Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a powerful and addictive stimulant that has reached epidemic proportions across the United States. Some other slang names that are associated with meth are “ice”, “crystal”, “glass”, “Tina”, and “crank”. Meth is usually sold in crystals and or white powder but on occasion, it is sold in pill form as well. Meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or smoked. When smoked or injected, a person experiences an immediate and intense euphoric rush that can last for several minutes. When it is taken in other ways, the high comes on more gradually and can last for up to 12 hours.
The short-term effects are similar to cocaine and include increased physical activity, faster breathing, rapid and or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and body temperature, and a decrease in appetite. The long-term effects include reduced coordination, impaired verbal leaning capabilities, severe dental problems, anxiety, intense itching/scratching which creates sores, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, and an increased chance of contracting HIV and hepatitis B/C.
Methamphetamine increases the dopamine levels in the brain which is heavily involved in a person’s motivation, physical activity, and reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. Meth’s ability to quickly release an abundant amount of dopamine in reward areas of the brain strongly reinforces drug taking behavior. Once the drug wears off, the dopamine levels are depleted and users can feel more depressed, irritable, and fatigued. Depending on the amount used, some heavy users can become psychotic and paranoid, which makes them crave the drug.
At Bayshore Retreat, clients will receive at a minimum of 2 individual and effective addiction treatment sessions a week with our licensed mental health counselor, group counseling sessions by various professionals every evening except for the clients rest day, and Life Skills counseling which covers multiple areas such as relationships, communication, irrational thinking, etc. We believe that drug addiction is a symptom of an underlying issue(s) and this is why we put a lot of effort in aiding our clients to identify and effectively deal with those issues.
In addition to the effective counseling a client receives, we take the holistic approach and incorporate a well rounded diet while also providing gym time for daily exercise. At Bayshore Retreat, we also use dry sauna and deep tissue massages to help speed the healing process and reduce the amount of toxins within the body. Bayshore Retreat is not a 12-step program but does value the philosophy behind it. We feel that clients should not pay for this while in treatment but look into it for more of an after care option.
When a client arrives, our medical director will address the physical with careful evaluation and order blood tests in order to determine what damage might exist due to drug abuse. In the event that a client may require a medical detox, we are able to make arrangements for the medical detox to be done at a medical site near Bayshore Retreat.
Bayshore Retreat is located on the Emerald Coast in the town of Destin, FL. This home like environment allows the limited number of clients to have their cell phones and laptops so that the client has the ability to talk to their family or take care of personal business during their stay with us. Last but not least, Bayshore Retreat is among the top 20% of addiction treatment centers as we have attained the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. When a treatment facility attains the Gold Seal, it means that the facility demonstrates the highest commitment to quality and safety to patients, staff, and the community.
If you or someone you love is ready to break the shackles of addiction, call the owner today at our direct line, we look forward to hearing from you. (850)-687-6831