Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is estimated to affect at least 1 million lives in the U.S. It can be consumed in several different ways such as snorting, swallowing, injecting and smoking the substance, which makes it more accessible to substance users and abusers. The effects of the drug can vary depending on the method of consumption. Common street names include meth, speed, crystal meth, ice, and glass, as it resembles shards of glass crystals.

How Does Methamphetamine work?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that makes an individual feel more alert, active and energetic, by releasing large amounts of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine. When used under a physician’s care, methamphetamine may be prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some forms of sleep disorders. But when abused, it can create psychoactive effects in an individual by making them feel invincible, accompanied by powerful euphoric effects. Long term use of methamphetamine creates a host of physical and mental health issues, including significant neurological issues and disorders.

Some of the effects of Meth on the brain are:

Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine use

Methamphetamine creates a massive surge of energy and feel-good feelings immediately upon consumption but then quickly changes to uncomfortable, painful or negative feelings. Chronic use of meth can create long term depression and dysthmia.

Some common signs:

Long term Risks and Dangers:

Methamphetamine Treatment

Diagnosis and treatment of methamphetamine addiction happens in multiple stages. Because of the highly addictive nature of methamphetamine, relapse is part of the recovery process, so multiple iterations of treatment may be necessary. 

 

Individuals who try to quit on their own may encounter severe withdrawal symptoms which can sometimes be fatal. It is highly recommended that treatment be provided by a licensed medical team under surveillance.

Step 1: Detoxification

Medical assisted treatment plans may be necessary for the first step of detoxification in order to help with any withdrawal symptoms. In-house residential treatments accompanied by around the clock treatment and surveillance in a safe, sterilized environment are helpful during the critical period of removing the addictive chemicals from the body.

 

Outpatient Detox options that are less expensive may be offered to those with less severe addiction issues.

Step 2: Rehab

After completing the detox phase, all patients are recommended to complete a rehabilitation plan that’s effective for their needs. This may include a combination of several modes of therapy such as behavioral therapies, family therapy, therapy for co-occurring disorders, and mindfulness-based therapies.

 

Rehab plans are typically carried out within sober living facilities with the guidance of in-house case managers, therapists, counselors and other staff. Sober living facilities also usually provide support for integrating back into the society.

Step 3: Preventing Relapse

While relapse is not inevitable in all patients, over 75% of patients report relapsing after rehab. Support groups such as 12-step programs, and other non-12-step programs can be a long term source of strength after recovery. These can also help create a supportive network of like minded individuals who can encourage and motivate each other on their journeys.

Is Methamphetamine Abuse Disorder Curable?

Yes! With treatment and commitment, you can make a full recovery from methamphetamine addiction. While there is always a risk of relapse, you can go on to live normal lives.

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Alyssa Mueller

Therapist

Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.