With an addiction recovery plan, a capable addiction treatment center, and a strong support system, recovery from meth addiction is possible. Landmark Recovery’s meth recovery facility in Louisville offers medical detox services, as well as evidence-based treatments, and proven behavioral therapies and counseling services that can help you get your life back.
Methamphetamine—commonly referred to as “meth”— is a potent nervous system stimulant that strongly activates certain areas of the brain to create an intense rush of energy and happiness. 1 Most meth is illicitly manufactured by large labs located in Mexico and South America, although a small number of make-shift, clandestine labs still operate throughout the United States. 2
Meth can be produced in several different forms and used in a variety of ways. The powdered form of meth can be snorted or dissolved in water or alcohol and then injected into the bloodstream. Crystal meth, a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or bluish-white rocks, is usually smoked using a small glass pipe called a “flute.” Meth is also available in a legal pill form that can be prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
There are substantial risks associated with using meth. Short-term effects of meth use include elevated blood pressure, rapid and irregular heartbeat, increased body temperature, faster breathing, insomnia, and decreased appetite. 3 Chronic meth use is associated with a wide array of long-lasting negative conditions that include extreme weight loss, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), psychosis, repetitive behaviors, delusions (such as parasites or insects crawling under the skin), and brain, liver, and kidney damage. 4 Meth abuse also increases the risk for life-threatening events such as strokes, heart attacks, and brain hemorrhages.
Meth is very addictive, as it causes the neurotransmitter dopamine to flood reward areas of the brain, strongly reinforcing drug-taking behavior and urging the user to repeat the experience. Someone who abuses meth can quickly develop an increased tolerance, needing larger amounts of the drug to get high. Meth abuse can quickly develop into strong psychological and physical dependence on the drug, causing the body and mind to spiral into withdrawal once the drug is depleted from the bloodstream. Because the effects of meth tend to start and stop fairly quickly, many users binge on the drug to avoid crashing, sometimes foregoing food and sleep and taking meth every few hours for several days straight. 5
According to recent survey results, approximately 1% of Kentucky residents used meth in the past year. 6 Meth use was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25, with 2% of this age group reporting past-year use. Around 1% of Kentucky high school students report that they used meth in the past year, 7 and more than 2% admit that they tried meth at least once in their lifetime. 8
Data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) indicate that meth was the most widely used drug among Kentucky’s substance abuse treatment population. In 2019, 27.1% of all admissions to treatment centers in Kentucky reported current meth addiction, a much higher percentage compared to the national average. 9 Meth addiction among Kentucky’s treatment population has seen a significant rise over recent years, increasing by more than 280% since 2015.
Meth is one of the most difficult drug addictions to overcome, and most people who suffer from meth addiction are unable to successfully quit the drug on their own due to the intense cravings that are experienced during and after the withdrawal period. If you are looking to effectively recover from meth, you will need to treat both the physical and psychological sides of your addiction. Landmark Recovery of Louisville offers comprehensive, science-backed meth addiction treatment that addresses the effects of meth abuse as well as the root causes of your addiction – all in a healing, service setting with people who will give you hope and be a strong support group for your long-term recovery.
Detox is the first critical step in recovery from meth addiction. During the meth detox program all traces of meth and accumulated toxins are flushed from your system, preparing the body and mind for rehabilitation. Detox can be extremely uncomfortable due to the harsh withdrawal symptoms that typically follow the abrupt cessation of meth use. Meth withdrawal symptoms often include: 11
Landmark Recovery’s meth rehab center in Louisville offers a personalized medical detox program that allows you to safely detox from meth under the supervision of medical professionals. Our clinical specialists provide help and care to ensure that you remain safe and comfortable throughout the entire detox process. You will also be monitored around-the-clock for any signs of withdrawal complications, which may include profound depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. 11 Although there are currently no FDA-approved medications specifically designed to treat meth withdrawal, we may prescribe other medications that can help reduce cravings and relieve the severity of specific withdrawal symptoms such as depression and disruptive sleep patterns. 11
Once detox is complete and you’re cleared for treatment, you will be transitioned into the therapy stage of meth recovery. Landmark Recovery incorporates the most effective, evidence-based behavioral therapies into our customized, individual meth recovery programs. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management therapy. 12 During individual and group counseling sessions, you will participate in a variety of proven behavioral therapies that will help you:
Recovery from meth addiction is extremely difficult – both physically and mentally. If you, a loved one, or a person you know is a meth addict, accredited rehab centers and treatment facilities in Louisville and throughout Kentucky may have an inpatient program, intensive outpatient program, detox facility, counseling and support group therapy, and recreational therapies. It is best to call each treatment facility to find out what services they offer, and which is right for you.
You can be assured that the friendly staff at Landmark Recovery in Louisville is here to help you overcome meth addiction with around-the-clock expert care and the most proven meth recovery treatment and therapy.
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2) Drug Enforcement Agency. (2020).https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Methamphetamine-2020_0.pdf
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) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/how-methamphetamine-misused
6) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
7) Kentucky Incentives for Prevention. (2018).https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a30a0572aeba58c0fb5e2eb/t/5d14eaee62ef95000108f335/1561651972006/KIP+2018+Statewide+Trends+Report-27June2019.pdf
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12) Drug and Alcohol Review. (2008).https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18368613/