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Side Effects From Crystal Meth Addiction

Like many drugs, methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth,” have lasting effects even after one has quit. Some may be treatable, but many are permanent. Crystal meth is known to have some of the most severe and common long-term effects. As an extremely addictive drug, meth users have great difficulty quitting, and are often not aware of the long-term effects they risk experiencing. There may also be side effects of prior crystal meth addiction.

Previous methamphetamine use is most commonly associated with depression and suicidal thoughts. Brain function does not return to normal quickly after one has stopped using meth heavily, and the slow rate at which it adapts to living without the drug causes mental, psychological, and physical problems.

Some physical effects of prior crystal meth addiction include increased risk of heart disease, increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, and decreased productivity of the immune system. These symptoms may persist throughout the addict’s life. High blood pressure, liver disease, and dental hygiene issues are also possible side effects from a meth addiction.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prior meth addicts who had been abstinent for two years almost all showed neurochemical disruption, and many do for the rest of their life. Some mental health issues that occur as a result of methamphetamine are memory and attention impairment, decreased precise motor function, and most severely, psychosis.

The psychosis is the most common long-term effect of heavy methamphetamine use. It often resembles schizophrenia. Just over 20 percent of prior meth addicts experience psychosis, and in most cases, it is untreatable.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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