Medical Detox for Meth Now Available Near Polk County, FL

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Medical Detox for Meth Now Available Near Polk County, FL

Although much of the country is talking about prescription drug and heroin addiction, there is still a serious meth problem. Not just in Polk County, but across the state of Florida and beyond.

Meth is a very serious substance addiction, and often users find themselves unable to quit on their own. While meth withdrawals are rarely fatal, they do cause an array of terrible symptoms, including extreme anxiety and depression. For this reason, some who detox alone frequently relapse or become suicidal.

Methamphetamine Use Facts

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

In addition to the dangers of using the drug itself, meth users may be at a greater risk for hepatitis A. Polk Health Department officials believe that meth users with poor hygiene are contributing to the spread of the disease.

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Intense craving for methamphetamines
  • Insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Fever, chills, and profuse sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Polk County

Detoxing in a clinical environment is highly recommended for methamphetamine withdrawal. In a medically-managed detox, the patient’s condition is supervised 24-7, thus ensuring he or she is as comfortable as possible.

Vital signs are monitored and treatment is rendered as applicable to promote stability and negate many of the unpleasant effects of withdrawal.

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

Most people in Polk County, FL, who successfully complete detox then choose to participate in an intensive outpatient or residential inpatient program.

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

If you are addicted to meth and wish to get sober, please do not detox alone. Please seek treatment in a medically-managed environment.

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

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

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