If you or someone you love is looking for meth addiction treatment, Landmark Recovery of Denver is dedicated to helping our patients achieve a drug-free lifestyle. Our medication-assisted detox provides the highest quality of care and the best chance of success for our patients’ long-term recovery and sobriety. After detox, our evidence-based therapy approach examines the underlying cause of their addiction and equips them with tools for sobriety.
At Landmark Recovery, we believe no one will be more dedicated to helping your loved one safely navigate detox and live beyond their addiction.
Meth is an incredibly addictive stimulant because of the short-term “high” an individual experiences as it raises the level of dopamine in the brain. The effects of dopamine cause the meth user to feel intense energy, attention, focus, pleasure, and excitement. Meth’s versatility to be smoked snorted, and injected allows a person to experience a quick or even instant high, peaking within 1 to 15 minutes and lasting around 4 to 8 hours, but potentially longer.1
However, when the meth wears off, the individual will “crash,” meaning they will feel extremely tired, hungry, depressed, or even anxious.2 This only creates the desire to use again, so the individual repeats the experience. An individual taking repeated, back-to-back doses might use meth every few hours for a couple of days to prolong the high, which can quickly lead to a dependence on meth.
Unfortunately, not everyone who becomes addicted or dependent on meth will seek treatment. In a report by the National Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), only 53 people per 100,000 receive specialized care for methamphetamine at an addiction treatment center.3
Methamphetamine has been abused heavily in Colorado since the 1990s. In recent years, more people died from meth overdoses than opioid overdoses in southern Colorado. Despite public service campaigns in the early 2000s that raised awareness for the side effects of meth abuse – like meth mouth – the use of meth continued to grow.
According to Colorado Public Radio, a combination of fentanyl and meth contributed to the growing overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.4 Accidental overdose deaths in Arapahoe County – which includes most of Aurora, Colorado – increased by 40% in 2020. Deaths linked specifically to methamphetamine around the state have increased annually since 2012, with a record 517 people dying from meth overdose in 2020 (nearly a 50% increase from 2019).5
Methamphetamine is incredibly dangerous and can be deadly for first-time, regular, and long-term users. It increases heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, symptoms which raise the risk of overdose.6 Withdrawing from the drug is uncomfortable, however, which makes the likelihood that someone would want to quit using meth very unlikely.
Meth withdrawal symptoms usually begin within 24 hours of an individual’s last dose. The first symptom is typically fatigue and continues to include overwhelming depression, hunger, and need for sleep.7
Our team is ready to help our patients safely navigate the detoxification process (detox) with around-the-clock care and medical treatment to alleviate any severe withdrawal symptoms. We will carefully taper a patient’s body with medical treatment in order to lessen the side effects of withdrawal that would otherwise be dangerous and uncomfortable if done alone. Depending on a patient’s dependence on meth, the further medication-assisted treatment also may be prescribed post-detox to help maintain long-term sobriety.
If you’re interested in learning more about Landmark Recovery of Denver’s meth rehab facility, medical detox, and long-term meth addiction treatment programs, call us today at (720) 702-9994.
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1) American Addiction Centers (2020). Dangers of Snorting, Smoking, or Injecting Meth.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/meth-treatment/smoking-snorting-injecting
2) American Addiction Centers (2021). Meth Addiction: Facts, Statistics & How Meth Changes You.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/meth-treatment/facts
3) American Addiction Centers (2021). Meth Addiction: Facts, Statistics & How Meth Changes You.https://americanaddictioncenters.org/meth-treatment/facts
4) Colorado Public Radio (2020). Fentanyl And Meth Fuel Record Colorado Overdose Deaths Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.https://www.cpr.org/2020/08/07/colorado-fentanyl-meth-overdose-deaths-coronavirus-pandemic/
5) Sentinel Colorado (2021). Double Dose: Colorado fentanyl deaths doubled in 2020, sowing worry about drug’s spread.https://sentinelcolorado.com/orecent-headlines/double-dose-colorado-fentanyl-deaths-doubled-in-2020-sowing-worry-about-drugs-spread/
6) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2021). Know the Risks of Meth.https://www.samhsa.gov/meth
7) WebMD (2021). Meth Detox: Everything You Need To Know.https://www.webmd.com/connect-to-care/addiction-treatment-recovery/methamphetamine/meth-detox-what-you-should-know