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What Does Meth Do to Someone with ADHD?

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Meth is a popular stimulant drug. Contrary to popular belief, people from all walks of life use meth every day. Many also maintain relatively normal lifestyles. However, meth can be highly addictive and dangerous, especially for those living with co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. A meth addiction treatment program is the safest, most effective way to stop using meth and receive treatment for mental health and wellness.

If you or someone in the LGBTQ community is struggling with meth addiction and co-occurring disorders, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Today. Our West Hollywood meth treatment program provides dual diagnosis and accessible care through our range of residential and outpatient programs. Call us at 888.903.9898 to learn more about the team and treatment programs La Fuente has to offer.

What Does Meth Do to the Brain and Body?

Meth can be snorted, smoked, or injected. In crystallized form, also called crystal meth, the powerful stimulant provides an even more potent high. When meth enters the bloodstream, it causes an immediate rush of dopamine to the brain. This chemical causes feelings of pleasure, joy, elation, and mental focus. Dopamine also makes meth highly addictive because the chemical often motivates our behavior.

Because meth is a stimulant, it also raises the heart rate, increases metabolism, and makes a person feel more alert. These effects can last up to 12 hours. They can also lead to death if someone ingests too much meth at once. Other effects include:

  • Paranoia
  • Joy
  • Hyperactivity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Elation
  • Insomnia
  • Confidence
  • Feelings of power
  • Increased libido
  • Hyper sensations

Meth became popular in the LGBTQ community in the latter part of the 20th Century. Made popular by gay men on the club scene, meth was often used to increase sexual pleasure. Today, meth is still taken to increase libido, as well as the effects listed above. It is also combined with opiates to form “speedballs.” This form of meth can be especially dangerous.

What Does Meth Do for Someone with ADHD?

ADHD is a mood disorder that can make it hard for people to concentrate, complete tasks, and sit still. Adderall is a common prescription drug used to treat the symptoms of ADHD. It is also a stimulant drug with a similar chemical composition to meth. Unfortunately, like other stimulants, when meth leaves the bloodstream, a person will experience a “come down” or “crash” as their system re-regulates. For those with ADHD, this can cause symptoms to intensify.

Because meth is made in home labs out of a range of toxic chemicals like drain cleaner and brake fluid, it is dangerous. Adderall is approved by the FDA and made in pharmaceutical labs. This leads to fewer overdoses and adverse health effects like sores, tooth decay, and other health complications.

Get the Support You Need for Meth Addiction at Hollywood’s LGBTQ Meth Rehab Center

If you or someone you know is taking meth to support mood, productivity, and focus, it’s time to get an ADHD assessment. At La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, we provide dual diagnosis to help those with ADHD and meth addiction get the support they need. Today, at least half of people living with addiction have co-occurring mood disorders like ADHD.

Los Angeles’s La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center provides an LGBTQ meth treatment program that fits your needs and schedule. Our programs focus on party drugs like MDMA, meth, GHB, and ketamine, including:

  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Inpatient detox and recovery
  • Alumni program
  • Intensive outpatient program

Get the help you need from our intimate West Hollywood facility, serving Southern California’s LGBTQ community.

Begin Meth Detox at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Today

At La Fuente, we pride ourselves on cutting-edge addiction and mental health treatment for meth and ADHD. Call us today at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our meth addiction treatment programs and get started now.

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