Crystal Meth Is Taking a Strong Hold on Communities
The TV show “Breaking Bad” has become a cult classic because it chronicles the life of a methamphetamine manufacturer. The realities of meth highlighted in that show are even scarier in real life. This drug, which in Schedule II prescription form is sometimes used to treat ADD, has primarily found a home in recreational use. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2014, 2946 kgs of this drug were seized in this country. It is often created in labs, both homegrown or superlabs. This poses a greater societal risk as the drug is “cooked” and could cause an explosion which poses a danger for surrounding homes or businesses. News reports show the impact of meth labs exploding, often taking innocent lives.
This isn’t TV. This is the real thing. And it’s deadly.
Methamphetamine is often called “speed” because it gives users a quick hit of energy and focus. However, this short-lived burst is followed by a crash. This creates the addiction and need to continually up the amount needed to get high.
You may notice that in recent years, you can no longer purchase some over-the-counter cold medications off the shelves. This is because meth manufacturers use Sudafed and other medications containing pseudoephedrine along with toxic mixtures to create the street drug.
Users smoke, inject, swallow, or even snort this powerful drug. Regardless of how it’s taken, the impact on your body is devastating.
How a Meth Addiction Starts
Most drug addictions, including meth, start as experiments. Maybe a friend suggested you try it to stay up later for gaming or even to cram for an exam. You were seduced by a feeling of energy like you’ve never before felt. It was sensation that couldn’t be beat.
The next time you had a need to feel pumped up, you turned to meth again. Then you turned to it again, and again. Before long, you were hooked. You needed meth to get out of bed the next day, before you can even begin to comprehend doing anything. This is the “binge and crash” response that meth addicts live on daily.
Meth might be impacting your looks. Your skin might be breaking out nonstop with sores. Your teeth might be breaking. Your hair texture is ragged and your eyes look drained. When you’re addicted, all that doesn’t matter. You just want to score another hit.
Is this the life you want? We know it’s not. There’s no shame in admitting you’re addicted to a drug and that you need help. We’re here to get you on the path to wellness.
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Signs of Meth Abuse and Addiction
There are some serious risks to using meth. The short-term and long-term side effects are compounded. Being aware of the impacts of this drug might help you understand why it is so important that you stop now.
- Overall Side Effects: Meth abusers tend to be more talkative, extremely alert, and almost manic in their activity. You might find that your appetite is lower, you’re breathing faster, and your heartbeat is irregular. You might spike a high temp (i.e. hyperthermia).
- Short-Term Side Effects: Initially, you might find your sleep patterns are disrupted. You could experience some detrimental behavior or mental impacts, such as becoming erratic or violent and suffering from hallucinations, panic attacks or even psychosis. You could have convulsions or seizures.
- Long-Term Side Effects: Abusing meth over a long period of time is devastating to your entire system. Your organs − heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, blood vessels − all suffer damage. You’ll likely develop what is known as meth mouth, or severely decayed teeth. The loss of appetite will lead to malnutrition. Your brain will suffer greatly with psychosis, depression, and symptoms that can mimic Alzheimer’s disease.
- Overdose Symptoms: It’s too easy to overdose on meth, especially if you use it recreationally. If you or someone love is using meth and experiences the following, call 911 and seek medical help IMMEDIATELY: Aggressive behavior, seeing spots, high fever, profuse sweating, severe pains in the stomach or chest region, confusion, restlessness, or convulsions. An overdose can quickly lead to a coma or death.
Could You or a Loved One Be Addicted to Meth?
There are tell-tale signs of a meth addiction that can’t be missed. If you recognize these in yourself or someone you love, it’s time to seek help now. The further along this addiction goes, the harder it will be to recover:
- Theft (to fund habit)
- Increased drug tolerance
- No longer interested in hobbies or activities
- Extreme weight loss
- Acquaintances with shady individuals
Are You Ready to Seek Help?
Now that you know the signs, do you see yourself as a meth addict? The good news is you can get help. It’s OK to admit that you need support and treatment to get better. Addiction is a disease. You wouldn’t deny yourself treatment for another disease, physical or mental. Don’t deny yourself this opportunity to get better and stay clean.
Call us at 877-251-4813 to get started on the road to recovery.
How to Help Your Loved One Get Help for a Meth Addiction
Seeing your loved one spiral into a dangerous habit can be devastating. It takes courage to speak up and help them seek treatment. At Rehab-Finder.Org, we can provide you with the support you need to take this brave step.
Interventions are a good first step in addressing a loved one’s addiction. Often, the person abusing meth needs to see how his or her habit is impacting others. However, successful interventions require professional guidance. Remember, the person you are trying to help is fragile. He or she needs not only to understand that this habit is hurting everyone, but that you care about him or her and only want to see them get better. Interventions are about getting someone to accept that he or she needs help, because ultimately, the only way treatment is successful is if this person is motivated to see it through.
