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Crystal meth is a form of amphetamine, and amphetamine is a stimulant. Stimulants provide heightened sensations, alertness, and reduced reaction times in those who take them. Additionally, taking a large quantity of a stimulant has the potential to generate euphoria, as well as a sense of increased well-being and confidence. Amphetamines do this by stimulating dopamine production in the brain, and it is this dopamine stimulation that typically triggers the addictive behaviors associated with meth usage.
"Meth" is short for methamphetamine, a specific class of amphetamines that belong to the methyl group, a classification for chemical derivatives of methane. The "Crystal" in crystal meth refers to the appearance of the substance - typically hard, granulated, and rock-like, similar to rock candy. Meth is typically snorted, however smoked and injected variations of meth are not uncommon. It should be noted that crystal meth addiction is one of the most common illicit addictions in the United States, due to the fact that meth can be - and is - produced with an easily acquired selection of common household chemicals.
Crystal meth is a notoriously vicious toxin, and is both physically and mentally addictive. As dopamine producers in the user's neurology build up a tolerance for the stimulating effects of meth, increased dosages are required for the user to achieve euphoria, leading to extremely detrimental health complications as more of the drug is consumed.
Blood pressure increases dramatically while using any amphetamine, and rapid deterioration of cardiovascular health is a major physical side effect of crystal meth addiction. Worse, crystal meth physically alters human neurology, changing the communication pathways of the nervous system, and producing psychotic or psychotropic effects in meth addicts. Chronic meth users are often indistinguishable from clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenics.
Meth addiction rehab must begin with the detoxification of the body. This begins with proper nutrition and exercise, since meth addicts frequently take very poor care of their bodies. The good news is that meth is much more mentally addictive than physically addictive, which means participants who truly want to leave addiction behind them have an excellent chance of doing so. The bad news is that minor physical effects and depression can linger for six months or longer, leading to an increased need for participants to receive ongoing counseling after the meth addiction rehab program has been completed.
Education is also a factor, and our dedicated team of meth addiction rehab specialists provide real-world information to program participants, allowing them to learn how and why crystal meth is such a dangerous and addictive substance.
The locale of the Axis meth addiction rehab center in southern California affords the participants of our program with the best possible setting to defeat crystal meth addiction. Plenty of sunshine, nutritious food, and active but non-jarring physical activities like yoga and light calisthenics provide the opportunity to heal the body as well as the mind. Additionally, Axis offers superior and professional group and post-addiction counseling programs that assist participants in ensuring that old habits do not return, minimizing the likelihood of a relapse.
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