Addiction Treatment Center Highlights Why Meth Addiction Needs To Be Treated Professionally
Reseda, California -
Reseda, CA based Circle of Hope is reaching out to show their community why a person suffering from meth addiction should take every opportunity to seek sobriety. Meth may be a highly addictive stimulant drug, but there are many resources available to help fight it. Circle of Hope encourages everyone in their community to explore every option at their disposal if they or a loved one is dealing with a meth addiction.
To begin with, the recovery center states that it is important to understand what meth is. Also known as methamphetamine (or crystal, zoom, speed, ice and more), this synthetic drug primarily affects the central nervous system. It speeds up brain function and produces an excessive amount of dopamine, which contributes to the sense of euphoria a person suffering from addiction desires. However, its side effects are impossible to miss, given they are highly visible and take a toll on the body for an extensive period.
One major problem with meth addiction is that users may attempt to take the drug repeatedly and consistently over the course of multiple days in a bid to maintain the reaction. Repeated exposure, however, tends to lead to them building a tolerance to meth, which in turn means the individual believes they are compelled to imbibe consequently larger doses to produce the same effect. Circle of Hope clarifies that addiction may not necessarily take root in everyone who uses meth. However, certain factors are known to increase a person’s risk of developing an addiction, such as a history of mental illness, prior substance abuse and even a family history of meth addiction.
The signs of meth dependence are typically hard to miss. People suffering from an addiction to this substance will often present with meth sores, for instance, which can appear on any part of the body (though most commonly on the hands, chest and around the mouth). Circle of Hope adds that the early stages can sometimes be mistaken for acne, but these sores are actually open, visibly red and inflamed wounds that can scab over as they heal. They may increase dramatically in size if they become infected — or if the individual picks and scratches at them excessively.
Meth use may lead to meth psychosis, which in turn can lead to hallucinations where the individual feels like their skin is overrun with bugs (or crawling beneath the surface). If the individual scratches their skin, the sores can open up. New sores may form as well. Circle of Hope adds that the use of a hot pipe can also cause burns on or around the mouth that can turn into sensitive blisters. These can also turn into open wounds.
Furthermore, the individual may start paying less attention to self-care and hygiene as time goes on. Their skin can become dry and have breakouts or get infected. Compounding the issues is the fact that their immune system may be suppressed as a result of their meth use. Since white blood cells normally fight off viruses and bacteria, their suppression can also increase the risk of skin infections.
Unfortunately, people need to be aware that there is a link between meth and alcohol use. While the latter is socially acceptable, Circle of Hope points out that it is still a substance that can wreak havoc on the body and on the individual’s relationships. They emphasize that research has specifically identified a strong link between meth use and binge drinking (defined by the consumption of four or more drinks within two hours by women and five or more drinks in the same period by men).
While meth is a stimulant, alcohol is a depressant, so some users may use alcohol to counteract the effects of their meth use. The opposite is true as well, since some may use meth as a stimulant to counteract the cognitive impairment caused by their excessive drinking. The major issue here is that people who consume these substances together tend to simultaneously develop a tolerance for both. There are many extenuating consequences to this, such as an increased likelihood of alcohol poisoning, reckless behaviors and so on.
These dangers are why Circle of Hope strongly advises people suffering from addiction to seek professional assistance. A dependency on either substance is concerning enough to warrant such a response, but their combined effects can mean the individual will need much more help to get free.
The center explains on their website, “Individuals who are dependent on meth and/or alcohol will experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is no longer in their bodies. These symptoms can be both physical and psychological, and they include anxiety, depression, vomiting, dizziness and uncontrollable drug or alcohol cravings. These symptoms can be highly uncomfortable and even dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal, in particular, can be deadly in the absence of medical supervision.” A great deal more information can be found on the website as well.
Those who need such help are welcome to approach Circle of Hope today. As a luxury, pet-friendly addiction treatment center in Southern California, they are always ready to respond to those reaching out for help. Similarly, friends and family members of people suffering from addiction may contact the center for advice on approaching a troubled loved one about seeking help.
For more information about Circle of Hope, contact the company here:
Circle of Hope
Circle of Hope
18770 Strathern St.
Reseda, CA 91335