Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment in Ontario

When you’re ready to overcome methamphetamine addiction, begin your drug recovery journey at GreeneStone. We partner with you, formulating a tailored treatment plan that addresses your needs.

GreeneStone’s holistic treatment approach simultaneously addresses underlying and concurrent disorders so your recovery can be as comprehensive and effective as possible.

Our comprehensive treatment offerings include Medical Detox, Primary Treatment with therapy and counselling, as well as Second Stage Treatment options for extended support.

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Inpatient Detox and Treatment for Methamphetamine in Ontario

At GreeneStone, we provide a specialized inpatient detox treatment program for people struggling with methamphetamine addiction. You’ll be monitored closely under medical supervision to ensure your safety and comfort during methamphetamine withdrawal.

Our multidisciplinary team of recovery coaches, nurses, and therapists provides personalized care based on the unique needs of each patient. We are committed to excellence, and provide the latest, evidence-based treatment interventions after successful detox.

The serene surroundings of GreeneStone, located on beautiful Lake Muskoka, further complement your healing journey. Coupled with our evidence-based treatments, GreeneStone is the perfect choice for inpatient methamphetamine detox and treatment in Ontario.

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What is Meth / Crystal Meth?

Methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘meth’, is a highly potent and addictive substance, causing destructive effects on individuals and communities. Quitting meth can be challenging due to its intense physical and psychological hold.

Crystal meth is a highly addictive form of methamphetamine and poses a high health risk for people who use it. Its translucent or bluish-white rock-like appearance distinguishes it. Also known as ‘ice’ or ‘glass’, this form of drug abuse delivers a powerful high that’s longer-lasting compared to other stimulants.

Crystal meth impacts the central nervous system, resulting in heightened alertness, increased energy, and intense euphoria. However, the pleasurable effects are short-lived, often prompting users into drug patterns. This continuous and escalating drug use can quickly develop into a full-fledged addiction. Its rampant misuse and the devastating physical and mental health effects linked to crystal meth drug abuse have made it a significant public health concern.

However, recovery from methamphetamine use disorder is achievable with professional help

What is Methamphetamine Addiction?

Methamphetamine addiction is a severe substance use disorder characterized by an overwhelming compulsion to continue using meth, despite its adverse effects. Often referred to as ‘crystal meth’ addiction, this condition creates a physical and psychological dependency that’s exceedingly hard to overcome. Treating meth addiction requires a comprehensive and individualized approach to ensure long-term recovery.

People grappling with methamphetamine dependence experience debilitating changes in their behaviour and physical health. This drug addiction frequently leads to significant personal, social, and occupational impairments, affecting every aspect of the person’s life. Timely professional help is crucial to manage and eventually overcome this destructive drug addiction.

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Signs & Symptoms of Meth Addiction

The signs of meth addiction vary from person to person, typically encompassing behavioural and physical changes.

Behavioural signs include:

  • Heightened energy and activity
  • Obsessive focus on tasks
  • Decreased appetite, often leading to rapid weight loss

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Severe dental problems, known as ‘meth mouth’

Long-term methamphetamine may develop skin sores from obsessive scratching due to the sensation of insects crawling under their skin, a condition known as ‘meth mites’. Recognizing these signs is the first step towards seeking professional help for meth addiction.

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Methamphetamine Use Disorder and Mental Health

Methamphetamine use disorder has a profound impact on people’s mental health. Regular drug use can lead to mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

Methamphetamine dependent patients with pre-existing mental health conditions or mental illness may resort to meth use as a form of self-medication, exacerbating their overall mental state.

Meth-induced psychosis can result in severe paranoia, hallucinations, and violent behaviour. The intersection of methamphetamine use and mental health necessitates an integrated approach to substance abuse treatment. As the Mental Health Services Administration highlights, it’s crucial to address both drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in medicine.

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Detoxing from Methamphetamine

Detoxification is the initial phase in overcoming methamphetamine addiction. This process is particularly crucial for methamphetamine dependent clients as it involves the controlled withdrawal of the drug from the body, which can lead to a series of methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms.

These symptoms range from physical discomforts like fatigue, excessive sleep, and increased appetite to psychological challenges such as anxiety, depression, and intense cravings for the drug.

Drug testing is an essential part of the detox process, ensuring that the body is entirely free from the substance and helping to monitor the progress of detoxification. Additionally, recent advances, such as the use of anti-methamphetamine monoclonal antibodies, provide promising approaches to assist in the detoxification and treatment process, offering hope for more effective recovery interventions.

As the body acclimates to the absence of meth, these withdrawal symptoms can be severe, emphasizing the necessity for medical supervision during this process. Detoxification can be managed safely in a controlled environment, reducing discomfort and potential risks.

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Start Your Recovery with GreeneStone Centre for Recovery in Ontario

As a CARF-accredited premier facility, our mission is to ensure the highest quality of care. GreeneStone provides the ideal environment for healing, recovery, and the renewal of hope.

GreeneStone is located in one of the most peaceful and naturally beautiful regions of Ontario. Nestled on the shore of Lake Muskoka, our well-appointed facility sits on 40 acres of naturally-forested land, with walking and hiking trails, two ponds and fire pits circled with Muskoka chairs. Our wide range of amenities support health and wellness, with a fully equipped gym and cardio room, indoor pool, and multi-purpose movement studio. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, tennis, and ball hockey.

