Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is a dangerous stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. People can take this highly addictive drug through inhaling, swallowing, snorting or injecting the powder that has been dissolved in water or alcohol.

Methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain which is involved in body movements, motivation, pleasure and reward. It causes a high release of dopamine into reward areas of the brain causing a ‘rush’ or a ‘flash’ that many people experience.

There are many dangerous effects of taking Methamphetamine both short and long term:

Short term effects:

  • Increased wakefulness
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased body temperature

Long term effects:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Severe dental problems
  • Intense itching
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Violent behaviour
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleeping problems

Methamphetamine Addiction and Withdrawal

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug, when people stop taking Methamphetamine, withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Severe depression
  • Psychosis
  • Drug cravings

Treatment Options for Methamphetamine Addiction

  • There is no medication to treat that can treat this medication, just forms of medication which can help with the symptoms of withdrawal
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational incentives
  • Drug counselling

rTMS for Methamphetamine addiction

rTMS is becoming increasingly popular throughout the addiction treatment world.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation works directly on the associated areas of the brain so would focus on the reward centre of the brain in this instance.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for methamphetamine addiction is available at Smart TMS Ireland, based at our clinic in Dublin.

To speak to one of our patient advisors for more information please contact us below.