Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a highly addictive stimulant. Meth is so addictive many users get hooked the first time they use it. Unfortunately, meth’s intense effects can cause death the first time it is smoked. Most meth users smoke methamphetamine for a stronger, quicker high. Today, meth addiction affects people across the US, specifically in the LGBTQ community. Many young bisexual and gay men are prone to meth addiction and in need of rehab at a dedicated meth detox center.
If you or someone you know is attempting to detox from meth at home and needs an LGBTQ-affirmative treatment center, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center today. We offer safe and compassionate drug and alcohol detox programs to help get your life back on track. Call us at 888.903.9898 to speak with an intake specialist.
The Effects of Meth
Because meth is cheap and relatively easy to get, it’s easy to get hooked. Meth can be injected, smoked, or snorted, causing an immediate rush of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine, the brain chemical responsible for joy and pleasure, immediately increases blood pressure and heart rate. Sometimes, this can cause death. Common effects of meth use include:
- Temporary joy and elation
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Tooth loss
Many users develop sores on their skin from picking at scabs or dry skin while high. Smoking meth can cause tooth decay while injecting the drug can cause collapsed veins. Injecting meth increases the risk of hepatitis and HIV, and the increase in poor judgment and risky behavior while high can lead to other health risks.
Detoxing From Meth
Meth can stay in your body for a long time, especially if you take it frequently. Because of meth’s effects on the brain, it can be especially hard to quit cold turkey or detox at home. Most meth users don’t take meth just once and can hide their meth habit from loved ones. This can lead to prolonged meth use. The longer someone uses meth, the less dopamine their brain will naturally produce. When they attempt to stop using, the lack of natural dopamine can cause physical and emotional side effects. These may include:
- Temporary psychosis
- Increased appetite
- Emotional outburst
- Drug-seeking behavior
Many meth users build up a drug tolerance. This may lead to other drug use, overdose, seizure, and heart problems. Attempting to detox from meth at home can be unsafe and unsuccessful. Withdrawal symptoms can lead to relapse and further drug use. Quitting cold turkey without medical supervision may lead to health complications. Effective inpatient drug rehab and alcohol treatment often require a detox program for those suffering from long-term drug use and withdrawal.
La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center provides Board Certified Addiction Medicine doctors who safely manage each client’s detox. Over time, the addiction can be overcome with the help of a professional drug and rehab program. Get in touch with us for more information about our meth detox center in Hollywood, California, by calling 888.903.9898. Start the road to recovery today.
Board Certified Addiction Medicine in Hollywood
In the heart of Southern California, La Fuente provides LGBTQ-affirmative meth detox and recovery programs to ensure all patients are treated with respect. Our detox programs include:
- Meth, MDMA, opioid, GHB, ketamine, and heroin detox
- Intimate residential facility
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Alumni program
Our intimate West Hollywood facility serves the LGBTQ community with compassion, medically assisted detox, and rehab to help each client overcome addiction.
Begin Your Detox Journey at La Fuente
If you or a loved one is ready to begin your detox journey, contact La Fuente today. If you are struggling with methamphetamine dependency, don’t attempt to detox at home. Through our medically assisted detox programs, the staff at La Fuente can guide you through each step of meth detox and recovery safely. At La Fuente, we work on the cutting-edge of substance abuse and mental health treatment for the LGBTQ community. Call us today at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our LGBTQ drug and alcohol detox programs.