Meth Addiction Treatment in Asheville
Methamphetamine Abuse & Addiction in North Carolina
Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive stimulant drug. Because of its potential for abuse, meth is classified as a Schedule II substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is only available legally via a non-refillable prescription. Most often, meth is obtained and used illegally in the U.S., including in North Carolina.
People who use methamphetamine can quickly develop a tolerance for and dependency on the drug. Over time, this can lead to addiction, which can be nearly impossible to overcome without professional help. At Carolina Recovery Solutions, we recognize the challenges associated with meth addiction treatment and recovery—and we know how to help.
Since 2018, our team has been helping individuals navigate the ups and downs of drug addiction treatment, providing compassionate, personalized, and integrated recovery treatments and support. We have helped countless individuals and families struggling with the effects of addiction heal and move forward with their lives. If you or someone you love is dealing with meth abuse or addiction, know that there is hope.
What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a synthetic (manmade) substance that, when ingested, affects the central nervous system. Developed from amphetamine, meth has been around since the early 1900s. It was originally used in bronchial inhalers and nasal decongestants, but its powerfully addictive nature soon led to a decrease in medically accepted methamphetamine uses.
Today, meth is used for only a single medical purpose: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment. However, even in this context, its medical use is extremely limited and relatively rare. Most often, meth is manufactured illegally and taken in much higher doses than those prescribed.
There are two types of methamphetamines:
- Meth: Meth typically appears as a white powder, but it can also have a yellow, pink, or earth-colored tint. It is odorless, bitter-tasting, and can be easily dissolved in water or alcohol. Meth is most commonly ingested through snorting, smoking, or injection, though it can also be taken orally via a pill.
- Crystal Meth: Crystal meth is clear or blue in appearance and looks like coarse sand or crystals (hence its name). The most common method of ingesting crystal meth is smoking, and it is often “cut,” or mixed, with other added substances. This can lead to dangerous substance interactions, which may cause significant health problems or fatal overdose.
Ingesting methamphetamine causes a series of physical and psychological effects. Users may experience an immediate “rush” or euphoric high, or they may experience dulled senses and feelings. Over time, these sensations give way to intense paranoia, agitation, irritability, anxiety, and other negative feelings.
Physically, meth causes a wide range of health problems, including loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, tremors, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, chronic nosebleeds, sinus and nasal cavity damage, seizures, heart attack, and stroke. When mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or cocaine, meth has a highly increased risk of causing fatal overdose.
Signs of Meth Abuse & Addiction
Whether you are struggling to control your meth use or you suspect that someone else may be developing an addiction to meth, there are certain signs that indicate a problem.
You may have a meth-related substance use disorder if you experience any of the following:
- Intense cravings for meth when not using the drug
- Skin issues, such as itchiness, acne, or open sores
- Increased irritability, confusion, or paranoia
- Poor oral hygiene, including rotting teeth or gums
- Hallucinations and/or delusions
- Insomnia or prolonged periods of sleeping/fatigue
- Spending significant time seeking, using, or recovering from meth
- Loss of interest in other activities, hobbies, and relationships
- Problems at work, school, and/or home
- A compulsive desire to continue using meth, despite negative consequences in your life
Additionally, if someone you love is exhibiting any of the following signs, they may be abusing or addicted to methamphetamine:
- Jerky movements
- Facial tics
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid eye movements
- Skin sores
- Poor hygiene
- Burns on the lips and/or fingers
- Unprovoked outbursts
- Extreme mood swings
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Erratic behavior
- Changes in sleep patterns
It can be difficult to know what to do if you or someone you care about is exhibiting warning signs of methamphetamine abuse or addiction, but our team at Carolina Recovery Solutions is here to help. By visiting this website, you have already taken a powerful first step in the recovery process. We encourage you to reach out to our team today to learn more about our personalized meth addiction treatments in Asheville and the surrounding areas.
Long-Term Effects of Meth Abuse
- Impulse control problems
- Issues concentrating
- Intense anger
- Dental health issues
- Painful skin sores that may leave scars
Signs of a Meth Overdose
- Chest pain
- Labored breathing
Our Treatments Are Tailored to You
When it comes to meth and other drug addiction treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. At Carolina Recovery Solutions, we provide truly personalized addiction treatment. All of our programs are tailored to the unique needs, concerns, and goals of our individual patients, and we continuously adjust our treatments as our patients progress through the recovery process.
Our treatment programs involve the following and more:
- Safe, supervised medical detox
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Treatment therapies
Our mission is to help our patients achieve lasting, long-term sobriety through integrated, whole-person care. Our team includes on-site therapists, registered nurses, case managers, addiction specialists, licensed acupuncturists, and yoga instructors, among others, who all work together with our patients to address underlying trauma, treat cooccurring mental health conditions, and repair relationships with loved ones. We are here for you every step of the way, from the moment you call through aftercare and beyond.