Am I Addicted to Crystal Meth?
Determining whether or not you truly suffer from an addiction to crystal meth can be a hard considering to swallow. On one side, you must consider that IF you are in fact addicted, admitting that you have a problem is the very first step to getting the help you need. On the other hand, accepting that you’re an addict can muster up feelings of failure, frustration and fear.
If you’re struggling with the question, “Am I an addict?” call our helpline toll-free at 800-895-1695 to speak with a caring representative that can assist you in determining next steps to help you get well. It may be that you’re in a real situation that requires immediate treatment, or you may find, by talking to a professional, that support groups or less invasive care could meet your recovery needs. All it takes is a phone call to get the help that you need—larger or small.
Identifying Meth Addiction
Where does it begin?
How do I go about determining whether I truly am an addict?
Is it just recreational use?
Meth addiction occurs from more than just occasional use here and there. While there is no “safe” amount of recreational methamphetamine use, repeat use, especially excessive, repeat use can quickly lead to addiction.
NIDA explains, “drugs alter the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.” WHY? Because use of drugs alters the chemical composition of the brain such that the brain now thinks that the drugs are a necessary element of everyday life. Without such, the user will feel sick, tired, lethargic, emotionally distraught or otherwise unwell.
Certain signs and symptoms can help you to determine IF you have an addiction to crystal meth. If you’re addicted, you may feel:
- Lethargic if you don’t use meth.
- Upbeat when using, but depressed or otherwise uncomfortable when not using.
- Emotionally upset unless you have meth.
- Sick when meth is not available.
- Changes in your brain or thought processes. These changes, though you may not immediately recognize them, can be similar to those experiences by an individual suffering from Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.
- Anxious or otherwise panicky.
Certain visible signs of meth addiction may also be present such as:
- Sores on the skin.
- Cracked, broken and rotted teeth also known as meth mouth.
- Changes in physical appearance including a lack of cleanliness.
- Changes in behavior such as violent outbursts, suicidal tendencies or auditory and visual hallucinations.
- Financial problems.
- Relationship problems.
- Heightened risk-taking behavior.
Questions to Ask Yourself
If you’re still wondering whether you may be addicted to crystal meth, consider asking yourself some personal questions about your substance use. Be honest with yourself—there’s no need to lie to yourself and only you can decide whether your condition truly does warrant help. If you decide that you are in fact suffering from methamphetamine addiction, consider a call to our helpline at 800-895-1695 for assistance in finding treatment that will guide you to recovery.
Ask yourself this:
- Do I use meth every day?
- Do I consistently use more methamphetamine than intended?
- Do I feel sick, unhappy or otherwise unwell when I don’t have meth?
- Does meth rule my life?
- Is meth on my mind, day and night?
- Have I begun using more meth to achieve the same effects as those which were once achieved with a substantially smaller amount?
- Have I tried to quit or cut back my meth use, and failed?
- Have I promised my friends or family that I will quit, or have I promised myself I would quit, and failed?
- Have I given up on family outings, events, or important activities in order to use meth?
- Does meth play into my normal decision making, such that I will choose to do, or not to do, something based on whether or not I can do it while under the influence of meth?
- Has meth interfered with my physical, psychological, spiritual or emotional well-being?
- When I’m using meth, do I seek ways to make the drug last or to make the high last longer?
- Have I overdosed on meth?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, addiction is a part of your life and you need help. Call our helpline at 800-895-1695 to speak with a treatment advisor about the options available to assist you in recovery.
I’m Addicted, Now What?
Once you realize that you are in fact suffering from an addiction to methamphetamine, you can begin to take appropriate action to overcome this disease. Know is half the battle! Now it’s time to recovery—but how?
Steps can be taken to get the supportive help and treatment that you need to overcome methamphetamine addiction. It’s not easy, it won’t be all fun and games, but with your commitment and proper guidance from a professional, recovery can and will happen.
Various treatment options exist to serve you. Call our helpline at 800-895-1695 for information about the types of crystal meth addiction treatment that are available. Some options you may consider include:
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Crystal Meth Anonymous
- Support groups
- 12 Step Groups
- Motivational Incentives
- Behavioral Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Long Term Treatment
- Luxury Treatment
Choosing the right treatment for an addiction to methamphetamine can be another great challenge in the road to recovery, but we’re here to help. Call anytime, day or night, to speak with a caring representative who understands what it’s like to be addicted—many of our call operators are in recovery themselves and wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them finding the courage to make this same type of call.
Treatment is the ONLY true way of overcoming an addiction to crystal meth. While you may quit on your own, risk of relapse without proper, professional care, is high. To learn more about relapse, or to fast track your road to recovery, call our helpline toll-free at 800-895-1695.
There’s no better time than the present to get the help that you deserve. Addiction is so difficult to cope with—day in and day out you feel unwell, unhappy, and generally just bad. Proven methods of care, from detox, to counseling and aftercare, will guide you through the process of fully overcoming addiction and living a drug free life.
Recovery won’t happen overnight, but it WILL happen if you get proper treatment. Behavioral counseling and therapy will help you to realize WHY you use meth, and what elements of your life are rooted in your addiction. In time, these habits of drug use will change and you will see positive light in recovery.
It all begins with a phone call for help—don’t delay, let us help you get sober today 800-895-1695.
When you call, a caring admissions coordinator will walk you through the process of insurance verification, payment planning, treatment options and the steps that will take you from the misery of addiction to the freedom of recovery and healing. Don’t let methamphetamine control another second of your life—call our helpline and get the supportive guidance and care that you need to get well today.
Treatment specialists are standing by 24/7 to take your call and help you get on the road to recovery.