Meth Drug Rehab

Methamphetamine, Crystal Meth or Meth Drug Rehab in Texas

What are the effects of Meth, Crystal Meth Or Methampetamines?

  • Meth releases large amounts of dopamine, causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria.
  • Chronic abuse of meth leads to psychotic behavior, including paranoia, insomnia, delusions, anxiety, extreme aggression, and hallucinations, and even death.
  • The pleasure centers in the brain can heal over time, research suggests that damage to users' cognitive abilities may be permanent without the proper meth treatment.
  • With continued meth use, dopamine receptors are damaged or distroyed, making it impossible to feel pleasure.
  • If I am currently using meth, what should I do? First of all, read the text below and if you are not patient enough for that, call our Licensed Counselors at 888-781-7060 and we will guide you out of this problem and restore you to your highest abilities, without drugs.

Special Note: The most current methamphetamine resources with Meth Resources.gov at the end of this page

Methamphetamine, also known as "meth", is a very addictive stimulant drug. The drug can be snorted, smoked, injected, or ingested orally. While the color can vary, it generally comes as a white or yellowish crystal-like powder. Street names for the drug include "speed," "meth," "chalk," "ice," "crystal," "glass," and "tina."

The chemicals used to make meth are extremely toxic. They include acetone, brake cleaner, ether, rubbing alcohol, drain cleaner (sulfuric acid), methanol, lithium from car batteries, farm fertilizer, lye, red phosphorus, muriatic acid and iodine.

Because methamphetamines are highly addictive, people can have great difficulty controlling their use of the drug. Over time, heavy use of methamphetamines can cause permanent damage to the brain. Use of the drug often results in feelings of anxiety and paranoia along with hallucinations, delusions, and violent behavior.

Low-intensity abusers swallow or snort methamphetamine, using it the same way many people use caffeine or nicotine. Low-intensity abusers want the extra stimulation the methamphetamine provides so that they can stay awake long enough to finish a task or a job, or they want the appetite suppressant effect to lose weight. These people frequently hold jobs, raise families and otherwise function normally.

Even though a law enforcement officer is not likely to encounter low-intensity abusers, these individuals are one step away from becoming binge abusers. They already know the stimulating effect that methamphetamine provides them by swallowing or snorting the drug, but they have not experienced the euphoric rush associated with smoking or injecting it and have not encountered clearly defined stages of abuse. However, simple switching to smoking or injecting methamphetamine offers the abusers a quick transition to a binge pattern of abuse.

Binge abusers smoke or inject methamphetamine and experience euphoric rushes that are psychologically addictive.

The rush is the initial response the abuser feels when smoking or injecting methamphetamine and is the aspect of the drug that low-intensity abusers do not experience when snorting or swallowing the drug. During the rush, the abuser's heartbeat aces and metabolism, blood pressure, and pulse soar. Meanwhile, the abuser can experience feelings equivalent to ten orgasms. Unlike the rush associated with crack cocaine, which lasts for approximately 2 - 5 minutes, the methamphetamine rush can continue for 5-30 minutes.

The reason for the methamphetamine rush is that the drug, when smoked or injected, triggers the adrenal gland to release a hormone called epinephrine (adrenaline), which puts the body in a battle mode, fight or flight. In addition, the physical sensation that the rush gives the abuser most likely results from the explosive release of dopamine in the pleasure center of the brain.

Methamphetamine drug rehab programs are most successful with the treatment component that detoxes the body thoroughly. This is only done in those methamphetamine drug rehabilitation centers that employ the bio-physical component of treatment. Without this component the user will feel depressed and lethargic for months upon months and his likelihood of using the drug again, at higher does, which leads to continued addiction. If one chooses to attend a program that does not have a bio-physical component, they are likely to be in a program that subscribes to the disease model of addiction which promotes the idea that they have a chronic and progressive disease that will be with them the rest of their lives and they will need to attend support-group meetings (like the 12-steps of N/A) to help them from succumbing to the urges of continued use.

In investigating the successful outcomes of drug rehab with programs that subscribe to the disease model versus those that use the bio-physical approach, one finds that disease model program are fortunate if they get 10% of their graduates living free of drug use for a sustained period of months and years, compared to nearly 80% success rate for bio-physical model programs. One should do whatever possible to seek out those programs with the highest success rate since living under the idea that one has a disease is limiting in more ways then just relapsing. This model of treatment does not enforce self-determinism and strength, but fosters a weaker position that will lead one to being reasonable with their continued use.

