Meth Addiction Treatment in Thailand

Get Help for Meth with a Rehab in Beautiful Phuket

You’re probably reading this page because either you or a loved one is having trouble with meth.

The serious health risks of using meth are widely known, yet many people still experiment with the drug. People who abuse methamphetamine or “meth” seek its intense rush that produces high energy, focus and euphoria. They may be driven by intense cravings for meth or want an escape from worry, stress or negative feelings.

Meth withdrawal and detox are often uncomfortable experiences, and they are typically a significant reason people cannot quit meth on their own. Not only is withdrawal unpleasant, but the symptoms can be dangerous to a person’s health. Miracles Asia can help you or your loved one through withdrawal in a safe and confidential environment.

If you feel fearful at the prospect of meth addiction treatment, be assured – it’s normal. If you are struggling with addiction to meth, the decision to get help is a very important first step. You are unique – and your treatment will be as well.

At our meth addiction rehab in Thailand, you will get time out from all your problems and the stress of life, and you’ll be able to focus on getting well.

Meth addiction treatment in this luxury rehab in Thailand is an excellent choice to start your journey to freedom from addiction.

At Miracles Asia, our highly qualified addiction specialists are dedicated to providing you with personalised and comprehensive treatment.

What is meth?

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, blue, ice, and crystal, among many other terms, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.

There are many more names for meth but crystal meth and ice are both names for a strong type of meth. Crystal meth differs from other types of methamphetamines. The difference between crystal meth and other forms of meth are the strength and appearance of the drugs. They both refer to the same substance, but crystal meth is a more potent, distilled form.

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerful stimulant prescribed by doctors in low doses to manage disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But meth is also manufactured by meth cooks in a highly profitable trade that is often controlled by gangs and other criminal organisations.

It’s popular among people who want to get high – very high. The extreme nature of a meth high is alluring for folks who crave the rush of energy and feelings of invincibility that only meth produces.

Illicit methamphetamine is created in meth labs by combining a number of harsh chemicals like household cleaners and ingredients common in powerful cough medicines. It’s easy for manufacturers to get these ingredients, which leads to homemade meth becoming a massive problem all over the world. This has resulted in widespread meth addiction, thousands of overdoses, and incidents of poisoning and explosions caused by the volatile chemicals involved in its creation.

A six-month study in the US by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) in 2019-2020 found that meth was responsible for 33 percent of all emergency room visits, more than any other drug, including alcohol.

Side Effects of Meth & Signs of Addiction

As a powerful stimulant, methamphetamine, even in small doses, can increase wakefulness and physical activity and decrease appetite. Methamphetamine can also cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions may occur with methamphetamine overdose, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.

The exact mechanisms of how drugs like methamphetamine produce euphoria (the pleasurable high) are still poorly understood. But along with euphoria, methamphetamine use releases very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward circuit, which “teaches” the brain to repeat the pleasurable activity of taking the drug. Dopamine is involved in motivation and motor function and its release in the reward circuit is a defining feature of addictive drugs.

The elevated release of dopamine produced by methamphetamine is also thought to be part of the reason for the drug’s damaging effects on nerve terminals in the brain.

Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many negative consequences, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use and accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain.

As is the case with many drugs, tolerance to methamphetamine’s pleasurable effects develops when it is taken repeatedly. Abusers often need to take higher doses of the drug, take it more frequently, or change how they take it in an effort to get the desired effect.

Short-term of using meth may include:

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More energy

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High body temperature

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Fast heart rate

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Faster breathing

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Not feeling hungry

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Rapid speech

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Increased attention and decreased fatigue

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Increased activity and wakefulness

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Euphoria and rush

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Hyperthermia

Long-term effects may include:

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Addiction

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Psychosis, including:

  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • repetitive motor activity
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Changes in brain structure and function

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Deficits in thinking and motor skills

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Increased distractibility

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Memory loss

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Aggressive or violent behavior

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Mood disturbances

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Severe dental problems

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Weight loss

Opioids can be dangerous if you take them with alcohol, or with certain drugs such as:

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Some antidepressants and anxiety medications (particularly benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, ativan and clonazepam)

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Some antibiotics

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Sleeping pills

Are You Addicted to Meth?

