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Physical Signs of Meth Addiction

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Meth addiction comes with some devastating physical side effects that can significantly alter your appearance and potentially shorten your lifespan. The physical signs of meth addiction can vary between each person depending on the length of abuse and how they ingest meth. The mental damage of meth addiction can also be significant, causing delusions, depression, psychosis, and a serious decline in cognitive function. A meth addiction rehab center offers the safest and most effective way to recover from meth addiction for men and women ready for a positive change.

At Swift River, we provide discreet and compassionate drug rehab for men and women struggling with addiction to meth or other substances. Our residential and outpatient treatment programs can help in every stage of the recovery process, from detox to continuing aftercare programs for as long as necessary. To learn more about our meth addiction rehab center, call 888.451.5895 or fill out our online form today to learn how we can help you or a loved one struggling with meth abuse.

Understanding Meth Abuse

Methamphetamines are a dangerous, long-lasting drug that stays in your body much longer than other substances. This means it can take longer to cleanse the toxins you are ingesting, and you are more likely to form a dependence and addiction faster than with other drugs. Dependence happens when your body physically needs the drug just to function and feel normal. Without a continual supply of meth, patients can expect to begin feeling a steep decline in energy levels and cognitive function, nausea, and abdominal cramping within 24-48 hours of their last dose.

Meth addiction causes personality changes in men and women and can cause them to act irrationally in the search for more meth. They will go to great lengths to hide their meth abuse, including lying, stealing, and threatening or causing violence to friends and family. At Swift River, we understand how dangerous meth addiction can be and want to help you stop the abuse and lead a healthy and sober life. Our programs teach patients about the dangers of meth addiction and how they have the power within themselves to quit.

Recognizing the Physical Signs of Meth Addiction

The physical signs of meth addiction can take several months to appear and can create tooth decay, bad breath, skin infections, and other serious medical conditions that can lead to premature death. Some physical symptoms will depend on how they are ingesting meth, including needle or track marks on the arms, legs, and in-between fingers and toes.

Some of the physical signs of meth addiction include:

  • Rotting teeth and inflamed gums
  • Sores and scratches on the skin
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Red and swollen eyes
  • Burn marks on the fingers or lips

The long-term physical effect of chronic meth use can lead to severe medical conditions, such as:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Malnutrition
  • Heart disease
  • Premature aging
  • Liver failure
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Loss of sexual function

Women who abuse meth and become pregnant are more likely to have difficulty conceiving and can pass their addiction to their newborns.

Join Swift River – Massachusetts for Our Meth Addiction Rehab

At Swift River, we support men and women from all walks of life who are struggling with an addiction to methamphetamines, prescription medication, or other substances. Our certified therapists and medical staff work together to form a custom treatment program that addresses all of your recovery goals in a private and comfortable environment. We offer a full range of addiction treatment programs, including:

  • Drug and alcohol detox
  • Residential treatment program
  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • 12-step program
  • Veteran’s support program
  • LGBTQIA+ support program

If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction and ready for a positive change, call 888.451.5895 to speak with our compassionate staff about enrolling in our meth addiction rehab program.

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