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What Is Methamphetamine? How Did It Make Its Way Into America?

From meth and crystal meth to chalk, crank, ice, and speed, these are the many names the stimulant drug methamphetamine goes by. You can smoke it, swallow it in pill form, snort it or even inject the whitish powder in order to get high from meth. According to DrugAbuse.com, methamphetamine is chemically similar to FDA-approved amphetamine which is used to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, and even obesity under the name Desoxyn.

Amphetamine was first produced around 1880 in Germany, but three decades later a more potent and chemically-modified version called methamphetamine came out of Japan. By World War II, soldiers and Japanese kamikaze pilots were taking the drug to stay alert and focused during battles. These days meth is taken for multiple non-medical reasons from college students pulling all-nighter cram sessions to staying up for long road trips to improving athletic performance.

Breaking Bad meth cooking scene
The potent drug is made illegally in super labs in the U.S. and Mexico with cheap over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine found in cold medicine. Remember Breaking Bad’s Walter White? The chemistry teacher secured his family’s financial future by producing and selling crystal meth in the deserts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The TV series was an instant hit for AMC and received tons of praise including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards.

How Does Meth Affect The Brain?

Methamphetamine increases the amount of natural dopamine in the brain, which is involved in motivation, pleasure, and reward from natural behaviors such as eating. A methamphetamine drug addict enjoys the high levels of dopamine released in their brain and experiences a rush of euphoria, as well as improved alertness, increased energy, boosted motivation, even perceived increased intelligence.

Besides effects on the brain, regular meth use can lead high blood pressure, elevated body temperature, convulsions, poor dental health (meth mouth), strokes, paranoia, sleeping problems and irregular heartbeat. Meth addicts who choose to inject the drug are at a higher risk of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.

Ibogaine and Meth: What’s the Connection?

Since dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s crucial in reinforcing the brain’s reward pathways, an ibogaine addiction treatment can assist meth users in kicking the habit. An ibogaine opiate detox helps in two ways: First to relieve withdrawal symptoms that come with ending a meth addiction such as sweating, itching skin, shakes, and twitches. Second, by resetting the neurotransmitters in the brain, which of course have been completely off due to the methamphetamine addiction. According to the Ibogaine Institute, an ibogaine opiate detox has a 60% to 80% success rate in treating addiction.

Ibogaine further helps meth addicts by encouraging introspection, helping dive into the “why” they reached out to the drug in the first place. Ibogaine allows for deep healing, getting at the root of the problem, be it physical or emotional trauma. The natural substance allows meth addicts to forgive others, and more importantly forgive themselves. An ibogaine opiate detox gives people a refreshing look and take on life, helping them start their a new chapter in their life.
methamphetamine addiction statistics

To put things in perspective, here are a few statistics from DrugAbuse.com:

  • Half of the people in drug treatment programs in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, and Latvia seek treatment for methamphetamine addiction.
  • In the U.S., in 2013, about 12.3 million people over the age of 12 reported using meth at some point during their lifetime.
  • In 2010, about $13 billion was spent on crystal meth thanks to its $328 per one quarter gram price tag.
  • There are only 16,000 yearly legal prescriptions for meth.
  • Repeated trafficking of a Schedule II drug such as meth can carry a life sentence.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction and seeking an alternative treatment to the typical drug treatment programs, call the Ibogaine Clinic at 1-888-462-1164. Executive Program Director David Dardashti will address all your concerns and answer all your questions regarding an ibogaine opiate detox. The Ibogaine Clinic is located in an affluent community just outside of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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