WalletHub recently delved into the substance abuse problem with a major research article, examining all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They found that while some states ranked much higher with substance abuse issues than others, those ratings could change as the data is examined in different ways.
Methamphetamine never received the notoriety or news attention that opioids did – at least not until recently. Now headlines from medical journals, government agencies, popular magazines to radio stations are screaming warnings about the dangers and increases in methamphetamine use.
Methamphetamine (meth) abuse is growing. The drug is becoming easier to get and is inexpensive. It is also highly addictive, and methamphetamine treatment can be complicated. Unlike some substance abuse disorders that are treated with medications, at this time there are no medications that have proven effective to counteract the effects of methamphetamine or improve abstinence rates for people seeking recovery from methamphetamine addiction.
Methamphetamine promises to make you feel good. It promises to give you lots of energy. It promises to curb your appetite and help you lose weight. It also promises an almost immediate, pleasurable, amazing rush. It sounds good!
As the much-publicized war on opioids continues, another drug is quietly regaining momentum and leaving a deadly path of destruction. Methamphetamine is back. Back in a very big way.
Many of those who have experienced less difficulty with recovery talk about an “aha” moment where they realized at a very deep level that they wanted to change their lifestyle and regain their health. They often echo a well-known quote, saying, “they got sick and tired of being sick and tired.” In other words, they were ready for recovery and willing to make the changes necessary to achieve their sobriety.
In the third episode, “The Observable Behavior of Addiction”, Kat and Barnett from Gulf Breeze Recovery, a non-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab in Florida, continue their discussion of addiction using the plant metaphor, and looking at from where the observable behaviors of addiction spring forth and grow.
The potential risk for overdose with these drugs cannot be overstated. It is important that people are educated to understand the risks involved and seek help if struggling with opioid addiction.
Julie speaks of her son with a touch of wonder in her voice, “I still can’t believe how great Jack is doing!” Her son completed the program at Gulf Breeze Recovery almost three years ago. All his adult life, and most of his adolescence had been a struggle both for him and his parents.
People with addiction issues come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Some individuals’ issues are easily recognizable and they can only thinly disguise their addiction. Other people hide their addictions very well, even to themselves – until they can’t anymore.