Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is a highly addictive substance that is especially dangerous because it is cheap and readily available on the street. Someone who tries this drug can become hooked on it almost immediately. Once the addiction takes hold, simple willpower alone will not help the addict break free from its grasp. Addicts will no longer be able to make good choices in their life, no matter what they are saying in between times when they are actively using the drug.
Signs of Crystal Meth Use
The following changes in a loved one’s appearance and behavior may point to an issue with meth addiction:
- Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
- Burn marks on the fingers or mouth
- Picking at the skin
- Lack of interest in physical appearance
- Unusual body odor (some addicts smell like ammonia)
- Tooth decay (“meth mouth”)
- Dilated pupils, even when in a brightly-lit room or out of doors
- Twitching or facial tics
- Picking at the hair or skin for no reason
- Borrowing or stealing money
Find Professional Help for Meth Addiction
Once an issue with meth addiction has been identified, a family doesn’t have to wait for their loved one to reach his or her “rock bottom” to get them into a drug ranch for help. Left to his or her own devices, the addict will always choose to continue using as long as he or she can get drugs and has access to food and a place to stay.
The family may need to make a choice that going for help has to happen, and that the time has come for their loved one to start being accountable for his or her actions. Going to a treatment facility is a chance to put the illness of meth addiction front and center and examine it carefully.
No one at the Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is going to be taken in by the tactics that clients use to manipulate them – they have heard it all before. The horses used for the equine therapy program are also immune from the behaviors clients may have tried to use to get their own way in the past. They will have only one choice: to learn new, healthier behavior patterns.
Focus on a Positive, Sober Future
No one can go back in time to erase their past. It is done and over with, but that doesn’t mean that your loved one can’t move forward to a sober future. Each client is different, which is why the exact approach to treatment is highly individualized and may include a twelve step recovery program with individual and group counseling sessions.
Would you like to find out more about the programs at Touchstone Ranch? Call us at 888-988-5128. Our representatives are available right now to speak with you.