What Should I Do If I am Addicted to Methamphatimes?

First of all, you are headed in the right direction if you are reading this information. There are things that you can do TODAY that will start reversing the effects of your meth addiction and curb your desire or cravings to use again. Remember that the TRUTH will set you free! You have heard that all of your lives but that doesn't mean that it isn't as true now as it ever has been. If you understand the truth about methamphetamines, how this drug is made, what it does to you physically, emotionally and spiritually and are wanting to change, this information can trun your life around!

However, we have found that in many cases, the drug has taken away the enthusiasm and drive to better oneself and replaced that natrual human trait with a desire to feel fulfilled without any effort to create that environment. If you feel that it will be fine to continue to use meth as long as it doesn't "get out of hand", that meth has been good for you, physically, mentally and socially, then you need more data before you can undertand that thoughts of these type are part of the delusion caused by embellished feelings from the drug itself. These types of justifications are common for someone on crystal meth and are basically insane since they seem like "rational" ways to better your survival, when they are really killing you. It may be hard to believe, but the rational thinking that you were proud to have before you started using meth, may be on a temporary hold until you can get some distance between you and the drug.

If this information rings true for you or a loved one, there are immediate actions you can take to start handling this problem. Call us and we will help you or help you help another to end this poisoning of our society. Meth addiction, especially in Texas, is ruining our futures and is hurting all of us daily. In many parts of Texas it is nearly impossible to find employees that can pass a drug test. Many young people feel that selling methamphetamines is a "get rich quick" plan that can't lose. Call us at 888-781-7060 now and we will help you see a way out.

Latest Research on Prenatal Meth Abuse

In May, 2010, researchers at UCLA released evidence that prenatal meth exposure accelerates brain development in an abnormal pattern causing the region of the brain that is responsible for memory, motor control and motivation to be hindered in its natural develop, which can lead to remarkable retardation.

With the use of brain scans, researchers have shown that these condition are similar to those infants born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but meth is making this condition more severe and, unfortunately, about half of the pregnant women that are abuse meth are also abusing alcohol, which is shown to lead to even more dire outcomes.

Of the 16 million Americans over the age of 12 that have abuse meth, about 19,000 or pregnant women. It is obvious that we have NO time to rest regarding this problem.

The "Journal of Neuroscience" published an article in its March 17th, 2010 showing the detrimental effects of meth on mothers using while pregnant. It shows that methamphetamines alter fetal brain development and researchers have now identified vulnerable brain sysgtems that when damaged can demonstrated severe learning and behavior problems in these children that have been exposed to meth.

Anyone interested in more information on this type of research and meth prevention articles, should contact Texas Drug Rehabs by phone or by fillling out one of the response forms on the home page. We will be happy to help you learn more and provide you with the resources so that you can either get meth rehab help or connect you to drug education and prevention activities in Texas and other states where you can do something to help this dire situation. Our society has enough challenges without introducing it to more citizens that must receive custodial care because of neurological damage caused by their addicted parents.

Hyperbaric medicine has proven to be an effective treatment for brain damage that can reverse some of the brain damage in these children, but these types of treatments haven't gotten the attention they diserve because they don't promote pharmaceutical profits and other reasons. Biophysical programs that eleminate the meth toxins from the body are essential for women of childbearing years that are addicted to crystal meth, but this isn't a therapy for children that have already been born with this damage.

If you are in your child bearing years and have had a history of extensive meth use/addiciton, please call our licensed counselors so that they can help you determine what actions you need to take to eliminate these types of problems.

If you are still addicted to meth and want to start over with a clean slate and a clean body, call our counselors and we will explain how that can happen. You, and your children, deserve help...the BEST help available.

Impact of Crystal Meth Use In Texas

TMethamphetamine, or Meth addiction and abuse has three patterns: low intensity, binge, and high intensity. Low-intensity abuse describes a user who is not psychologically addicted to the drug but uses methamphetamine on a casual basis by swallowing or snorting it. Binge and high-intensity abusers are psychologically addicted and prefer to smoke or inject methamphetamine to achieve a faster and stronger high. Binge abusers use methamphetamine more than low-intensity abusers but less than high-intensity abusers.

Methamphetamine use is a serious statewide problem. According to the 2004 Texas School Survey of Substance Use:

  • 2.5% of boys and 2.4 % of girls reported using uppers including methamphetamines.
  • 8% of Texas high school students tried meth at least once in their lives.
  • Nationally, 2.5 percent of 8th-graders, 5.2 percent of 10th-graders, and 6.2 percent of 12th-graders reported using meth.

