“Methamphetamine served as an opioid substitute, provided a synergistic high, and balanced out the effects of opioids so one could function ‘normally’”
An important finding from recent research published in the Journal: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, shows that: “the rise in Methamphetamine use is in direct correlation to the opioid epidemic”.
The study highlights the fact that the number of opioid users who now include methamphetamine (meth) in their daily drug uptake, has shot up considerably from 19% (2011), to 34% (2017).
Putting a Spotlight on the New Meth Epidemic
In line with this new and disturbing habit sweeping the nation, drug treatment facilities across the US are likewise, experiencing an increase in heroin addicts who acknowledge using meth as a secondary substance abuse problem. For the most part, addicts declared that: heroin was their first drug of choice, but with the amount needed for them to “function” and the cost, they weren’t able to maintain their habit” . This is quite understandable, and certainly explains the cause of the problem.
A ‘Miracle’ Drug?
At the time these addicts were introduced to meth, it was as though the wonder drug they had yearned for, for so long, had finally arrived. Their day would start with a dose of meth, and then during the evening, they would use heroin to ‘bring themselves down.’ However, what they did not realize, was that this protocol could only be maintained for a short period of time before they had to use both substances simultaneously, all day.
A Perspective From the Gulf Breeze Facility
Gulf Breeze’s Founder and CEO, Barnett Gilmer, noted: “It is not uncommon for us to see this type of poly-substance abuse at our facility. The mindset behind this type of user is due to an innocent attempt, by the user, for a ‘better feeling’ and a perceived more sustainable ‘solution’ by adding another substance of choice”. This chain of reactions comes about due to the popular misapprehension that ‘feeling better’ or an addict’s perceived feelings of serenity, adequacy, completion, eliminating boredom, and their well-being, can still be achieved by consuming alcohol or taking drugs.
It’s Just an Illusion!
While it has to be said that there is in fact, an illusion, due to the user obtaining relief, it is always only temporary. Gulf Breeze Recovery states that their medical team of specialists: “help point a person back to themselves to find the solution within, so they are no longer needing to reach for a drug, or having to add another, in order to relate to the world around them” . – A great strategy indeed!
About Gulf Breeze Recovery
This organization is transforming the future of addiction treatment by using the THRIVE non-12-step approach program, which is individually tailored to meet everyone’s needs, and help them overcome chronic relapse.
Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who’s published 4 books. Her interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.