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As it stands, meth use and trafficking has increased in Oregon, but authorities are waging war against it.

It is now the number one drug threat in the state. It is closely followed by heroin, marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, and designer drugs. This is information provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Meth is Oregon’s number one illicit drug concern at the moment, and possibly for the foreseeable future.

What Is Meth

It is an illegal, and illicit, drug that occupies the same class as cocaine and other dangerous street drugs. It is also known as crank, speed, and chalk. It is popular at nightclubs and at private parties. Meth is particularly dangerous because it first acts as a powerful stimulant, and then destroys the body in time. All type of health conditions are associated with meth addiction including aggressive behavior, heart and brain damage, and psychotic behavior.

Meth is known to deplete the body of critical resources that leaves only an addictive dependence on the drug. The only relief comes from taking more of the drug. Of all drug addictions, meth is the hardest to treat. Many addicts die as a result of their addiction.

Signs of Meth Abuse

Meth abuse signs may include an inability to sleep, appetite loss, unusually energy and activity, and tooth rotting to name a few. A meth user will also show loss of interest in many things that held their interest. They will likely lose good friends and take up with a new social group that enables their addiction. The best solution for a meth addict is to seek immediate help. Rehab works.

Detox, Rehab, and Aftercare

When an addicted person makes the decision to attend rehab, the first order of business will be detoxification. It can be accomplished through an inpatient program, and then fine-tuned so that an individual can transfer to an outpatient program. Inpatient treatment is intense, and offers around-the-clock medications and psychological support. Outpatient care is just as effective, and allows patients to return home at the end of their daily rehab sessions. Therapies and counseling help patients to make the mental adjustments necessary to work toward a life of true sobriety. Patients learn to connect thought with behavior. The insights gained can work wonders for the patient.

Counseling includes one-on-one, family, and group counseling with the patient’s approval. Many family members learn a great deal about their loved one’s addiction. They also learn if they have, unknowingly, enabled their loved one. In any event, families and their loved one can learn to communicate in a controlled, safe environment. Relationships, severed for years, can come back together.

Finding Purpose in Life

Rehab also stresses that individuals find purpose in life. Purpose can lift an individual above themselves. People with true purpose are less likely to fall back into relapse once their rehab program is completed. These are all things discussed while in rehab, and what patients learn in rehab can be leveraged for an entire lifetime. If you or a loved one is suffering from a meth addiction, the time to get help is now—not later. A life is a terrible thing to waste.

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