Between 2002 and 2006, 780 meth labs were seized in Georgia. During that same period, only 1,535 people were admitted for treatment of meth addiction. Nearly 60 percent of those people were between the ages of 21 and 35. Nationally, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 10.4 million people have tried methamphetamines. However, both the NSDUH survey and the Monitoring the Future survey do not show an increase in the national use of meth in the last few years. Nevertheless, meth addiction is still a serious addiction for those who suffer from it.
Unlike cocaine, which is plant derived, meth (methamphetamine) is artificial and generally produces a longer lasting high. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, long-term effects of meth use include addiction, mood disturbances, anxiety, violent behavior, hallucinations, and delusions. Those injecting the drug are also at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases. Meth also changes and damages brain structure, particularly those sections associated with memory and emotion. The current most effective treatment for meth addictions are those that target behavior, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Most drug rehabilitation facilities have behavioral therapy and counseling to help people who are addicted to methamphetamines. Finding help for meth addiction does not have to be difficult. Our website has information on facilities in Georgia.
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