and address any co-occurring mental health disorders or other medical concerns concurrently to heal all aspects of a woman’s mental, physical, and psychological health and lower her risk of relapse.
Detoxification alone does not guarantee sobriety. When the root cause of meth addiction is missed, relapse is common. Without sophisticated, compassionate, and holistic medical care from trained professionals, women who struggle with meth addiction and mental health disorders are more likely to relapse after detox.
Our Customized Treatment Modalities
Many women who use methamphetamines have experienced trauma at higher rates than most. This trauma may have resulted from the dangerous measures taken to obtain more methamphetamine or past childhood traumas. Individuals must remain in our comprehensive meth rehab program long enough to build healthy habits and learn techniques to improve their quality of life. Our skilled specialists help women identify traumatic experiences and learn effective coping strategies to manage their responses.
Professional therapy helps women form new, healthier brain connections, which is why Hannah’s House uses trauma-informed care to enhance recovery. We treat co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder along with addiction. Our psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors collaborate to develop a customized rehabilitation plan that includes evidence-based neurological interventions and robust counseling sessions.
Our treatment modalities include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Recreational therapies and personal training
- Nutritional coaching
- Wellness activities
- Spiritual care and support
Contact Hannah’s House
Your life matters. You deserve to live a happy, sober life. Relief and recovery are just a phone call away. At Hannah’s House, we can help retrain your brain and discover healing. Call 561.841.1272 to learn more about our safe, effective meth rehab program today.