Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Tapering Help
According to Peter Breggin, M.D., author of Talking Back to Ritalin, “America now uses 90% of the world’s Ritalin – more than five times the rest of the world combined.”
Point of Return Can Help You
The Point of Return Program is an in-home tapering program that allows you to gradually taper the amount of methamphetamine while also implementing the use of all-natural, calming nutraceuticals to help ease withdrawal. We eliminate Interaction items to help make methamphetamine withdrawal more comfortable. Our physician recommended schedules allow Your doctor to taper you off methamphetamine correctly. methamphetamine can be dangerous to abruptly or rapidly stop and our program is a proven, viable, low-cost option to continue living your life while tapering*. Read program FAQs.
Key Components of our In-Home Program
- Skilled Experts guiding you throughout the process
- Assessment at the onset to determine gameplan
- *Nutraceuticals specially formulated to help ease symptoms, these are utilized throughout the whole process
- Unlike herbs and many vitamins, our nutraceuticals will not interact medications
- 24/7 discussion board with encouraging members and knowledgeable mentors
- Recommendations for addressing symptoms.
- Experienced team of committed experts with over 15 years experience
Break Free Today
At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people come off prescription drugs correctly. With customized taper rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to taper off, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs.
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Methamphetamine history and info
Chemically, methamphetamine is closely related to amphetamine, but it
has greater effects on the brain and nervous system. Methamphetamine is
also chemically similar to Dopamine and Norepinephrine. It produces its
effects by causing Norepinephrine and Dopamine to be released into the
synapse in numerous areas, including the striatum, the area involved in
movement. Excess Dopamine and Norepinephrine are normally broken down by
enzymes in the cell, but methamphetamine blocks this breakdown and the
excess Dopamine causes feelings of pleasure and euphoria, while the
excess Norepinephrine may be responsible for the alertness and
anti-fatigue effects. Methamphetamine can also cause cerebral edema
(water on the brain), brain hemorrhaging, paranoia and hallucinations.
Some of the effects can be long lasting or permanent. Laboratory
testing has shown that exposure to a single, high dose of
methamphetamine or prolonged exposure at lower doses can destroy up to
50% of the Dopamine producing neurons in parts of the brain.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, Schedule ll stimulant drug, used to treat ADHD and obesity.
Stimulants used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) work by increasing both the blood flow and levels of Dopamine in the brain, especially in the frontal lobes where the brain’s higher mental functions take place. The frontal lobes involve the ability to recognize future consequences and allow the individual to choose between good and bad actions, to override and suppress unacceptable responses.
Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) have chemical structures that are similar to critical brain neurotransmitters called monoamines. These include Norepinephrine and Dopamine. Stimulants increase the levels of these chemicals in the brain and body and in turn, increase blood pressure, heart rate, constrict blood vessels, increase blood glucose, and open the pathways of the respiratory system. It is the increase in Dopamine that is associated with the sense of euphoria that can accompany the use of Stimulants.
In the brain, Dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter, but is also a neurohormone released by the hypothalamus. But Dopamine has many functions, including important roles in behavior and cognition, voluntary movement, motivation, punishment and reward, sleep, mood, attention, working memory and learning. Dopamine’s main function is to inhibit the release of prolactin from the Pituitary. Prolactin stimulates lactation (milk production) and is also essential in the maintenance of the immune system. Abnormally high Prolactin can delay puberty, interfere with ovulation in women and decreased libido in men and decrease fertility in both sexes.
Cocaine is a drug that acts on the Dopamine pleasure circuit to prevent reabsorption back into the nerve cell. Normally, neurons release Dopamine, which then crosses the synapse (structure) to stimulate another nerve cell. Once this is accomplished, the Dopamine is picked up by a transporter molecule and returned to the original nerve cell. Cocaine prevents the return and reabsorption of Dopamine. This causes a buildup of Dopamine that creates strong feelings of pleasure and even euphoria. The excess accumulated Dopamine causes the nerve cells that have Dopamine receptors to decrease the number of receptors they make. This is called down-regulation. When Cocaine is no longer taken and Dopamine levels return to their normal lower levels, a smaller number of Dopamine receptors are available to the Dopamine to fully activate nerve cells.
A dysfunction of Dopamine neurotransmission has been implicated in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders including Tourette’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, Schizophrenia, and also in both drug and alcohol dependence.
Studies are currently underway to determine the long-term effects of methamphetamine in humans. Scientists believe that the progressive decrease in numbers of Dopamine-producing neurons may lead to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Methamphetamine is water soluble, meaning it is more quickly absorbed by the human body and can be injected than non-methylated amphetamine. Otherwise, there is no difference between the two drugs. In fact, Methamphetamine breaks down into amphetamine once it’s ingested in the body.
*While great care has been taken in organizing and presenting the material throughout this website, please note that it is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice.
*The statements/info on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and labels mentioned / sold are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.
* Testimonial results may vary person to person.
*The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent and support throughout.
*Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout the process. More...