In 2010, 4,134 people were admitted to substance abuse treatment for amphetamine addiction, including meth, in Iowa, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration). An almost equal amount of men and women were treated for amphetamine addiction. Iowa has a high rate of unmet need for treatment, meaning that many more people who are addicted to meth have not sought treatment for it.
If you are uncertain whether a family member, friend, or loved one is suffering from meth addiction, there are several characteristics common to meth users which can be looked out for. The first is that meth addicts tend to lose a lot of weight and begin to lose teeth or suffer from a range of dental problems. People addicted to meth will suffer anxiety and have panic attacks. They may also be unable to sleep and suffer bouts of insomnia. Meth users can have mood swings, going from one extreme mood to another. Meth addicts can also have paranoid delusions and visual and/or auditory hallucinations. If your loved one has one or a few of these characteristics, you should talk to them about seeking treatment. Our website has a complete list of substance abuse treatment facilities in Iowa. Call one today to find out more information and ask about treatment options.
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