Meth addiction has been described as one of the toughest to kick. It has also been said to be the most addictive and dangerous substance of abuse. While there is much controversy about whether these claims are true or false, the answers may be found hidden between the lines in Meth addiction stories. These stories clearly indicate that while the path to meth addiction and the experience of it can be destructive and life altering, it is a treatable condition. What scientists have discovered recently, is that there are many variables when it comes to how drugs like meth affect each person.
Studies show some people with a family history of addiction may have a genetic predisposition to the disease and are therefore at greater risk when exposed to this and other drugs. Even a one-time use of a drug like meth can turn into a life-time addiction for some individuals. Sadly, the gloom of these predictions sometimes overshadow the hope of achieving sustainable recovery for some who are still dealing with meth addiction.
This was the case for recovering addict Paige in her story titled “Nothing to lose, everything to gain” who said she was unable to envision herself winning her battle with addiction. Things changed however for Paige when… “I listened to the stories and tales of people in the programs who had years of recovery under their belt. These people gave me hope” she said. As a result, Paige was able to muster the courage to pursue her own recovery. The critical question most people battling meth addiction want answered is whether rehabilitation is possible for them.
The professional response from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is that there are effective treatment approaches for meth addiction. These include comprehensive behavioral therapy that is integrated with various other treatment models.
This was also answered in Carmen Clem’s story. “I never expected to become a drug addict” she said. She took this dark turn after being introduced to meth by a co-worker to help boost her energy after she complained of being tired. According to Carmen the “pick-me-up” turned out to be methamphetamine. This use event eventually led to a weekend meth binge, addiction and an attempted suicide before receiving treatment. Two years after rehab, however, she said she fell in love, got married and gave birth to a daughter. Today, Carmen says she is still clean and sober.
Based on reports from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the production and use of meth poses a serious threat to the health and safety of American communities. Although most of the Meth abuse in the United States comes from foreign labs, domestic production of meth in residential homes has been increasing. These activities present a serious danger to the inhabitants of the homes in which Meth is cooked as well as to their neighbors and the environment as well.
In fact, according to law enforcement and emergency room data, meth has the highest drug use impact on society relative to hospital visits, admissions for treatment and seizures by police. There are innumerable reasons for seeking treatment to halt the progression of meth addiction. The most impelling is the drastic transformation of the individual’s physical appearance from chronic use of this drug. Medical experts caution that meth use constricts and weaken blood vessels. As a result, the flow of blood to all parts of the body is reduced making it less capable of repairing itself. Overtime, hallucination that are characteristic of addiction lead people to believe that they have bugs crawling underneath their skin. This results in obsessive skin picking that coupled with slower healing process leads to unsightly skin abrasions and sores. When these conditions are also paired with severe teeth erosion or “meth mouth” the physical features can become distorted. Early treatment for meth addiction can stop or prevent this and other psychological debilitations caused by meth abuse.
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