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Stages of Crystal Meth Abuse

Crystal meth abuse is a progressive disease that goes through many stages.The first stage is the experimenting and occasional use phase. In this stage, crystal meth is usually ingested orally or snorted.During this stage people tend to use it as an appetite suppressant or to boost energy levels.

The next stage is bingeing. In this stage meth is usually smoked or injected. People using the drug can go without sleep for several days and seek a euphoric high. Bingeing is also known as “tweaking,” which denotes highly addictive behavior and can be quite dangerous. It is very common for a meth abuser to seek the same euphorichigh experienced in the beginning stages. The user must ingest increasing amounts of the drug in order to attain the same high, leading to abuse. Several phases exist within the binge stage.

Phase one- is the initial rush when the crystal meth is ingested.The user will experience increased heart rate and metabolism releasing adrenaline throughout the body. This initial rush can last anywhere from five to thirty minutes.

Phase two-This is the “high”phase, which lasts from four to sixteen hours, and people often feel more confident and intelligent. Some may even become argumentative and aggressive or interrupt others.

Phase three- In this phase stage when the crash occurs ingesting more crystal meth has no effect. The user might resort to drinking alcohol or and taking an opiate to relieve the irritability and discontent.

Phase four- In this stage the user does not sleep and engages in risky behavior; paranoia is common with frequent hallucinations.

Phase five- In phase five the official “crash”occurs. Users have been noted to sleep for multiple days as the body attempts to recover.

Phase six- In this phase,the user returns to normalcy and although the user never fully recovers from all the damage of the abuse this stage can last up to two weeks depending on the level of abuse.

Final Phase- This is the withdrawal of the crystal meth use and signs may not show until several months have passed.

The last stage of crystal meth abuse is the”high intensity” stage where the addict’s sole purpose is to prevent coming off the drug, also called “crashing.”In this stage, it is common for the addict to experience little or no euphoria due to tolerance.

Although there are no severe physical withdrawals one may become extremely depressed even suicidal. Frequent abusers experience less euphoria with every rush. Treatment is available for any crystal meth addict and recovery can be achieved if they are willing.



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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