Meth Addiction Recovery

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder and is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. After use, users will experience an immediate, intense euphoria, which will then fade very quickly. Because the feelings of pleasure that come from using meth fade so quickly, users will often take repeated doses in a “binge and crash” pattern.

Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse

Not all symptoms of meth abuse are present in every addict, but most users do exhibit dangerous and drastic changes in behavior. Meth users may be wired and unusually energetic, suffer from insomnia, scratch and itch violently, or even exhibit violent behavior and paranoia. Short-term memory loss, bloodshot eyes and skin conditions may also be warning signs.

Meth use can have many dangerous effects on the body. For the heart and cardiovascular system, it can mean increased heart rate, high blood pressure, heart infection, or cardiovascular collapse. It can also severely damage blood vessels in the brain, leading to brain damage and potentially stroke. Chronic abusers of meth might also develop pneumonia, tuberculosis, kidney disease, or liver and kidney damage. It isn’t uncommon to see extreme weight loss, disturbed sleep patterns, nausea, hallucinations, confusion, or hyperactivity in chronic meth users, either.

Behavior changes are often the most noticeable warning signs of regular crystal meth use, so it’s generally the people closest to the addict that are in a position to detect the warning signs. Friends and family understand an addict’s personality when they’re sober and thus can better recognize the changes that result from meth use. Behavioral changes are not unique to meth use, but they are much more pronounced in meth addicts and can have a big impact. Depression, hallucinations, paranoia, extended periods of sleep, loss of appetite, anxiety, and heightened irritability are all behavioral symptoms that can cause harm to the addict and those around them.


If you or someone you know suffers from meth addiction, the task of quitting can be incredibly daunting, especially in light of such damaging effects of use. But there is a way out. At Therápia, we provide a meth addiction treatment program safe from drugs, alcohol, and negative influences. Therápia focuses on restoring lives one step at a time through intensive residential treatment for meth addiction. We provide 60 days of residential treatment and 90 days of aftercare for adult men and women. Our programs focus on the whole person – mind, body and spirit. We have a powerful healing environment where our clients participate in 30 hours of group work and 2 individual therapy sessions each week. Our beautiful location in Southern Utah gives our clients the opportunity to engage in rich experiential activities and therapy. As patients engage in peer-related experiences they find the accountability and empowerment to begin to overcome their addictions. There is a way out…one step at a time.

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