The Importance of A Meth Detox Program

female therapist takes notes while talking to young female patient in a methamphetamine detox centerBreaking meth addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. In turn, choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patient’s safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. Our meth detox program includes:

  • A thorough history and physical
  • Psychological and social assessments
  • A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication therapy to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology by nurses and technicians.
  • Attention to the patient’s overall comfort with upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wifi

Learn more about the Gallus Detox Method.

This was a great detox. I had a great experience…In the past the detox clinics were either unbearable or they loaded me up so much that I was far more drugged up than before. The way Dr. Gallus handled my situation was perfect…” – Read detox patient testimonials: what our patients say about their fear of withdrawal, how comfortable they felt with our medical detox, and how it changed their lives.

What Is Meth?

Meth, also known as speed, chalk, crystal, and glass, is a powerful stimulant consisting of dangerous chemicals. Just like cocaine, it elevates blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. For the most part, the drug is manufactured in illegal labs, using a variety of hazardous elements—ammonia, reactive metals, methanol, ether, etc. During the production of meth, a house or building will become contaminated, creating a strong risk of fire or explosion.

Meth is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. The drug can be smoked, snorted, or injected with a needle. Its ability to release dopamine into the brain usually leads to a sense of intense pleasure and euphoria. Individuals using meth can stay up for days, due to the fact that the drug eliminates fatigue. Eventually, they may crash when the body cannot take it anymore or when they run out of meth.

Meth addiction has destroyed so many lives. Evidence suggests that coming down from a single meth high can produce highly-erratic and even violent behavior. Ending long-term addiction is even harder.

The Dangers and Symptoms of Meth Abuse

Chronic meth abuse can dramatically change the function of the brain leading to reduced motor skills and impaired learning. Meth can also impact the areas of the brain associated with memory and emotions and cause cognitive problems. Once a person becomes addicted to meth, compulsively pursuing the drug becomes part of life, destroying careers, finances, and the most important relationships. What’s more, the meth user may become dishonest and commit outrageous acts that he or she would never have committed when sober.

It is important to note that methamphetamine abuse can cause severe brain damage – the same type of damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, or epilepsy. The damage can persist for a long time, even after discontinuation of the drug. Long-term meth abuse can result in a variety of serious health problems:

  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Dental problems
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Violent behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations

In addition, the intoxicating effects of meth can result in poor judgment and prompt abusers to engage in unsafe actions, including risky sexual behaviors. Among the abusers who inject the drug, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS can be spread through contaminated needles, syringes, or other injection equipment.

Other detox programs Gallus Detox Center offers include:

If you or your loved one are suffering from meth abuse and need help, please call us at 888.228.9114 to learn more about our meth detox program and take the first step towards recovery.