Addiction Treatment in Laguna Hills, California

Meth Detox Laguna Hills



Methamphetamine was developed in the early 20th century and is a highly addictive, illegal stimulant drug that has a long-lasting euphoric effect. Crystal meth is the most common form of the drug, and it looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is chemically similar to amphetamine, which is a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder.

Meth abuse is a reasonably common addiction among substance use disorders. There are many treatment options available for those suffering from meth addiction. Rehab programs offered at addiction treatment facilities are known to be the most effective ways to combat this addiction safely because of the round the clock supervision by treatment professionals. 

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were an estimated 964,000 people aged 12 and up that had a meth use disorder that year in 2017 and required some form of substance abuse treatment. Meth comes in several ways and can be snorted, smoked, injected, or ingested orally. When smoking or injecting the drug, it very quickly gets to the brain and in the bloodstream, causing an immediate, intense “rush”. These effects work together and amplify the drug’s addiction potential and raise the likelihood of developing one or more of many different health complications.

In our Laguna Hills methamphetamine detox program, we support and supervise our clients to help keep their withdrawal symptoms under control.  This ensures that the meth detox process is efficient and safe.  With proper clinical supervision, we can minimize the risk of a recovering meth user suffering a  relapse or overdose. 

Meth Addiction


Because the “high” from the drug both starts and fades pretty quickly, individuals who use meth recreationally often take repeated doses in what is known as a “binge and crash” pattern. Meth increases the natural amount of dopamine that the brain produces. Dopamine is a chemical involved with body movement, motivation, and many other rewarding behaviors. The ability that meth has to rapidly release extremely high levels of dopamine in the right areas of the brain rarely does anything else than make the user want to repeat the experience. 

Short-Term Effects

Taking even a small amount of any of the kinds of methamphetamines that are seen regularly can result in many of the same types of side-effects that come from those of other stimulants, such as other amphetamines or cocaine. These health complications can include:

  • Faster breathing
  • Increased blood pressure and body temperature
  • Decreased appetite
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased physical activity and wakefulness

Long-Term Effects

For those people whose preferred method of taking meth is injecting, there is an increased risk of developing infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV. Conditions like these are transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Wreckless meth use can also alter judgment and decision-making, leading to risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex, which also increases the risk of infection.

Cognitive problems meth abuse can cause are those involved with thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering. Long-term meth abuse has many other negative consequences, some of which include:

  • Addiction
  • Skin sores from intense itching
  • Brain structure changes
  • Memory loss
  • Violent behavior
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Severe dental issues
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Sleeping problems
  • Hallucinations (images or sensations that seem real but are not)

Continued abuse of the drug can cause changes in the brain’s dopamine system that are associated with reduced coordination and impaired verbal learning. Studies have shown that some of those individuals who had abused methamphetamine for long periods at a time saw severe changes also affected areas of the brain involved with emotion and memory.

Although some of these changes experienced within the brain may reverse over time, that is not always the case. Even after quitting the use of the drug for a year or more, the recovery of those normal brain functions may never be restored. Increased risks of developing Parkinson’s disease, or another disorder that targets the nerves that affect movement are the most common.

Our Meth Detox Program


Before you can truly focus on the critical work of bettering your mind, your body, and your spirit, you must first rid them of harmful toxins through detox. Detox is an essential aspect of the recovery process and one that is important to do so under a clinically staffed detox program like ours. Detox is usually accompanied by withdrawal symptoms and even pain. When you attempt to detox on your own, at home, those symptoms can be impossible to manage.

At our Laguna Hills detox center, we work with qualified physicians specializing in addiction recovery. Our clinical staff provides everyone in our program with a compassionate support system that ensures their detox process is as safe and effective as possible. 

We hope to make detox the first step in your recovery journey, the beginning of a big transition out of your old life, and into your new one. To meet the needs of each client, we will speak with you about your needs and your requests and ensure that the detox process is something you are comfortable with.

Meth Addiction Treatment


The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that the most effective ways of treating substance abuse disorders, such as methamphetamine addiction, is through behavioral therapies. Cognitive-behavioral, contingency management interventions, and different forms of group therapy are all examples of behavioral treatment programs offered at a rehab facility such as Stone Ridge Recovery

Substance abuse care at our treatment center in Laguna Hills is something that our whole staff of professionals takes very seriously. It is also important to note that although medications have proven over time to be effective in treating some of the occurring disorders, there are currently no medications that counteract the specific side-effects that come from frequent methamphetamine use. 

Knowing and understanding why an individual is addicted to crystal, or another type of meth plays a considerable role in the intervention and also the whole recovery process itself. Talking to a professional addiction counselor about the matter can help you, your family member, or your friend to recognize the root of the problem and ultimately rid that harmful and toxic demon from your or their life.

Whether you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or are concerned about a loved one, the first step is learning more about the detox process. We invite you to contact Stone Ridge Recovery today to ask about our detox program.