Medical Detox for Meth Now Available Near Hendry County Florida

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Medical Detox for Meth Now Available Near Hendry County, FL

The media has been covering a lot prescription drug and heroin addiction news lately, but unfortunately, there is still a serious meth problem in America. Not just in Hendry County, but across the state of Florida, and around the country, as well.

Meth is a very serious addiction, and users frequently are unable to quit on their own. While withdrawals for amphetamines are rarely fatal, they can cause many unpleasant symptoms, including anxiety and depression. For this reason, some persons who chose to detox alone relapse or find thenselves contemplating suicide.

Methamphetamine Use Facts

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2012) approximately 1.2 million persons admitted to using methamphetamine in the previous year (2011). Also, 440,000 reported using in the month prior to the survey.

In addition to the dangers of drug use itself, meth users may be at increased risk for hepatitis A. Health Department officials believe that meth abusers with poor hygiene may be contributing to the disease.

Withdrawal Effects

  • Intense cravings for the drug
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbances
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Fever, chills, and increased sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma

What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Hendry County

Detoxing in a clinical environment is highly recommended for methamphetamine withdrawal, as it is for any psychoactive substance. In a medically-supervised detox, the patient’s condition can be monitored around-the-clock, thus ensuring he or she is as comfortable and as safe as possible.

Vital signs are monitored, and treatment is administered to promote stability, and negate many of the unpleasant effects of withdrawal.

Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, such as Ativan, are often used to ease the mental and emotional symptoms of withdrawal. Also, beta blockers may be administered to treat high blood pressure, which is a dangerous symptom often associated with withdrawal.

Many people in Hendry County, FL, who successfully complete detoxification then choose to undergo in an intensive outpatient or residential inpatient program.

Again, detoxing from amphetamines without medical assistance is strongly discouraged. 

If you are dependent upon meth and wish to recover, please do not detox alone. Please seek treatment in a medically-managed environment.

Are you or is someone you know a drug addict in Hendry County?

Take the self-test here at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

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