Methamphetamine – what is meth addiction?

Meth, or crystal meth, are street names for the drug methamphetamine. Meth is a type of amphetamine drug — a group of powerful stimulants or “uppers” that speed up the body’s central nervous system.

Meth is a synthetic drug: it’s made in illegal backroom labs with inexpensive and often dangerous ingredients. The chemicals and methods used to make meth vary widely, meaning the strength and safety of meth are often unknown.

Meth is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. The Renascent meth addiction rehab program addresses your complete individual treatment needs, supporting you through the detox process and giving you the tools you need for lasting healing and recovery.

Why Renascent addiction rehab centres?

  • We are a national leader in treating substance use disorders.
  • Over nearly 50 years, we’ve helped almost 50,000 people.
  • We are fully accredited and use evidence-based clinical best practices.
  • Our holistic approach addresses the families, children, loved ones, workplaces, and communities who are also affected by addiction.
  • Our staff are professionally certified and/or licensed and have lived experience of addiction and long-term recovery.

Meth addiction treatment centres – how to treat meth addiction

At Renascent, we know that meth addiction is hard to overcome. But we also know that with the best treatment, overcoming meth addiction is possible.

Once the first step is taken – admitting you need help for meth addiction – the journey to healing and recovery has begun.

Our comprehensive, person-centred Toronto region addiction treatment programs take place in a safe, caring environment. We integrate 12-step facilitation with other best practices in clinical and medical approaches, which are proven to make a difference in long-term sobriety.

We believe that complete abstinence is the best crystal meth addiction treatment option for people who’ve crossed the line from heavy use to addiction. With abstinence-based treatment, even those with the most serious of drug addictions can find renewed health and healing, and a truly transformative experience.

Our intensive inpatient meth addiction recovery program (28–42 day stays) provides around-the-clock counselling and support from our team of registered psychotherapists and certified drug addiction specialists, all of whom have lived experience of addiction and long-term recovery.

At Renascent we treat the whole person, because drug addiction affects you on every level. Your care will be based on a meth addiction recovery program designed just for you.

Methamphetamine addiction treatment and outcomes

Our meth addiction treatment centres offer rehab programs individually and in groups by our team of registered psychotherapists and certified drug addiction specialists – all of whom have lived experiences of addiction and long-term recovery.

Renascent rehab centres are like comfortable homes, not bleak institutions. You will be surrounded by loving, caring, experienced staff and other people who are also getting help for an addiction and on a journey of recovery – the best possible environment for meth addiction help and healing.

Specifically, our holistic addiction treatment program provides you with:

  • Person-centred drug addiction treatment
  • Safe, caring, home-like addiction treatment centres
  • 12-step facilitation and meetings that work
  • 28–42 day inpatient cocaine rehab program
  • Round-the-clock support
  • Certified drug addiction treatment specialists


  • Gender-specific and LGBTQ+ friendly rehab programs
  • Education on cocaine addiction and recovery
  • Group and one-on-one counselling and therapy
  • Comprehensive mental and physical health assessments
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Regular, nutritious, and delicious meals
  • Guidance on developing a healthy sleep schedule
  • Continuing Care aftercare program for ongoing support

Meth drug addiction – symptoms and signs

Methamphetamine is a dangerous synthetic drug:  it’s highly addictive and easy to overdose on. Unwanted effects include racing of the heart, chest pain, dryness of the mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and physical tension. Other negative effects of meth are paranoid delusions, hallucinations, aggressive behaviour, and impulsive violence.

Once the effects have worn off, users often feel tired and depressed, leading users to take meth continuously over a period of days or weeks, inviting addiction and overdose. Overdosing on meth can have serious consequences, including heart attack, stroke, and death.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reports that regular use of methamphetamines over a long period of time can lead to amphetamine psychosis. The symptoms of amphetamine psychosis include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and bizarre and violent behaviour.

Long-term regular use of methamphetamine can also result in:

  • severe tooth decay (meth mouth)
  • the feeling of bugs under your skin, leading to skin-picking and sores
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • trouble sleeping
  • increased risk of heart disease, stroke and Parkinson’s disease.


Commons signs of methamphetamine abuse and addiction include:

  • using more, and more often
  • strong cravings
  • methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms such as stomach pain, hunger, headaches, shortness of breath, tiredness, and depression
  • wanting to quit, detox or cut down, or trying unsuccessfully to quit


If you need help or someone to talk to about how to quit or stop meth addiction, call us for help. Your road to recovery starts here.

Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

“Knowing that the staff at Renascent had walked a similar journey before me planted a seed – one that has now grown beyond belief. Recovery is not a walk in the park, but my life has flourished in ways I did not think I deserved. Today, I comprehend the word serenity in a way that language cannot describe. Today, I know peace.”


Alumni, 2015

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