Meth is a very destructive drug that can quickly take over your life. Without the help of an addiction treatment center and a meth addiction recovery program, long term recovery is very unlikely. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas provides evidence based treatment to help facilitate your recovery from meth addiction.
Methamphetamine (also commonly referred to as meth, ice, speed, and crystal) is a highly addictive central nervous system psychostimulant substance that can be smoked, snorted, injected, or orally ingested. 1 The drug increases the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, providing the user with an intense rush of energy and feelings of euphoria. 2 Using meth can also be extremely dangerous, as the drug significantly elevates heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. 3 Death may result from stroke, heart attack, or multiple organ failure caused by overheating.
Negative consequences of long-term meth abuse include extreme weight loss, aggression, violent behavior, psychosis (loss of contact with reality), paranoia, memory loss, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, severe dental problems, and skin sores caused by compulsive scratching. 4 Frequent meth use will lead to increased tolerance and dependence, making you need more of the drug more frequently just to feel normal. Meth also changes how the brain controls reward, stress, decision-making, and impulse control, making it even harder to stop use of the drug, regardless of the many adverse effects it may be having on your life and health. 4
According to results of recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 1.3% of Nevadans 12 years of age or older used meth in the past year. 5 Across age groups, meth use was highest among young adults, with around 2.4% of Nevada residents between the ages of 18 and 25 reporting past-year use. Meth abuse is also common among Nevada teenagers, as findings from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System indicate that 2.6% of Nevada high school students (grades 9-12) have used meth at least once in their lifetime. 6
Meth abuse is a major concern among Nevadans seeking meth treatment services. According to Treatment Episode Data Sets (TEDS) compiled by SAMHSA, 15.2% of individuals entering Nevada treatment facilities in 2019 reported meth addiction at the time of their admission. 7
If you are suffering from the negative consequences of meth abuse and feel as though you are stuck without a way out, please know that help is available and just a call away. Professional treatment in a rehab center that includes medical detox and evidence-based behavioral therapy can help you stop using meth and achieve long-lasting sobriety. 8
Landmark Recovery offers meth addiction treatment programs in Las Vegas that are tailored to the specific needs of each client, ensuring that the treatment you receive is appropriate for your recovery needs. Depending on the nature of meth addiction and the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders, we can provide individualized treatment through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
The first step in recovery from your addiction will involve discontinuing drug use and going through detox to flush out all traces of the meth from your body. Once the drug is no longer in your system, you will soon begin to experience the unpleasant feelings of meth withdrawal. Detox will often be the most difficult part of the recovery process, as the physical and psychological effects of meth withdrawal are usually uncomfortable enough to drive a person to use more meth as a way to avoid crashing. The symptoms of meth withdrawal often include: 9
To give yourself the best chance at successfully completing detox, we recommend detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals at a treatment facility or detox center. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas offers a medical detox program that allows you to get through meth detox as safely and comfortably as possible. Our doctors will observe your condition around-the-clock and prescribe medications to help manage specific symptoms of withdrawal. Once we determine that you are medically stable, you will be able to transition into the therapy phase of meth addiction treatment.
The cornerstone of Landmark Recovery’s meth addiction treatment in Las Vegas is behavioral therapy. During individual and group counseling sessions, you will work closely with a dedicated counselor to identify the underlying causes of your addiction, develop positive thought patterns and healthy lifestyle choices, and learn the coping skills needed to maintain sobriety and prevent relapse. We incorporate a variety of behavioral therapies into our meth treatment programs, including proven treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management interventions. 10
Are you or a loved one living in the Las Vegas / Southern Nevada area struggling with meth addiction and in need of a treatment program that will help you on your way to recovery?
Landmark Recovery in Las Vegas, Nevada can help you build a better future without meth. Please call our Las Vegas facility at 725-217-9910 to learn more about our personalized medical detox and meth treatment programs.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine
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) 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
8) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-treatments-are-effective-people-who-misuse-methamphetamine
9) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015).https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
10) Drug and Alcohol Review. (2008).https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18368613/