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Breaking Bad? Get Help for Meth Addiction with Archstone Recovery

Methamphetamine, a stimulant drug also known as crank, crystal, and just meth, is one of the most widespread and fastest-growing drugs in the United States today. Meth addicts come from all races and both sexes; they live in rural areas, cities, and suburbs; they are young and old, rich and poor, gay and straight. Meth initially got a reputation as a “rural” drug because it is often “cooked” (created in makeshift chemistry labs) in isolated areas. (Places where meth has been cooked are often so badly contaminated with toxic chemicals that they pollute the groundwater—an environmental issue to add to meth’s public health crisis.)

Meth’s popularity largely stems from its unique effect on the brain—particularly with regard to dopamine, the brain’s “euphoria” chemical. “Methamphetamine produces the mother of all dopamine releases,” Dr. Richard Rawson, associate director of UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, told PBS’s Frontline. Meth releases more than ten times the amount of dopamine you’d get from an orgasm, and four times as much as cocaine users experience. This enormous release is enough to hook just about anyone, and its one reason why quitting meth can be so difficult.

Methamphetamine is deeply physically addictive. Users who try to quit “cold turkey” either fail or put themselves in danger, given the severe effects meth withdrawal can have. That’s why, if you or someone you love has hit rock bottom and is ready to get clean, it’s important to contact a drug rehabilitation facility like Archstone Recovery of the Palm Beaches. Archstone Recovery is an accredited full-service drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility located in sunny Lantana, Florida. Archstone Recovery offers a range of service options, including detox, partial hospitalization, outpatient, transitional, and extended care programs. Where ever you live, whether it’s Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina or any East Coast state, Archstone Recovery can help you take the first step toward recovering from meth addiction. Call Archstone Recovery today.

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