Meth Addiction Rehab in Colorado

Prolonged use and abuse of methamphetamines can cause irreversible damage to the body and long-lasting damage to the mind. Many people addicted to meth transform so severely that they become completely unrecognizable. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t recover from meth addiction. Spero Recovery Center is a treatment facility in Evergreen, Colorado, that specializes in treating substance use disorders using 12 step programming. Our mission is to provide accessible and quality care and support.

Our team at Spero Recovery Center is also passionate about education and providing resources for addiction treatment. Learn the signs of meth abuse, and the treatment options available for you or your loved if they need help.

What Are Methamphetamines?

Methamphetamines are ‘uppers’ (stimulants) that affect the central nervous system (CNS). Meth increases wakefulness, physical activity, blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, sociability, and euphoria.

Pure meth is a white crystalline substance that can be taken orally, smoked, or injected. Thus drug is highly addictive and abuse can cause permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and other organs leading to psychosis, strokes, and even death. Meth is also commonly referred to as crystal, ice, and speed.

What Is a Methamphetamine Addiction?

mens meth addiction treatmentMethamphetamine addiction is a severe medical condition brought about by the continual use and abuse of meth and impacts the brain and the body negatively. Methamphetamine addicts face a compulsive urge to use meth despite the physical, psychological, and emotional harm it causes to themselves and their social relationships. They often struggle to control how much and how often they use meth, and they continue to use it despite its negative consequences, such as health difficulties, legal problems, or relationship issues.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports show a 108% increase in meth use (1.2 million to 2.5 million users) in the United States between 2016 and 2021. Further NIDA reports show that people suffering from methamphetamine use disorder increased 100% (0.8 million to 1.6 million) within the same period. Overdoses and deaths from meth abuse increased by more than four times, from 7.663 in 2016 to a whopping 32,537 in 2021. Methamphetamine has grown enough in popularity to pose a serious threat to public health.

Methamphetamine addiction is not an ethical defect or character fault. It is a chronic disease that anyone can succumb to, regardless of age, gender, race, or background. This addiction is influenced by many factors, such as genetics, environment, stress, and mental health. Treatment for this condition can include a combination of medications, counseling, and behavioral therapies.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Meth Abuse?

Meth abuse affects the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of the user and those around them. Meth abuse is accompanied by various signs and symptoms, including.

Meth abuse causes functional and aesthetical changes in the body, such as:

  • Dilated pupils, sporadic eye movements, and facial twitches
  • Increased sweating, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss resulting in malnutrition and dehydration
  • Tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis (the infamous “meth mouth”)
  • Skin sores, infections, and scabs from uncontrollable scratching and picking at the skin
  • Hair loss, brittle nails, and clammy complexion
  • Weakened muscles, tremors, and convulsions
  • Headaches, insomnia, and fatigue
  • Organ damage (heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys)
  • Risk of overdosing, which can induce respiratory arrest, coma, and death

Meth abuse also causes mood shifts, changes in personality, and behavioral aberrations, such as:

  • Hyperactivity, impulsivity, and restlessness
  • Violence aggression, and irritability
  • Anxiety, paranoia, and nervousness
  • Delusions, hallucinations, and psychosis
  • Euphoria, excitement, and talkativeness
  • Depression, anhedonia, and suicidal thoughts
  • Cravings, withdrawal, and tolerance
  • Reduced enjoyment and interest in activities, hobbies, and relationships
  • Poor judgment, decision-making, and memory
  • Legal, financial, and social problems

What Effects Does Meth Addiction Have on the Body?

Meth addiction has harmful effects on the body in the short and long run. Some of these effects include:

  • Brain damage: Meth abuse can cause shifts in the brain structure and function, such as reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin, the hormones that regulate mood and motivation. Meth addiction can also damage the neurons and blood vessels in the brain causing memory loss, cognitive impairment, strokes, and increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Heart problems: Meth abuse increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature (stressing the cardiovascular system), and can further cause irregular heartbeat, inflammation of the heart muscle, and damage to the blood vessels which increases the probability of heart attacks, heart failure, and death.
  • Lung damage: Prolonged smoking of meth causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain. Meth smoke damage the lungs and airways, leading to infections, pneumonia, and pulmonary edema (fluid-filled lungs).
  • Liver damage: Meth abuse can impact the liver’s ability to process toxins and drugs, causing liver inflammation, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
  • Immune suppression: Meth addiction weakens the immune system and increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.
  • Skin problems: Meth addiction causes skin problems, such as acne, sores, infections, and scars. Prolonged abuse also causes the skin to lose its elasticity and luster, making the user look prematurely aged and unhealthy.

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The community vibe we foster at Spero Recovery enables our clients to feel comfortable and teaches them interpersonal skills. We want to create a safe environment for our clients; our goal is to provide a space where they can become the people they have always wanted to be.

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At Spero Recovery, we immerse our guests into a 12 Step community. They find sponsors, meet up with them regularly, and work through the 12 Steps. Members of the community pass down the gift of recovery to our clients, which allows them to begin the process of recovery and eventually pass on the gift to other clients.

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We also offer experiential programming – hikes and other outdoor activities. We also have a full woodworking shop. Inviting specialists onto the premises—such as meditation teachers and chefs—is one of our favorite things to do. Our goal is to teach our guests essential life skills and the importance of building relationships.

What Does Addiction Treatment for Meth Involve?

Addiction treatment for meth involves a combination of medications and behavioral therapies to curb addiction, manage withdrawal symptoms, and streamline the recovery process.

  • Medications: No FDA-approved drugs for meth addiction treatment exist yet, but research is underway to find sufficient pharmacological interventions. A few medications being tested for meth addiction are bupropion, modafinil, naltrexone, and ibudilast. These medications could lessen the cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and rewarding effects of meth.
  • Behavioral therapies: Behavioral therapies are psychological interventions targeted at changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to meth addiction. These therapies can help people cope with stress, triggers, and cravings, develop new skills and strategies to prevent relapse, and improve their motivation and self-reliance.
  • Support services: Support services and aftercare planning are additional aids to help people with meth addiction address their social, emotional, and practical needs. Such services can include case management, peer support, housing assistance, recovery coaching, employment help, legal aid, and health care.

Meth addiction treatment can be undertaken in different settings, such as residential facilities, opioid treatment programs, and outpatient clinics. Treatment intensity and duration depend on the addiction’s severity, service availability, progress recovery, and a host of other factors such as the general health and medical history of the patient seeking treatment.

Each treatment plan will be personalized for the individual by a medical professional that takes into account their specified needs, requirements, and preferences.

12 Step Recovery for Methamphetamine Abuse

meth addiction rehab in coloradoAt our Colorado drug and alcohol rehab, we immerse residents into 12 step programming. While AA’s 12 steps were created to treat alcohol addiction, we’ve found the principles of these steps to be useful in teaching coping strategies, building accountability, and taking action to overcome a variety of substance use problems.

In our 12 step program, we provide residential addiction treatment for men and guide them through the 12 steps to achieve recovery. Our beautiful setting among lakes and mountains gives our residents a unique opportunity to participate in wilderness therapy, which can be very healing mentally, emotionally, and physically.

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