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Methamphetamine Use on the Rise

by on Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Methamphetamine Use on the Rise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that methamphetamine use is rising, with nearly 1 million Americans hooked on this life-changing drug. Between the years 2015 and 2018, over half of the 1.6 million methamphetamine users developed a substance use disorder — or addiction to the drug. Mental health disorders and other drug use were also common among meth users. Keep reading to learn where and why meth use is growing, and what we can do to help stop it.

Who Is Most at Risk?

According to the CDC, the communities that are most at risk are middle-aged adults, males, and people who live in rural areas. Furthermore, the odds of meth use are higher among adults who have lower incomes, do not have health insurance, and have achieved lower education levels. Unfortunately, meth is readily accessible throughout the United States, particularly in the West, Midwest, and Northeast. The increased availability of this drug has also increased its use and related problems.

A Dangerous Combination

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that the recent increase in meth use is partially due to growing demand from users of opioids who mix the two drugs to increase their high. In some cases, meth is even used as a substitute when opioids are unavailable. There is an immediate need to increase prevention measures on national, state, and local levels — but until then, meth use continues to rise.

Shooting Up

Over 22% of meth users inject the drug. Shooting meth causes the stimulant to reach the brain very quickly, producing an extreme “rush” or feeling of euphoria. But this rush only lasts for a few minutes, and more meth must be injected in order to continue feeling pleasure.

This may continue for many days and is known as a “run.” During a run, the user may forget about necessary functions like sleeping or eating to keep using. Shooting meth is known to speed up the development of an addiction.

Beyond the Euphoria

As meth users continue to chase the initial euphoria, they put their bodies at great risk. The short-term effects of using include rapid heartbeat, increased breathing rate, and increased body temperature. Over time, in the later stages of a meth high, they may become restless, depressed, nervous, violent, or even psychotic. Until meth use begins to decline, it will remain a danger to those who try it and become addicted.

If you or a loved one is addicted to meth or another substance, Restorations Therapy is here for you. We are experts in helping the addict not only with the chemical addiction but also the behaviors, psychological aspects, and underlying co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. When we treat the entire person and family system, we are able to help give each family the best chance at lasting recovery. To learn more, call Restorations Therapy today at (720) 446-6585.

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