If you were to ask ten random people to name the mind-altering substance they find to be more dangerous than any other, it’s likely that you would hear ten different answers. For some, a drug like heroin — which has lately been at the center of an ongoing opioid epidemic — is the worse of all drugs considering the elevated likelihood of eventually addiction and potential overdose. Then there are those who would cite alcohol as being the most dangerous due to its availability and ease of access. Of course, from an objective perspective, the reality is there are certain substances that, for one reason or another, are more dangerous than others. Whether it’s due to higher risk of overdose, higher risk of addiction, or some other faction, methamphetamine continues to be cited as one of the most dangerous of all substances.
Fortunately, individuals who are suffering from addiction to methamphetamine have the benefit of a diverse breadth of rehabilitation options that are available. Whether they prefer inpatient care or outpatient care, the methamphetamine detox treatment offered at Just Believe Recovery is an ideal precursor to a high-quality rehabilitation program.
More often than not, people associate the word drug with something like marijuana or heroin. In rarer cases, they mind think of OxyContin or Xanax. If you’ll notice, each of these drugs are similar in that they act as depressants; in other words, these substances — re: marijuana, heroin, OxyContin, Xanax — “depress” or slow the central nervous system, causing bodily systems and functions to work much more slowly. While many of the drugs that remain extremely popular among recreational drug users are technically depressants or depressant-like substances, there are a number of popular drugs that are not actually depressants, including methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine — also commonly known as crystal meth for short — is an extremely potent central nervous system stimulant, meaning that the drug amplifies the functioning of the body. So while a person who uses heroin appears to lack energy, someone who has used methamphetamine has immense energy, often going days or possible even a week or more without sleeping.
Besides being a powerful stimulant with immense addictive potential, one of the characteristics that makes methamphetamine so dangerous is how the drug is produced. Though there are forms of methamphetamine and variants of the drug — called methamphetamines — that are produced by pharmaceutical companies, the most commonly-abused form of methamphetamine, crystal meth, is produced informally by individuals in their own homes. The process of creating crystal meth requires a number of volatile chemicals, and with even the slightest miscalculation or oversight, deadly explosions can result from the production of crystal meth.
Though there are numerous substances that have been cited as being extremely addictive, methamphetamine is often cited as the most highly addictive of all, requiring a very short window of regular usage for an individual to become physical and physiologically addicted. Due to its potency, methamphetamine triggers an intense sense of euphoria, which is the product of very similar processes as with cocaine, Adderall, and other stimulants; basically, the use of methamphetamine triggers a flood of dopamine, serotonin, and other “feel good” neurochemicals in the brain, causing strong feelings of pleasure to which individuals become addicted. As such, they become addicted to methamphetamine in a very short period of time as they essentially “chase” the pleasurable, euphoric intoxication that they experience when they use crystal meth.
Again, as with other substances, the brain becomes accustomed to the user’s frequent intake of methamphetamine, adjusting neurological processes to compensate. So with methamphetamine triggering a flood of dopamine and serotonin, the brain compensates by decreases or nearly halting its own natural production of dopamine and serotonin; as such, a number of unpleasant symptoms can emerge when an individual who has become addicted to methamphetamine has to go even a brief period without the substance. These unpleasant symptoms are known as withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on the severity of the addiction and, more specifically, the length of time the individual has been a daily methamphetamine user, withdrawal can be quite unpleasant for someone addicted to methamphetamine. On the other hand, methamphetamine withdrawal isn’t currently known to be one of the forms of withdrawal that’s particularly dangerous or life-threatening. For these reasons, methamphetamine detoxification is typically recommended but not required for a successful recovery from methamphetamine addiction.
If you have a basic knowledge of the rehabilitation process, you’re probably aware that addiction recovery often happens in stages as the addicted individual proceeds through different phases of recovery. Depending on the substance to which he or she is addicted and a number of other factors, the individual might choose to enroll in an inpatient program or an outpatient program, potentially followed by aftercare and/or a period at a transitional living facility.
However, since abruptly ceasing one’s intake of the addictive substance results in unpleasant withdrawal, many individuals are encouraged to enroll in detoxification treatment. Methamphetamine detox is a period of treatment that precedes an inpatient or outpatient program and allows a person to overcome the physical or physiological aspects of addiction as an immediate precursor to the recovery program. Instead of having to attempt to complete the treatment program while dealing with withdrawal symptoms, methamphetamine detox treatment is essentially a primer for recovery, allowing the individual to focus on physical recovery before transitioning into a treatment program.
Everyone who suffers from heroin addiction has developed the disease through his or her own unique circumstances. While one individual might develop heroin addiction due to having been friends with another heroin addict, another individual might have come from a family in which several people have suffered from addiction. But as the circumstances vary from person to person, each individual’s recovery needs will vary, too.
Though heroin detox treatment may not be necessary for all, virtually everyone would benefit from our heroin detox in Port Saint Lucie in some way. Whether it’s by making recovery smoother or giving the patient a little extra time to focus on the different stages of recovery, our heroin detox treatment program can be a great fit for most recovery needs.
If you or someone you love is suffering from heroin addiction and would like to learn more about our heroin detox in Port Saint Lucie, call Just Believe Recovery at 888-380-0667. Our recovery specialists are available anytime, day or night, to help you or your loved one take the first steps on the journey toward lasting sobriety.