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Drug Rehabs For Methamphetamine Addiction

12/20/2006

Methamphetamine
The Devil's Drug

Methamphetamines are called the Devil's drug for good reason.

While it is uncomfortable to face the evils of this drug, life for methamphetamine users and their families, is far more uncomfortable if the drug use does not stop. Life will become a living hell.

Like it or not, families must deal with the hard core facts of methamphetamine abuse and the trail of devastation left behind if we are to prevent the coming of a new "Ice Age."

Inform yourself of these basic facts about methamphetamines as written below. And remember, if you are affected by this drug in any way, we can help.

What are Methamphetamines?

Methamphetamines have stimulant properties similar to adrenaline. They stimulate the central nervous system by creating toxic effects on nerve terminals and are extremely addictive. Methamphetamines may be known as meth, crank, glass, speed, crystal, ice, batu, chalk, or zin.

They are produced and sold illegally in pill form, capsules, powder and chunks.

Signs of METH Abuse

Glassy eyes and large pupils
Inability to sleep
Sensitivity to noise
Irritability
Dizziness
Confusion
Nervous physical activity (scratching)
Crashing (Sleeping for longer period of time.)
Tremors or convulsions
Paraphernalia (razor blades, mirrors, straws, syringes, heated spoons, surgical tubing) (continued)

The Effects and Signs of Methamphetamine Use

If you see any of these symptoms in a family member, get help immediately.

Rotting teeth
Sores all over the body
High doses can elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometime lethal, levels as can cause convulsion.
Irritability and aggressive behavior - or "downright mean."
Anxiety, stress and paranoia
Auditory and visual hallucination
Profuse sweating at inappropriate times
Rapid heart rate - sometimes over 180 per minute
Long catatonic like sleep after long periods of being awake
Decreased appetite leading to severe weight loss and emaciation
In an effort to intensify the desired effects, users may take higher does of the drug, take more frequently, or change their method of drug intake. In some cases, methamphetamine users forego food and sleep while indulging in a meth "run."

Withdrawal

After the effects of methamphetamine wears off, it can cause severe withdrawal that is more intense and longer lasting than both speed and cocaine. These withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression and an intense craving for the drug. The person can go into a catatonic like sleep for days, and are almost impossible to wake up when they are in this state.

Extent of Use and Effects in Society

Like an evil spirit, meth is sweeping through the country, tearing families apart and leaving a trail of violence and tears taking over entire towns such as Granite Falls Missouri and Indian reservations throughout the West and Midwest.

There are 12,139 meth labs in the United States and the possibility for fires and explosions is extremely high.
Meth cooks are often untrained and very reckless when making meth and this often leads to explosions and fires that kill families and the people involved.

People who live close to these labs also encounter the risk of being exposed to hazardous chemicals and fumes. The chemicals found at these sites are very potent and can enter the central nervous system (CNS). Once the chemicals have entered the CNS, they may cause neural damage and affect the liver and kidneys.

Leftover chemicals and by-products are often poured down drains in plumbing, storm drains, or even directly onto the ground. These toxic substances can remain in the soil and groundwater for years. The contaminated soil that is usually incinerated dramatically increases the cost of cleanup.

The cost of cleaning up a lab site can range from $5000 to as much as $150,000.

6.2 percent of high school students report use of methamphetamine

12.3 million Americans, 12 and older have tried methamphetamine.

59 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions are for meth abuse

Meth babies spend their first weeks asleep, some barely waking to feed. Within four to six weeks, they begin crying uncontrollably, irritated by normal sounds and lights.

What You Can Do

The first thing you can do is get someone you love who is taking methamphetamines into a program that works.

A program that will purge the body of drug residues, thus greatly reducing or completely removing cravings. This is accomplished through an exact regimen.

For more information contact these sites for help:

Drug Rehabs that use successful drug rehab programs
http://www.drug-rehab.us/

Drug Rehabs in Canada that use successful drug rehab programs
http://www.DrugAddictionTreatment.ca

Help with drug addiction and alcoholism
http://www.DrugAddictionSolutions.com/

Drug Rehabs that work recourse site
http://www.addiction-rehab-success.com/

Drug Rehabs for cocaine addiction and other drugs
http://www.cocaineaddictiontreatment.org/

Help with finding successful drug rehab programs
http://www.drug-rehab-addiction-treatment.org/

Resources for parents to find good drug rehab programs
http://www.DrugAddictionHelpline.com/

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