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What is a Meth Lab?
A meth lab is a place where people manufacture methamphetamines.
Meth labs can be anywhere and everywhere.
The equipment and processes used can reveal the existence of cooking meth.
Many items are found in normal household products.
When found together in usual amounts, this can indicate that someone is cooking drugs.
If there is a meth lab inside a building, there may be some indications that can be observed from outside.
The meth-making process produces strong odors and toxic fumes.
Meth cookers will attempt to ventilate this toxic smell.
You may even observe windows being wide open in the winter.
Others will install fans and blowers in larger operations.
This all makes the smell of cooking meth detectable from outside of a building.
The Dangers of Cooking Meth
Cooking meth will leave a home uninhabitable.
The vapor goes into surfaces and as it cools, it recrystallizes.
This trace amount increases over time and in the case of homes that used to be meth labs can leave incredibly unhealthy levels of the chemicals in the walls, ceilings, carpets – you name it.
When cooking drugs at home, these toxic chemicals are dispersed throughout the house.
Your loved ones can be harmed as they are exposed to the residual meth.
There are many reports of families being sick.
If you are in a place where cooking meth occurred, you may have traces show up in your bloodwork.
A new way of cooking meth is the one-pot method. Using this method, all the ingredients are put together in a bottle and shaken. Cooking meth this way only yields small amounts. This process is dangerous because the cooker is holding the bottle during the cooking process and risk catching themselves on fire if anything goes wrong. Flash fires are dangerous and can have permanent and fatal consequences. One-pot methods of cooking meth leave contaminated litter that is highly toxic to anyone who stumbles across it.
Signs of Cooking Drugs at Home
Cooking meth in America is an increasing concern for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Meth labs can happen anywhere. Clandestine labs have been found in rural areas as well as residential, commercial, and industrial districts. Law enforcement has seized labs at hotels, private residences, and outdoor areas. There are telltale signs that can indicate that someone is cooking drugs at home. The combination of the following can indicate that someone is cooking meth.
- Drain cleaner
- Brake fluid chemicals
- Lighter fluid
- Pseudoephedrine or Sudafed
- Paint thinner
- Red phosphorus
Cooking drugs is not something that will go away on its own. The availability of the ingredients needed to manufacture, and produce meth are numerous.
Effects and Abuse of Meth
Meth addiction is skyrocketing. Meth is fast-acting. Users report pleasurable effects. However, a person can become quickly addicted after just one or two uses. Compared to other stimulants, meth is more potent, as greater amounts of meth reach the brain when it is used. Long-term abuse of meth also has several negative side effects and consequences. Long-term lung damage occurs from heavy users.
Mental Illness and Meth
Methamphetamine stimulates your brain and central nervous system. Cooking meth and abusing it can result in a variety of adverse outcomes. There are numerous mental health risks associated with methamphetamine use. Many of these risks are serious. Being addicted to meth can result in severe consequences, both long- and short-term. The intense craving from methamphetamine addiction can become more important than other activities. This addiction will result in poor physical and mental health. Many users have poor dental health and skin issues from extended use. You may suffer from severe paranoia and psychosis. Permanent brain changes can happen if you do not address your meth addiction. Nevertheless, much damage can be healed when you choose to detox and maintain a sober life.
Getting off drugs is a difficult and long road. Many people are unable to do it on their own. Recovery is a lifelong process. The first step to any treatment is detoxing. There are many ways to help you through the initial stages of withdrawal from meth. Keeping stress and triggers is an important aspect of inpatient care. When you’re monitored 24/7, the physical symptoms can be addressed. Getting treatment for meth detox can make a difference. Ensuring that withdrawal is tolerable is an important part of any treatment plan. Even if you are confident in your ability to resist temptation, attempting to detox alone can put you at high risk for relapse.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. The difficulties one faces when choosing to stop can be hard to cope with. Meth withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe. Sudden cessation can be fatal. Impatient treatments will reduce the severity and timeframe of withdrawal. Sadly, many people will start using meth again to find relief from withdrawal symptoms. When you begin the detox treatment inpatient care can make all the difference. First, your symptoms are monitored in a safe environment. Second, the stress and triggers that contribute to your use are mitigated. Lastly, your withdrawal symptoms can be treated when they happen. Inpatient care allows you to detox without the stresses of day to day living.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Some people are unable to fully commit to an inpatient detox program. The good news is that you can benefit from all the perks of inpatient through an intensive outpatient program. During the day you will attend intensive therapy sessions. All your withdrawal symptoms are monitored and dealt with as they come.
After an initial inpatient detox, the next level of treatment is ongoing care through outpatient treatment. You will have to travel to the center weekly to complete therapy sessions. Your vitals are monitored, and any lingering symptoms can be addressed. When your day treatment is complete you can return to the comfort of your home. During outpatient care, you have the freedom to begin using the tools to maintain a sober life.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
Are you struggling with a meth addiction?
Do you fear the worst day of meth withdrawal?
If you answered yes, then a medical detoxing program can be the answer.
At Resurgence Behavioral Health we understand how difficult the road to detox is.
Doing it alone can seem impossible. Supportive care for detox is essential for positive long-term outcomes.
Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at (855) 458-0050 to schedule your consultation.