The consequences of methamphetamine abuse are terrible for the individual and the family. Its use can affect relations beyond the family to loss of employment and alienation of friends. The highly addictive and easily accessible drug has been manufactured in household or garage size laboratories for many years. The abuse of methamphetamine, a potent and highly addictive stimulant, remains an extremely serious problem in the United States. The highly stimulating effect produced by its use, motivates its victim to attempt to revisit the feeling, over and over, but always never quite reaching the effect they seek. The methamphetamine user repeats this process until it leads them to the gates of insanity or death.
Methamphetamine affects the user psychologically, biologically, and socially. Chronic methamphetamine use is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the brain. Abusing the drug can cause irreversible brain damage, memory loss, violent behavior, psychotic behavior, cardiovascular system damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems, just to name a few. Methamphetamine abuse has also been shown to contribute to increased transmission of deadly infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C, either by its injection or the user, under the influence, entering into situations that would be defined as high risk sexual behavior. According to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 12 million people, almost 5 percent of the population of the United States, have tried methamphetamine at least once.
Beyond its devastating effects on individual health, methamphetamine abuse threatens whole communities, causing new waves of crime, gang presence, robbery, burglaries, unemployment, and child neglect or abuse. Because it can be manufactured from household chemicals that are readily available, addiction and access to methamphetamine is a nationwide and worldwide problem. Most of the ingredients are highly poisonous and no one in their right mind would ever introduce them into the body for fear of death, but when mixed together all judgment goes out the window, because of the drug’s seductive illusion.
10 Acre Ranch provides a serene, secluded, low stress and low risk environment for the meth addict to start meth addiction treatment. Most methamphetamine addicts come to us severely underweight and sleep deprived. They first enter the acute phase of treatment, where they physically detoxify until they are able to rest and start eating healthy and nutritious meals. After this period we enter the post-acute treatment phase, where our therapists, counselors and clients engage in one to one sessions along with group therapy, educational classes and outside twelve step recovery meetings. Clients also have the option of attending a private health and racquetball club to get in some much needed physical activities, in addition to weekly softball games. The typical schedule at 10 Acre Ranch is a busy one while being emotionally, spiritually and physically productive for the addict in treatment. This is because addiction recovery is an “inside job,” but all the hard work is rewarded with fun activities like pizza and the movies, Angel’s games (in season), miniature golf or museum trips. After all, addicts get clean and sober to learn how to live life and that begins while in treatment, when clients realize the wonders of leading a clean and sober lifestyle.