Overcoming meth addiction requires medical detox and a carefully controlled treatment plan. Our Las Vegas meth detox facility can help you know what to expect when detoxing and set you up for lifelong recovery.
Methamphetamine (or meth) is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant produced by “superlabs” in Mexico and South America. The drug is also produced domestically in small clandestine labs throughout the United States using diverted products that contain pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient found in many over-the-counter cold medicines. 1
Meth can be obtained in several different forms that include:
People who use meth feel a powerful rush characterized by feelings of euphoria, boosted confidence, and a surge of energy. These effects are a result of meth causing a chemical called dopamine to flood the parts of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. 2 Meth also produces many immediate adverse effects that include rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, loss of appetite, elevated body temperature, and increased risk for overdose that can lead to convulsions, heart attack, stroke, brain damage, and death. 3
Chronic meth abuse can be very damaging and will often lead to severe psychological, medical, and socioeconomic consequences. Some of the effects of long-term meth use include: 4
The withdrawal period that follows a meth high can be painful and extremely uncomfortable, resulting in intense cravings to use meth again. As people continue to use meth, they build up a tolerance to the drug that causes them to need higher doses to get the same rush as before. Repeated meth use causes these individuals to become incapable of experiencing pleasure without the drug, creating a devastating dependence that can quickly turn into addiction.
According to recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 1 in 77 Nevadans have used meth in the past year. 5 Meth use is most common among young adults, with 1 in 128 Nevada residents aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year use. Among Nevada adolescents, approximately 1 in 45 teens admit that they have tried meth at least once. 6
The recent resurgence in meth use has greatly impacted communities across the state of Nevada, including Las Vegas and broader Clark County. Since 2015, the number of meth-related emergency department visits has roughly doubled, and the number of inpatient hospital admissions related to meth has nearly tripled. 7 A recent report indicates that Nevada’s death rate attributed to psychostimulants (such as meth) is the highest in the nation and will soon eclipse the state’s prescription opioid death rate if current trends continue. 8
Meth use is a major concern for Nevada residents seeking substance abuse treatment. According to recent admissions data, meth addiction was reported in 1 out of every 7 admissions to Nevada treatment facilities in 2019. 9
Meth addiction is one of the hardest drug addictions to overcome, but it can be done. Studies have shown that comprehensive addiction treatment that includes medical detox and behavioral therapy will give you the best chance to successfully quit meth and achieve long-lasting sobriety. 10
The medical detox program at Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas serves as a prelude to our meth addiction treatment programs. During the detox period at our safe and secure Las Vegas detox center, all traces of meth and other harmful toxins will be cleansed from your system as we prepare your body and mind for rehabilitation.
If you have developed a dependence on meth, you will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts to functioning without the presence of the drug. These symptoms may include: 11
Our medical team will provide around-the-clock care and support to help you get through detox as safely and comfortably as possible. Clinical specialists will closely monitor your condition and quickly identify and treat any medical complications that may arise during meth withdrawal. We can also prescribe medications that can help alleviate specific symptoms of meth withdrawal, such as sleep deprivation and depression. 12
Following the completion of methamphetamine detox, you will be ready to transition into the therapy stage of addiction treatment. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas proudly offers individualized treatment programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, ensuring that you receive the right therapy for your recovery. Depending on the length and severity of your meth addiction, we may provide treatment through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
During individual and group counseling sessions, you will participate in behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions, that are proven forms of treatment for meth addiction.10 Behavioral therapy will identify the root causes of your addiction by helping you understand the thought and behavioral patterns behind your meth use. You will also work on developing healthier thought and behavioral patterns and learn how to cope with the temptation to use meth in times of stress or boredom.
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas can help you overcome meth addiction and stay sober. Please call our local facility at 725-217-9910 to learn more about our medical detox and meth addiction treatment programs.
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1) Drug Enforcement Agency. (2020).https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Methamphetamine-2020_0.pdf
2) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-methamphetamine
3) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-are-immediate-short-term-effects-methamphetamine-misuse
4) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-are-long-term-effects-methamphetamine-misuse
5) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
6) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=NV
7) Foundation for Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency. (2019).http://dhhs.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dhhsnvgov/content/Programs/Office_of_Analytics/SAPTA_EPI_Profile_Nevada_2019a(1).pdf
8) U.S. News & World Report. (2018).https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/nevada/articles/2018-04-08/report-nevadas-death-rate-from-meth-stimulants-leads-us
9) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020).https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
10) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-treatments-are-effective-people-who-misuse-methamphetamine
11) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015).https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
12) Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (2014).https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4164186/