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Can Meth Cause an Allergic Reaction?
Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that is highly addictive with many adverse side effects. With continued use, the user is more likely to experience these side effects, and they are also likely to become addicted. But even with one single dose, a person can have serious side effects that can be deadly, such as an unexpected allergic reaction to meth. Not many people are aware that one of the side effects of meth is an allergic reaction, and it can happen unexpectedly and even occur with first-time users. The signs of an allergic reaction to meth can cause the user to be unsure if they are overdosing or not. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you get the appropriate medical help and potentially be lifesaving.
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Common Signs Someone Has a Meth Addiction
A user can develop an addiction to Methamphetamines fairly quickly. Signs a person is frequently using or addicted are:
- Needle marks on the arms
- Fast and severe weight loss
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Skin sores that heal very slowly
- Burn marks on fingers or lips
- Heavy sweating
- Teeth grinding and chipped teeth
- Bad breath
- Withdrawal symptoms when they stop using which looks like craving carbohydrates, extreme fatigue, and depression
- Mental symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Anxiety without apparent cause
- Fidgeting and agitation
- Paranoia and nervousness
- A feeling of something crawling under the skin leading to excessive scratching and sores
Signs Of an Allergic Reaction to Meth
The signs of an allergic reaction to meth are different from an overdose but require emergency services. The most telltale signs of an allergic reaction to meth, or any allergic reaction in general, are:
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat
- Hives or other sudden skin rashes
- Seizures or convulsions
- Problems with vision, including blurry vision
One of the biggest concerns is difficulty breathing from swelling in the throat, mouth, and tongue. If severe enough, swelling can close off the throat completely and stop airflow into the lungs.
Going to Drug Rehab for Meth Addiction
Many users have a desire to stop using, but meth can have a strong physical and mental hold on the person, making it very hard to quit on their own. Fortunately, meth addiction is treatable, and many drug rehab facilities specialize in methamphetamine addiction.
Frequent and prolonged meth use can cause physical changes to the brain as well as cause other behavioral and mental aspects that contribute to the addiction. But through an addiction recovery program, the individual can receive medications to help with withdrawal and craving, learn new coping mechanisms, change their behavioral patterns, and attend multiple group and individual therapy sessions.
Meth Rehab Treatment Options
Meth rehab offers multi-level options for recovery. Which one is best for you depends on the severity and length of your addiction. With any form of healing, a period of detox is typically necessary. To help with withdrawal symptoms and increase safety during this time, the individual may be prescribed medications. The most intense form of drug rehab is inpatient rehab, which requires you to live at the facility 24/7 for a period of time, and it allows for around-the-clock care and support. After inpatient treatment, or if the addiction is mild, outpatient rehab is appropriate to continue the work towards recovery at the same time as you integrate back into your daily life. Addiction is a chronic disorder, and continued aftercare is essential to prevent relapse.
Getting Help for Meth Addiction at Legacy Healing Center
At Legacy Healing Center’s behavioral health center, we have several options for recovery treatment for meth addiction. We offer personalized treatment plans to help you or a loved one overcome an addiction to meth long-term. Our staff is always ready and happy to help you get the answers you need about meth rehab or get you started on your road to recovery. Please give us a call today at 888.534.2295 to get started with drug rehab or to learn more about the signs of an allergic reaction to meth.