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Meth Addiction

In Massachusetts, hospital stays for meth-related health effects and overdose rose by 245%

Bedrock Recovery Center can give you the tools to protect yourself with our evidence-based treatment programs for meth. From medical detox to inpatient residential, we can walk with you through every step of the recovery journey.

At Bedrock, expect your recovery to include clinical treatment that works in a newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art MA facility. Now’s the best time to start treatment for meth addiction.

Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs available today, according to experts. Side effects of use can become severe and it is known to cause problems at home, work and school for its abusers. Worst of all, it’s highly addictive and can bring on a cycle of abuse that will only render its user more and more out of control with use. Fortunately, we have the tools to fight this drug. The first is understanding.

What Is Meth?

Meth is short for “methamphetamine.” It’s a powerful stimulant that acts on the central nervous system. It gives you energy as well as a feeling of euphoria. Doctors sometimes prescribe it for ADHD or narcolepsy, but more often, people take it recreationally despite its being illegal.

The physical effects depend on how it’s taken. While snorting usually just involves a mental high, smoking meth causes a rush that includes an increased heart rate and blood pressure. Injecting is the most powerful way of taking meth. The high is very strong but wears off much faster.

Meth is a dangerous drug for a number of reasons. It’s addictive and has a strong potential for overdose. Also, most illegal meth is made by amateurs in secret labs. The people often make mistakes or add chemicals that can make the drug poisonous.

The standard form of meth is a white or yellow powder that sometimes comes in a pill. On the street, though, it’s common to find it in the form of “crystal” meth. This form looks like little crystals of rock or glass.

Meth has many street names like:

  • Speed
  • Crank
  • Chalk
  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Crystal
  • Tweak

What Causes Meth Addiction?

The reason meth causes a high is that it makes your brain release dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that causes joy and pleasure. It also gives you motivation. Additionally, dopamine affects other functions of the body like muscle control and digestion.

Because meth increases the feelings of pleasure in the brain, people can feel down or anxious without it. This makes people seek it out to avoid these negative emotions. In fact, some people can become addicted to meth after just one dose.

People build a tolerance to meth as well. The more you take it, the more your body gets used to the effects. That means you have to keep taking more and more to get the same high. This also encourages addiction.

Meth Abuse Statistics

Methamphetamine abuse is an epidemic in Massachusetts right now. Something that was once confined to the Midwest has been spreading to New England. In the five-year period from 2014-2019, the amount of people calling the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline for meth increased 425%.

Shocking statistics about meth in the Massachusetts:

  • From 2008 to 2017, the number of people admitted to treatment who said they’d used a stimulant like meth increased from 2.5% to 4.6%.
  • From 2017 to 2019, the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline reported a 2,400% increase in callers who used meth as a secondary drug.
  • Over 20% of teenagers admitted to treatment centers report having used a stimulant like meth in the past year.

Get Treatment for Meth Addiction

If you feel like meth is destroying your life or that of a loved one, don’t lose hope. At Bedrock Recovery Center we use scientifically proven methods to break the cycle. Our experts can help you develop a personal treatment plan that can include medical detox, residential or outpatient treatment, and regular counseling. Call us today to learn about your options.

FAQ

Can I afford meth addiction treatment?

Often times, your health insurance plan can cover a majority of the cost of your treatment from meth addiction. Not sure where to start? We can help verify your insurance plan and point you in the right direction, even if it’s not with us.

Can I force a loved one to go to rehab for meth addiction?

If you live in the state of Massachusetts, there is a law that passed, known as Section 35. Under this law, it “allows a qualified person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for an alcohol or substance use disorder”. Read more about Section 35 and speak with one of our treatment specialists today to help assist you through this process.

How can I stage an intervention for meth addiction?

If you have tried talking to your loved one about their issue with meth and still can’t get them into treatment, give us a call. We can talk you through the steps needed to hold an intervention and can even send a certified interventionist to help assist you during this process. There is some planning that goes into place in order to conduct a successful intervention. You can read more about this process here.

How do I talk to a loved one about meth addiction?

Talking to a loved one about meth addiction treatment can be tough. It’s important to go about it in a healthy way, without them feeling judged or pressured. Here are some tips on talking to a loved one about addiction treatment.

What does meth look like?

Often times, meth comes in a white, brown, pink or yellowish-gray powder form. Crystal meth comes as clear crystals.

What does meth smell like?

When smoked, meth can smell like chemicals, cleaning products or burning plastic. After a meth binge, a person’s sweat can start to smell like ammonia. Read more about meth’s effects here.

What does meth treatment look like?

Treatment for meth addiction often comes in multiple stages. Typically, treatment consists of detox, inpatient/residential treatment and/or intensive outpatient treatment. This process usually takes on average 90 days. An individualized plan will be made for each patient by their clinician and therapist.