Meth: Something Blue, Something Ice
Methamphetamine addiction is a growing menace in society. The user suffers physically and mentally that being a productive member of society is almost impossible. The addiction is also responsible for rising crime, unemployment, family abuse or neglect, and others. In fact, with the ill effects of methamphetamine use, it cost the U.S. an approximate $23.4 billion in 2005, according to a published report from RAND Corporation.
The dangers of methamphetamine addiction loom on every user and their loved ones. It is not only a burden to the users themselves but to their families and society at large. In the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there are approximately 1.6 million people who used methamphetamine in 2016. What is equally alarming is that an average age of 23.3 years old was recorded as new users. To find help, visit our addiction treatment programs to learn more.
You might have seen enough TV series or movies dealing with or touching on the topic of meth. Methamphetamine is a synthetic and illegal drug with a crystal-like texture. It is highly addictive and affects the central nervous system. Users take the pill orally, smoke it, inhale it, snort it, or inject. The brain’s dopamine and serotonin are directly affected by methamphetamine making a user feel “high.”
Methamphetamine is a 20th-century drug coming from amphetamine. It was originally used in inhalers and in nasal decongestants. Though unlike its parent amphetamine, methamphetamine is a more potent stimulant and longer-lasting. Addiction results from users wanting more of the high feeling that normally lasts between eight to 12 hours. When the effects of methamphetamine go, users tend to feel anxious and depressed.
These behavioral issues could lead to other serious problems for the users. Stonegate Center, a 30-minute drive outside Fort Worth, Texas, has experts who can discuss treatment, rehabilitation, and preventive measures to help a methamphetamine addict get off the habit or relapse.
Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction
A person addicted to methamphetamine, especially for a long period, risks impairment of his or her mental state, motor skills, learning abilities, and emotional control. The chronic abuse of methamphetamine has also reportedly led to contraction or transmission of diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C due to use of contaminated syringes. But even though meth is not injected and taken in different ways, its short-term euphoric effect also sometimes leads to risky behavior like unprotected sex. Thus, increasing the risk of transmitting or contracting HIV, Hepatitis B or C.
In addition, methamphetamine addicts also suffer from confusion, insomnia, mood swings, and violent behavior.
A methamphetamine addict can also feel negative psychotic effects such as:
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
There is no medication that can treat methamphetamine addiction. The good news is, it can be treated. A chronic abuser of meth will undergo a series of detoxification and behavioral therapies that can involve participation of family or loved ones. Incentive-based therapies that motivate users from abstaining on meth use have also been found effective in the rehabilitation. Stonegate Center is one of the most suitable places to seek help in methamphetamine addiction treatment. Its location in Azle, Texas ensures distance from meth sources or even temptation. One of the key features of the center is that it is faith-based and stresses community, accountability, and fellowship.
Call for Help
It’s better to seek early intervention than wait until it’s too late. Substance abuse ruins lives, relationships, families, careers and causes serious health problems. Help is only a call away, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. It’s better to address addiction early on before it spirals out of control. We urge you to visit our contact page or call our 24/7 helpline at (817) 993-9733 as your first step towards recovery.
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Stonegate Center is structured as a 90-day residential treatment program. We recognize that not all prospective clients can to commit to that length of stay. We require a 45-day minimum commitment with options to extend care based off medical necessity.
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