There have been over 1.2 million people admitting to using using methamphetamine within the past year.


Of the 500 metric tons of methamphetamine produced, only 4 tons is legally produced for legal medical use.


Over 10 million people have used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

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What is Methamphetamine?

MMethamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that is used as a recreational drug. It is made using amphetamine, a drug used to treat ADD and obesity. It can take the form of either a pill, an odorless, white and bitter powder or as a glass-like crystal, known as Crystal Meth. Methamphetamine is usually produced in super labs with toxic chemicals that can cause harmful effects to the user and the environment. The “high” caused by meth wears off quickly, causing many to use large amounts in a short amount of time, increasing the chance of overdose.

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Meth Abuse Detox

Going through detox from Methamphetamine can exhaust the person in the midst of it. That said, it is not one of the most dangerous drugs to withdrawal from. The length of someone's detox period depends on a number of factors from method of use, metabolism, tolerance to duration of addiction. There aren't any drugs that are used to help ease the withdrawal symptoms of Methamphetamines, which makes it difficult to detox from. It generally takes about a month for a person to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms associated with Meth use, though they might experience cravings even after this period.
Outpatient methamphetamine Rehab

Rehab for Meth addiction should take place in an inpatient facility where the person has the most intensive care available. A lot of treatment centers provide medically assisted detox as a part of their treatment plan. Within these facilities, people will learn the various skills to overcome their addiction on a daily basis. A lot of people who go to treatment have co-occurring disorders that need addressing. Co-occurring disorders are the co-existence of a mental health and substance use disorders. According to SAMHSA, approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States have co-occurring disorders. This is a large number, so a lot of people in treatment will learn how to deal with their various issues. Even if you don't have a co-occurring disorder, rehab will teach you about the undergirding issues of your addiction.

Dangers of Methamphetamine?

Crystal Meth, as it is also often referred to, is hugely addictive. Add to that the fact that many users go on runs and binges and you will understand why it is produced in great quantities. This is done in amateur laboratories with ingredients that are readily available. Once it is manufactured, it is sold on the streets. In most cases, use of this drug starts during teenage years. This is why most of those who seek treatment are quite young. An additional factor that need to be considered is that those who remain addicted usually live much shorter lives. The only way to efficiently recover from a drug addiction is to attend drug rehab. There are several treatment programs to choose from. 

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Effects of Methamphetamine

Signs and Symptoms:
Irritability
Incessant Talking
Increased Aggression
Sleep Pattern Disturbances
Repetitive Behavior

Short-term effects:
Significant Amounts of Weight Loss
Dry Mouth
Develop Sores Both Inside and Around the Mouth
Collapsed Jawline
Rotten Teeth
Severe Depression

Long-term: Those who use Meth for a long time may also experience confusion, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings and demonstrate violent behavior. Other symptoms include signs of psychosis like paranoia, hallucinations both visual and auditory, and also delusions such as insects crawling under the skin.

Unfortunately, Meth is known as a party drug. It is found in rural and urban areas alike and is very widely available. As a result of this, more and more users are becoming addicted, and more and more users are seeking treatment. The addiction itself usually develops very quickly, mainly because users tend to be driven to use more from the minute they take their first hit. Unfortunately, every time it is used, the brain releases dopamine and creates stronger and stronger cravings. As such, there is actually a psychological addiction, as well as a physical addition. The psychological addiction is the hardest to break.

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FAQ

What is the Association Between Meth and Hepatitis?

Transmitting Hepatitis B and C are just as likely, for the above reasons. Hepatitis B, like HIV, can be transmitted though unprotected intercourse or through the sharing of syringes and other injection supplies. Hepatitis C is usually transmitted through blood contact, which occurs when sharing syringes and the injection materials.

What are the Effects of Meth on the Body?

Methamphetamine makes the body release large amounts of dopamine in the body, which causes elongated periods of pleasure and euphoria. People who go on Meth runs, are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

How is Meth Different from Cocaine?

Methamphetamine produces a stronger and longer-lasting high than that of cocaine. Smoking Methamphetamine creates a high that lasts from six to 24 hours, though the high from Cocaine only lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.

Is Meth a National Epidemic?

Between 1992 and 2002, the SAMHSA Treatment Episode Data Set went from having one state reporting more than 40 admissions for meth per 100,000 residents, to 18 states reporting this rate of admissions.

Why is Meth Called the Unnecessary Epidemic?

Because the federal government could have contained the Meth epidemicand still can. To make Meth, you need ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, chemicals that are used to make asthma medications or cold remedies. When the government regulates ingredients, the Meth lab numbers go down.

