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Side Effects of Crystal Meth

Crystal meth, also known as “tina”, “tweak”, “ice”, or “glass”, is methamphetamine in crystalline form. Crystal meth is a powerful stimulant, which at times can cause users to be up for days or even weeks. The high produces extreme euphoria and energy, which can last up to twelve hours or more. Crystal meth can me smoked, shot up intravenously (“slammed”), snorted, taken orally or through the anus. Addicts often experience crystal meth side effects.

Crystal meth is a highly addictive drug that has many side effects. One major side effect is extreme loss of appetite causing users to lose weight at a rapid pace. Physically, users continue to diminish in size suggesting a red flag to peers. Another major reason to use meth is the increased libido effect and desire to have sex. Many crystal meth users take the drug in conjunction with having sex. Mixing crystal meth with sexual intercourse can prove very dangerous as most of the time inhibitions go out the window causing users to engage in risky sexual behavior, such as unprotected sex with multiple sex partners. This raises the chances of contracting STD’s, including HIV/AIDS.

Physically, crystal meth take a serious toll on the body. Many users can develop acne and sores from scratching imaginary bugs. Skin looses it’s elasticity and many times can appear gray. Long-term meth use also causes rapid tooth decay, also known as “meth mouth”, which many times leads to the loss of teeth.

Other Side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Jaw-clenching
  • Extreme irritability/agitation
  • Violence
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Heightened heart rate and blood pressure
  • Depression

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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.

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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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