Drug Rehab Facilities Battle the Difficulties of Meth Addiction

By Staff Writer

Methamphetamine is more popular now than at any point in its history. It remains one of the nation’s fastest growing substances in terms of use. This is mainly because few other drugs can rival its addictive power.

Meth has developed a reputation for being impossible to overcome in recent years because so many struggle to beat their addiction. However, drug rehab professionals are increasingly saying that it is possible recover from a dependency on meth.

One Tennessee drug rehab expert told local News Channel 11 that meth addiction can be similar to other types of addiction. It may be difficult to eliminate the habit, but with hard work and determination it can be done.

The only real difference, he added, is that there are medications that can help alcoholics and opiate addicts deal with the symptoms of withdrawal. However, there are no such drugs for meth users. Withdrawal is often bad enough to end drug users’ relapse prevention efforts and send them back to substance abuse.

About 10 million people in the U.S. have tried meth, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency says that the best way to avoid addiction is to never use the drug in the first place.