It’s dangerous to use meth because you might not realise you’re addicted until it’s too late. In the beginning you might just use it on a casual basis – at weekends with friends, perhaps – but quite quickly you’ll end up addicted and you won’t be able to stop using.

Meth is known for being highly addictive. Most meth users can fall into the slippery slope of addiction just by starting to use meth at all. Physical meth using signs (take note that this usage and not necessarily abuse) will emerge whether you abuse the drug or you’re a new user.

Chronic methamphetamine abusers may develop difficulty feeling any pleasure other than that provided by the drug, fueling further abuse. Withdrawal from methamphetamine occurs when a chronic abuser stops taking the drug; symptoms of withdrawal include depression, anxiety, fatigue, and an intense craving for the drug.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see if you think you might need meth addiction treatment:

  • Do you use meth more than three times a week?
  • Are you using more meth in larger amounts compared to when you first started using it?
  • Do you notice you spend longer using meth these days compared to when you first started using it?
  • Is it hard to stop using meth once you start?
  • Do you find yourself unable to feel the effects of meth when you use less of it?
  • Do you get withdrawal symptoms such as being very tired, vivid dreams, no sleep, more appetite, loss of coordination, or depression when you stop using meth?
  • Have you lost interest in life or have thoughts of suicide when you’re not using methamphetamine?
  • Have you ever tried to quit using meth but failed?
  • Do you want to quit meth and are thinking about meth rehab?
  • Has anyone suggested you quit meth?
  • Have you ever asked a health professional to help you to quit?
  • Has your work or study suffered because of your meth use?
  • Have you ever lost friends or a job because of meth?
  • Have you ever ignored family or other personal obligations because of meth?
    Have you ever been in trouble with the law because of meth?
  • Have you had high blood pressure, breathing problems, extreme weight loss, dental problems or any infections?
  • Have you ever had medical treatment because of meth?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever suggested to you to quit and you couldn’t?
  • Do you think a lot about meth or finding ways to get it?
  • Do you spend a lot of time recovering from the effects of meth (sleeping, mainly)?

If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, it might be time to think about getting help by going to meth rehab, and perhaps considering a special meth addiction treatment center in Thailand.

Your Brain on Meth

The way meth works on the brain is similar to other stimulants, in that when you smoke it, meth produces huge amounts of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine (plus other neurotransmitters) that lead to euphoria, a massive increase in energy, and feelings of being untouchable.

Research shows that chronic use of meth can result in brain damage that happens when neurons (nerves in the brain and spinal cord) die off and can’t be regenerated. If you want to avoid brain damage, a meth addiction treatment in Thailand might be a good option.

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of meth withdrawal can vary from person to person. The severity of the side effects depends on a number of factors, including the length of time the individual used meth, the amount of meth they used, how frequently they used, and whether they engaged in polydrug use and also abused other substances.

Additionally, other factors, such as the method used to consume the drug, can affect withdrawal. Those who inject meth will typically experience a longer, more intense withdrawal process than those who don’t.

Signs and symptoms of withdrawal can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Loss of motivation
  • Tremor
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stomach ache
  • Anxiety
  • Severe depression
  • Dehydration.

Meth Withdrawal Timeline

The specific time period for withdrawal varies between individuals, but the acute phase of withdrawal typically peaks around day two or three after last use and generally begins to ease after a week. However, psychological symptoms including mood swings, agitation, drug cravings, and sleep disturbances can persist for multiple weeks and depression can last for even months to a year in some people.

