America’s Two Drug Epidemics

America is waging a two-front battle against different substances and addictions that is beginning to overwhelm addiction treatment providers. Ridgeview Ranch is here to help. Call 877-526-7706 to speak with an Addiction Specialist today!

In recent years, public health officials have focused on rising opioid use among Americans. However, it is only one of two drug epidemics that have been spreading in the U.S. The other is methamphetamine use, which is growing rapidly in the western part of the country. The result is a two-front battle against different substances and addictions that are beginning to overwhelm addiction treatment providers.

The Struggle for Attention

Despite the rise of methamphetamine use and addiction in conjunction with that of opioids, local and federal lawmakers have been slow in keeping up with the trend. Indeed, the bulk of their attention—and funding—continues to go toward addressing opioids. Meanwhile, some supporters of opioid addiction treatment are concerned that giving attention to meth use will divert time and resources from their own cause, creating a divide among drug treatment advocates. Basically, opioid and meth treatment supporters are being forced to compete for their “fair share” of attention.

Causes of Rising Meth-Related Deaths

On the surface, methamphetamines are not as inherently lethal as opioids, but the rise of deaths from meth use suggests increased potency in current supplies, or possibly contamination that makes them deadlier. The higher death rate also includes more overdoses among older people. Most meth-related deaths are caused by brain hemorrhage or heart attack, which are unusual in young adults because their brain and heart tissue is typically healthier. As people age, they are at higher risk for both causes when using meth.

Risk of Relapse and Circumstantial Difficulties

As with all forms of addiction to substance and alcohol use, meth addicts are at risk of relapse. Statistically, 60% of meth users start to use again within a year of their recovery. It is an exceptionally difficult problem for them to overcome. The recovery process requires them to go through physical, mental, and emotional difficulties, Meanwhile, a relative lack of awareness, education, and material resources in comparison to those dedicated to preventing or treating opioid addiction deprives meth addicts of proper understanding and care.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, including methamphetamines or opioids, Contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) for help starting on a path to recovery and healing. Our holistic addiction treatment programs are administered by compassionate experts to help addicts take back control of their lives. We also offer support for post-treatment individuals with sober living.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While staying physically healthy is vital to living well, spreading awareness about mental health has never been more important. Ridgeview Ranch is here to help. Call one of our addiction specialists at 877-526-7706.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While staying physically healthy is vital to living well, spreading awareness about mental health has never been more important. In fact, mental and physical health often go hand-in-hand. People who are addicted to alcohol or drugs often develop mental health disorders, making recovery even more difficult as they have to fight on two fronts.

There are many reasons why a person would choose to drink or use drugs, but usage does not automatically indicate addiction. However, increased usage and a feeling of “need” for a drink or substance can be a sign, especially if it is affecting their behavior and ability to function in their daily life.

Some symptoms of substance/alcohol abuse or dependence include:
• Continuous use even while experiencing negative effects
• Increased usage to get the same “good feeling” they desire—in other words, they have built a tolerance and need more to feel the same effects
• Being preoccupied thinking about their next chance to drink or use the substance, or how to obtain more
• Common withdrawal symptoms like trembling, sweating, high blood pressure, or hallucinations when they try to stop using

People who already have mental health problems are particularly susceptible to become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Some start using them as a way to relieve their stress or pain, which can create a vicious circle in which their usage worsens their mental condition while taking its toll on their body. Common mental health disorders linked to substance abuse include but are not limited to:
• Bipolar disorder
• Borderline personality disorder
• Depression
• Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

If you suspect a friend or family member may have a problem with addiction, their mental health, or both, you can help by watching out for symptoms and expressing concern for their welfare. It’s important to express your concerns in a non-judgmental and supportive manner that is less likely to make them get defensive. Sometimes one of the best things you can do is simply listen, which lets them feel respected and understood. Discussing the issue, let alone making the decision to seek help, is an extremely vulnerable moment for them.

Contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and/or mental health problems. We offer a wide range of services treating addiction and mental disorders, from educational programs to carefully designed therapies that give patients every chance to recover.