Meth use, whether injected or not, raises your risk for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis b & c.
Methamphetamine may worsen HIV progression and exacerbate cognitive problems from HIV.
Persistent stimulant use can lead to cognitive problems as well as other health issues, such as cardiac and pulmonary diseases.
Studies have shown structural and functional changes in the brains of chronic meth users.
While some neurological effects of chronic meth use are long lasting, some effects are at least partially reversible by abstaining from the drug.
A meth overdose is a clear sign of a substance abuse problem and should be followed up by a professional addiction treatment once the person has been stabilized
Treating methamphetamine addiction requires detoxification. The detoxification process depends on the individual’s level of addiction to meth. For people with moderate addiction, detox can be done on an outpatient basis. More serious meth addictions will require detox to take place in an inpatient setting, such as a hospital or treatment facility, due to risk or relapse and the severity of withdrawal symptoms. If necessary, medications can be prescribed to help with detoxification and withdrawal symptoms, such as naltrexone.
Once detoxification is complete, the patient will need to participate in a treatment program to maintain their sobriety and address the psychological effects of meth addiction.