If you or someone you love is looking for meth addiction treatment, Landmark Recovery of Denver is dedicated to helping our patients achieve a drug-free lifestyle. Through successful evidence-based methods such as medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, and individual and group counseling, we aim to treat the underlying causes of addiction. We believe we offer the best chance of success for long-term recovery and sobriety.
Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It increases the amount of natural dopamine in the brain.1 Meth is incredibly addictive because of the short-term “high” an individual experiences as dopamine levels rise, and especially if they repeat the experience with back-to-back doses to prolong the euphoric feeling.
Meth can be prescribed – in a weak form – to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but illegal meth is what individuals use to achieve euphoria. It can be smoked, swallowed as a pill, snorted, or injected into the bloodstream.2 According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 2 million people ages 12 or older use meth in any given year; an estimated 500 people try meth for the first time every day.
Crystal meth is a well-known form of methamphetamine. It is especially addictive because it is highly concentrated, and many users report becoming addicted from the first time they use it.3 While it is known as a “club drug,” crystal meth is used by individuals of all ages. It is a poison that acts as a stimulant, but over time it destroys the body as an individual grows heavily dependent on it.
Meth is incredibly dangerous and can be deadly for first-time, regular, and long-term users. It raises the heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, symptoms which increase the likelihood of overdose.4 Physically, meth can cause problems such as weight loss, severe tooth decay, stroke, and damage to organs like the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Mentally, meth use can cause anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, and permanently alter the brain, which affects a person’s memory, behavior, and mood.5
Regular meth use or taking meth in high doses also can result in methamphetamine psychosis, a severe psychiatric reaction to the drug that resembles paranoid schizophrenia with delusional thoughts, aggressive behavior, and hallucinating.6
Of course, the greatest risk of using meth is overdose. Recent data shows a spike in drug overdose deaths in the United States from 2012 to 2018, with overdoses from psychostimulant drugs like meth increasing an average of 30% per year.7 In 2020, the United States recorded the highest number of drug overdose deaths in its history, with methamphetamine and other psychostimulant overdoses growing by 34.8% from the previous year.8
Meth addiction is extremely difficult to overcome, but it is not impossible. Landmark Recovery’s medically-assisted detox and therapeutic approach are designed to treat the underlying causes of your addiction and equip you with the tools you need to re-enter and navigate the world – without meth.
Your treatment plan will be personalized because we recognize that each patient’s addiction story is unique. Depending on your needs, our programs include medical detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization. If you choose Landmark Recovery for meth addiction or dependence, you will be required to go through medical detox. Our team first will help you safely navigate detox with around-the-clock care and medical treatments to alleviate any severe withdrawal symptoms. Then, you will transition to the most effective treatment for methamphetamine: behavioral therapy.
At Landmark Recovery, we use a combination of behavioral therapies to help our patients recognize, avoid, and cope with situations that trigger their drug use. During treatment, you also will have access to mindfulness & therapeutic recreation activities. This is because we believe a healthy mind and body are crucial elements to successful addiction recovery in the long term.
Even when you complete our program, we continue to support you on your journey to sobriety. We understand that successful treatment does not end the day you leave our facility. So, we offer a fully integrated support network through our alumni program. This way, our patients do not have to continue recovery alone.
Landmark Recovery’s personalized meth treatment can help you quit, stay sober, and inspire you to live the life you dreamed. Please call our Denver-area meth treatment center at (720) 702-9994 to learn more about our medical assisted detox and treatment programs.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2019). What is methamphetamine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine
2) MountSinai.org (2021). Methamphetamine overdose.https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/poison/methamphetamine-overdose
3) Drug Free World (2021). What is crystal meth?https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth.html
4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2021). Know the Risks of Meth.https://www.samhsa.gov/meth
5) Medical News Today (2017). Everything you need to know about crystal meth.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/23207
6) MountSinai.org (2021). Methamphetamine overdose.https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/poison/methamphetamine-overdose
7) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NCHS Data Brief January 2020.https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db356-h.pdf
8) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020). Overdose Deaths Accelerate During COVID-19.https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p1218-overdose-deaths-covid-19.html