When It’s Time to Seek Treatment for Meth Addiction

It is extremely rare for someone who uses meth to seek recovery from their addiction on their own. The primary reason for this is the drug’s ability to produce physical pleasure. Snorted, smoked, and injected forms of meth have nearly immediate euphoric effects. The drug enters, and eventually destroys, the pathways in the brain that are responsible for releasing “happy hormones” like dopamine.

Addiction to meth usually becomes the first priority for users. The need to experience the high from meth alters a person’s attitudes toward things like nutrition, social interaction, and making proper life choices. A single interaction with the drug can radically change the way a person behaves.

Noticeable Changes in Methamphetamine Users

The symptoms of meth abuse are strikingly similar to cocaine. In some people, symptoms can be much more pronounced because of certain types of body decay. This is very difficult to witness in a friend or loved one, but it cannot be ignored. Compared to a person’s normal behavior, meth addicts will often,

* Have violent outbursts.

* Lose tremendous amounts of weight quickly.

* Develop tooth, gum, and mucous membrane problems.

* Become secluded, or forget favorite activities.

* Miss appointments, work, and family events to take meth.

* Show little care for their outer appearances.

* Interact with a completely new social circle.

Seeking Treatment for Meth Addiction

Planning an intervention for someone who is addicted to any drug is difficult. This is especially true when it comes to confronting someone about an addiction to meth. Often, meth abusers will react in a harsh way, or indicate the need to become violent. A meth intervention must start with a conversational confrontation. If you are hesitant to do this yourself, enlist the help of a clinical addictions specialist.

Once a person is confronted about their problem, it is absolutely necessary to check them into a recovery center. It is much more beneficial when friends and family arrange treatment. If an person’s meth addiction goes on for long enough, they will inevitably have a run-in with law enforcement. Courts will likely mandate treatment after an expensive jail sentence. If this trauma can be avoided, an addict will have a better chance for complete recovery.

In an Ideal World

Seeking addiction help, or acting on a loved one’s behalf, does not have to wait until a person completely changes for the worse. Initial experiences with meth are extremely powerful. This is true for a person of any age. It is absolutely ideal to confront someone at the first signs of meth use. The earlier a person is confronted about their addiction, the greater the chances will be for preventing future use. There is no exact time proven to have an intervention, but it is always best to do before meth takes its toll on the brain and body.

Walter R. Herron