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Find Help Now for Your Addiction to Methamphetamine at Jacksonville Men’s Rehab

At Jacksonville Men’s Rehab, we understand how hard it can be to break an addiction to methamphetamine, and we want to help! Please take a moment to look over this article, and contact us for more information about our program.

About Meth…

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and illegal psychostimulant drug that is similar to amphetamine. It increases the levels of naturally occurring dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Street names for this drug include chalk, crank, ice, crystal, meth, and speed.

Discovered in the late 19th century, amphetamine was first used as a nasal decongestant and a respiratory stimulator. During World War 2, methamphetamine — similar in structure to amphetamine — was used to keep military personnel alert and to improve endurance and mood.

In time, it became clear that methamphetamine was dangerously addictive. In the 1970s, the drug was added to the schedule II list of controlled substances. Methamphetamine is illegal except when it is prescribed by a physician for a very limited number of medical conditions.

Methamphetamine is easy to produce and it is a potent drug, so it remains a serious drug of abuse. Long-term use is associated with devastating effects on the user and society.

Long-term methamphetamine use can lead to: feelings of aggressiveness and anxiety, confusion, and insomnia.

The following symptoms of methamphetamine psychosis are also possible: paranoia, aggression, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions–such as the sensation of insects creeping on or under the skin. Paranoia can result in thoughts of homicide or suicide.

Researchers have reported that up to 50 percent of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain can be damaged after prolonged exposure to relatively low levels of methamphetamine.

Psychotic symptoms can last for months or years after discontinuing methamphetamine use. They can spontaneously recur.

Methamphetamine use increases the risk of heart problems, such as chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm, and high blood pressure. This can lead to a heart attack, acute aortic dissection, or sudden cardiac death, even after using the drug for the first time.

These risks are higher when using the drug with alcohol, cocaine, or opioids.

There is a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to elevated blood pressure or faster rate of atherosclerosis.

How to Recognize and Treat Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is an addictive drug that has energizing (stimulant) effects. It can be found in pill form or as a white-colored powder. As a powder, it can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected.

Crystal methamphetamine is generally pale blue in color. It looks like fragments of glass or rocks. It’s smoked using a pipe.

Meth produces an intense high that comes on and fades quickly. Coming down can cause difficult emotional and physical symptoms, such as depression and insomnia. As a result, meth addiction often follows a pattern of bingeing on the drug for several days at a time, followed by a crash.

Detoxification (detox) is a process aimed at helping you stop taking methamphetamine as safely and as quickly as possible. Detox can also help ease withdrawal symptoms.

Before you begin detox, you’ll undergo an initial assessment and screening tests for other medical conditions. A doctor will use this information to help minimize your risk for drug interactions or other complications during detox.

When the drug is completely out of your system, a doctor at our rehab center program will help you prepare for treatment.

What to Expect from Treatment

Treatment begins once detox ends. The goal of treatment is to help you lead a healthy life without using meth. Treatment may also address other underlying conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety.

There are several treatment options available for meth addiction. Sometimes, more than one is used at the same time. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:

Behavioral therapy is considered the most effective treatment available for meth addiction. There are two main types: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and contingency management (CM) interventions.

CBT addresses the learning processes underlying drug addiction and other harmful behaviors. It involves working with a therapist to develop a set of healthy coping strategies. Studies have found that CBT is effective at reducing meth use, even after only a few sessions.

Other common behavioral therapies include: individual counseling, family counseling, family education, 12-step programs, support groups and drug testing.

Jacksonville Men’s Rehab Wants to Help You Now

Please consider the experienced treatment and support that we provide at Jacksonville Men’s Rehab. If you, or a loved one struggles with an addiction to methamphetamine, give us a call at (855) 934-4673 to learn more about our effective program, and how to begin the admissions process today. We look forward to hearing from you!

"NO WARRANTY" LEGAL NOTICE: While independent outcomes studies have shown very high recovery rates for indiviuals in our programs, we cannot guarantee recovery for any particular individual. Recovery and future abstinence from addicting substances and the effects that such substances may have on the individual or their life, actions, or their future are entirely dependent on the individual and how well they apply the principles we have taught them. We are an educational institution, and how the individual in our program learns from what they are taught and modeled here, is totally up to them. Individuals who stay the full term (until graduation) have much better long-term recovery from addicitons than those who do not.


FLORIDA, TENNESSEE AND CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: Please note that Adult & Teen Challenge Centers in Florida are not-for-profit religious institutions, not licensed medical facilities, nor do they accept insurance. Rates are very low compared to for-profit rehabs. Outcomes are based on multiple outcomes studies over the past 50 years, including this study from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse.

UNLIKE A TYPICAL ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER: For 60 years, we have successfully inspired individuals to break free of their addictions and life-controlling issues. Our low-cost program is not an addiction treatment center — it is a residential educational program designed to reverse the destruction that addictions reap on relationships, careers and futures. We set the former addict on a new course in life with all new motivations and renewed respect, peace and care for others. In a safe, encouraging, drug-free environment, our staff (who are mostly former addicts themselves) work with each individual daily, showing them the way toward a more fulfilling life based on God’s forgiveness, love and purpose. Our model has proven to be highly effective for all addictions, bringing about maturity, honesty, humility, care, and life change. Medical detox may be required before enrolling.

"NO WARRANTY" LEGAL NOTICE: While outcomes studies for Adult & Teen Challenge centers have historically shown high addiction and substance abuse recovery rates, they cannot guarantee addiction recovery for any particular individual. Recovery and future avoidance of addicting substances and whatever effects that such substance may have on the individual's life, their future, their career or their friends or relatives are entirely dependent on each individual and how they apply the principles they are taught in the program.