Methamphetamine addiction devastates the lives of people of all ages, across the country.
In 2016, 9,000 current meth users were between the ages of 12 and 17, while 594,000 meth users were adults over the age of 26 according to reports from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The damage that meth can do to the body is powerful. Methamphetamine is capable of damaging the brain and has been proven to cause structural and functional degeneration. While not physically addictive, crystal meth is a stimulant and is psychologically addictive.
Psychologically addictive drugs create an emotional attachment that fuels users’ compulsion to continue taking them. The emotional component of methamphetamine dependence is just one part of withdrawal symptoms during the early stages of recovery. Anxiety, depression, lethargy, drug cravings, nightmares, increased appetite, and fatigue can last for the first seven to ten days without the drug.
Crystal meth can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Intravenous users who reuse or share needles also put their lives at risk of contracting an infectious disease.
Royal Life Centers at The Haven offers clients effective, evidence-based therapy for understanding and treating methamphetamine addiction and dependence. Guests of Royal Life Centers at the Haven will work with their therapist while participating in both group and individual therapy sessions, to break the chains of addiction once and for all.