What is crystal methamphetamine?

Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine. As mentioned above, the regular methamphetamine can be prescribed as a Schedule II narcotic. However, most meth that is consumed in the United States is created illegally. Crystal meth is created by mixing various chemicals that are not normally meant to be ingested by the human body. Some of these chemicals include battery acid, drain cleaner, fuel, and ingredients in certain cold medicines. People addicted to crystal meth, many times referred to as “ice”, report getting addicted to the drug after the first time they used it because of the high concentration of the drug causing such a strong effect. The strong rush of meth is caused by dramatically increasing the release of dopamine and serotonin, similarly to the way cocaine acts on the brain. Unlike cocaine’s short term effects, meth users can stay high for as long as 12 hours on a single dose of the drug.

What are the negative short-term effects of abusing methamphetamine?

Some of the short-term negative effects of abusing methamphetamine are:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Memory paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Delusions
  • Increased violent behavior

The drug also does damage to the brainheartlungs, and nervous system.  With methamphetamine use, there is also a risk of overdose which can cause hyperthermia and death.

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A Multifaceted Approach to Residential Addiction Treatment for Men

To improve your chance of recovery, our men’s rehab program focuses on three significant factors of treatment: your mind, body, and spirit. As one or more of these areas become unbalanced, it can directly contribute to your substance use disorder. Our facilities and resources are designed to help you grow and heal in each area so that your recovery can be long-lasting and comprehensive.

All our providers are experts in their field, utilizing specialized treatment programs for each individual. By developing an individualized approach for each of our guests, clients can successfully break old habits and work to promote new and healthy ones.

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Substance use disorder often begins in the mind. We provide daily services to help our guests restore proper cognitive thinking and processing skills. Our experienced clinicians foster healing through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs realize that drinking and illicit drug use are often symptoms of mental health disorders and rarely the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the program with mental clarity and an understanding of their situation.

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Drug and alcohol abuse can destroy the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help the body heal through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. You’ll be able to begin healing physically on day one of treatment.

Our delicious meals are prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida rehab center have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. Our mission is to have guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

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Our treatment program is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida—we go beyond the physical and mental to focus on the core of alcohol addiction: healing broken spirits. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work individually and in support groups every day to develop self-discipline and change their perspective on life.

Guests work through a 12-step program with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction by going through the same process. With the framework to produce an influential spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

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What are the negative long-term effects of abusing methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine chemicals destroy the body both internally and externally. Smoking the drug also causes a great deal of damage to the mouth, teeth, and lungs. A person who abuses methamphetamines will likely have the appearance of sores on their face and bodies which are a result of the harsh chemicals and the person picking at their skin. Some of the most severe consequences from abusing methamphetamine are mental consequences. The toxicity of the chemicals used to produce meth can cause serious brain damage and changes to structure and function. Long-term use of the drug can even lead to permanent psychosis.

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Why do people abuse methamphetamine?

People abuse a substance for the effect it produces for them. Abusers of methamphetamine find the “high” produced by the drug to be fulfilling in some way. Meth is considered one of the most addictive substances in the world. Some people continue to abuse methamphetamine after experiencing negative consequences from using the drug, because they fear experiencing withdrawal from the drug if they stop.

Crystal Meth Warning Signs

  • Dilated pupils
  • Accelerated speech
  • Paranoia
  • Bizarre unpredictable behavior
  • Tremors
  • Lack of sense of time
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heavy sweating
  • Incoherent speech
  • Irritability
  • Skin abscesses
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased libido

Methamphetamine Addiction Symptoms

A person withdrawing from methamphetamine is not at risk for physical harm, as someone is when they are withdrawing from alcohol or benzodiazepines. However, the symptoms of withdrawal, specifically the mental effects, can still be severe. Some signs and symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal are:

  • A craving to use more
  • Lack of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of ,motivation
  • Depression
  • Sleeping for consecutive days

Methamphetamine withdrawal – How long does it last?

Withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction can last anywhere from a day to weeks. The length of time someone will experience withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamine depends on how long they were abusing the drug. The average amount of time someone experiences withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamine is about two weeks.

Methamphetamine Addiction Recovery?

Methamphetamine recovery is not only possible but can be permanent as well. In order to successfully recover from any addiction, all three parts of the disease – mind, body and spirit – must be treated effectively. Many recovered methamphetamine addicts found permanent success when entering a residential treatment facility and following with an intensive outpatient drug treatment program that has roots in 12 step immersion recovery.

What types of treatments are effective in treating meth addiction?

