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What are the tests for meth addiction?

What are the tests for meth addiction?

Home ket or go to: To the doctor.Crystal meth tests can be conducted with home test kits or urine and blood sample may be sent to a pathology laboratory for more accurate testing. The body breaks down and excretes half of the methamphetamine within 24 hours. Byproducts may be detectable in the urine up to 72 hours after use while blood testing may reveal methamphetamine metabolites up to 4 to 6 days after use. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a meth addiction?

What are the symptoms of a meth addiction?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome meth addiction?

Is it possible to overcome meth addiction?

Yes: Meth addiction is hard to overcome but a good support system, counseling with support groups and medical management can help. All you need is to take the first step. ...Read more

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How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is it hard to kick meth addiction?

Help docs? Why is it hard to kick meth addiction?

Good question: But nobody really knows. Stimulants in general make people feel so good, and then so bad when they stop, that they compulsively and obsessively want to feel the "good" again. They change the actual chemistry/structure of the brain to where the brain needs these substances to function. Cocaine is just as difficult for many people to kick, but methamphetamine is the worst. There is help available. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get my energy back after recovering from meth addiction?

How long will it take to get my energy back after recovering from meth addiction?

Hard to say: Please see the resources on the following website. There are some helpful things listed that you can do to improve your energy and the hotline numbers should also be helpful for you as well. Best wishes on your road to recovery. www.crystalrecovery.com/meth/ask-michelle-questions... Supporting recovery for methamphetamine addiction 24 hour crystal meth helpline 1-800-559-9503. ...Read more

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Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Similar: Most addictions seem to affect similar brain pathways connected to the neurotransmitter Dopamine linked to pleasure. Some agents, like methamphetamine , have especially powerful effects. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meth addiction?

What is the treatment for meth addiction?

It is not easy but: Possible.Meth addiction treatment should only be carried out by qualified healthcare practitioners if any reasonable success is to be hoped for. Such treatment is always aimed at putting a stop to both the physical and psychological dependency on the drug that the addicts normally have. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for meth addiction?

What is the treatment for  meth addiction?

Methamphetamine?: Counseling, 12 step no approved drugs but i would add baclofen, Chantix if you are a smoker and consider Antabuse to reduce Dopamine metabolism. Bromocriptine may help, low dos zofran, (ondansetron) . If there is a hx of add, treat this as well. ...Read more

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How do I beat a meth addiction?

How do I beat a meth addiction?

Take The First Step: Methamphetamine addiction is a formidable enemy that can be beaten, but not without hard work and dedication. Individuals using the 12-step method, adopted from the treatment of alcoholism, have the best chance of beating their addiction. There are 12-step programs across the country that can offer help, support and guidance. For more information check out this site: www.Crystalmeth.Org. ...Read more

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How do I get off my meth addiction?

How do I get off my meth addiction?

Start w/your doctor: Meth addiction brings with it many health problems, including tooth decay, risk of hiv/aids, and hepatitis b & c. You may need an inpatient program. Matrix model, a comprehensive behavioral treatment approach that combines behavioral therapy, family education, individual counseling, 12-step support, drug testing, and encouragement for nondrug-related activities, is one approach that can help. ...Read more

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How do I quit and recover from meth addiction?

How do I quit and recover from meth addiction?

Meth addiction: One the most promising treatments for meth addiction is something called prometa. A november, 2011, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal addiction concluded that prometa is ineffective. "the prometa protocol, consisting of flumazenil, (clonazepam) Gabapentin and hydroxyzine, appears to be no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, retaining patients in treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help my brothers meth addiction?

Is there a way to help my brothers meth addiction?

Help yourself: This is a very difficult thing for people with addiction and those who care about them. You need to emotionally protect yourself, and allow them to make their own choices, but to provide opportunities for rehab or 12 step programs like aa or na. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I beat this meth addiction?

Can you tell me how do I beat this meth addiction?

Drug rehab: Methamphetamine is one of the most difficult drug addictions, so i recommend gathering all the support you can. One great resource is crystal meth anonymous: http://tinyurl.Com/n5gfdko you can find local meetings through that site also. You may need an inpatient or intensive outpatient drug rehab program to start with. Ask your doctor about credible programs in your community. ...Read more

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When will i notice the symptoms of meth addiction?

When will i notice the symptoms of meth addiction?

If hours w/out cause: Withdrawal symptoms of a crash - sleepy, depressed, desperate are a definite marker of addiction. Anything beyond the most limited, rare, non-injected tiny dose will lead to an addiction pattern with this substance. Catch it as early as possible and the worst damage might be avoided or reversed as much as possible. It's not a pleasant addiction. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Meth Addiction (Definition)

Addiction and substance abuse is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of work, relationships and health. Substance abuse and addiction is progressive in nature ...Read more