Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerful chemical substance that can cause many problems for a user. If you are struggling with meth addiction in the Indianapolis area, our evidence-backed, science-based approach can help you overcome your addiction.
What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is an amphetamine-derived stimulant drug that is occasionally prescribed to help manage the symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy. Meth can also be illicitly produced in meth labs using ingredients like lithium batteries, fertilizer, ammonium, paint thinner, and over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine. 1 Also known as “crystal”, “rock”, or “ice”, this highly addictive street drug can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Meth acts on the central nervous system and causes the release the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure, providing users with a short, intense “rush” followed by an extended high that can last up to 12 hours. 2
Consequences of Methamphetamine Use
Meth use quickly becomes habit-forming, and dependent users often become incapable of feeling pleasure without the assistance of the drug. Negative effects of meth use include increased heart rate and blood pressure, rapid breathing, overheating (hyperthermia), and decreased appetite. Chronic meth use leads to increased tolerance and addiction, as well as other damaging conditions such as agitation, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior.
High doses of meth are extremely dangerous and can result in convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, stroke, or death. 1 Just last year, the Indiana Poison Center answered 274 calls associated with methamphetamine exposure. 3 And in Marion county, 100 of the 361 accidental overdose deaths that were reported last year involved methamphetamine.
In addition to the serious health issues associated with its use, meth has also influenced criminal activity and negatively impacted children and families in the state of Indiana. Last year, Indiana law enforcement made 13,920 arrests for meth-related charges (accounting for 25% of all drug arrests), seized 90 clandestine meth labs, made 45 meth lab arrests, and rescued 6 children from meth lab homes located within the state. 4
Methamphetamine Use in the Hoosier State
Methamphetamine has become a major health concern for residents in the state. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 in 115 residents of Indiana aged 12 years or older reported the use of methamphetamine in the past year. 5 Meth is most common among young adults, with 1 in 57 Hoosiers aged 18 to 25 reporting methamphetamine use in the past year. Around 1 in 333 Indiana college students currently use meth, 6 while 1 in 35 high school students (grades 9 through 12) have admitted to trying meth at least once. 7
Previous admissions data indicate that meth was the most widely used stimulant among Hoosiers receiving substance use treatment. Methamphetamine use was reported in nearly a quarter of all admissions, a significantly higher rate when compared to the national average of 17%. 8
Methamphetamine Treatment at Landmark Recovery
Many individuals who suffer from meth addiction find themselves unable to successfully quit on their own. The best approach for getting clean is to seek professional help. Our Indianapolis Landmark Recovery treatment facility will provide you with a safe, secure, and drug-free environment to undergo meth addiction treatment, eliminating any potential triggers and temptations to use.
If you have developed a physical dependence on meth you will need to go through detoxification, or detox, before you can begin the therapeutic process. Detox is the process during which all of the meth and its accumulated waste products are removed from your body. While eliminating the meth from your system you will likely begin to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of meth withdrawal include: 9
While undergoing medically supervised detox in the meth treatment facility at Landmark Recovery Indianapolis, we will make sure that you are kept as comfortable as possible while our trained medical professionals closely monitor and address any physical or psychological withdrawal complications that may arise. Meth withdrawal typically does not pose immediate medical danger, but some people may experience dangerous cravings and intense depression that can lead to thoughts of suicide. If needed, antidepressants may be prescribed to treat the depression that often accompanies methamphetamine withdrawal. 9
The methamphetamine treatment program at Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis provides you with the best opportunity to successfully rid your body of meth addiction while remaining safe and comfortable in our secure facility. Following detox, you will receive the most effective treatment currently available for methamphetamine addiction. 10 Our science-backed, evidence-based treatment approach integrates family education and individual and group counseling with various forms of proven behavioral therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions.
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1) Drug Enforcement Agency. (2020). Drug Facts: Methamphetamine.https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Methamphetamine-2020_0.pdf
2) Kish SJ. Pharmacologic mechanisms of crystal meth. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2008;178(13):1679-1682.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2413312/
3) Indianapolis Star. (2019). Meth, once the drug scourge of Indiana, is back but in a new and deadlier way.https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2019/09/05/resurgence-methamphetamine-meth-stimulant-epidemic-drugs-opioids-cocaine-poly-substance-use/2060449001/
4) Indiana State Police. (2020). 2019 Indiana Law Enforcement Annual Clandestine Lab Stats.https://www.in.gov/meth/files/2019%20Indiana%20Law%20Enforcement%20Annual%20Clandestine%20Annual%20Lab%20Stats.pdf
5) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Table 40. Indiana.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-specific-tables
6) King, RA, & Jun, MK. (2019). Results of the Indiana College Substance Use Survey 2018.https://iprc.iu.edu/publications/icsus/ICSUS_Survey_2019.pdf
7) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance —United States, 2015.https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/ss6506_updated.pdf
8) Indiana State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup. (2019). The Consumption and Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs in Indiana: A State Epidemiological Profile 2018.https://fsph.iupui.edu/doc/research-centers/EPI_2019_Web.pdf
9) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatment Improvement Protocol 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
10)National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Methamphetamine Research Report: What treatments are effective for people who misuse methamphetamine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-treatments-are-effective-people-who-misuse-methamphetamine