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Methamphetamine withdrawals

Withdrawing from Methamphetamine is not a pretty picture. The bright side is it’s not one the more dangerous drugs to detox from but regardless any detox should be done under proper medical supervision. Some symptoms you’ll experience while withdrawing are deep depression, increase in energy, lots of sleeping, irritability, anxiety, and suicide. It won’t be the easiest process but we can promise it will be worth it to be happy and healthy once again. There are treatment programs that offer medications to help alleviate pain and discomfort for withdrawal symptoms.

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Meth Overdose

Different people require different amounts of Meth to achieve a high. This makes it very difficult to predict just how much should be used. It is very easy to overdose on the drug, even at small quantities. An overdose is particularly common in those who do not yet have any tolerance to the drug and it takes no more than 50 milligrams to be overdosed. Due to the methods commonly used to take the drug, overdoses also occur very rapidly. To avoid overdosing, you should seek addiction rehab. The only other choices are prison or death.

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Inpatient Meth Rehab

Inpatient facilities are where clients stay in a home for a period of time, typically for 30, 60 or 90 days. During this time, they take part in counseling, group sessions and to remove the addict from the environment that created the addiction, this is usually best done out of town. Inpatient rehab also works to treat the underlining cause of the addiction; psychological, history or environmental. This form of treatment has the best track record as it usually leads to lasting recovery.

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Outpatient Meth Rehab

An outpatient program is where the patients travel to a facility several times a week to take part in counseling and group sessions and then leave to go home. This allows the patient to work, attend school or go about their normal life while they work on their recovery. The problem is the addict is still exposed to the environment that contributed to their addiction to begin with. While this form of treatment isn’t for everyone it is often successful and has done wonders for thousands of people in your situation.

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Often times, the use of drugs introduces the users to a community of drug users and places the users in an environment that could compromise their well-being. These aspects could be a trigger to use the drug again or pressure for drug users to keep using. Users develop friendships or relationships that encourage the drug use to an unhealthy level. Since most insurances accept treatment, consider traveling for rehabilitation to create distance between other drug users and their environment to ensure full recovery. Learning to build the strong-will against triggers and situational pressures while recovering will greatly encourage the success of the treatment.

methamphetamine and the brainMeth and the Brain

Methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is involved in reward, motivation, the experience of please, and motor function. The rapid release of dopamine is attributed to the rush. Chronic Meth use results in chemical and molecular changes in the brain. In long term Methamphetamine users, severe structural and functional changes have been found in the brain areas associated with emotion and memory. This may account for the emotional and cognitive problems that happens with these individuals.

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Group Therapy

A big part of recovering from an active addiction is learning to heal within the group context. A lot of times, people who are addicted burn bridges and leave people they care about to pursue their addiction. Because of this isolation, they their ability to communicate effectively with others without using manipulation may have fallen to the wayside. Group therapy meets for anywhere from an hour to four hours a day and targets this issue.

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How Meth is Abused?

Methamphetamine can be snorted, smoked, ingested orally or injected and it is available in many different forms. Geographical location seems to be particularly important in terms of determining which method is used. Additionally, the methods change very often. At present, the most common way to use Meth nationwide is by smoking it. When it is smoked or injected, Methamphetamine quickly gets to the bloodstream and the brain and the rush is almost immediate and highly intense. This is one of the things that makes this particular drug have such a high risk of abuse and of extensive health issues. The flash, as the rush is known, is incredibly pleasurable but only lasts for a few minutes. If the drug is orally ingested or snorted, the high is euphoric, but not as intense. The effects can be noticed after around five minutes when snorted, or 20 minutes when ingested. Methamphetamine, being a stimulant, is usually abused in the pattern of binge and crash. The pleasurable euphoria disappears long before the concentration of the drug drops down in the bloodstream. As a result, users will take more of the drug in order to return to the high. Some users engage in what is known as a run, which means they do not sleep or eat for days, continuously taking more of the drug.

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street price for methWhat is the average street price for meth?

In general, it will cost a person about $25 a hit of Meth. That said, the price of Meth is fickle and can go as high as $80 per hit depending on the purity of the Meth. The more regulation that the government puts on Meth, the higher the price goes. In this way, the government can do a lot to make sure that Meth is harder to access and buy. Meth has a huge, devastating impact on the community and families. There is a real street price and the price it takes on the family. When parents cook up meth at home, it puts the kids in position to get exposed to toxic, combustible chemicals. With meth, there is also a spike in crime as people will do whatever they can to maintain their dangerous habit. Meth impacts so many aspects of community and it is a problem that has a real solution, unfortunately. When the government takes the time to regulate the production of the chemicals, the problem will subside, substantially.

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Do you think a loved one is abusing Meth? You may have seen a significant weight loss, aggressive, depression or a development of sores in and around his or her mouth. They may need an intervention. It’s often recommended to use a professional during an intervention to help convey your love and respect without riling him or her or causing them to become defensive. He or she is still your friend or family member, just going through a rough patch and need your help and understanding.

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