Methamphetamine

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Meth is one of the most addictive and destructive illegal drugs. Continued use will render the user unable to sustain activity, causing a harsh crash. The effects on personality can be just as severe as the physical effects. Overcoming methamphetamine addiction safely requires medical rehab care from experienced professionals such as those at Ambrosia Treatment Center with locations throughout South Florida.

Commercial Names

Desoxyn®

Street Names

Crank, Chalk, Crystal, Fire, Glass, Go-Fast, Ice, Meth & Speed

Common Forms

White powder or pill; crystal meth looks like pieces of glass or shiny blue-white ‘rocks’

Common Ways Taken

Swallowed, Snorted, Smoked & Injected

Methamphetamine Addiction Facts

Health Effects of Meth Use

Meth is dangerous. The drug is chemically similar to amphetamine, a central nervous stimulant prescribed to increase performance and memory.  It is fast acting and high-jacks key areas of the brain within seconds.

Some of the many, serious health effects include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart failure
  • Mood disturbances
  • Violent, aggressive, paranoid behavior
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Increased body temperature
  • Loss of appetite & malnourishment
  • High blood pressure
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Unusually active

 Demographics

Meth addiction is a growing problem in rural areas. In fact, the Midwest accounts for nearly 90% of all drug cases, with Oklahoma leading the nation in both meth labs and arrests.

The drug can be found across various demographics, especially:

  • High school and college students and college athletes (ages 14+)
  • Blue-collar workers
  • Men and women (equally) in their 20’s and 30’s who are jobless
    Age in Years Usage by Percentage
    18-23 24%
    24-30 35%
    31-40 19%
    41+ 6%

How Loved Ones Can Help With Methamphetamine Addiction

If you suspect your loved one is using meth, arm yourself with various ways to help them overcome their addiction. Because meth addiction is difficult to handle, we have listed ways both you and your loved one can recover.
1. Know the Signs
Beyond the paraphernalia, meth is notorious for quickly altering the users physical appearance, including:

  • Skin sores (from picking)
  • Hair loss
  • Decaying teeth
  • Strange sleep patterns
  • Engages in obsessive and repetitive tasks
  • Incessant talking
  • Dilated pupils
  • Exaggerated mannerisms
  • Excessive sweating

2. Research Treatment Facilities
Treatment facilities give your loved one the physical, mental and spirutal tools they need to overcome their addiction in a supervised and supported manner. Even if your loved one has been to treatment before, always have a solution ready.

3. Hold An Intervention

By confronting your loved one in a calm, collected way, an intervention serves as a foundation for your new relationship and increases the chance that a reluctant individual will get the treatment they need.
4. Set Boundaries
Even if your loved one doesn’t enter treatment, it does not mean the intervention was a failure. The intervention serves as a way to set boundaries so you will no longer enable their addiction. Providing food, shelter or money often only helps fuel the addiction. Support the recovery, not the addiction.

Reviews

  • When I was 19, I was introduced to crystal meth. I didn’t stop using until six years later. When I had my first child, I thought I was given a new lease on life. I wanted to stop using for my daughter, but I couldn’t. Throughout my addiction I was always able to put food on the table, a roof over our heads and be there for my family. I didn’t believe I was an addict, because I could hold down a job. It wasn’t until I came into recovery that I realized I was. What started off fun, turned into a miserable existence in meth. I’ve learned so much since accepting my powerlessness over drugs. And, I’ve chosen a new way of life since.

    Alexander T.
  • Meth was pure, clean and powerful. What started out as fun on the weekends, turned into a way of life. Using meth became the most important thing. I lived to use, used to live, and did whatever I needed to do to obtain the drugs to support my habit. Caught up in the legal system for over seventeen years with fifty-seven arrests and five trips to prison, I finally reached bottom. I decided I did not want to live like that anymore. I decided to seek help. I was beaten physically, emotionally and spiritually when I entered recovery. I’m now living a life that is filled with purpose. I am no longer a slave.

    Aaron A.
  • I was fourteen when I was introduced to crystal meth. I was on my way to school on the bus, saw a bag full of white powder on the floor, and I took it home. It wasn’t long before I was in serious trouble with the law. The hopes and dreams I had as a child began to disappear. The freedoms of normal life were no longer mine. And, I was only fifteen years-old. This life would continue for another twelve years. My addiction has claimed many innocent victims, including my children. I am now thirty-one years old. I got clean 4 years ago, and am currently putting the pieces of my life back together. I am not perfect, but I do know that in order to live, I need to stay clean. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

    Samantha B.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    South Florida Methamphetamine Addiction Rehab

    Detoxing off of methamphetamine can be physically and mentally exhausting. The only safe way to rid the body of meth is in a medical rehab facility with professional help. Withdrawal can be deadly, and the dangers should not be overlooked. Ambrosia Treatment Center with multiple locations throughout South Florida offers methamphetamine rehab options to help you or your loved one safely begin their recovery from addiction. Visit our admissions process page to get started today.

    Once the drug is safely removed from the body, the psychological, life and social factors are treated using a personalized combination of proven clinical and holistic therapies. Since meth is highly addictive, this step cannot be skipped.

    The most important thing you can do right now for you or your loved one is to call the help hotline at (866)-778-7470.

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