Over the last decade or so, methamphetamine has grown into one of the country’s biggest addiction and overdose crises. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has found that annual meth-related deaths between 2011-2018 increased from 2 to 10 per 100,000 men and .8 to 4.5 per 100,000 women. 1
There is no doubt that the crisis has worsened dramatically, and now, there is a new kind of meth on the rise that is even deadlier and more addictive.
If you or someone you love are struggling with meth addiction, read on for more information about this dangerous new kind of meth and learn how to get help starting on the road to recovery.
What Meth Does to the Body
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that is most often consumed by smoking. It causes the brain to rapidly release dopamine, the chemical responsible for feelings of pleasure. This surge of dopamine upon the initial use of methamphetamine is so strong that it can cause many users to continue using meth in the hopes of obtaining the same rush. However, it becomes harder and harder to achieve the more that they use, and very challenging to quit.
Meth has many harmful side effects, including significant damage to the brain, some of which may not be reversible. It also harms the immune system, the heart, and the kidneys. It can also cause tooth decay, gum disease, and extreme itching, leading to sores on the face and body.
What is the New Kind of Meth?
As meth use has risen in America, there has also been a significant rise in drug manufacturing to meet the increasing demand. The result has been an evolution in how the drug has been created, leading to more pure and potent forms of methamphetamine finding their way onto the streets.
The new kind of meth is just purer, more powerful meth. It is far easier to overdose on and more addictive than ever before.
For those struggling with addiction, this new kind of meth can quickly bring about a fatal overdose. Its purity makes it much more potent than what was once found on the street. Thus, a person may think they are taking a regular dose, when in fact, the meth is far more potent than expected, potentially causing an accidental overdose.
For those trying meth for the first time, the intensity can leave them chasing a high that they can no longer obtain, leading them down the road of addiction.
How to Find Help for Substance Use Disorders
With this new kind of meth, what was already a devastating scourge in America — particularly to specific minority communities — now has the potential to become even more devastating. However, there is hope for recovery for anyone that is struggling with methamphetamine addiction.
If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans that struggle with substance use disorder, there is help available. Acknowledging your addiction and reaching out to family and loved ones for support is the first step. Still, in many instances, more support will be required to achieve a successful recovery. Entering drug and alcohol treatment is your best option.
Are You or a Loved One Struggling with Addiction?
Finding the right rehabilitation center may be the very thing you need to get your life back on track. Contact Ocean Hills Recovery today to speak with one of our team members. When you’re ready to start your recovery, we will be there to help you on your way.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.