Methamphetamine is abused daily in the United States. It is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Methamphetamine is odorless and white, and bitter tasting. It is usually smoked, snorted, or injected. When you use methamphetamine, it affects your brain. Meth will produce high doses of dopamine, a chemical that your brain makes naturally to help you feel good.
This is what causes the rush after initial use of the drug. But as the synthetic chemical is made through meth, your brain stops making dopamine itself which causes a crash when someone comes down off meth.
In addition, if you use meth for a long time, then you can experience weight loss, dental complications, anxiety, confusion, violent behavior, and more.
You also expose yourself to disease when using meth; such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. Meth also changes your way of thinking so when on meth you can make risky and dangerous decisions that you would not have made if you were clean. There are also plenty of other risks when using meth.
Street names for methamphetamine:
• Black Beauties
• Bikers Coffee
• Methlies Quick
• Poor Man’s Cocaine
• Chicken Feed
• Crystal Meth
• Stove top
• Go fast
• Yellow barn
Effects on the Environment
When people make meth there is a high risk of explosion, in the process of making meth there is at least one step and sometimes more that has heavy risk of exploding. Every pound of methamphetamine produced can harvest five pounds of toxic waste. Some of the chemicals used to make meth contain their own toxicity and have a very high risk of exploding if combined with other chemicals. The cost of cleaning up a meth lab is 2 to 3 thousand dollars per lab, not counting the cost of lowering the property value, and property damage.
Withdrawal from Meth
After using meth for some time, your body can get used to it. So when you stop using or dramatically decrease the amount of meth you are using, your body can go through a withdrawal process. Some of these symptoms include:
• Dramatic and unpleasant dreaming
• Accelerated appetite
• Loss of pleasure in life
• Cravings for drugs
Your depressed mood may increase and last for weeks. The symptoms listed are just some of the symptoms you may encounter. When you go through withdrawal you will need several day to rest and recuperate.
How Narconon Handles Meth Addiction
Narconon does not believe that addiction is a disease because addiction is curable. We have 70% success rate, we think that if an addict can identify and overcome, the main problem that they were having before their addiction, and then learn how to regain their control they can stay sober.
There are five key factors that we use here at Narconon to make the program affective.
• First is that we believe addiction can be fully overcome, as mentioned above.
• Second is that our treatment method that consists of 8 phases that address both the mental and physical aspects of substance abuse.
• Third, is that our relapse prevention measure taken during the program.
• Fourth is that we do not you medication for detox.
• The fifth and final key is that we have a great staff that understands what the people we are treating are going through. Most of our staff has overcome an addiction themselves, so they know what the addict is facing.
Narconon has been successfully treating addicts since 1966. All of our courses and activities here at Narconon will help the addict face life and its problems so that in the future they can handle them without turning to drugs.
A lot of addicts start using drugs because something has happened to them so they turned to them to deal with the pain that is what is known as self medicating. After all of the courses have been complete, there is a review of results and future planning step that has to be done.
This will insure that all of the points of treatment have been addressed and achieved. Then the discharge plan will be finalize. A discharge plan is a plan of action for what you will do when you get home and taking control of any situation you may need to address once you get there. The discharge plan also includes personal goals, such as relationships, and any other personal goals that the person may want to achieve. There is also a plan on what actions should be taken to achieve these goals.
Each graduate of Narconon is contacted during a two year period, so if they run into any difficulties or problems then they can continue to receive help.
The Narconon program is open-ended and achieves a more than 70% success rate for permanent recovery from substance abuse.
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