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Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system and is chemically similar to amphetamine – a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Also known as meth, blue, ice, and crystal, among many other terms, even taking small amounts can result in the same health effects as those of other stimulants, such as cocaine or amphetamines, increasing wakefulness and physical activity and decreasing appetite.

CHCS Substance - Meth

Causes and Risk Factors

As is the case with many drugs, tolerance to methamphetamine can develop when it is taken over a period of time, and people often need to take higher or more frequent doses of the drug, or change how they ingest it to get the desired effect. 

  • addiction
  • risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis
  • severe dental problems or “meth mouth”
  • intense itching that can lead to skin sores from scratching
  • memory loss
  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • mood disturbances
  • paranoia and hallucinations

When people stop taking methamphetamine, withdrawal symptoms can include depression, anxiety, fatigue, psychosis and intense drug cravings. A person can also overdose on methamphetamine leading to stroke, heart attack or problems with the organs.

How We Help

A safe, clean detox is the second step to loosen the grip of drugs and alcohol. The first step comes from you: ask for help. The CHCS Residential Detoxification Unit (detox) offers a safe place to end addiction, whatever the substance. Our detox staff helps residents complete a safe withdrawal from alcohol and drug abuse, encourages continual substance use treatment, and motivates and empowers you to develop a healthy recovery lifestyle.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). Please call 9-1-1 if harm to self or others is imminent, or if possible overdose is occurring.


Restoration and Transformational Services for Adults​

The CHCS Restoration and Transformational Services helps people break the cycle of addiction and regain sobriety through safe, meaningful programs that reduce harms associated with substance use, promote total recovery for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and provide better care coordination for the most acute people in Bexar County.

Residential Detoxification/Detox


Your Time is Valuable!

At The Center for Health Care Services, we recognize the importance of your time and are committed to providing efficient and timely care Beginning February 1, 2024, The Center established prescriber scheduling instructions for quicker access to health care services.

For detailed instructions

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call CHCS or speak with your
Care Management team member Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at (210) 261-CHCS (2427).


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