challenge. There are a number of options out there, but
there are quite a few differences between the different
types. 12 Step programs are the most common, and
outpatient-type programs are very prevalent as well.
These have been around for decades, and were both
originally created to handle people with alcohol or opiate
problems. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous,
and many well-known inpatient facilities came about from
There are thousands of groups out there, but they
are self-governing entities. This means that they are not
all set up the same, with different rules and regulations
while following the same basic tenets. A
methamphetamine addiction, especially one that has
been going for years, is not an easy or simple problem to
Opiates and alcohol have been around for centuries.
However, methamphetamines are a relatively new
substance which was not even created until 1919. The
original intention of methamphetamines was medical in
Formerly, they were prescribed by doctors for
ailments such as asthma and narcolepsy. It was quickly
discovered that there was a high propensity for addiction
and erratic behavior, and as a result, the drug was made
illegal. When the substance was used in medicine, it was
regulated. There were quality control measures, but of
course, the danger was already there.
Currently, as with all illegal drugs, there is no quality
control or regulation. Instead of being manufactured in a
laboratory or medical setting, meth is now being made in
places such as bathtubs, trailers, and even plastic soda
There is no regulation on black market
substances, as they are illegal to possess, use, or
manufacture. There are numerous methods of
production, and only some of them require a background
Oftentimes, the producers of the drug are
addicted to it as well. If you know any long-term meth
addicts, you have seen the damage that the drug can do,
both mentally and physically. With the numerous types of
making meth, no regulations, and a large assortment of
different "cooks", the risk of harm is greater now than it
was in the past.
Often, due to the price of illegal drugs like meth, some of
those addicted to it will go much further than others to
get their drug. Some people call this "being a criminal",
but it is often a side-effect of the drug use and addiction.
Methamphetamines, especially over a long period of
time, actually change the way that the brain works. The
brain releases and processes different chemicals which
have a huge influence on a person's mood, as well as
Methamphetamines cause one of the main brain
chemicals to release a lot at once. Once all of this
chemical has been used up, the person is left feeling
depressed and very low. Once this occurs, the addict's
brain will tell them to find more of the drug to enable him
to feel normal again. What would in the past would be
considered a reprehensible can, during addiction, be
considered a simple means to an end.
Methamphetamines are not cheap, and people have been known to spend
hundreds of dollars per day on the drug. The addiction can cause the
addict to believe that meth is more important than anything else.
Gradually, getting drugs becomes more important than family, one's
health, and holding down a job.
All of this points to an uphill battle for the person, and as the
addiction progresses, it only becomes more difficult to overcome. With
these extra issues present, a more thorough form of treatment can be
beneficial. The biophysical approach has been much more successful
than the traditional 12 step approach.
This type of treatment is more comprehensive, meaning that it
addresses the physical and mental components of addiction. The belief
here, and there are scientific studies to support this, is that drug
particles become trapped in the fatty tissues of the body. Later, when
this fat is burned through normal bodily functions, a restimulation
occurs when these drug particles get reabsorbed through the
bloodstream. There is a way out of addiction, and all that is needed
is a phone call.
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