Addiction to methamphetamine, also known as meth, is particularly alarming for numerous reasons. For one, it’s a highly destructive and addictive drug that destroys a person’s physical and mental health. Another issue is that, unlike opiates, there are no life-saving measures like naloxone to use as a medical intervention in case of overdose. This means that overdose fatalities due to meth abuse and addiction are likely to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with meth abuse or addiction, reach out to our professionals at Fresh Start Recovery Center today. We are standing by to answer any questions you might have about our meth addiction treatment program, so call us at 833.625.0398 or contact us online.
Meth and Mental Health
Half of those with an addiction have a co-occurring mental health issue. The appeal of drug abuse is often correlated with particular mental illnesses. By abusing particular substances, individuals are often seeking to balance the negative thoughts and feelings they have as a result of an undiagnosed mental health condition. Those who may be attracted to the stimulant meth may struggle with issues of depression and anxiety. Meth has a reputation for making a person feel more powerful. This is offset by the erratic behaviors that often go hand in hand with meth abuse.
The reality is that the long-term effects of meth eventually end up making matters worse. Substance abuse often worsens symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Once someone with a substance abuse disorder (SUD) is able to receive appropriate treatment, they are likely to receive a dual diagnosis.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
A dual diagnosis means a person has both an addiction as well as one or more mental health issues that they need to address to maintain a healthy lifestyle in sober living.
As part of relapse prevention, those with a dual diagnosis are good candidates to work with a therapist for issues that include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
Common Signs of Mental Health Disorders
There are many signs a person may be struggling with their mental health. Turning to drugs and alcohol to manage symptoms shows that someone has not developed positive and healthy coping mechanisms. In rehab, clients work with therapists to learn life skills that can be applied to real-world situations. These life skills are essential for navigating high-risk situations and learning ways to manage challenges without relapsing. The goal is always to avoid relapse at all costs.
The way mental health issues show themselves is highly personalized. The manifestation of mental health problems varies based on gender, generation, socio-economic class, regional differences, and living in different settings such as urban, suburban, and rural environments. Keeping this in mind, red flags suggest any person may be struggling with their mental health.
Examples that indicate a potential mental health issue include:
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Loss of interest
- Increased isolation
- Changes in dietary habits
- Lack of attention to personal hygiene
- Sleep issues
- Difficulty regulating mood and behaviors
- Increase in risky behaviors
The Mind-Body Connection
Individuals often turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism for dealing with unresolved issues such as trauma or mental health issues that have not been diagnosed or are not adequately treated. Substance use can temporarily mask the symptoms of anxiety and depression for some individuals, but over time, drug abuse inevitably results in worsening symptoms. The best course of action is to seek treatment from experienced professionals, such as our team at Fresh Start Recovery Center.
Find Support for Meth and Mental Health at Fresh Start Recovery Center
At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we know the damage that meth causes to individuals, loved ones, families, and friends. We offer a range of programs and services to help those struggling with addiction get their life back on track so they can live the best possible life.
Our Fresh Start Recovery Center team encourages our clients to focus on dealing with the core issues that have led them to make problematic choices so that they are less likely to make poor decisions in recovery. Counseling is an opportunity to continue your growth and can help you maintain a sense of well-being as you work through your treatment plan for meth and mental health. Reach out to us today online or at 833.625.0398 to speak with a trained representative who can tell you more about the benefits of our treatment options.