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Methamphetamine Overdose, Detox & Withdrawal Symptoms

Methamphetamine is a drug sometimes used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug also goes by the name of “speed,” “freeze,” “ice,” “crank” and “fire.” It alters the natural chemicals in the brain to alleviate symptoms of ADHD, and some physicians may also prescribe it for weight loss.

This drug is highly addictive and habit-forming. Some patients become addicted without intention while taking the medication as directed by a physician, and others can become addicted by using the drug recreationally to get high. According to the Clinical Neuropsychologist, one in four of those seeking ADHD treatment are suspected of lying about symptoms to get prescription medications.

This implies there are many addicts lying about having a serious condition in order to get their hands on methamphetamine. There are many safety precautions that individuals should adhere to while taking this medication. Addicts should be careful not to overdose or mix methamphetamine with other substances. Mixing methamphetamine with alcohol is dangerous and could be deadly. Methamphetamine detox centers can help those who have an addiction. For more information, call now.

Warning Signs of Addiction

Oftentimes, someone addicted to methamphetamine will take more medication than what’s prescribed by their doctor in one dose, and many addicted users take the medication without a prescription. Addicts often have mood changes unexpectedly. They may become irritable or less socially active, as they use more and more of the drug.

Addicts will often change their lifestyles and daily habits dramatically as their addictions progress. Mixing methamphetamine with other substances can often cause related addictions, causing addicts to become addicted to multiple substances at one time, such as alcohol, marijuana or other uppers. Addicts may have to buy medication from a street dealer in order to satisfy their craving for the drug, and this leads many addicts into lives of further crime. Thankfully, addiction treatment is available for everyone; you can get more information about methamphetamine detox centers by calling .

Dangers of Overdosing on Methamphetamine Drugs

Overdosing on methamphetamine drugs is very dangerous; it could even be fatal. Someone who has overdosed may have multiple symptoms, including:

  • Sweating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Uncontrolled shaking
  • Heart tremors
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

In extreme cases, the individual’s breathing can stop, and the heart can cease beating when the overdose happens. Call emergency medical services right away if you see these symptoms. An addict mixing methamphetamine with other substances may have slurred speech, mumbling incoherently. They may having trouble moving, or they may complain of blurred vision. Emergency medical care is essential when these overdose symptoms and other addiction signs occur.

Methamphetamine Withdrawal Treatment Facilities

“The addict should expect to face mental and physical challenges during the withdrawal and recovery process.”The addict should expect to face mental and physical challenges during the withdrawal and recovery process. It is not safe for an addict to detox from methamphetamine on their own. They should enter an established detox facility where they can be medically monitored during the detox process. Oftentimes, medications are given to help mitigate the severity of withdrawal symptoms. This ensures that the addict stays safe, healthy and comfortable during withdrawal.

During withdrawal, patients may experience some side effects, including:

  • Irritability
  • Cravings for the substance
  • Fever
  • Intestinal issues
  • Mood swings
  • Intense headaches

With proper support — from family, friends and medical personnel — the addict will be more likely to overcome their addiction. Outpatient treatment is another resource available after methamphetamine detox. Though most addicts need the 24/7 care of inpatient treatment, many will utilize outpatient care after inpatient treatment is finished.

Learn more about addiction and treatment by calling . You could save a life by recognizing the symptoms of addiction and by helping the addict in your life get the help they need.

Help Is Available Now

If you know an addict, or suspect that someone you know and love has a problem, don’t hesitate to get help. There are many treatment options available for a methamphetamine addict. Get the addict on the path to recovery by getting them into proper treatment. Learn more about all the options for methamphetamine detox and treatment by calling .

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