Although methamphetamine is more of a problem in the northern half Texas, it is anticipated that as the source of methamphetamine shifts to Mexico, the problem will increase along the border and in southern Texas. Statewide, the purity of methamphetamine has dropped from 56% in 2004 to 47% in 2006 because it is cut with methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

Meth has afflicted rural Texas for the same reason it has ravaged much of the nation's heartland: Anyone with inclination, a few hours and an Internet recipe can turn a vile brew of over-the-counter cold medicines, hardware-store solvents and farm chemicals into methamphetamine.

Experts say that the drug's psychological hook is more powerful than crack cocaine. One "bump" smoked, swallowed or injected induces a long, manic high that ends with an equally intense crash and craving for more. Paranoia is common, and regular users can suffer temporary psychosis and permanent brain damage.

Child-welfare workers, judges, doctors and cops talk about meth's impact with the weariness of combat veterans: babies born weekly with meth in their bloodstreams; 10- and 12-year-olds using meth; girls barely in their teens prostituted to support parents' habits; a cheerleader and homecoming princess coping with a mother on meth.

Arrests for drugs and violent crime in Henderson County have nearly doubled in the last seven years, even as statistics indicate such arrests have dropped in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. For the last two years, property thefts reported to the Sheriff's Department have averaged $250,000 a month.

"It's behind the assaults, the child abuse," said Judge Tarrance, adding that the drug has fueled an outlaw economy reminiscent of the moonshine era. He said meth and its users are behind "90 percent" of all felony cases that come before him.

"They're burglarizing. They're writing hot checks. You see women with multiple cases of forgery, and it's a meth problem."

Though many users are blue-collar, meth has claimed businesswomen, an $80,000-a-year construction manager, little league moms and entrepreneurs. The biggest lab busted in the county was in a quarter-million-dollar lake house.

Probation officers say they find used needles every time they check the county court parking lot, and addicts regularly show up high for court even though their freedom and even keeping their kids hinges on staying clean.

Methamphetamine use appears to be stable; however, treatment for methamphetamine abuse has more than doubled since 2000.State-funded treatment of the county's meth users has jumped sevenfold since 1999, outstripping rehab admissions for alcoholism for the last several years.

Andre Agassi: champion, icon, liar and crystal meth user

This is the headline in the London's Telegraph in October, 2009 after Andre released his autobiography which exposes his use of crystal meth. The article goes on to talk about how Andrew Murray had idolized Agassi during these years and how he reacted to the news after the fact. The autobiography makes interesting reading for parents who feel that they may be pressuring their children to preform and the consequences of that pressure. You can read the article at this link... Telegraph

CHRONIC EFFECTS OF METH:

A paranoid psychosis may result from long-term use; rarely, the psychosis is precipitated by a single high dose or by repeated moderate doses. Typical features include delusions of persecution, ideas of reference (notions that everyday occurrences have special meaning or significance personally meant for or directed to the patient), and feelings of omnipotence. Some users experience a prolonged depression, during which suicide is possible. Recovery from even prolonged amphetamine psychosis is usual but is slow. The more florid symptoms fade within a few days or weeks, but some confusion, memory loss, and delusional ideas commonly persist for months. Repeated use of amphetamines induces dependence. Tolerance develops slowly, but amounts several 100-fold greater than the amount originally used may eventually be ingested or injected. Tolerance to various effects develops unequally. Tachycardia and increased alertness diminish, but hallucinations and delusions may occur.

Amphetamines typically cause erectile dysfunction in men but enhance sexual desire. Use is associated with unsafe sex practices, and users are at higher risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection. Amphetamine abusers are prone to injury because the drug produces excitation and grandiosity followed by excess fatigue and sleepiness.

Users have a high rate of severe tooth decay affecting multiple teeth; causes include decreased salivation, acidic combustion products, and poor oral hygiene. Source: "Amphetamine," The Merck Manual, Section 15. Psychiatric Disorders, Chapter 198. Drug Use and Dependence, Merck & Co. Inc., Revised: July 2008.

