Meth is a powerful stimulant taken by people across the United States every day. Unfortunately, meth use disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community and has for several decades. Meth rose to popularity among gay men in the 1990s in New York Club scenes. Since then, meth has devastated the LGBTQ community because of its high addiction and overdose rates. Many people in the LGBTQ community lack safe, inclusive meth detox programs. Luckily, today there are meth rehab centers specifically designed to help with meth withdrawal, come down, and relapse prevention.
If you or someone you know in the LGBTQ community is using meth, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center now. Our LGBTQ meth rehab center in Hollywood, CA, provides inclusive inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. Call us at 888.903.9898 to learn more about the benefits of our LGBTQ meth detox programs.
How Does Meth Work?
Meth is a cheap, easy to get stimulant. Often made in kitchens or home labs, it’s hard to know what else is in a dose of meth or crystal meth. When white methamphetamine powder is crystallized, it’s called “crystal meth.” Both types of meth provide a fast, potent high by releasing dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally produced chemical that causes pleasure, joy, elation, and mental focus. While the brain produces its own dopamine every day, meth provides a huge dump of dopamine in an instant. This dopamine rush contributes to meth’s addictive nature.
Meth also speeds up messages from the brain to the nervous system and body. This can cause hyper sensations, manic behavior, joy, elation, paranoia, and confusion. It can also increase heart rate and body temperature. During an overdose, meth can cause seizures and heart attacks. Meth’s most popular effects are increased arousal, making people feel more confident in social situations.
The effects of meth can last up to 12 hours, after which someone begins the painful experience of meth comedown.
What Is a Meth Comedown?
The old adage is true, “what goes up must come down.” After the body has metabolized methamphetamines, it begins to slow down. Hyperactivity, joy, and euphoria all stop. This stop can be abrupt and is often called a “crash.” During this time, someone may experience depression, emotional outbursts, mood changes, personality changes, and a return of any pain or difficult emotions they felt before taking meth.
For many people, using meth is a way of self-soothing painful emotions or unprocessed trauma. It can boost confidence and make people feel more powerful. However, during a comedown, these feelings plummet quickly. This can lead to self-harm, temporary psychosis, extreme fatigue, and the desire to reuse meth as soon as possible.
Meth comedowns can be dangerous. If you or someone you know is using meth, seek medical support during comedown to avoid overdose or self-harm.
Get Support Today From Hollywood’s LGBTQ Meth Rehab Center
Don’t let meth control you. If you’re struggling with meth comedowns, get help from La Fuente Hollywood today. Our LGBTQ meth detox and rehab programs help the greater Los Angeles area recover from methamphetamines and other substances. With cutting-edge approaches to addiction treatment, medically assisted detox, inpatient and outpatient programs, La Fuente is here to help you and the greater community overcome meth addiction.
At La Fuente Hollywood, our staff understands every phase of addiction recovery. Many of our compassionate staff members are in recovery themselves. They provide clients with empathy, experience, and non-judgemental treatment designed to strengthen the LGBTQ community.
Begin Meth Detox and Recovery at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center
Call us now 888.903.9898 to learn how La Fuente can support you during meth detox and recovery.