Intervention for methamphetamine begins with first being aware of methamphetamine effect and symptoms.
Methamphetamine users can be identified by the following:
- Signs of agitation
- Excited speech
- Loss of appetite
- Increased physical activity levels
- Dilated pupils
- High blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Occasional episodes of sudden and violent behavior
- Intense paranoia
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Bouts of insomnia
- A tendency to compulsively clean and groom and repetitively sort and disassemble objects.
If you have noticed some or all of these symptoms in a friend, co-worker or family member then it may be time to intervene. Intervention is simply picking a time to talk to the suspected user. It is important to talk with them when they are not high or crashing (coming down from the high). Most users will try to assume normal life after a crash and this would be an appropriate time to find a time to talk. It is important to find a safe place to talk with them and it may be that you enroll other people in the intervention. Other people can be family, friends, or a trusted professional. When intervening, you are telling the user what you have seen and that you are concerned for them. The control that you will have in the situation depends on the age and your relationship to the user. If the user is your minor child you can admit them to treatment, but if the user is an adult they usually have to enter treatment voluntarily. Family focused interventions have found to been more successful because of the nature of familial relationships and the support that family structure naturally offers.