Over the years, methamphetamine has become increasingly popular as the drug of choice for both dealers and addicts alike. In fact, according to research from the United States Sentencing Commission, meth produced more drug offenses than any other narcotic in 27 states, including much of the Midwest, West and the South.
Meth is usually injected, increasing the risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. These health concerns are extremely valid and highlight the importance of receiving treatment for meth addiction, as well as relapse prevention education for people experiencing meth abuse and dependence. In addition, meth addiction can cause other medical problems such as memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, damage to the cardiovascular system, malnutrition and hepatitis C to name a few.
Meth use can cause facial and dental deterioration, physical emaciation, addiction and psychosis. There are over 100,000 people age 12 and older that try meth for the first time every year.
Methamphetamine is a 50/50 blend of levomethamphetamine and dextromethamphetamine, and a powerful central nervous system stimulant. Scientists warn that these chemical components are toxic and highly addictive. Meth is more popular as a recreational drug than for it medicinal benefits for obesity and hyperactivity disorder. As a Schedule II drug with a high potential for abuse, it is usually prescribed at very low doses when used in a clinical setting. On the street, meth is referred to as crystal, chalk and ice.
Based on a report from the RAND Corporation, meth’s devastating effects are even more far reaching than its impact on the individual’s health. Meth addiction is a threat to communities; it leads to unemployment, child neglect, abuse, and a range of criminal activity, primarily driven by the need to feed the drug dependence.
The good news, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse is that habituated meth abuse is treatable. There are several treatment options available for people at different stages of this addiction.
People seeking recovery can participate in a comprehensive continuum of care that integrates various evidence-based treatment models. In addition, ongoing research enables scientists to develop new interventions to halt the progression of this progressive disease.
In fact, in 2013 the Food and Drug Administration reportedly approved a fast-track designation for phase I of human tests on MN-166 (ibudilast); a drug that promise to be a cure for meth addiction. UCLA’s Keith Heinzerling, M.D., Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Family Medicine, Medical Director, UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, and principle investigator of the phase II trial for this study says approval of this drug will have real significance for public health. In tests, it has been shown to safely dampen cravings, improve cognitive functioning and ease the devastating symptoms of meth addiction.
People currently suffering with meth addiction can participate in behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions, family education, individual counseling and 12-Step support. Relapse prevention education and training provide skills and techniques to help support long term sobriety.
To learn more about how you can get treatment for meth addiction, call 855-638-9268 and speak to one of our caring admissions specialists. We can help you find a certified crystal meth addiction treatment center that provides individualized care and ongoing support for lasting recovery.