Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City can help you through every stage of your meth recovery, from detox to maintaining sobriety beyond treatment.
Methamphetamine (or meth) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is illicitly produced in meth labs using pseudoephedrine, an ingredient found in many cold medicines. 1 Meth often appears as a white or slightly yellow powder that can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. 2 Crystal meth is a form of meth that resembles fragments of pale blue glass and is usually smoked using a pipe. There is also a legal meth pill that is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy.
Meth is a potent central nervous system stimulant that produces an intense high. This short rush fades quickly and is followed by a difficult crash. To minimize the experience of a crash, people often take repeated meth doses in a binge and crash pattern. In some cases, people binge meth in a manner known as a “run”, giving up food and sleep while they continue to take the drug every few hours for up to several days. 3
The use of meth quickly becomes habit-forming due to the rapid development of psychological and physical dependence. Adverse effects of repeated meth use include insomnia, changes in appetite, increased heart rate and blood pressure, paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and convulsions. 4 Using too much meth can result in an overdose that leads to stroke, heart attack, or death.
Meth is the single greatest drug threat in Oklahoma, according to a recent report released by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Unfortunately, law enforcement describes the availability of meth in Oklahoma as “high,” meaning that the drug is easy to obtain at any time. 5 According to recent survey results, nearly 1 in 94 Oklahoma residents (aged 12 or older) have used meth in the past year. 6 Meth use is most common among young adults, with 1 in 52 Oklahomans aged 18 to 25 reporting past-year use. Around 1 in 500 Oklahoma high schoolers currently use meth, 7 and nearly 1 in 62 high school students have tried meth at least once. 8
Public health records demonstrate the grave danger that meth poses to the residents of Oklahoma. State officials reported 523 accidental overdose deaths involving meth in 2019, a significant increase from the 341 meth-related fatal overdoses reported in 2018.> 5 Admissions data indicate that meth is the most widely used drug among Oklahomans seeking substance abuse treatment. According to data from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, meth was reported as the primary drug of choice in more than half (53.3%) of all admissions to Oklahoma treatment centers in 2019. 9
Meth is notoriously known as one of the hardest drugs to overcome, and many people who suffer from meth addiction are unable to quit on their own. Research shows that successful meth recovery requires comprehensive treatment that includes detoxification, counseling, and therapy. 10 Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City is proud to provide effective treatment at our meth recovery center. Depending on the severity and duration of your addiction, your personalized meth recovery program may include inpatient care, partial hospitalization, and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Detoxification, or detox, is an essential first step in our Oklahoma City meth recovery. During detox you will likely feel severe pain and discomfort as you clear the meth from your body and begin to go through meth withdrawal. 11 To help keep you safe and comfortable during the detox process, Landmark Recovery provides medically supervised detox services at our safe and secure recovery center . Our licensed and accredited clinical specialists will provide around-the-clock supportive care while closely monitoring you for any signs of medical complications that may arise during withdrawal.
Although there are no medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of meth withdrawal, if needed, we can administer certain medications to alleviate the discomfort typically experienced during detox. Benzodiazepines may be used to address any panic or agitation that may develop as you adjust to not having meth, and antidepressants can be prescribed to treat the depression that often accompanies meth withdrawal. 12
Landmark Recovery’s evidence-based meth recovery program is centered around behavioral therapy, which studies have shown is the most effective meth recovery treatment currently available for meth addiction. 10 Some of the proven behavioral therapies used during meth recovery include cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and contingency management interventions. During meth recovery treatment you will work with a dedicated, master’s level, licensed therapist to identify the underlying causes of your addiction and develop and build the coping skills needed to prevent meth relapse and sustain recovery.
Both a healthy mind and a healthy body are needed to achieve successful recovery in the long term. Landmark Recovery provides holistic treatment for meth recovery by combining behavioral therapy with family education, individual and group counseling, support groups, meditation and mindfulness therapy, health and wellness education, enrichment activities, lectures, and other recreational activities.
Landmark Recovery can give you the best chance to overcome meth addiction and achieve wellness and recovery. Please call our Oklahoma City meth recovery center at 405-896-8426 to learn more about our medically supervised detox and meth recovery treatment programs.
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1) Drug Enforcement Agency. (2020). Methamphetamine: Drug Fact Sheet.https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Methamphetamine-2020_0.pdf
2) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Methamphetamine Research Report: How is methamphetamine misused?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/how-methamphetamine-misused
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5) Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. (2020). Oklahoma Drug Threat Assessment 2020.https://www.ok.gov/obndd/documents/Oklahoma%20Drug%20Threat%20Assessment%2C%202020.pdf
6) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Table 83-84. Oklahoma.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-specific-tables
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