If you or a loved one is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, our addiction specialists are available around the clock to assist you.
Treatment for Methamphetamine Users
Methamphetamine has never been a popular drug of choice in New Jersey, except for in the more rural areas, until very recently. The Department of Human Services doesn’t even list Methamphetamine in their data for substance abuse treatment admissions for the last several years. The Garden State has mainly had issues with alcohol and heroin, however, between 2015 and 2019 cases involving methamphetamine, for law enforcement, have risen 512%. From 2015 to 2017, the amount of meth seized went from 4,468 grams to 257,206 grams. That’s an alarming rise! The drug is being produced in large quantities, by Mexican drug cartels, with purity levels from 95 to 100%. It is trafficked in bulk via transportation hubs along the Southwest border of the US, and then it is distributed to the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Methamphetamine Addiction in New Jersey
The methamphetamine increase in New Jersey is partly from heroin users seeking out the drug to help combat heroin withdrawal symptoms and to be able to function to get through a workweek. Meth is readily available, relatively cheap, and produces a high for more than 24 hours.
The United States has been focusing on and dealing with an opioid crisis over the last several years while the methamphetamine epidemic has been quietly and vigorously brewing. Overdose deaths for methamphetamine have quadrupled between 2011 and 2017, and treatment admissions are up 17%. Also, hospitalizations for meth have increased by 245% from 2008 to 2015.
What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system by increasing the amount of dopamine it produces. Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain responsible for motivation, body movement, and reinforcement of rewarding behaviors.
Methamphetamine can either come in a white, odorless crystal powder, or it can look like shiny glass fragments or bluish-white rocks “crystal meth”. Other names for “meth” can include speed, ice, or blue. Methamphetamine can either be smoked, snorted, injected, or swallowed (pill form).
Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Abuse
Methamphetamine produces a quick, euphoric high that also fades rather quickly, so users will often binge on the drug and stay up for days on end without eating or sleeping.
Some of the short-term effects of methamphetamine can include:
- Increased alertness, wakefulness, and physical activity
- Faster breathing
- Decreased appetite
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat2`
Meth can also have some devastating long-term effects, one of those being severe decay of the teeth. This is often known as “meth mouth”. Some of the other long-term effects of methamphetamine abuse can include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Intense itching or scratching
- Memory loss
- Changes in brain function and structure
- Sleeping problems
- Violent behavior
Those that inject methamphetamine are at risk of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Studies have also been shown that methamphetamine use can worsen the progression of HIV by causing more damage to nerve cells.
You don’t have to suffer any longer. There is help available. If you or someone you love is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, our addiction specialists are available around the clock to assist you. At Absolute Awakenings, we provide comprehensive methamphetamine addiction treatment for residents of New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment in New Jersey
Methamphetamine addiction can be a tough addiction to beat. While there aren’t any major physical withdrawal symptoms from the drug, the psychological withdrawal can be debilitating. The good news is that it can be treated with a good treatment program. At Absolute Awakenings, we provide individualized addiction treatment. Our personalized and integrated program of clinical care will get you on the road to long-term recovery.
At Absolute Awakenings, we offer a comprehensive model of proven therapeutic techniques, holistic care, dual diagnosis treatment, and trauma care. We trust that our recovery program will set a solid foundation for a long-lasting recovery. To learn more about our methamphetamine addiction treatment programs in and around the New Jersey area, call us today.