Meth Drug Help
Meth is a drug that individuals across the united states are falling prey to.
Many of these users are unaware of the dangers of this drug and how deadly the
consiquences of using meth are. This page will provide you with information
on how to help yourself or someone you care about who has a problem with meth.
Meth kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke. The problem of
meth can be remedied with knowledgeable help.
Anyone can develop a problem with meth. There is no known single characteristic
shared by everyone who abuses meth. An individual who has a problem with meth
can be any age, profession, ethnic group or social class.
Meth is a powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central
nervous system. Meth in the last 10 years has become one of the most widely
abused street drugs in our nation. It's use and abuse has devastating effects
on the user's mind and body. The drug is made easily in clandestine laboratories
with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. These factors combine
to make meth a drug with high potential for widespread abuse and addiction.
Meth has toxic effects. In animals, a single high dose of the drug has been
shown to damage nerve terminals in the dopamine-containing regions of the brain.
The large release of dopamine produced by methamphetamine is thought to contribute
to the drug's toxic effects on nerve terminals in the brain. High doses can
elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometimes lethal, levels, as well as
If you or someone you care about has a problem with meth and needs help here
are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Don't Rescue the Addict
Friends and family members can attempt to protect an addict from the consequences
of his behavior by making excuses about his addiction or getting him out of
trouble. This behavior must stop! Once the addict experiences the effects
of his behavior, he may become more motivated to stop using drugs.
- Don't Become an Enabler
Family members should be careful not to reward the addict by paying his bills,
bailing him out of jail, letting him stay for free or ignoring his behavior.
- Be Honest
Tell the addict that you are concerned about his meth addiction and want
to be supportive for him while he gets help. Support your concern with examples
of the ways in which his meth use has caused problems for you, including
any recent incidents.
- State the Consequences
Tell the addict that until he gets help, you will leave him to the consequences
of his behavior and will no longer bail him out. Make it clear that you are
not trying to punish the addict, but protect yourself from the harmful effects
of his addiction.
- Be Prepared
If the addict is ready get help, don't wait. Once he's agrees to get help,
work immediately to find the treatment approach that is right for the individual.
- Don't Give Up
If the addict refuses help, don't give up. Be supportive and don't enable
or allow his behavior. Listen whenever you can and be ready to help the addict
into treatment when he is ready.
- Find a treatment approach
The importance of locating a qualified treatment facility is important to
the addicts recovery. There are numerous types of treatment programs available,
find one that is right for the individual.
It is important that the individual receives help early on in their abuse.
Treatment is known to be more effective if conducted at the onset of the problem.
Treatment options include a wide range of approaches: education, counseling,
therapy, rehab, and groups. Our website will help you in your search for the
treatment approach that is right for you or someone you care about who has a
problem with meth.