Crystal meth is a methamphetamine based drug that is illegally manufactured in what are known as “meth labs.” The stimulant drug received its name due to its crystallized formation, appearing as glass fragments or shiny white-blue rocks in varying sizes. Although crystal meth can be snorted or injected, the most popular method of consumption is by smoking the drug. Common street names for crystal meth include glass and ice.
Crystal meth is a Central Nervous System stimulant, which produces powerful effects of euphoria and high energy. Methamphetamines are classified as a Schedule II drug on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) classification list of drugs. Drugs are categorized by schedule based on the particular substance’s potential for abuse and addiction, as well as the dangers associated with use. A Schedule II drug means it poses a high risk for abuse and has limited medical use. Desoxyn, a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the only form of methamphetamine approved for medicinal purposes. Legal meth can only be obtained with a prescription that cannot be refilled; a person taking this medication must receive a new prescription from their doctor each month.
In the 1950’s, methamphetamine was used to increase alertness and attention, and reduce fatigue and appetite. The drug was popular among those who fought in World War II. It was also found effective for weight loss and to combat depression.
Methamphetamine was widely available throughout the country. Many people such college students, truck drivers, and even athletes abuse the drug to stay awake, increase focus, and improve performance in school and/or work. From this wide spread use, methamphetamine abuse began to grow.
In 1970, the United States federal government made meth illegal for most uses. Black market production of the stimulant, due to high demand, grew and the production and distribution of the illegal version of the drug flourished. Cocaine is also a powerful stimulant. People who used cocaine found it to be too expensive and turned to the cheaper and more readily available alternative, meth.
In the 1990’s, Mexican drug cartels began setting up large meth labs in California. Smaller private labs also began to grow in kitchens and residences. That’s why one of crystal meth’s street names is “stove top.”
Meth users swallow, snort, inject, or smoke the substance. Many who abuse the drug seek to intensify the effects by ingesting higher doses, taking it more frequently, or changing the route of administration. Oftentimes, meth abusers will go without food and remain awake for days while bingeing on crystal meth.
When a person repeatedly takes the drug to maintain the effects of the high and avoid a “crash,” this is called a “binge and crash” pattern of use. This behavior could result in days without food or sleep. It can also easily result in a fatal overdose, especially when other substances are being taken at the same time.
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For many seeking recovery, crystal meth detox is typically the first phase of treatment conducted at Restore Drug Rehab LA. The detoxification process is performed under medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms that may result include:
Since the cravings for crystal meth are powerful and the relapse rate is significantly high, medical detox followed by residential rehab is the recommended option for treatment. Our licensed and caring nurses closely monitor clients during the detoxification phase to ensure their safety and manage symptoms of crystal meth withdrawal. Once traces of the drug are completely drained from the body and the withdrawal process ends, the client then makes the transition into residential treatment.
Those who take part in residential rehab at Restore Drug Rehab LA receive the highest quality of care available. We incorporate an assortment of therapeutic programs, counseling, and relapse prevention methods into each client’s detailed recovery plan. We gear all our towards helping you sustain sobriety over your lifetime.
If you are struggling with crystal meth addiction and desire to start a new life in recovery, Restore Treatment Center is a great place for you. Our licensed and trained addiction specialists will work with you throughout each phase of your recovery journey. Hope and healing is only a phone call away. Call the counselors at Restore Drug Rehab today!