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NJ Detox Centers | What Does Meth Do to the Brain?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By October 12, 2017
Do NJ detox centers help with meth addiction?

The high experienced after smoking, snorting or injecting meth is potent, but also fleeting. Users take more and more of the drug in the hope of re-experiencing that first, intense rush. For this reason, it is not uncommon for NJ detox centers to assist with addiction to meth.

As a powerful, highly addictive stimulant, meth affects the whole central nervous system. Meanwhile, different parts of the brain experience unique consequences.

Limbic System

This part of the brain sits between the upper portion of the brain and lies on both sides of the thalamus, just under the cerebrum. The limbic system regulates emotions and the ability to experience pleasure. It also controls feelings of anger and rage. When meth is introduced into the limbic system, the user will experience a false sense of elation and euphoria, as well as increased feelings of agitation or aggravation. Anhedonia, or the inability for the brain to experience pleasure, is also possible after prolonged use.

What can NJ detox centers do for my meth addiction?

Prefrontal Cortex

The prefrontal cortex is divided into two parts under the forehead and is comprised of the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes. This portion of the brain controls learning, thinking, memory, intelligence, and how you organize information. After meth gets to it, the prefrontal cortex is unable to retain information. Organization priorities also become extremely important or not important at all.

Frontal Lobe

Working as a specific area of the prefrontal cortex, the frontal lobe control’s judgement, impulse, speech, motor functions, and the ability to determine consequences. The effects of meth on this portion of the brain cause the user have a lack of foresight and ability to plan. The user will also have poor judgement and severely weakened impulse control.

Brain Stem

Between the cerebral hemispheres and the cervical spinal cord lies the brain stem. It is responsible for regulating heart rate, breathing, sleep, and eating. Once meth hits the brain stem, it is common to have a rapid heart rate and breathing, no appetite, and trouble sleeping.

Clear Your Brain of Meth with NJ Detox Centers

The Discovery Institute detox center in New Jersey monitors clients during our medical detoxification program at all hours of the day and night. A trained, licensed staff member is always available to patients to help make their stay as comfortable and safe as possible. At Discovery, we strive to make the detox process as smooth as possible, and our world-class staff is there to help every step of the way. Contact us today to get clean from meth.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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