Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Meth Symptoms & Effects

Understanding Meth

Learn About Meth

Methamphetamine, or meth, is a stimulant drug typically found in either a powder form or a crystal form. When ingested, meth produces a powerful euphoric high that tends to fade quickly. As a result, people who use meth sometimes use it in a bingeing pattern that can last for days. This powerfully addictive drug has the potential to damage nearly every aspect of a person’s life. However, because of the intense pleasure the drug brings and its incredibly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, people often struggle to stop using meth after they have become addicted.

Thankfully, however, the dream of a life free of meth is not impossible to fulfill. With caring support and expert treatment, it is possible to overcome a meth addiction.

Statistics

Meth Statistics

Methamphetamine use is a persistent and pervasive problem, though thankfully it has shown some signs of decline. Data cited by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2012 indicated that 1.2 million Americans reported using meth within the past year and 440,000 used it within the past month. For comparison, in 2006, 731,000 people reported past-month use. Despite the trend of declining use, meth is still a serious problem. Data from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NS-DUH) found that 5.5% of people ages 26 and older have used meth at some point in their lives, and data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) found that meth use was responsible for 103,000 emergency room visits in 2011.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Meth Addiction

Substance abuse experts agree that a person’s risk of developing a meth addiction does not come from a single gene or environmental factor. Rather, an individual’s risk of addiction is the result of a complex interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors which may include:

Genetic: Most research supports the premise that a person’s risk of abusing meth can be partly tied to genetic factors. If a person has a family history of addiction, he or she is more likely to become addicted to drugs than a person without a family history of addiction.

Environmental: Families provide a person with his or her genes, but they also have an environmental influence on a person. Individuals who grew up in home environments where meth is readily accessible are more likely to become meth users themselves. In addition, other environmental factors, such as unemployment, poverty, exposure to traumatic events, and severe chronic stressors, also increase a person’s risk of developing a meth addiction.

Risk Factors:

  • History of exposure to traumatic events
  • Family history of mental illness or substance abuse
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • History of abusing other substances
  • Growing up in, or living in, poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Enduring chronic, severe stressors, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Having easy access to meth
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction

While certain signs and symptoms of meth abuse are common among most people who use meth, each person’s struggle with meth abuse is different. For example, these signs and symptoms vary not only with an individual’s personality, but also with length and severity of that person’s use of this drug. That being said, below are some common symptoms of meth abuse that may serve as warning flags should they manifest in a loved one’s life:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Unexplained financial troubles
  • Erratic behavior
  • Secretiveness or defensiveness about one’s activities or whereabouts
  • Decline in work performance
  • No longer participating in hobbies or other activities a person used to enjoy
  • Changes in one’s social circle
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Failing to keep up with responsibilities
  • Increases in physical activity

Physical symptoms:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Tooth decay (known as “meth mouth”)
  • Body odors
  • Sores from scratching
  • Puncture wounds or scabs at injection sites
  • Tics, spasms, or twitching
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Problems sleeping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fever
  • Severe weight loss

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Poor judgment
  • Decline in problem-solving skills
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Thoughts of suicide

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal from relationships
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Fluctuations in mood
Effects

Effects of Meth Abuse

Methamphetamine abuse can result in several negative consequences across virtually every domain of a person’s life. The following are some of the negative effects that those who use meth may suffer from if their addiction is left untreated:

  • Emotional and cognitive problems due to structural changes in the brain
  • Kidney or liver damage
  • Deterioration in one’s physical appearance
  • Contracting a virus, such as HIV, from sharing needles with others
  • Problems with performance at work
  • Job loss
  • Development of addiction substance abuse or mental health concerns
  • Legal problems, possibly including time in prison
  • Financial problems
  • Decline in quality of relationships
  • Divorce
  • Loss of child custody
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Death, either from suicide or overdose
Co-Occurring Disorders

Meth Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

An unfortunate truth is that people often struggle with other mental health disorders alongside a substance use disorder. People who struggle with a meth addiction may also meet criteria for the following diagnoses:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Gambling disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Cannabis use disorder
Overdose & Withdrawal

Effects of Meth Overdose and Withdrawal

Effects of meth withdrawal: With continued use, a person develops a tolerance to meth, meaning this person’s body has become adapted to operating in the presence of meth. When this phenomenon occurs, suddenly removing meth from one’s system causes a set of symptoms known as withdrawal. These symptoms can include:

  • Intense cravings for meth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxious feelings
  • Depression symptoms
  • Sharp drop in energy levels
  • Shaking, twitching, or tics
  • Frustration, agitation, or irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Sweating

Effects of meth overdose: When person uses meth for long periods of time, his or her body becomes habituated to the drug, requiring the person to take more and more to achieve a high. This trend of increasing one’s use and dose of the drug places people who use meth in constant danger of an overdose. An overdose, which can be fatal, occurs when a person ingests more meth than his or her body can either metabolize or excrete. The effects of an overdose can include, but are not limited to:

  • Organ failure
  • Trouble breathing
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Stroke
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
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