Meth Awareness Day: Everything You Need to Know About an Amphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine (also known as crystal meth and crank) is a dangerous, addictive drug. Its use has become all too common in the United States. Unfortunately, many don’t know what it is and how it affects your health. Meth Awareness Day is important because it helps bring awareness to this dangerous drug and highlights that help is available to those who need it most.
What is Meth Awareness Day?
Meth Awareness Day is a national day of awareness for Methamphetamine addiction. It was officially recognized in a proclamation signed by President George W. Bush in 2006. The proclamation formally declared that November 30th was to be National Meth Awareness Day.
The primary goal of this national day of recognition isn’t only to report on the negativity surrounding the substance use disorder. It also highlights the fact that help is available to those with an amphetamine use disorder. It also encourages families of those suffering from substance use disorder to seek the necessary resources to help them and their loved ones move forward and get the necessary help.
Bringing Awareness to Meth Addiction and Recovery
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that can lead to a life-threatening addiction.
According to research from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2017, approximately 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted to using methamphetamine in the past 12 months, with 774,000 admitted to using in the last four weeks.
Methamphetamines are highly addictive because they are a central nervous system stimulant. It releases dopamine in the brain and creates a euphoric high in those who use it. It also causes the release of adrenaline, which can make someone feel more awake and energetic. It can also cause paranoia and anxiety. This can lead to potential depression, as well as erratic and impulsive behavior.
Many people who use methamphetamine eventually become addicted to the drug because of the strong feelings of euphoria and energy it provides. The positive feelings can often outweigh the negative ones, and the user may find it challenging to get through the day without using the drug.
While meth is most known for its ability to increase dopamine release, it also blocks dopamine re-uptake. That means that once the dopamine is released, it’s hard to get it back in. This lack of dopamine can cause depression, anxiety, and other negative feelings. This can lead to the user beginning to use methamphetamine more frequently and more heavily. It’s this vicious cycle that can lead to a life-threatening addiction.
Meth Awareness Day Provides Resources to Those Who Need Them
The most important thing that we can do is bring awareness to the situation, and the most effective way to do that is through education. We need to spread awareness about this potentially fatal substance and its effects.
It’s important to know that help is available to those suffering from an amphetamine addiction and that many resources are available to those looking for guidance. Assistance is available through treatment centers, peer support groups, and support groups such as Sober Living Home. It’s also important to note that there are many types of treatment available.
Recovery is Possible with Ethos Recovery
If you or someone you care about is suffering from an amphetamine use disorder, Ethos Recovery can help. We can provide you with the tools and resources you need to get the help you need.
Here at Ethos Recovery, we believe in the power of education. We believe in helping those who are suffering from an amphetamine use disorder to become healthier and happier. We believe in recovery. We believe in sobriety. We believe in helping those who need it.
If you or a loved one are suffering from an amphetamine addiction or if you want to learn more about it, reach out to Ethos Recovery. Our care and support team is here to help, and we can help you begin your journey to recovery.
Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.