First and foremost, a detoxification process proportionate with the longevity of drug abuse is advised. Once physical stabilization has been achieved, it is recommended the addict enters into a treatment program of some kind – ideally, a stay at a residential treatment facility, followed by a step down to an outpatient program to be attended concurrent with residence at a sober living house. Throughout this process, the addict will receive individual therapy, learn effective recovery tools and build a reliable sober network for support. By progressing through the full continuum of care (detox, rehab, sober living), the addict receives the most effective level of treatment to combat methamphetamine addiction and prevail.

Can amino acid therapy for addiction help with meth withdrawal?

Historically, methamphetamine protocols for withdrawal have not been offered by any drug detoxes or treatment centers because these protocols have been non-existent. The Serenity Springs Amino Acid Therapy Program offers options for these powerful stimulates like methamphetamine, cocaine, bath salts, flakka, and speed. These hard stimulate drugs are some of the most damaging not only to the human brain, but also ravage America’s streets with violence and deadly behavior. When law enforcement responds to someone on these drugs they consider these responses to be the most violent, damaging, and deadly encounters. Amino acids work by repairing the neurotransmitters in the brain that have been damaged by chronic drug abuse. Years of neural damage can be effectively treated with just a week or two of structured amino acid therapy, which works to restore the biochemistry of the brain to a healthy state. Furthermore, amino acids may be helpful in preventing relapse by reducing cravings and healing the brain. You can learn more about the amino acid therapy offered by Serenity Springs by visiting our page.


“Crystal Methamphetamine Fast Facts: Questions and Answers” National Drug Intelligence Center. N.d.

“Meth Abuse Signs, Symptoms & Effects” Delta Medical Center. Memphis. http://www.deltamedcenter.com/addiction/meth/. Accessed 4 Feb 2018.

“The Stages of the Meth ‘Experience’” Foundation for a Drug Free World. www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth/. Accessed 30 Jan 2018.

“Prescription Stimulants” Drugfree.org. https://drugfree.org/drug/prescription-stimulants. Accessed 3 Feb 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Going to rehab can seem daunting for many people, especially when the realization of your addiction unveils itself. Although this can seem like a complicated process, we’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help ease your mind and prepare you for the road ahead.

Rehabilitation is not just a place where you fight your addiction. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our men’s rehab center is designed to help you fight your addiction once and for all while healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Fighting your addiction alone can be isolating and more challenging. However, along the journey, we help provide you with services that will help you rebuild your body, mind, and spirit for ultimate success. When you have a strong support system such as the one that we offer in our men’s residential facility, you are better able to lead a sober lifestyle.

Many people often ask, “how can I prepare for rehabilitation?” Knowing what to expect when you enter into our programs can better help you begin your journey to recovery on the right foot. Although it can be overwhelming to enter a new chapter in your life, ultimately, it is for the best, and we are here to support you through it.

Before entering into our treatment programs, our admission coordinators will give you an over-the-phone evaluation. During this call, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be given a detailed outline of your individualized treatment plan, which is created based on your evaluation. This process helps to make you aware of what will be taking place throughout the program. It’s also a great time to ask any unanswered questions regarding our policies and overall recovery process.

The main concern for many people when entering into our men’s rehab center is how long the program is. It can create more anxiety when you are faced with the reality that you will be away from family, friends, work, and other responsibilities for an extended period. Our residential gender-specific men’s in-patient program is designed to help you fully immerse yourself in the recovery journey. This program can last anywhere from 30-90 days.

While the average alcohol rehab program can take anywhere from a month to a year – or even longer in some cases – it’s crucial to know what factors determine the length of your stay. A phone evaluation will help our staff members gain more information about the severity of your addiction. This will help us create an individualized treatment plan and course of action that will best suit your needs throughout the program.

Fighting your addiction involves more than a therapy session and discussing past trauma. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we believe in treating our guests as a whole to help heal the mind, body, and spirit for optimal recovery. This holistic approach to treatment utilizes many different techniques to help you throughout the journey to healing and life beyond our programs. Some of our daily services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Yoga
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family services
  • One on one therapy

There are a plethora of rehabilitation centers across the United States. Each one offers a variety of programs for different needs. However, numerous underlying issues within the addiction rehabilitation industry have been causing all kinds of problems for guests and their families, including poor quality treatment and high relapse rates.

At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our approach to treating your addiction involves healing all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. We offer industry-leading addiction and clinical interventions, including psychiatric care, health and wellness services, and many more tailored options to your recovery process.

We pride ourselves on being able to create individualized treatment plans specific to your needs and goals. Our high staff-to-client ratio allows us to provide an individualized, compassionate focus to ensure that all our guests are getting what they need at all times.