Arvada law enforcement officials report that the community along with many other Denver metro areas have seen a dramatic rise in methamphetamine traffic and use in recent years. Many Arvada crimes have been associated with the substance as users become desperate to fund their habit. Others commit crimes while under the influence.
Along with the growing meth problem, police regularly seize cocaine, crack and marijuana throughout the year. In an effort to combat the ongoing drug problem, the West Metro Drug Task Force was developed. However, the presence of meth and other substances continues.
Dangers of Meth
Meth alters the production, release and reabsorption of neurotransmitters that include dopamine and serotonin. To continue experiencing the desired effect or to prevent the inevitable crash that follows, individuals continue using the drug and addiction occurs. As the brain attempts to create normalcy in lieu of the chemical chaos, fewer neurotransmitters are released or have receptor sites in which to bond. In time, the meth user must then rely on the drug to feel normal.
Extensive or even casual use wreaks havoc on the cardiovascular system. Users put themselves at risk for heart attack or stroke. The appetite suppressant effects lead to malnutrition and dehydration along with a greater susceptibility to infection. The degradation of nerve cells causes emotional and mental health issues along with the development of unusual sensations.
Rehab Saves Lives
Breaking the vicious cycle of physical and psychological dependency is rarely achieved without professional help. Users may remain in denial or resist sobriety for fear of what they perceive as the nightmare associated with withdrawal. However, behavior and thought patterns must change in order to overcome the addiction. The many successful rehab techniques include:
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Individual and group counseling
- Family education
- 12-step programs
- Involvement in non-drug related activities
- Aftercare support
You May Need to Travel to Find the Best Program
Deciding to go to a treatment center for a substance abuse problem can be a huge decision, but remember that it is a step in the right direction. Your time at a quality rehab facility will benefit you greatly. For many people, the first place to look for a reputable treatment center is in their hometown, but keep in mind that this is not always the best solution. There are many things to think about when finding a rehab center, and you may end up deciding on a treatment center in a neighboring city.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, if you have specific requirements for treatment, these may only be found in another city. For example, some individuals prefer a faith-based form of recovery over one that provides a more holistic approach.
In other cases, privacy is of the utmost importance, and attending treatment in the same city where you live and work would be impossible. Making this key decision about your recovery can be difficult, so if you are unsure, feel free to call our helpline at anytime for guidance.