Phoenix Rise in Meth Use

At A Better Today, we never shy away from the chance to speak out and educate the public on addiction. We are on the frontlines and see the devastating impact that addiction has on people from all walks of life. One problem that we are starting to see more and more from the men and women that walk through our doors is an increase in meth use.

Listen our former Clinical Director Eboni Fields share her expertise and experience with the current rise in meth use…

Meth has always been dangerous, and it’s not getting any safer. In fact, it’s getting increasingly more dangerous. “Primarily imported from Mexico by major drug traffickers, ‘meth 2.0’ is stronger, cheaper, and far more plentiful than the old home-cooked variety,” reports USA Today.

This exceedingly dangerous drug is more potent and easier to get than it used to be. Our own clinical director, Eboni Fields, sees first-hand how this new generation of meth impacts people and causes a total loss of control.

“The people who are making the drugs, they’re going to make it to where it’s going to stretch as far [as possible] and it’s going to get you the highest,” she told KTAR News 92.3 FM. In other words, you just don’t know what you’re getting. There’s no way to know if it’s laced with another substance, and if so, what and how much. Therefore, chronic abuse and overdosing are both exceedingly easy to do.

Almost three in every 100,000 people lost their lives to a meth-related overdose in 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. Despite the low cost, meth 2.0 is known for its high purity rate of up to 97 percent. This creates an even higher risk for overdose.

Although the opioid epidemic has garnered a lot of public attention lately, meth is also a big concern. Fields agrees, telling KTAR News 92.3, “We have been seeing an uptick of people with meth [addictions].”

Meth and opioid addictions are well known, probably due to their high death rates. But every addiction can be dangerous. Addiction is a psychological disease that requires professional treatment. That is why access to treatment is essential because the more support and resources available, the higher chances of recovery success. each of our facilities.

Successful addiction treatment must include detox (if applicable), cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, and aftercare. In addition to these services, we also integrate expressive therapy, yoga, strength training, nutrition education, equine therapy, life coaching, life skills training, and a variety of resources.

For additional support after treatment, we recently opened our new sober living program. People in recovery can live in a safe, supportive environment for an extended time period. If you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction to any substance, including meth, opioids, alcohol and more, we can help.

Give us a call today at 888.906.0952. We’re available for a confidential consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Let us help connect you with meth rehab so that you can overcome your addiction and rebuild a happy, healthy, meaningful lifestyle. Learn more about seeking rehab for meth.

Sources

[1] Calfas, Jennifer. “Meth Is Top Drug in the West for Overdose Deaths.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 25 Oct. 2019, www.wsj.com/articles/meth-is-top-drug-in-the-west-for-overdose-deaths-11572024548.

[2] Vestal, Christine. “Cheap and Powerful ‘Meth 2.0’ Is Ravaging Communities and Slowly Killing Its Victims.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 4 Nov. 2019, www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/11/02/meth-use-surges-stronger-cheaper-drugs-imported-mexico/4124765002/.