Costa Mesa, California – As the opioid epidemic captures much of the attention in the drug crisis in the United States, public health experts say methamphetamine addiction also continues to be a significant problem and increasing at an alarming rate. Resurgence Behavioral Health provides safe and effective treatment for people struggling to break free from drugs, including in hardest-hit communities.
Deaths related to methamphetamine use increased by nearly 180% from 2015 to 2019, according to a study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association. The numbers are staggering: from 5,526 per year to 15,489 per year. Minority communities have the highest dependency rates, according to researchers. Native American communities have the highest rate of methamphetamine addiction, while the use of methamphetamine by African Americans increased tenfold from 2015 to 2019.
Methamphetamine is responsible for a large portion of drug overdose deaths. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 96,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2020. Of these, about 15-20% involved methamphetamines.
Like opioids, much of the methamphetamine supply is contaminated with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which experts say is fueling the rapid rise in methamphetamine overdoses. Methamphetamine has also spread rapidly in communities where it was once considered rare. An increase in high-risk behavior is also behind the number of overdoses. For example, more and more methamphetamine users are injecting the drug with needles, resulting in a greater combination of methamphetamine with other drugs.
As a result of these disturbing findings, addiction experts called for more research and funding for effective methamphetamine treatment. Progress towards that goal could come from $ 10.7 billion in drug treatment programs that the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has proposed to Congress.
Methamphetamine is one of the substances targeted by Resurgence Behavioral Health, a national network of treatment centers providing relief from substance abuse and alcoholism and related mental health disorders. Its facilities serve many of the communities most affected by the methamphetamine problem, including residents of Oklahoma, California (Costa Mesa), Texas and Tennessee.
Methamphetamine treatment programs at Resurgence begin with medically supervised detoxification to ease withdrawal symptoms as the body adjusts to not using methamphetamine. Residential and outpatient rehabilitation is offered, and the residential option is generally recommended before outpatient care. Living at the center during treatment allows the client to better cope with the complex issues presented by their addiction without the distractions and pressures of daily life. Resurgence is a safe space where clients are helped to uncover the underlying causes of their addiction. Treatment programs include behavior therapy, 12-step integration or SMART Recovery, and even virtual therapy. All are tailor-made for each client’s individual needs, working on the unique physical, psychological and neurological challenges posed by their addiction. Treatment can last several weeks, months, or even longer, depending on the severity of the addiction and other individual factors.
After inpatient treatment, clients move on to outpatient therapy or another level of care, depending on where they are in their recovery journey. Ongoing outpatient treatment and follow-up care provide important support as clients begin to apply what they have learned in their daily lives.
Resurgence’s clinical team is made up of addiction experts who provide a comfortable and compassionate environment where methamphetamine addiction can be overcome with the best treatment available. Anyone seeking drug addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one can begin the recovery process by visiting Resurgence Behavioral Health online or by calling 855-458-0050.
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