Find out how meth is effecting the future of our society by reading about meth use in women of childbearing years by clicking this site

HISTORY OF METHAMPHETAMINES

Amphetamines were not new drugs to America in the expansion of drug abuse of the 1960s, but their appearance on the street had been relatively recent. Having been synthesized in Germany during the 1880s, the first use among Americans had not come until World War II. Thousands of servicemen in all of the military branches had been issued Benzedrine, Dexedrine, and a variety of other amphetamines as a matter of course to relieve their fatigue and anxiety. After the war, amphetamine drugs became more readily available, and they were put to a wider assortment of uses, such as aid in helping students cramming for exams, for truck drivers and other who needed to be alert for extended perionds of time, in weight-control programs and as a nasal decongestant. Since they had pharmacological effects similar to those of cocaine, in time they became popular drugs of abuse.

As the 1970s began, the amphetamines were the first item on the government's agenda for drug reform, with Indiana Senator Birch Bayh conduting hearings to establish the need for government intervention. There was a parade of witnesses, and the worst fears about the drugs were confirmed.. so it seemed 1 Bayh and his committee heard the horror stories of the "speed freaks" who injected amphetamine and methamphetamine, who stalked the city streets suffering from paranoid delusions and exhibiting episodes of violent behavior at the onset of their psychotic states. They heard of the hundreds and perhaps hundreds of thoughsands of children and teenagers stoned on speed. By the time systematic surveys of the general population had begun, empirically documenting that amphetamines use and abuse were indeed widespread.

Almost immediately, new legislation was proposed. Tighter controls were placed on the prescription and distribution of amphetamines and legitimate production was ultimately cut by 90 percent. In so doing, it was thought that the drug problem, at least in terms of amphetamines, whould be measurably solved. However, it wasn't long before it was discovered that meth could be made in homemade labatories and today we have a problem far exceeding any which was seen in the 1970s.

This hystory was taken form the "The Handbook of drug control in the United States by James A Inciardi. For more information on this and other subjects, go to: http://books.google.com/books?id=Je3IC_PZHkgC&pg=PA22&lpg=PA22&dq=james+incardi&source=bl&ots=VSId0LVj6n&sig=ZtyaU_fIcX-I1zE5AEX6j7sAaYc&hl=en&ei=QcJCSri_LoyntgfP-42aCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5

The Effects of Crystal Meth on the Brain

Crystal Meth is a slang term for methamphetamine. Basically, when you take meth, you experience how the brain releases a strong dose of adrenaline and that is what gives you the high and anxiety, alertness, and exaggerated focus. It also gives users hyperactive and obsessive behavior.

One of the major researchers on the effects of methamphetamine on the brain is Rick Rawson, PhD., from UCLA. Dr. Rawson is associate director of UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, which is one of the premier drug research centers in the U.S. where they have completed a study on the effects of meth on the brain. Their findings show that methamphetamine effects the brain centers that include judgment, reward, and memory. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls pleasure and is released each time we benefit from the reward of eating or having sex. Meth causes an exaggerated pleasure rush. Nicotine and cocaine release high levels of dopamine, but much lower than crystal meth which can reach 1,250 units. The brain is unable to endure prolonged levels of dopamine.

Dr. Rawson goes on to say: "Meth transmits a message to the brain cells to produce more dopamine and enables the user to feel pleasant sensations. Dopamine receptors fire neurons that recycle pleasure receptors. Meth stays in the system eight to twelve hours long. Afterwards, cell receptors weaken, and pleasure is unattainable. Unlike meth, cocaine always inhabits the synapse and permits brain cells to continue a steady flow of dopamine, but its effects only last twenty to thirty minutes. Meth causes brain cells to release an enzyme that destroys excessive dopamine. Chronic users develop meth tolerance and experience insomnia, anxiety, weight loss and disorientation. Tachycardia and hypertension contaminates blood vessels in the brain. It can cause a stoke or death. They frequently ingest higher doses of meth in an effort to re-experience the euphoric rush and take a gram of the drug every 2 to 3 hours. Their "run" continues with an empty stomach and sleeplessness. It is over when they are too disoriented to continue or they use up all the meth. Addicts that stop taking it experience moody behavior and they suffer intense cravings for the drug."

One of the lasting problems with chronic meth use is the damage that it does to brain tissue, which leads to memory loss and even dementia.

Use is pregnancy can be immediately dangerous to the fetus, but as described in the September, 2010 Time Magazine Cover Article, the use of drugs durning pregnancy is showing to express itself in the children's behaiors later in life, producing mental illness at an organic level.

A comprehensive site for meth is located at our Colorado site: http://www.drug-rehab-colorado.com/CrystalMeth.php