There Is Help for Meth Addictions: Let Us Show You How
At Rehab-Finder.Org, we specialize in helping people just like you who are ready to make a fresh start in life. During your confidential call, we listen to you, ask questions to help understand not only your addiction, but also your personality and values. We seek to match you with the right facility, one that will provide you with the best chance for success.
The process of getting well can take time and can be complex, but it will be worth it once you secure a new lease on life.
What to Know About the Detoxification Process
By now, you realize the physiological impact that meth has had on your body. Addiction means that your system is so accustomed to this drug that it craves it. Meth impacts different centers of your brain, creating a need for it to function. The more you use, the greater your need becomes as you build a tolerance.
During detox, your body starts to eliminate this drug. We’re not going to sugarcoat this: it can be painful. That’s why it’s so important to withdraw under the supervision of a trained medical professional. Not only is this the safest way to detox, but these people know how to address the symptoms and provide more comfort.
During your detoxification period, you might experience the following:
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- Uncontrollable shaking and tremors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Profuse sweating
- Disrupted sleep
- Cravings for meth
Yes, these are scary symptoms. However, you will not be alone. At the right rehab facility, you will find support and care as you rid your system of this drug and the vice grip it has on your life. Once this is over, you’ll be able to start the next step on your road to recovery.
How to Find the Right Rehab Center for You
Perhaps you’ve already tried to research rehabilitation and kicking your meth habit. The online world is filled with a lot of information − some good, some bad, some terrible. It’s challenging if not next to impossible to weed through all of the options, without a basis for knowing what is right for you.
Our mission at Rehab-Finder.Org is to help you sort through the plethora of details and options to pinpoint the one that meets your needs. We have a vast network of rehabilitation centers throughout the country. We know what each one offers. Our experienced team can help you identify the one that’s best suited to you. We work with thousands of people like you who are seeking a place to become well again. Why frustrate yourself figuring out the details, when our experts have the knowledge and compassion to help you?
Treatment plans designed for your long-term recovery and success might include:
- 12-step programs (Learn more about 12-step programs.)
- Group therapy (Learn more about group therapy.)
- Cognitive behavior treatments
- Holistic or faith-based programs
- Dual diagnostic treatments (for addiction and other disorders)
We take the wheel in getting you into the best facility so that all you need to do is focus on getting well.
What to Expect When You Enter a Treatment Facility
From the moment you arrive, your journey to becoming drug-free and clean begins. While everyone’s rehab experience is different, the following is a general plan that most patients follow.
- Your Arrival: You’ll arrive at the center and be greeted by the medical team who will be accompanying you on this journey. They’ll get some more information from you to help shape your treatment plan as well as address any other medical or mental issues that could impact your recovery.
- The Detox Experience: Before you can begin to rehabilitate, you need to eliminate the toxins that have accumulated in your body from abusing meth. This process requires careful medical supervision and monitoring, which your team will provide.
- Rehabilitation Begins: Once your body is free from meth, your next step is to recover and stay clean. You’ll participate in different programs based on your individualized plan. This might include group meetings, therapeutic activities, and more. Each program is designed to ensure your long-term success. You’ll find the resources you need to get well and stay drug-free are there.
- Aftercare: At the completion of your in-patient rehab, you’ll re-enter the world clean and sober. We understand this isn’t always easy to do, knowing that the same triggers and opportunities to use that led to your addiction might still be present. That’s why aftercare is so important. You’ll leave the rehab center with access to the resources and support you need to stay drug-free and enjoy clean living from here on out. Learn more about aftercare.
What Is the Cost of Rehab?
Each program is different, which is why our experts at Rehab-Finder.Org are committed to helping you identify which one is not only best for your addiction, but also your budget. We’ll take the guesswork out of this process by communicating with your insurance provider directly to get you the best possible program. If need be, we’ll help you secure transportation to a center outside of your city or state.
Our cost to you? Rehab-Finder.Org’s services, to you, are free of charge. We just want you to find the right help. Don't let the cost prevent you from seeking treatment.
The Time to Break Free From Your Meth Addiction Is NOW
With so many people rooting for your success, it’s time to kick your meth addiction. We’ve outlined the reasons why you need to quit, what to expect with detox, and what your rehab experience might look like. Now it’s up to you to make that call.
Remember, opting to seek help is not a sign of weakness. It’s about being BRAVE. Recognizing that you have a serious, potentially deadly problem is the first step. Realizing that meth has a vice-like grip on your life means that you want to get well. No more excuses. No more justifying. That’s the meth talking, not you. Now is the time to say “Stop” to your addiction and regain control of your life.
We’re ready to help.
Call us now: 877-251-4813. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.