Methamphetamine, or colloquially called meth, is a powerful stimulant that is prescribed by medical professionals in very low doses to help control conditions stemming from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, it has become a devastatingly illicit drug used recreationally. To understand the devastating and long-reaching effects of meth, it’s important to have a more comprehensive understanding of the drug’s origin, usage, and dissemination.
Meth is a potent central nervous system stimulant that first came into the public imagination in the 1890s. First synthesized in 1887, methamphetamine was used during World War II in a tablet form due to its performance-enhancing stimulant properties, including extended wakefulness. In war, soldiers have found it to be beneficial in ensuring that they stay awake for long periods, making them more effective foot soldiers.
For the following century, methamphetamine has found itself in treatments to treat obesity, with its addictive qualities largely being ignored. Eventually, the government began to strictly regulate the distribution of methamphetamine products. Finally, during the 1970s, amphetamine became a schedule two controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.
In the 1980s, crystal meth took hold. Street dealers eventually found that if they cut ephedrine — an active ingredient in popular over-the-counter cold medicines – then they’ll be able to produce crystal meth. Crystal meth has been known to be twice as potent as the pharmaceutical-grade methamphetamine.
Smoking crystal meth is one of the more popular methods of abusing it. The hydro-chloride salt from methamphetamine can be smoked by itself. The powdered form of methamphetamine can be injected, snorted, or ingested.
Crystal meth side effects include:
- A false sense of well-being. Immediately after exposure, users will feel euphoric. They may feel that their body might go longer or faster — after the drug effects wear off, users experience a severe mental and physical crash.
- Addiction to this euphoria. Users will become addicted to this euphoric feeling, requiring more methamphetamine to reach the same high. Continued use will affect sleep patterns, cause hyperactivity, nausea, and increased irritability.
- Irreversible harm. Long-range damage includes increased heart rate and blood pressure, and permanently damage blood vessels that can eventually lead to cardiovascular collapse or death.
The Benefits of Luxury Rehabilitation
While there are psychological and physiological effects that users pursue when using meth, oftentimes there are underlying factors that compel them to use. Rehabilitation uses a combination of therapy, in-group and solo therapy sessions, and medications.
While all viable rehabilitation centers and clinics have the proper tools to assist those who are suffering from addiction, a luxury rehabilitation center has unique benefits.
- Patient to staff ratio. A luxury rehab center will allow the patient to be under the care of a knowledgeable staff member at all times, through all phases of their journey.
- Access to alternative care. There are tried-and-true methods of rehabilitating a chronic user — but luxury centers can offer alternative care. These programs may include a combination of fitness, yoga, meditation, massages, and other healthy activities that will help a patient stay mentally stimulated while being physically weaned from their drug vices.
- Enhanced comfort. At a luxury rehab center, you will have access to additional amenities that will help you feel more comfortable. These include private rooms with features like quality bedding, linens, and large private bathrooms. While at the surface level these luxuries may not be important, they are included to help patients feel more relaxed and at peace with themselves.
Benefits of Inpatient Care
Inpatient rehab programs offer a comprehensive solution. It includes patient staying within the facility during the tenure of the program, with these sort of programs having a higher success rate than outpatient rehabilitation. While it is more disruptive to daily life, it offers constant medical and emotional support, with most treatments lasting from 30 days to several months. It is designed to treat addiction to meth, barring the distractions of everyday life from interfering with treatment.
With our inpatient program, the patient still has access to the family since they play a role in a successful recovery. Family members can contact loved ones and work in tandem with the facility to provide further encouragement.
About Grace Recovery
Grace Recovery is a new state-of-the-art addiction treatment that is located in the heart of Hollywood, California. Grace Recovery has a litany of luxury amenities and the latest in substance abuse programming. Our rehabilitation offers different levels of detoxification as well as inpatient care.
Los Angeles, like many other areas in the United States, has been hit with a meth epidemic. To begin your journey to a healthier you, contact Grace Recovery today.