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Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction

by on Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Known as one of the most dangerous illicit drugs on the market, meth can cause a lot of harm to the body and the mind. The physical and psychological impacts that meth causes are severe, which is why recognizing the symptoms of meth addiction is even more important. Realizing a loved one may be suffering from meth addiction early on and getting them help could save them from long-term health problems and possibly even death. 

Isolation and Loss of Interest

As with most addictions, one of the first tell-tale signs of meth addiction is when a person begins isolating themselves from friends and family and begins showing a lack of interest in things they once found pleasurable. This occurs because the addiction becomes the person’s top priority. 

Tweaking

The term “tweaking” refers to a period of insomnia mixed with anxiety that many meth users experience. It can last anywhere between three to fifteen days. It usually occurs when the addict can no longer achieve the high they used to get with the drug. During this tweaking period, the person may experience confusion, hallucinations, violent behavior, irritability, and paranoia. 

Crash Phase

The crash phase is caused by a person’s body not having the dopamine that meth was providing to the brain. Because of this lack of dopamine, the person will have severe fatigue and exhaustion. This phase can last anywhere from one to three days. Symptoms of the crash phase include intense cravings, depression, and oversleeping. 

Physical and Mental Symptoms

In addition to the signs listed above, there are also physical and mental symptoms that meth addicts typically exhibit after they have been using for a while. These symptoms include:

  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Rotting teeth
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Skin sores
  • Dilated pupils
  • Burns on lips or fingers
  • Hyperactivity
  • Mood swings
  • Varied sleep
  • Twitching 

Meth addiction has severe impacts on a person’s life, often causing permanent health problems that persist even if the person gets sober. Realizing that a friend or family member may be addicted to meth sooner rather than later can save a life as well as save them from a lot of health problems. At Restorations Therapy, we have experience helping those who suffer from meth addiction so they can recover and live happy, healthy lives. Our caring, compassionate staff of professionals works closely with each of our clients to create a customized treatment plan that caters to their unique needs, ultimately ensuring a strong path to recovery. Our programs can include care such as individual therapy, group therapy, couples’ therapy, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling with the pain of addiction, don’t be afraid to reach out as soon as possible. Call us today at (720) 446-6585 to learn more about how we can help.

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