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Why Do You Need Methamphetamine Detox?

Methamphetamine addiction is a disease in which a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the effects of this drug. Not only can addiction contribute to personal and career problems, but it can also potentially cause a fatal overdose. Whether a patient has been using meth for months or years, a full recovery is possible. The methamphetamine addiction rehabilitation process starts with detox, the first step in our in-home rehab program.

Methamphetamine (meth) detoxification is the process of removing this drug from the body and weaning the body off its dependency on the effects of meth. Certain non-addictive, anti-craving medications may be used during the detoxification process. These medications reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which are among the top factors that cause people to relapse (resume using the drug).

Since withdrawal symptoms can sometimes cause harm to the patient or the patient’s family, medically managed methamphetamine detox is invaluable. At-home methamphetamine detox is a safe, effective, and convenient way to cleanse the body from drugs. During in-home detox, an onsite nurse will monitor the patient’s health and progress through the program. The nurse will also adjust medications or the home detox plan itself as necessary.

Methamphetamine detox is just the first step in overcoming an addiction to this drug. Concierge MD LA offers a full, personalized suite of counseling and rehabilitation therapies to help patients stay clean. We work with patients to identify positive lifestyle changes and develop coping mechanisms to maintain long-term sobriety. We are with patients every step of the path to a drug-free life.

Home Detox from Methamphetamines: How it Works

Here’s what patients can expect from at-home methamphetamine detox with Concierge MD LA:

  • Initial evaluation: Our medical director assesses the patient’s medical history, methamphetamine abuse history, current prescription medications, and other health factors.
  • Full examination: We perform a full examination and lab tests. This helps us create a complete picture of the patient’s health, which gives us the information we need to develop a custom detox program that best addresses the patient’s needs. This initial examination also gives us a baseline to gauge a patient’s progress through our methamphetamine rehab program.
  • Consultation and building the detox plan: After we have analyzed the examination and lab test results, our medical director collaborates with the patient to create an at-home detox plan. This plan is designed to work with the patient’s health, lifestyle preferences, prescription medications, and overall recovery goals.
  • The home detox process begins: At the start of the detox program, our in-home detox nurse arrives at the patient’s home. One of our nurses will remain onsite 24/7 with the patient during the entire detox process. They will monitor the patient, adjust medications as necessary, and make changes to the home detox plan as needed. The nurse will also monitor the patient’s sleep and nutritional intake, since these may be influenced by withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings. Non-addictive anti-craving medications may be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and improve the patient’s comfort.
  • Ongoing monitoring and lab tests: Our nurse monitors vitals such as the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. The nurse may also perform periodic lab tests during detox. This information helps us track the patient’s progress on the detox process in real time. As a result, we are able to quickly and accurately adjust the detox plan to match the patient’s changing needs.
  • Post-detox methamphetamine rehabilitation services: After the patient has successfully completed the home detox program, Concierge MD LA provides at-home addiction rehabilitation support services. These services help the patient address drug use triggers, develop positive coping mechanisms, and provide ongoing psychiatric care to prevent relapse.

Concierge MD LA provides comprehensive at-home methamphetamine detox and addiction rehabilitation services for Los Angeles residents. We tailor our patients’ care plans to help them recover from addiction with lasting results.

What is Considered a Methamphetamine Addiction?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that is involved in the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Methamphetamine is highly addictive, and an addiction happens when a person becomes dependent on the effects of this drug.

Methamphetamine addiction can be dangerous. This is because people can build up a tolerance to the effects of the drug. The higher a person’s tolerance, the more of the drug they need to achieve the same effect. When a person takes too much meth, this drug can cause an overdose and potentially lead to death.

The cravings and withdrawal symptoms that come with methamphetamine detox can be difficult to overcome. This is because the body has become dependent on the effects of the drug. As a result, reducing or stopping methamphetamine can cause withdrawals.

The first withdrawal symptoms may begin within 24 hours of the last dose and last anywhere between one to two weeks before the body is fully cleansed.

Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Intense drug cravings

These withdrawal symptoms are one of the biggest factors in causing a patient to relapse (resume using drugs). Medical management can help improve a patient’s comfort during the detox process. Home meth detox can also improve the patient’s chance of successfully getting clean.

According to the CDC, psychostimulant deaths have been on the rise since 2010, with 10,000 people dying from overdose in 2017 alone. Fortunately, a full recovery from methamphetamine addiction is possible. Home methamphetamine detox with Concierge MD LA ensures that the detox process is as safe and comfortable as possible for the patient and their family.

Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Addiction

There are many signs that a person may have a methamphetamine addiction, as there are many short and long-term effects associated with this drug. Behavioral changes such as mood swings or anxiety can indicate a drug addiction, especially if a person does not typically exhibit this behavior. Identifying a methamphetamine addiction can help patients avoid long-term personal and career problems.

The side effects of short-term methamphetamine use include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased wakefulness
  • Increased physical activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fast breathing rate
  • Fast and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Burns on the lips or fingers from using a hot pipe
  • Unpredictable and sudden mood swings

In addition to short-term effects, continued use of methamphetamine can have additional long-term consequences. For example, long-term methamphetamine use affects the body’s nerves and can cause cognitive and emotional problems. For some people, methamphetamine-related cognitive problems may go away over time after recovering from addiction. For others, these cognitive changes may never entirely go away.

The side effects of long-term methamphetamine use include:

  • Weight loss
  • Dental problems (sometimes called “meth mouth”)
  • Frequent itching which can cause skin sores
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Confusion
  • Memory changes
  • Sleeping problems
  • Behavioral changes
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased risk of contracting an infectious disease
  • Potential worsening of HIV/AIDS progression

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