Crystal Meth Drug Rehab

Few other substances cause as resilient and persistent an addiction as methamphetamine, a drug in the amphetamine family. Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant that can be made using several toxic household chemicals. It takes the form of white crystals that can be crushed and smoked, inhaled, or injected. It effects the dopamine receptors in the brain, resulting in elevated mood and alertness, and, at higher doses, psychosis. Users often stay awake for long periods of time, because the drug also interferes with serotonin, the neurotransmitter chemical in the brain that regulates sleep. It is illegal in the United States, though many close relatives of the drug are legal, but highly regulated. Because of its high addiction potential, methamphetamine rehabilitation can be difficult.

Nicknames for Methamphetamine:

In its useable form, methamphetamine looks like white crystals, hence the common name of crystal meth. It is important to know the slang terms for methamphetamine to be able to recognize if a loved one is taking the drug. Some other street names for crystal meth include:

  • Meth
  • Glass
  • Crystal
  • Ice
  • Tic
  • Crank
  • Tweak
  • Quartz
  • CR

Side-effects of Crystal Meth Use

Chronic use can have some extreme side-effects. Here is the short list:

  • Rapid breathing
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Hyperactivity
  • Depression
  • Tremors or twitching
  • Acne
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Depressed appetite
  • Insomnia

Methamphetamine damages serotonin and dopamine receptors, possibly resulting in post-withdrawal symptoms months after the last dose, which is another factor that can complicate crystal meth rehab. Heavy use can cause serious psychological reactions, including psychosis, delusions, and hallucinations. One hallucination that many methamphetamine users experience is the belief that insects are crawling over their skin. Severe tooth decay is common in users who inject the drug, possibly because of the dry-mouth, long nights, and sugary cravings it induces.

Other Dangers

The danger that comes from crystal meth doesn’t just come from its use. Methamphetamine is most commonly made in small, home laboratories across the United States. The chemical reactions involved in production can be very dangerous, and meth lab explosions are fairly common. The fumes produced when methamphetamine is “cooked” are extremely toxic and can coat objects in the area with a deadly residue.
Crystal meth requires many toxic household substances to produce, including ether, ammonium nitrate, and battery acid. Pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in many allergy medications, is another ingredient required to make crystal meth. As a result of increased meth production in recent years, several states have passed restrictions on pseudoephedrine; most require an ID check and limit the number of boxes one person can purchase per day. Oregon and Mississippi even require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine, which has resulted in a dramatic decrease in meth lab incidents in each state. Controlling the ingredients used to make meth helps prevent production and addiction, nipping the problem in the bud before methamphetamine rehabilitation is necessary.

Final thoughts:

Methamphetamine or crystal meth is an extremely addictive substance that often has permanent, negative effects on the user’s body. The drug’s popularity has increased in past years, but restrictions on the key ingredient pseudoephedrine has decreased production in certain states. Methamphetamine rehabilitation is difficult, but can be successful if handled correctly. See our methamphetamine rehab

Related Pages

  • Alcohol: An Overview
    • Beer, wine and liquor are the three types of beverages that we refer to as alcohol.
  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
    • Ativan can be considered a classic benzodiazepine along with Xanax and Klonopin, which are sometimes used interchangeably.
  • Benzodiazepines
    • Benzodiazepines, also called benzos, are a class of widely prescribed drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder and convulsions. Commonly known brand names include Xanax, Valium and Restoril.
  • Benzodiazepine: An Overview of Xanax
    • Benzodiazepines are a type of drug class that are used to primarily treat anxiety, but can be used to treat other conditions as well.
  • Codeine (Opiate)
    • Codeine is a narcotic derived from the opium poppy. It belongs to a class of powerful pain killing drugs called opiates or opioids.
  • Drug Overdose
    • Drug overdose is one of the leading causes of injury-related death in the United States alone, particularly for individuals in their 30s and 40s.
  • Drug Abuse Facts
    • Drug abuse has come quite the topic over the past few years as psychological and physical pain has become evermore prevalent in today’s society.
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)
    • Dilaudid is the name brand of a drug called hydromorphone. It is a strong analgesic belonging to the opioid class of drugs and a derivative of morphine.
  • Fentanyl
    • Fentanyl is a powerful opioid drug prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain.
  • Methadone
    • Methadone is a long acting synthetic opioid medication. It is primarily prescribed for a couple of distinct reasons. First, Methadone is safe and effective for the treatment of heroin and other opioid addictions.
  • Opana (Oxymorphone)
    • Opana is the brand name of a medication that contains oxymorphone, which belongs to a class of drugs called opioids.
  • Opiates
    • The opiate drug class is one that is derived from the opium poppy, a plant that is commonly found in heroin and many other pain reducing medications.
  • Opiates and Opioids
    • Opiates refer to an extensive class of drugs that span from commonly prescribed pain medications to illicit drugs such as opium and heroin.
  • OxyContin (Oxycodone
    • OxyContin is a brand name of a semi-synthetic opiate, oxycodone. It is a narcotic analgesic prescribed to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain.
  • Percocet (Oxycodone)
    • Percocet is the trade name for the drug oxycodone — a semi-synthetic opioid that has twice the analgesic potency as morphine.
  • Tramadol
    • Tramadol is an opioid-like drug, which is prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Brand name versions of tramadol include Ultram, Ultram ER and Conzip.
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
    • Xanax is a brand name for the drug alprazolam. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which are sometimes referred to as tranquilizers, sedatives and depressants.

DCF Logo

Contact Us Toll FreeContact Us, A1 Behavioral, Meth

(855) 904 – SURE
(855) 904 – 7873