Methamphetamine Addiction – Costa Rica Treatment Center – International Rehab

What is Methamphetamine addiction?

Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug, taken through snorting, smoking or injections. Some even ingest it. All manners of consume create a false sense of well-being and happiness, a rush of energy, confidence and activeness.

It’s an illegal street drug, similar to cocaine, with names like meth, crank, speed or chalk being the most common. Crystal meth, a form of it called glass or ice, is most commonly used as a “club drug”. Individuals take it while partying in night clubs or at raves.

It is a potent and dangerous chemical, a poison, that first acts as a stimulant but then starts to systematically destroy the body. Highly addictive, burning up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be counteracted by consuming more of it.

What are the symptoms of Methamphetamine addiction?

Meth is highly addictive creating several warning signs and symptoms:

  • heightened attention and decreased fatigue
  • increased activity and wakefulness
  • increased talkativeness
  • decreased appetite
  • euphoria and experiencing a rush
  • increased respiration
  • rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • hyperthermia
  • obsessive skin picking
  • tooth decay and hair loss

Are there health complications associated with Methamphetamine addiction?

Long term effects of methamphetamine use may include:

  • addiction
  • psychosis, including:
    • paranoia
    • hallucinations
  • repetitive motor activity
  • changes in brain structure and function
  • memory loss
  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • mood disturbances
  • severe dental problems
  • weight loss
  • strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular collapse
  • liver, kidney and lung damage

What are treatment options for Methamphetamine addiction?

Treating meth addiction requires comprehensive detoxification and addressing the psychological damage done by meth.


It involves purging the presence of meth from the users’ body but also rehabilitation of the mind and showing recovering users how they can function and grow in everyday life. A usual initial treatment option for someone with a methamphetamine addiction is an inpatient rehabilitation program like ours. Tailor-made for every person. The inpatient program can last anywhere from 30 days to a year. It can help you handle withdrawal symptoms and emotional challenges.