Duration of Meth Withdrawals: Timeline of Symptoms
First 48 Hours This phase is known as the “crash” and occurs within the first day of stopping use of the drug. During the first 24-48 hours, former users will begin to experience a sharp decline in energy and cognitive function, as well as nausea, abdominal cramping, and sweating.
Days 3-10 Withdrawal symptoms typically peak during this time. As the body attempts to adjust without meth, recovering users will experience severe depression, anxiety, and extreme fatigue. Some people will also experience shaking and lingering muscle aches, as well as intense drug cravings.
Days 14-20 Symptoms of meth withdrawal typically last around 2-3 weeks. Towards the end of the second week, most physical symptoms begin to subside, but intense drug cravings can persist. Additionally, continuing fatigue and depression are common during this period.
1 Month+ The worst of withdrawal symptoms are typically over at this point. Any remaining symptoms will continue to fade over time. However, for some, the psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety may continue for several months before they subside.

Meth Addiction Detox Treatment

When someone enters treatment for meth addiction treatment, it is vital to get expert help for the withdrawal experience. Withdrawal entails intense cravings or other physical symptoms and will most likely occur for several days to weeks.

It is important to understand that withdrawal is a natural part of the treatment and the early recovery process, but it is not the same for everyone. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be aided with a scheduled detox.

Upon arrival at Miracles Asia, all clients will receive a comprehensive assessment; any hospitalisation that is needed for the detoxification process is undertaken at one of our partnering, internationally accredited private hospitals.

A compassionate team of caring professionals will help clients through the possible physical and mental discomfort of withdrawal.

Meth Rehab Center in Thailand

Going to meth rehab gives your brain the chance to re-establish its own brain chemicals so that you can feel happy naturally again.

At Miracles Asia, a fully certified meth addiction rehab in Thailand, we will soothe you through your withdrawal from meth. Our experienced staff are experts in managing the symptoms of meth withdrawal and will help create a safe and nurturing environment to get you started on the road to recovery.

When you come to Miracles Asia on the beautiful island of Phuket you’ll find yourself in a small, exclusive and luxurious villa with a family feel to it. You’ll be amongst your peers and made to feel entirely at home.

We see you as more than your addiction. We recognise your unique strengths, potential and challenges. Your methaddiction treatment is personalised to suit you, the individual. Our aim is to treat the whole person, and that entails addressing any other mental-health issues as well as your physical wellness.

When you leave us you’ll be not only clean and sober, you’ll be in good shape to live a full and healthier life without the need for meth or other substances.

You deserve it.

Call for a no-obligation free assessment with a trained specialist.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment for Meth Addiction

We understand that early recovery from meth addiction can be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after rehab. You’re cocooned in the safety of the treatment center where your every need is catered for. So, returning back to life at home can seem daunting.

We know how it goes and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously.

The treatment program at Miracles Asia doesn’t stop after you leave our meth addiction rehab.

After your one month stay in residential care, you’ll stay connected through our after-care online program for two further months – and longer if necessary.

The aftercare support program will keep you in regular contact with your counselor who will see you for one-to-one sessions by Zoom weekly. These sessions are important so that we can check in to make sure you’re still on-track in your recovery and if you’re experiencing any issues we can problem solve together.

Not only will you have one-to-one counseling, but also our ongoing group counseling sessions will keep you connected to your peer group, some of whom you may form life-long attachments with.

The group sessions are kept deliberately small in number. A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counselor who you will probably know from your time in residential care.

The experienced group facilitator’s job is to check in with you all and spend time making sure you’re on track with your recovery. You may have questions and the facilitator will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.

We make sure you’re getting the best possible support as you ease back in to your community back home. Miracles’ group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress. It’s helpful to keep you on the right track to living the life you deserve, clean and sober a day at a time.

Our online group counseling is available at assigned times during the week to cater for you wherever you are in the world after you leave meth treatment rehab.

Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.

Maybe you have questions about what to do, or how to go about life in general. For these reasons and more, our case-managers will stay in touch and help you manage your early few months in recovery.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment program, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counselors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery from meth addiction.

We take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life.

We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our drug addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia. We know how important your recovery is and we will do our best to make sure that you get what you deserve – a good life, full of happiness and freedom from using.

Living an addiction-free life is absolutely possible and we at Miracles Asia are proof of that ourselves. We know what it’s like to recover. Get your life back: you deserve it!

If you or a loved one need help with meth addiction please call us.

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