Colorado authorities have successfully cracked down on meth labs in recent years. Abuse of the drug remains a major public health issue, however, because of the large quantities of meth coming into the state from Mexico. Cartels use so-called super labs to mass-produce highly potent meth and sell it cheaply in Colorado and other states.
Statistics on meth use in Colorado underscore the severity of the issue. Meth-related overdose deaths have more than doubled in recent years, according to a recent report. Another report showed that meth-related arrests in Denver nearly tripled over a four-year period. This problem is felt across the country, with approximately 1.6 million people acknowledging that they used meth in the past 12 months, according to a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
In addition to being highly addictive, one of the things that makes meth so dangerous is that it stays in the body and affects the brain longer than many other drugs. And the effects of meth use are more severe – it destroys the synapses in the brain’s pleasure center, making it difficult for users to experience any kind of pleasure unless they are using the drug.
Common effects of meth use include feelings of euphoria and increased energy, and some users also experience a decrease in their appetite. Meth can cause behavioral changes such as aggression, violence, and other erratic behavior. It also takes a toll on your body, and sustained use can lead to a stroke or even death.
Smoking is the most popular method for using meth because it provides a strong, quick rush that takes effect almost immediately. Other methods include:
When someone is addicted to meth, they often lose interest in activities that used to bring them pleasure. Instead, they focus solely on their drug habit. Even though they may attempt to hide their meth use, it becomes obvious to others as relationships, hobbies and careers get neglected and meth overshadows all other interests. This behavior occurs because meth can change how a person thinks and feels. They may have started out as a “recreational” user, but meth can soon take control of their life.
Some other behavioral and physical symptoms of meth use include:
Meth addicts go through stretches where they don’t eat or sleep for several days in row while using heavily, which is one reason they may suddenly lose weight. During a period called “tweaking” toward the end of a binge, they feel anxious and restless. This can last for a few days or a couple of weeks and can cause side effects such as confusion, paranoia and irritability, and sometimes heavy users experience hallucinations and violent behavior.
After tweaking, users go through a “crash” phase as their body adjusts to the sudden lack of dopamine that the meth was supplying. This causes exhaustion and depression, and cravings for meth may become more intense.
During your meth rehabilitation program at Golden Peak Recovery, our team guides you through drug detox and any necessary medical treatment you may require to manage your withdrawal symptoms. Our staff provides around-the-clock supervision and support to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible.
Once your body and brain have been cleansed of meth, we begin therapy to discover and treat any co-occurring mental health disorders – such as anxiety or depression – that may contribute to your addiction. Throughout each stage of recovery we help you develop cognitive skills and healthy coping mechanisms. You learn to challenge your negative, irrational thinking, which helps you stay sober despite triggering situations and environments. Your treatment program may include:
Our drug rehab programs also offer family counseling. Your family members and close friends are invited to sessions where they learn the symptoms and psychological barriers of substance use disorders and how they can support your recovery efforts.
After rehab, we devise a follow-up plan that includes measurable goals and counseling to help you maintain your hard-earned sobriety for the long term, The goal is to provide you with a strong support community that helps keep you on track for the duration of your recovery journey.