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Rehab Can Help Addiction

When friends tell you that you need rehab, you think it’s a joke. Especially when those same friends get high with you. Then maybe your family stages an intervention. You say you don’t need any help, be
cause you do not have a problem. Yeah right, opiate abuse is a problem. Denying that nothing is wrong will not get you help. Half the people or more I am willing to bet abuse opiates and do not think it’s a problem, as if it is ok to use these substances recreationally. These are serious and I mean serious, pain medications, the type that are used on victims of horrible car crashes. Opiates like morphine, that is what they are supposed to be used for. Not sitting around, relaxing, and just getting high. Any misuse of an opiate, could result in addiction. Eventually a person could need opiate rehab. But, there are many who will as I said before deny this opportunity.

When a person starts using opiates they may enjoy the euphoria they feel, the body’s reaction to the pain killer. But soon they become addicted, and soon the develop a tolerance. So not only does that person need to use opiates now or face an awful withdrawal that could kill them, but the tolerance forces them to increase the amounts. So that is how this all snow balls, you do some, you need it, you need more, and stronger versions. This could end with a deadly overdose, or with any hope opiate rehab to get back to a life without opiate use.

I don’t know the exact numbers, but speaking from experience I can safely say that a lot of people will not choose the rehab. They will be scared of the detox, scared of life without opiates, or maybe just don’t know how they will fit back in with the rest of society after being outcast as a drug user. Speaking from experience again, choosing opiate rehab, far exceeds any other option for those addicted. Without the help you get there you cannot become clean, or learn how to stay that way.


Meth Use in the World

Methamphetamine (meth, speed, crank, ice) is a powerful central nervous stimulant that is widely abused across the world. Within the last decade meth use has increased significantly and its abuse has been labeled an epidemic. Meth is smoked, snorted, swallowed, or injected to produce a highly addictive euphoric rush. The stimulant high created by meth is followed by an equally extreme crash. When coming down from the drug, users can sleep for several days at one time while their body recovers. Many stimulant addicts are in denial about their addiction, and intervention from family members or loved ones is often necessary to get them to seek help. 

  • In 2009, 1.2 million Americans had abused meth at least once within the past year (Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
  • In 2010, the Monitoring the Future survey showed that 14 percent of 10th-graders reported that meth was easy to obtain
  • In 2008 it was reported that 25% of the adult men being held in South Dakota Dept. of Corrections had admitted to using meth

Meth Moods

Methamphetamine is a psychoactive drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of drugs. It has a high potential for psychological and physical addiction. Addiction to meth can cause many undesirable side effects. Rehabilitating from a meth addiction can be a long and painful process as there are many withdrawal symptoms that can last anywhere from a few days with occasional use – or months in cases of chronic use.

Many people chose to enter a drug rehab program to assist them quitting the drug once and for all. Drug rehabilitation is the process of treatment for dependency on mood altering substances like alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal “street” drugs. Drug rehab centers offer therapists, counselors, medical doctors, and other experts on addiction to help patients overcome their addiction. Many addicts choose a residential treatment program where they stay on the campus of a rehab center for an extended period of time while they are in treatment. Residential rehab centers offer a safe, supportive, comforting environment that allows patients to ignore the stresses of their everyday lives and focus on beating their addiction.

Meth is highly addictive both physically and psychologically, so its withdrawal symptoms make rehab an especially difficult task. The physical symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal include fatigue, headaches, hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), and vivid or lucid dreaming. The psychological effects are perhaps much more severe and tend to cause more problems for an addict trying to rehabilitate. Meth users face cognitive deficits and low mood during the initial period of cessation. This further complicates the physical effects of withdrawal. Users will often times have trouble with memory, concentration, and decision making skills. This makes it far more difficult for a patient to follow structured treatment directions and recommendations.


What does Meth do?

Methamphetamine, or simply “meth”, is a synthetic drug which acts as a euphoric stimulant to the central nervous system. Meth has a high potential of causing addiction and dependence, even after only a few uses. Ingestion of meth causes an increase in production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These are two of the neurotransmitters thought to be associated with feelings of euphoria and pleasure, giving meth a dangerous potential for addiction.

Meth has traditionally been used in a clinical setting to treat narcolepsy, hyperkinesia, ADHD, and obesity. It is also produced illegally by combining several common household chemicals and over-the-counter cold remedies. Meth production is a relatively simple process that can easily be executed in home “labs”. On the street it is referred to as crystal, crank, glass, or speed. Its abuse has become an epidemic in American society due to its high potential for addiction.

Symptoms associated with short-term use of meth include:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Increased alertness and awareness
  • Reduced appetite
  • Euphoria
  • Increased Libido

 


Negative Meth Effects

After a user has abused meth, they can easily become addicted and seek increased doses or different methods of ingestion to maintain the same euphoric feeling. The body can build up a strong tolerance to the drug with repeated use, leaving an addict searching for a way to find a greater high. Typically users begin by snorting or swallowing the drug, but once a tolerance develops many will resort to a more direct route of administration such as smoking or injecting the drug. This causes the effects of meth to set in almost immediately and greatly increases the intensity of the drug. The rush from smoking or injecting meth makes using the drug many times more addictive than other routes of administration.

When a user becomes addicted or dependent on the drug, meth will often start having more serious psychological effects on the brain, especially when “coming down” off the drug. A binge user of meth will experience a high that lasts from four to sixteen hours after the initial rush. Many users will continue to use meth throughout this time and extend the binge to last several days. During the high period the user feels smarter and more aggressive, but as its effects die down they will become increasingly agitated, argumentative, and combative. This period of coming down is known as “tweaking”. Here, no amount of meth use will be able to bring back the rush that the user desires. This is typically when the serious psychological effects start to set in. A user will typically experience feelings of emptiness, depression, and paranoia. Some psychologists describe this experience as a meth-induced schizophrenia. Often times this causes hallucinations and feelings of bugs crawling underneath the skin. In the final stage of the come-down off meth, a user will experience a “crash”. This is when the body’s stores of epinephrine have been depleted and the user falls into a deep sleep, typically for one to three days.

 

 


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