“I was addicted to crystal meth.”

Addicted to crystal meth? There is help! Cumberland Heights is a nationally recognized chemical dependency treatment center that can help with crystal meth recovery. Our dedicated staff is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The many issues and emotions associated with addiction — loneliness, low self-esteem, helplessness, lack of control, inability to communicate in a genuine way — can make seeking help difficult. But crystal meth addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. To succeed in crystal meth treatment and begin the recovery process, the first step is admitting that you have a problem. Through crystal meth rehab, treatment is tailored to your specific situation.

Crystal meth addiction creates intense cravings and promotes drug-seeking behaviors. While you may have voluntarily chosen to start using crystal meth, over time, physical dependence can compromise your ability to voluntarily stop using the drug. That’s why receiving crystal meth treatment through an accredited chemical dependency treatment center is so vital. It’s also important to remain in addiction treatment for an adequate length of time. Research shows that often a minimum of three months of chemical dependency treatment is required for a positive outcome.

What is crystal methamphetamine?

Crystal methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that affects certain brain systems. Crystal meth has gained popularity because it is easily manufactured in home labs using store-bought materials. In fact, it is the most prevalent synthetic drug manufactured in the United States. The crystal meth problem began in the west and has spread throughout metropolitan and rural areas in the east.

Yaba, a form of crystal meth that’s mixed with caffeine, is produced in Southeast and East Asia and is often found in Asian communities in California. Yaba is a small tablet that is usually reddish-orange or green with various logos, similar to other club drugs found in the rave scene.

How is crystal methamphetamine taken?

Crystal meth can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected intravenously.

What are the effects of crystal methamphetamine?

When users smoke or inject crystal meth, they experience an intense sensation that lasts only a few minutes but is extremely pleasurable. Swallowing or snorting produces euphoria — a high, but not a rush. Users may become addicted quickly and use meth with increasing frequency and in increasing doses.

Crystal meth is associated with increased wakefulness, increased physical activity and euphoria. Crystal meth can also cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, decreased appetite, respiratory problems, anorexia, irritability, anxiety, tremors, confusion, paranoia, convulsions, hyperthermia (high body temperature) and heart problems that can lead to death.

Crystal meth releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which enhances mood and body movement. Crystal meth also appears to damage brain cells containing dopamine and the neurotransmitter serotonin. Over time, crystal meth appears to cause reduced levels of dopamine, which can result in symptoms like those of Parkinson’s disease.

How is crystal methamphetamine addiction treated?

Crystal meth is highly addictive. Currently, no medication is available to help with treating meth addiction. However, a crystal meth rehab program can be very effective in helping to overcome meth addiction. Inpatient crystal meth treatment in a chemical dependency treatment center takes a multi-faceted approach to addiction treatment. These programs may include medical detoxification, or detox, in which the person is treated by a medical team and made comfortable while stopping the use of crystal meth. Meth rehab may also include 12-step program meetings, individual and group counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention and aftercare programs.

An addict doesn’t have to enter crystal meth rehab voluntarily to receive help; friends and family members of meth addicts may conduct an intervention to get their loved one into a rehab program. Having support from family and friends through meth rehab can greatly increase the chances of recovery.

Crystal meth recovery

Crystal meth recovery is best accomplished under the supervision of a medical professional in a chemical dependency treatment center setting. Staff can assist with physical withdrawal symptoms and feelings of depression, irritability and anxiety that can accompany meth detox.

Cumberland Heights offers a range of treatment programs designed to meet the diverse and individual needs of each person seeking help. We use a holistic approach to treatment, which addresses the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of crystal meth addiction. Our programs emphasize the time-tested 12 Steps of Recovery, originated by Alcoholics Anonymous over 65 years ago.

Through our comprehensive programs, Cumberland Heights recognizes that each individual’s path to recovery is unique. So each treatment plan is customized to your (or your family member’s) personal needs.

Crystal meth treatment begins with a personal assessment to determine the most appropriate services for a lasting recovery. Services may also include:

• Medically supervised detoxification
• Individual and group counseling
• AA/NA orientation and participation
• Spiritual counseling
• A family program and family counseling as needed
• Aftercare
• Experiential therapy (ropes course, equine therapy)