Methamphetamine addiction has reached crisis proportions in communities throughout the United States. While methamphetamine abuse has inspired many works of fiction, such as television series “Breaking Bad,” its consequences are all too real for millions of Americans, creating an ever-growing need for methamphetamine withdrawal treatment and meth treatment programs.
Methamphetamine – usually called “meth” for short –can be swallowed, snorted, taken intravenously or smoked. The majority of meth found in the United States is smuggled in by Mexican drug cartels. However, small domestic meth labs also contribute to the supply. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2014 there were 9,338 incidents involving clandestine meth labs, chemical dumpsites or equipment used to make meth.
In 2015 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.4% of Americans 26 years or older said they had used meth at some point in their lifetime. According to the PBS series Frontline “There are two current basic profiles of methamphetamine users: students (both high school and college) and white, blue-collar and unemployed persons in their 20s and 30s.