Brain Recovery After Meth Abstinence: An Overview

Meth is a highly addictive drug. It is said that a person can turn into a meth addict just after the first use. The addiction of meth is ever-increasing. A study by National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that the increase of meth abusers increased at a rate of 61% in the year between 2010 – 2014.

Effect of methamphetamine

Both the immediate and long lasting effect of meth addiction are related to certain damages of brain.  A single dose of meth when hits the system, directly damages the dopamine receptors of our brains thus making a person unable to feel pleasure without meth.

The long-lasting effects of meth addiction are even deeper. There are some inevitable damages that occur in the cognitive sections of the brain. The various symptoms of methamphetamine abuse include high levels of euphoria and decreased appetite. An addict would also experience symptoms like increased blood pressure and hallucinations and delusions.

Some damages are reversible when the addict stops administering more drugs while there are other damages which are typically harder to reverse. However, it is seen that the entire cognitive function of brain can be reverted back only after a prolonged and complete abstinence is maintained.

Meth impacts on brain

Methamphetamine affects the brain both biochemically and in a cytological way. The drug alters different normal biochemical reactions of the brain and as a result the brain becomes used to meth mediated biochemical reactions. Biochemical changes are generally reversible. The dysfunctions due to biochemical changes can be normalized back however during detox of methamphetamine the patience experiences severe withdrawal symptoms.

The physiological changes are far more complex and harder to cureas it indicates damage of brain cells. The reversal from this situation depends largely on the location where the damage has actually occurred. If the damaged area can be compensated then complete reversal is possible however, if the damage occurs in areas which can’t be compensated then reversal is impossible.

Different damages in brain and reversals

A brain damage can only occur after a prolonged phase of meth abuse. According to different types of damages there are mainly three ways of damage:

  • Changes in the neurotransmitter of brains
  • Contouring brain reward system
  • Cell death

Holistic approach for reversal   

Although the situation is grim however a meth addiction treatment for 6-8 months are enough for regaining low level of motor neuron functions while 12-17 months of abstinence along with rehab can considerable return the verbal and motor neuron skills also reducing anxiety and depression to great extent.  A person after quitting completely can expect restoration in:

  • Damaged neurotransmitters
  • Normalization of biochemical changes
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Stabilized mood
  • Increasing focus and attentiveness
  • Nightmares and night terrors reduced
  • Controlled emotional rages.

Take concrete steps against meth abuse

No matter what the level of damage or duration of meth abuse is, if a proper holistic approach is taken along with a strong determination, getting over is possible. So call now and seek assistance from Magnolia Recovery Center. You can be a part of an empathic and caring yet comprehensive rehab therapy sessions devised by experts and start a journey to a drug-free life.  

Ellen Cone