Methamphetamine in the USA
According to a national survey from 2015 to 2019, methamphetamine use, frequent use, co-use with cocaine, and methamphetamine use disorder increased 43% to 105%. Furthermore, the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that approximately 1.6 million people in the USA reported using methamphetamines in the past year and 774 000 reported using it in the last month. The average age of new users is 23.3 years old. It is estimated that 964 000 people aged 12 and older have a methamphetamine use disorder in the USA. This means their drug use negatively impacts several areas of their life including work, home, school, health, and responsibilities. The number of people that are starting to abuse methamphetamines is continuing to rise each year.
Healing From Methamphetamine Substance Abuse
Despite the powerful addictive potential of methamphetamines people are able to quit and recover. Though this substance negatively impacts several areas of ones brain and mental health this can be healed. Research has shown that within 18 month of abstinence from the drug the brain starts to heal. Impulse control is one area of the brain that is damaged from drug use but with practice one can exercise and strengthen this area. Over time the reward centers of the brain will start to normalize and the individual will once again be able to feel pleasure without the drug.
The first few months of recovery will be the hardest but we are more resilient then we know and our brains have the ability to heal. It’s important to have a strong support network and to develop healthy habits such as exercise to aid healing and recovery. It is important to seek professional help such as therapy and support groups to create a recovery plan.