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The Effects of Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is a highly addictive dangerous stimulant that effects the user both mentally and physically. Physically, crystal meth affects almost every part of the users body, including the brain, heart, lungs, digestive system, liver, kidneys, and teeth.

Crystal meth use causes a rise in body temperature, increased heartbeat, and dilated pupils. Crystal meth use damages nerve cells leading to psychosis and paranoia, and many times audible and visual hallucinations. Blood clots can develop as crystal meth tends to constrict veins causing increased blood pressure and reduced blood flow. Many crystal meth users experience stomach and digestive issues such as cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and dehydration.

Poor oral hygiene is also a sign of crystal meth abuse. The stimulating effects cause users to grind and clench their teeth. Many users also experience dry mouth due to the high amounts of acid and decreased saliva production. The high amounts of acid can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss (also known as “meth mouth”).

Other physical effects of crystal meth use include, dilated pupils, an increase in body temperature, excessive sweating, acne and other body sores, and impotence in males. Users many times experience formication, a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling on, or under, skin. Crystal meth is a dangerous drug, excessive use can cause more severe physical effects such as muscle breakdown, kidney damage and failure, hyperthermia, cardiac arrest, stroke, brain damage and even death.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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