Medical Detox for Methamphetamine Now Available Near Okaloosa County, FL
Despite the media’s recent concentration on heroin and opioid addiction and overdoses, unfortunately, there is still a very serious methamphetamine problem in the U.S. Not just in Okaloosa County, but both state and countrywide.
Methamphetamine addiction is very difficult to quit, and users are often unable to do so on their own. Withdrawals from amphetamines are not usually fatal – however, it can result in many unpleasant symptoms, including severe depression and anxiety. For this reason, some persons who attempt to detox alone either relapse or endure suicidal feelings.
Methamphetamine Use and Withdrawal Facts
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2012) around 1.2 million persons admitted using meth in the prior year (2011). Also, 440,000 admitted to using it within 30 days prior to the survey.
Potential 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
What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Okaloosa County
Detoxing in a clinical environment is very encouraged for those who are attempting to detox from methamphetamine. In a medically-managed detox, the person’s condition can be supervised around-the-clock, thus ensuring his or her comfort and safety.
Throughout detox, vital signs are monitored, and treatment rendered to promote stability, as well as mitigate many of the worst effects of withdrawal.
For example, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, such as Ativan, are often administered to treat the mental and emotional symptoms of withdrawal. Also, beta blockers may be administered for hypertension, a dangerous symptom often seen with withdrawal.
Again, detoxing from methamphetamine without medical supervision is strongly discouraged.
If you are dependent upon methamphetamine and are seeking recovery, please do not detox alone. Please obtain treatment in a medically-managed environment.
Are you or is someone you know a drug addict in Okaloosa County?
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology