The Drug Is Becoming More of a Problem. Do You Know Someone Who Needs Help?
Between 2016 and 2017, the number of methamphetamine use disorders in the U.S. increased by 280,000. A 2019 survey showed that more than 1 million Americans reported struggling with methamphetamine use disorder, with roughly 2 million people admitting to having used methamphetamine at least once in the past year. At the same time, treatment rates for methamphetamine addictions have been dropping.
October Road is doing what it can to fight this problem. We offer residential treatment as well as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for methamphetamine use. We also offer PHP/IOP treatment geared toward teenagers. Fighting addiction early can be an important part of helping someone overcome their substance use disorder rather than carrying it into adulthood with them. Our trauma-informed therapies and holistic treatment options are tailored to give each patient their best chance at recovery.
Call our admissions team now at (888) 201-5086 to learn more about our methamphetamine treatment options in Charlotte.
Identifying Methamphetamine Addiction
Many of the effects of methamphetamine are easy to spot. The drug itself is white and is typically sold in its powdered form. When dissolved in water or alcohol, it provides a big boost to a user’s central nervous system. Even a small dose can have large effects—methamphetamine has many qualities similar to those of other amphetamines. However, it can bond with receptors much more easily than its cousins, meaning users’ brains experience a greater rush.
While high on meth, someone may exhibit symptoms including:
- Increased energy levels
- More attentiveness
- Depressed appetite
- Faster breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased body temperature
When the drug’s effects wear off, withdrawal characterized by depression, anxiety, tiredness, and cravings may set in.
Additionally, those who regularly use methamphetamine develop symptoms that often outlast their intoxication. They affect the body and mind and include:
- Predisposition toward violence
- Hallucinations (both visual and auditory)
You may have seen pictures of users with decaying teeth and small scars or sores, which are common among those with longstanding methamphetamine habits. The drug can cause users to grind their teeth, which can escalate problems caused by poor dental hygiene. The damage can be painful and acute. Methamphetamine users often experience hallucinations of insects crawling under their skin and try to pick the bugs out. These efforts leave scars on body parts including their arms and face.
Methamphetamine: The Mystery Drug
Other drugs may be “cut” with inactive ingredients to increase a dealer’s supply. Sometimes, users are sold contaminated drugs or substances that differ slightly from a dealer’s promises. With meth, there’s no “standard” composition or ingredient list. Any batch could include multiple highly toxic chemicals.
Methamphetamine is made when drugs with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine are “cooked” to extract and purify the desired substance. Illicit meth labs use a variety of chemical elements as part of their process. Law enforcement officers have found substances including:
- Hydrochloric acid
- Drain cleaners
- Paint thinner
- Fire starters
- Sulfuric acid
Batches of the drug may retain dangerous toxins; tests have found lead acetate and mercury in ready-for-sale methamphetamine.
Finding Methamphetamine Treatment That Works
Methamphetamine has a reputation for being difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Because the drug changes users’ brains so much, cravings and withdrawal symptoms may be hard to overcome. However, with evidence-backed therapies and round-the-clock support, patients can quit methamphetamine for good, letting their bodies begin to heal.
Researchers have found that behavioral therapies have the largest impact when it comes to meth addiction. Though peer support groups are available to October Road patients who want them, our recovery model relies on evidence-based treatments administered by professional clinicians. We work with patients to tailor their recovery roadmap so it meets their needs.
If you are in or around Charlotte, NC, October Road can help you access the treatment you need. If you or a loved one are struggling with methamphetamine use, don’t give up hope.
Reach out to our admissions team at (888) 201-5086 for an initial evaluation. Our compassionate caretakers want to hear from you.