Recover from Meth Addiction at Beachside Rehab
Methamphetamine is generally referred to as meth, and it is an artificial stimulant that is made in laboratories. Where? Well, America has a surprising number of meth labs, in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, with a population of 639,242, police have reported finding 979 contaminated labs.
The critically acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad introduced its audience to the local lab in America and the world that surrounds it, and provided us with a glimpse into how addiction can destroy human beings and their families. But there is hope for those addicted to this destructive drug – in rehab. (Or ice rehab, as it is sometimes called.)
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What Is Meth?
It is known by several names, such as crystal, chalk, ice, crissy, tina, crank, speed, shards, glass, whizz and dope, and is usually sold as a powder that is known for its bitter taste. Crystal meth is a popular form of meth that looks like pieces of glass and has a reputation as a party drug.
Labs commonly use ingredients from over-the-counter cold medicines and fertilizer as the base – to “cook” batches of the drug, and add toxic substances such as acetone, commonly found in paint thinner and nail polish remover; hydrochloric acid; and other highly dangerous substances.
Who Takes Meth?
Research shows that between 10 and 12 million Americans have tried it, perhaps only once, and that the average age of a user is 19.7. The American government puts the number of regular users in our country at 529,000.
Users are hesitant to enter rehab, as only about 10% of entrants to treatment facilities for addiction enter rehab though most drug rehab centers include rehab programs.
How Does Meth Make You Feel?
It stimulates your brain so that you feel an intense feeling of euphoria, similar to that you would experience should you accomplish a worthy goal in your life. Also, it dulls your emotions, allowing those who are suffering in negative circumstances or struggling from past trauma to escape from their thoughts, temporarily.
When high, you may believe that you are more powerful than you usually are, and that you are capable of doing more difficult things than usual, which can lead to you being overly aggressive and entering complicated, even dangerous, situations.
What Are The Risks Of Using Meth?
The euphoria and sense of power that comes with a high rapidly deserts the user when the drug wears off, leaving them feeling frantic for a new hit and even more desperate to escape the thoughts that they experience normally.
If you begin to use, you can expect to lose your appetite and, as a result, lose weight. You may also find it difficult to sleep, and experience nausea, restlessness, irritability, and increased aggressiveness.
Occasionally, users become confused, anxious, paranoid, and even experience hallucinations and death. Famously, Fergie, lead singer for the Black Eyed Peas, described her “bad trip” – when she came to believe that the FBI was chasing her – publicly so that others might learn from her experience and say no to the drug.
Long-term Effects Of Using Meth
The short-term effects of using tend to intensify as time passes, and violent behavior, malnutrition, sores on the skin, an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, and what is commonly known as “meth mouth”, a condition that often results in the user losing their teeth, plague the regular meth user.
It damages the human brain, causing symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and epilepsy, and also causes depression and psychosis. Scientific research has found that using can permanently change your personality and your level of intelligence.
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How Is Meth Addiction Treated?
In a rehab center, the first step in recovery, after the intake process, is medical detox. What does this mean? Qualified medical professionals will supervise the weaning off from your physical body; while the withdrawal symptoms are difficult to endure, being in a safe environment such as a rehab can help.
While there are medicines designed to assist the body during detox being tested, there are currently none available in America for use in an inpatient meth rehabilitation facility.
After medical detox, the best rehab for addiction involves talk therapy. There are various kinds of therapies available, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, individual counseling, group therapy, and creative expression therapy.
The medical community has achieved a consensus in supporting CBT in recovery programs as evidence has shown it achieves positive outcomes. CBT is a focused program that teaches you how to unlearn addictive behaviors and to discover new healthy ways to behave. Also, CBT is a time-limited program, which has proven to be an advantage in treating addictions, as it allows clients to work toward concrete goals in specific time frames.
Aftercare refers to the support you have access to after leaving your meth rehab center and may involve 12-step programs, therapy, group counseling, sober living homes, and alternative programs like SMART Recovery.
Should you live in a remote area or for another reason are unable to attend a SMART Recovery meeting, you can join an online meeting: 12-step programs like AA also offer online meetings, as do individual therapists.
One More Thing
You can recover from an addiction. Reading about how serious an addiction can become can be disheartening for those addicted to the substance, but there are logical reasons to hope that you will prevail over your addiction.
In rehab for meth, like that provided by Beachside Rehab, you will have treatment options that allow you to unearth the reasons behind your addiction and to finally begin to build a life where you are able to make decisions for yourself again.
There is a Chinese proverb that is apt and inspiring for those who have decided to tackle their meth addiction: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
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As a chronic disease, addiction must be managed like arthritis, diabetes, and other ailments. With Beachside, a full recovery isn’t just a possibility, it’s a common goal that we believe all clients can achieve with hard work and a positive outlook.
Whether you notice the signs of drug addiction in a loved one or yourself, it doesn’t have to be like this. Help is just a phone call away. Choose to enter luxury drug rehab today and receive exceptional care in a luxurious and serene atmosphere. Call us today to get the help you deserve.
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