Methamphetamine on the Rise in Florida

Friday, July 12th, 2013

man passed outMethamphetamine, or “Meth,” is a highly addictive stimulant that is created in crude laboratory-type settings commonly referred to as “Meth labs.” The drug can be taken into the body through a variety of methods, including inhaling (“snorting”), smoking, or injecting. Meth labs have been found in homes, hotel rooms, and even in cars—and the materials have been found in backpacks. When Meth is being synthesized, it not only endangers the people making it, but also contaminates the surrounding environment, making the places in which it is processed toxic and uninhabitable. Meth is a powerful drug that attracts people because of its intense rush, with highs that can last for hours. Some of the damage caused by long-term abuse includes: violence, anxiety, delusions, skin damage, rapid tooth decay, heart attacks, and even strokes. Florida officials believe that Meth poses a serious problem and is becoming an increasing threat to the state and the rest of the nation.

At Phoenix Houses of Florida, counselors have begun to see a rise in Methamphetamine abuse in individuals who come to us for treatment. Our focus has been to approach this issue by providing individualized, evidence-based services to those suffering from Meth abuse by targeting the emotional and neurological aspects of this addiction.  At the same time, we help clients address the physiological damages caused by Meth use by referring them to doctors and/or dentists. At Phoenix Houses of Florida, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of care to facilitate the rehabilitation of both mind and body.

If you know someone who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please contact Phoenix House at (1 888 671 9392). Help is just a phone call away.

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