Kentucky Meth Addiction Treatment
Introduction to Meth Addiction
The use of Methamphetamine has had its time in the spotlight after being highlighted on television shows such as Breaking Bad. Television is made for entertainment, so there are some key differences between what you see and what is actually happening.
Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that affects a person’s Nervous System. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of drug whose appearance resembles crystals. Both drugs have similar properties to prescription Amphetamines, which are commonly used to treat sleep disorders and Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
When used, meth causes the brain to increase its level of Dopamine. Dopamine is a natural chemical in our brains that helps our bodies move. Dopamine also plays a role in our motivation levels and the unconscious development of reward systems.
At this time, the United States DEA believes that the majority of meth being sold and consumed in the US is being made in Mexico. However, some individuals produce meth across the country. Meth labs are known to be unstable and dangerous.
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Meth in Kentucky Statistics
Statistics related to drug use and overdose are a continued focus among researchers. Because of this, the data that we see is from previous years.
What we have seen in Kentucky, is that prevalence of overdoses related to Meth use has been increasing. The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet produce an annual report that looks at the current rates of methamphetamine-related overdoses and deaths. From their report, there were 428 deaths in Kentucky directly resulting in a Meth overdose. This is 168 more deaths than what was reported in 2016.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 million adults used meth annually from 2015 to 2018. This begins to show the highly addictive nature of the drug.
The CDC reported that at least half of the 1.6 million adults who reported using meth met the diagnostic criteria for a methamphetamine use disorder, and unfortunately, less than one-third got help from a treatment program for it.
Research has helped professionals narrow down where prevention and public outreach regarding meth use should be focused to have the most significant impact. This would include men, middle-aged adults, and individuals living in rural areas.
Signs & Symptoms of a Meth Addiction
It was previously mentioned that meth increases the amount of Dopamine available in our brains. Dopamine is known as a “feel good” chemical, so when large quantities are released in our brains, the behavior is reinforced, which then makes the individual want to repeat the behavior for another reward. Meaning that the person is constantly “chasing that high”.
Since meth has a similar compound to prescribed Amphetamines, some of the short-term effects a user may experience can be similar. Some examples of symptoms would include:
- An increase in the amount of physical activity
- Decreased appetite
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- High body temperature
- Faster breathing
Long-term use of meth is known to have negative health consequences including but not limited to:
- Extreme weight loss
- dental hygiene problems
- Extreme itching which can lead to skin sores and scaring
- Being easily confused
- Increased anxiety
- Memory loss
- Violent behaviors
With meth use, usually comes withdrawal. Meth withdrawal can last anywhere from a week to a month and is a painful experience to go through. Meth withdrawal will be different from person to person, and several factors will influence the severity and length of the symptoms. These can include how long the person has been using for if they used it with other drugs, and how they used the drug.
Symptoms for withdrawal from meth can include:
- Loss of motivation
- Excessive sweating
- Stomach aches
- Red and itchy eyes
- Severe depression symptoms, which can include suicidal thoughts
If you have someone in your life who is struggling with a Methamphetamine addiction, being knowledgeable of the signs of withdrawal can help save their life. Signs and symptoms to look for can include:
- Trouble breathing
- Stroke and heart attack symptoms
- Increased body temperature
- Intense stomach pains
- Changes in their alertness
- Loss of consciousness
If you suspect that someone is overdosing, you must contact emergency services and get them help. Medical treatment is necessary and the individual could die if they do not get the care that they need.
It is important to note that individuals who use meth intravenously are at an increased risk of developing additional health concerns. HIV, Hepatitis B, and C can be transmitted if a person is using unsterile equipment.
Volunteers of America has set up locations for a safe needle exchange program in the Louisville area to help reduce the risk of contracting a transmittable infection among those who are actively using drugs intravenously.
Similar to other addictions, lifestyle changes often develop with an addiction to Methamphetamine. Addiction is an isolating disease that can lead to a person distancing themselves from loved ones and friends who do not use it.
They may begin having trouble at work with their attendance or behavior at work. They may go to work impaired. The addicted individual is likely to break plans or forget events because their mind tends to be focused on using.
If a person has lost their job, they are more likely to engage in illegal activity to be able to afford their addiction.
Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, so the individual will continue to dive into their addiction without treatment. Thankfully, there are treatment options that can help make managing a Methamphetamine addiction more tolerable.
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Meth Addiction Treatment Center in Kentucky
When we talk about getting treatment for a Meth addiction, there are different levels of care that are available. Which level of care a person will need is determined by a Health Care Professional.
Individuals seeking help for a Meth addiction will most likely need to attend a Detox program where they can be medically supervised when they withdraw. From there, an Inpatient Treatment program would likely be the next recommendation.
Inpatient treatment programs usually require that a person lives at the treatment center for a period of time. They often involve various group therapy sessions, individual sessions, and provide education about addiction and recovery.
Partial hospitalization programs allow the individual to stay at home and attend treatment during the day for a period of time. Many find this to be a preferred option to inpatient programs because it can be less disruptive to their home life and routine.
After either program, many individuals decide to continue getting support for their addiction from an outpatient treatment program. This is where Impact IOP can help you.
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Meth Addiction Treatment Program
At Impact IOP, we are able to cater addiction treatment to your specific needs. This begins with determining the level of care that would be the best fit for you at this moment. Many treatment programs say that they can meet your specific needs; we are able to do so because we offer a variety of levels of care. This way, you truly are getting what you need. And when you’re ready to change to another level of care, we can do that too.
We offer a Medical Detox program, a Residential Inpatient program, and a Partial Hospitalization Program.
We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program that usually includes 15-25 hours of group therapy and individual therapy and Outpatient Rehab groups. The hours you are scheduled for will be specific to you. With this option, you are able to stay home and attend treatment during the day at our treatment center.
After IOP, it is possible to continue on to our Outpatient Program. Outpatient treatment usually involves group and individual therapy. We tailor your treatment schedule to your needs and your availability to get to treatment.
Lastly, we have an After Care program, which serves as one last checking-in point before completing your addiction treatment program. After-care programming consists of fewer treatment hours so it can fit into your schedule as you adjust to life after Outpatient Treatment.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at (502) 912-1038. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs and see where we can help you.