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Understanding Addiction:
Methamphetamine Addiction

Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction Methamphetamine or “meth” is a highly addictive neurotoxin manufactured in illegal labs and sold as a mind-altering and stimulant drug. Users consume meth by snorting, smoking, injecting, or ingesting the substance. Meth most often is found in the form of an odorless, white, bitter-tasting crystal powder. Unfortunately, many people do not realize their loved one is abusing meth until it has reached the addiction phase.

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Overview Signs & Symptoms Treatment Programs at Bradford


What are Common Street Names for Meth?

  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Glass
  • Crystal
  • Mef
  • Trash
  • Cotton Candy

Signs and Symptoms

Signs Someone is Addicted to Meth

Methamphetamines are a highly addictive substance. Signs of abuse are not always immediately noticeable, but prolonged use can include the following:

  • Thinning body
  • Rotting teeth (known as meth mouth)
  • Sores or acne
  • Convulsions
  • Liver damage
  • Confusion
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia

This list does not include all signs and symptoms of meth addiction. However, if you are using or suspect a loved one is using meth, seek help immediately.

How Does Meth Affect the Body and Brain?

Methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine, a natural chemical, is often associated with motivation and the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. Meth’s ability to rapidly release high amounts of dopamine makes it highly addictive. Methamphetamines are linked to loss of neurons, permanent brain damage, and significant medical and dental issues with extended use.

When Does Someone Need Rehab for a Meth Addiction?

Because of its highly addictive nature, a person can become physically and mentally addicted to meth with only a short amount of use. Meth also has a wide range of physical withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms are hard to deal with alone, leading many meth addicts to abandon attempts at recovery when trying to quit on their own. If you or someone you know is using methamphetamines, seek professional help.


Treatment for a Meth Addiction

Commonly, the first step in treating meth addiction is detoxing from the drug. Medical detox is supervised by professionals, helping those addicted to meth safely and comfortably manage the withdrawal process. After detoxing, professional counseling and evidence-based therapy can help address why a person started using meth. With professional care through an addiction rehab program, those addicted to meth have a much better chance of long-term recovery.

How Long is a Meth Addiction Treatment Program?

As with any medical or clinical treatment, the length of a rehab program for meth varies by the person’s needs. A clinical professional considers factors such as history of use, medical or clinical co-occurring disorders, court mandates, and professional license requirements when determining the length and level of care needed. An average stay at an inpatient facility will often be between 17 to 30 days. Extended Care or Long-Term rehab programs may also be necessary. Many professionals also recommend a patient continue care in an outpatient rehab program after leaving a residential facility.

How much does rehab for meth cost?

One of the most frequently asked questions from people seeking rehab for an addiction to methamphetamines is the cost of a treatment program. Fortunately, there are many options to help overcome the barrier of payment. Programs at Bradford are in-network with most insurance providers and plans, including TennCare, TRICARE, and Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

Private pay, or paying out of pocket, is also an option when financing treatment. Most qualified rehab programs, such as Bradford, offer loan programs or flexible payment plans when insurance is unavailable or does not cover all costs.

In some regions, government programs, recovery non-profits, and religious organizations may issue grants for addiction treatment to those who qualify.

Recovery from Meth Addiction is Possible at Bradford

Bradford offers treatment for meth addiction at all levels of care. Our highly-qualified professionals address spiritual, emotional, and physical needs to bring a comprehensive approach to lasting recovery.

We offer:

  • Programs specialized for professionals in healthcare, legal fields, sports, and veterans
  • Onsite medical stabilization and detox services
  • Medical and clinical monitoring available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A range of programs including outpatient, inpatient, extended care, and continuing care services
  • Transitional living and individual gender-based programs
  • Industry-leading tools to address various forms of trauma
  • Proven treatment based on 12-Step principles
  • Free, online education for friends and family
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Since we opened our doors 40 years ago, our innovative inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs have been making healing and hope possible.

For more information or immediate confidential help, please call us anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.