We specialize in supporting recovery through supportive, evidence-based treatment interventions. We provide the healing space you need to break free from methamphetamine addiction in a safe and secluded environment away from daily triggers and temptations. Our dedicated team guides you toward reclaiming your life, with a caring and compassionate approach tailored to your unique circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about methamphetamine and how it affects the body.

What are Common Street Names for Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is known by numerous street names, reflecting its widespread illicit use. Common names include:

  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Ice
  • Crank
  • Chalk
  • Glass

When in its crystal form, meth is often referred to as ‘crystal meth’ or ‘ice’, due to its resemblance to tiny shards of glass or clear rocks.

These street names can vary by region and cultural context. Regardless of the term, all forms of methamphetamine pose a significant risk of addiction and severe health complications. Being aware of these street names can help in early detection and intervention.

How are Methamphetamines Used?

Methamphetamines can be consumed in several ways, each carrying different risks. The drug can be smoked, swallowed, snorted, or injected directly into the bloodstream.

Smoking or injecting meth allows rapid absorption into the bloodstream, resulting in an immediate, intense high. This heightened intensity can increase the risk of overdose and speed up the development of addiction. When swallowed or snorted, the effects are slower to onset but last longer.

How does Crystal Meth damage the body?

Crystal meth exerts significant damage on the body, affecting multiple systems. Short-term, it can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, leading to heart disease or stroke.

Meth users often experience rapid weight loss due to decreased appetite. The drug also impacts dental health, causing ‘meth mouth’. This refers to severe tooth decay and gum disease.

Long-term use can lead to liver, kidney, and lung damage and heighten the risk of infectious diseases through shared needles. Neurologically, crystal meth can induce alterations in brain structure and function, resulting in cognitive impairment, memory loss, and potentially irreversible damage.

Why is Crystal Meth So Addictive?

Crystal meth’s highly addictive nature can be attributed to how it impacts the brain. It stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. The induced high is intense and immediate but fleeting, leading users to consume more meth to sustain the feeling.

Over time, the brain’s reward system is rewired, requiring the drug to feel pleasure. Furthermore, meth users develop a tolerance, needing larger doses for the same effect, escalating use. The intense cravings, combined with methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms during periods of abstinence, create a vicious cycle of addiction.

Is Adderall Methamphetamine?

 While Adderall and methamphetamine are central nervous system stimulants, they’re not the same substance. Adderall, a prescription medication, contains amphetamine salts and treats conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Methamphetamine, on the other hand, is a highly addictive illegal drug with no current medical use. Although structurally similar, these substances have different pharmacological profiles.

Methamphetamine has a more substantial impact on the central nervous system and is more potent and addictive. It’s essential to use Adderall as prescribed by a healthcare professional due to its potential for misuse and addiction.

What Does Crystal Meth Look Like?

Crystal meth, as its name suggests, typically resembles clear crystal shards or bluish-white rocks. This appearance is the reason for some of its street names, such as ‘ice’ or ‘glass’.

When ground into a powder, it’s white or slightly yellowish, depending on the purity and the presence of impurities from the production process. It’s crucial to remember that crystal meth is a dangerous, illegal substance.

Its appearance can assist in recognizing the drug, facilitating early intervention and meth treatment for people who may be struggling with methamphetamine addiction.

How Long Does Crystal Meth Stay in Your System? 

The duration crystal meth stays in the system varies, depending on factors such as the user’s metabolism, overall health, frequency and quantity of use, and the drug’s purity.

The substance can be detected in the urine of methamphetamine abusers for up to four days after drug use.

It’s worth noting that while the drug may no longer be detectable after these periods, the damage caused by meth abuse can persist much longer.

What is Crystal Meth Made With?

 Crystal meth is synthesized using a variety of chemicals, many of which are toxic and potentially dangerous. The primary ingredient is pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, substances in particular over-the-counter cold and allergy medications.

Other ingredients used in the illicit production of meth can include highly hazardous materials like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, and antifreeze. These toxic chemicals can cause severe harm if ingested or inhaled, contributing to the harmful effects of meth use.

The makeshift labs where meth is produced also pose significant environmental and public health risks due to the volatile nature of these chemicals.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Meth? 

Detoxification from meth varies among people, influenced by factors such as the duration and severity of drug use, physical health, and metabolic rate. Generally, acute withdrawal symptoms can begin within a few hours to several days after the last drug use and may last one to two weeks.

During this time, people may experience intense cravings, anxiety, depression, and physical discomfort. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms from stimulant use disorder, such as emotional instability and cravings, can persist for weeks to months.

Given the potential severity and duration of withdrawal, treating methamphetamine at a medically supervised detox at a dedicated facility like GreeneStone is strongly recommended.

What’s the Difference Between Methamphetamines and Amphetamines?

 While methamphetamines and amphetamines are both stimulants affecting the central nervous system, they have distinct differences. Chemically, methamphetamine is a derivative of amphetamine, but it substantially impacts the central nervous system, making it more potent and addictive.

Methamphetamine’s high is more intense and lasts longer, increasing the potential for drug abuse and addiction. Additionally, methamphetamine has a more severe impact on the user’s physical health and mental well-being.

Despite these differences, both substances can lead to substance use disorders and require professional intervention for safe withdrawal and long-term recovery.

Is Methamphetamine an Opioid? 

No, methamphetamine isn’t an opioid. Methamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs called stimulants, known for their ability to increase energy and alertness.

Opioids are a class of addictive drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. Opioids bind to receptors in the brain, reducing pain and producing a sense of euphoria.

The main difference between these two lies in their effects. While stimulants ‘speed up’ the body, opioids ‘slow down’ bodily functions.


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