Methamphetamine, better known as meth, addiction is an epidemic all over the United States. Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
This drug is highly addictive and takes over quickly. It rapidly takes over families and communities sometimes faster than other addictions do. There are rehabs that can help near you.
Methamphetamine is not derived from a plant like cocaine or heroin. It is a man-made synthetic chemical derived from an assortment of chemicals. Some ingredients come from cold medications. Then chemicals such as battery acid, antifreeze, and even drain cleaner are added. This drug is made from chemicals that should never be ingested. It is usually made in illegal make-shift “laboratories”, often in people’s homes. It is a highly dangerous process that causes all sorts of radiation. Meth labs are extremely combustible. When these hidden “labs” are in communities everyone in that area is at risk to explosions and even poisoning.
This stimulant this so highly addictive because it’s continued use keeps the addict awake for days at a time. The addict will continuously use in order to avoid crashing. It can be ingested in several different ways. It can be swallowed, inhaled (snorted), smoked, and injected. This will cause the addict to push the body further and further. Crashing can cause a physical or mental breakdown. Side effects of meth include paranoia, seizures, starvation, hallucinations, increased heart rate and breathing, extreme weight loss, the general deterioration of the body, and can cause mental illnesses.
Methamphetamine is taking over communities at an astounding rate. The CDC reported in 2017 that 14% of all overdose deaths were caused by stimulants, like meth. On the streets, meth is cheaper than drugs like heroin. With all the national attention on the opioid epidemic, stimulants are on the rise. Overdoses on stimulants are more difficult on emergency responders. There is Narcan for an opioid overdose, there isn’t one for stimulant overdoses. Stimulants are quickly becoming the next national epidemic.
In rehabilitation facilities when withdrawing from this dangerous drug patients are closely monitored. It is safer for the addict to be monitored because of what this drug does to the body, mentally and physically. This drug’s comedown affects the mental more than physical in most cases. It can cause the addict to feel hopeless, massive amounts of anxiety, lack of motivation, insomnia, depression, and psychosis. Detox after a meth binge is important because of dehydration, starvation, and muscle weakness. A facility can provide medically- supervised detox. With meth in particular, having staff readily available to watch vital signs is recommended. A patient can become panicked or agitated during withdrawal. An addict in panic mode can easily relapse. Being in a facility can help calm the addict with friendly staff, peer interaction, and medication. Helping an addict learn ways to avoid a relapse is the goal from the first step into recovery.