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Common Meth Side Effects

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Meth abuse has made a dramatic comeback in recent times. The rate of overdoses and deaths has been increasing. The effects, side effects, risks, and dangers of meth can vary based on how the drug is created. The potency and effects of the drug can differ substantially between lab meth and street meth. In all cases, meth is a highly addictive substance that causes severe physical and mental health damage. If you or someone you care about is struggling with meth addiction, the professionals at Footprints Beachside Recovery are here to help. Reach out to us today at 727.513.5972 to speak with a trained representative who can tell you more about the benefits of our meth rehab in Florida.

What Is Meth?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is both very powerful and highly addictive. It affects the central nervous system and creates a euphoric feeling with increased energy. It is commonly used for weight loss and to treat ADHD. A prescription is needed to acquire it legally, but that does little to curb abuse and addiction rates, and it is also manufactured illicitly.

Common Meth Side Effects

Among the more well-known side effects of meth abuse are a tendency towards agitation, bursts of energy, and angry outbursts.

Common side effects related to meth can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sleep issues
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Erratic behaviors
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia

Signs that someone abusing meth may be in need of immediate medical attention include:

  • Breathing issues
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Confusion

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Abuse and Withdrawal

Meth addiction can take hold quickly. Even after abusing meth for a short period of time, a person may dramatically change their daily behaviors.

Common signs of meth abuse can include the following:

  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Engaging in unusual or repetitive behaviors
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Radical changes in mood throughout the day
  • Unpredictable behaviors or choices
  • Sudden change in sleep patterns
  • A rapid change in weight
  • Paranoia

Common signs of meth withdrawal may include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Excessive sleep
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Increased anxiety
  • Acute depression
  • Mood instability
  • Lack of motivation

Risks of Long-Term Meth Abuse

Meth abuse is extremely disruptive to everyday life for both the individual who is abusing the drug and those in their orbit. Loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and work colleagues may notice drastic differences in personality, mood, and behavior when a person has been abusing meth for a prolonged period of time.

Long-term meth abuse increases the likelihood of relationship issues, financial and legal problems, as well as employment issues.

“Meth mouth” is a common sign that a person has been abusing meth for more than a short period of time. Smoking meth causes visually unpleasant and permanent damage to a person’s teeth and gums.

Constant dehydration as a result of meth abuse is extremely damaging to a person’s body. Relatedly, the appetite suppressant aspects of amphetamines like meth can cause a person to rapidly lose weight and put a heavy strain on the body’s ability to perform regular functions.

Prolonged meth abuse is associated with organ damage and an increased risk for seizures, heart attacks, and strokes.

Meth Rehab and Recovery

While it’s true that some of the effects of meth abuse can be permanent and irreversible, it’s important to keep in mind that recovery remains possible. Even after prolonged meth abuse, those who undergo rehab go on to live fulfilling and meaningful lives in sobriety.

At Footprints Beachside Recovery, our professionals help clients learn to manage their past trauma and repair damaged relationships with loved ones.

We offer gender-specific treatment using a balance of traditional and holistic methods. We take pride in providing care for a wide range of demographics, including veterans.

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) at The Florida Motel offers a day and night program. We are FARR certified and can provide structured sober living in a safe and comfortable environment.

Get Effective Meth Addiction Treatment at Footprints Beachside Recovery

Footprints Beachside Recovery is a family-run Florida addiction treatment center. We take pride in providing exceptional personalized care for clients across South Florida. We focus on restoring the lives of our clients after battling addiction. Our boutique operation serves a maximum of 15 clients at a time. This allows our staff to give adequate attention to each client.

We provide personalized care and one-on-one treatment. Each client’s treatment plan is tailored to meet their specific needs. We develop our treatment plans to meet people where they are in the here and now. To learn more about the benefits of meth rehab treatment in sunny Florida, contact us today at 727.513.5972 or fill out our online form, and let us get back to you. We look forward to assisting you with your recovery journey.