Freedom from stimulant use as overdose deaths grow

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that can lead to a life-threatening addiction, but ending the use of the illegal substance is possible.

In 2021, Iowa witnessed a surge in the number of deaths related to psychostimulant use, primarily due to methamphetamine, which rose to 210 from 94 in 2018. Amid all this, Rosecrance Jackson Centers provided a glimmer of hope to thousands of individuals struggling with substance use disorder and seeking recovery to lead a fulfilling life.

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that not only contributes to fatal overdoses across the nation but also has severe long-term health consequences. Prolonged methamphetamine use alters the brain’s normal functioning and speeds up the body’s processes to potentially deadly levels. This includes raising blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. People who frequently use meth can also experience anxiety, paranoia, aggression, hallucinations, and mood swings.

“Methamphetamine has caused havoc in many people’s lives for years. With its increased use and the growing number of deaths caused by it, we must take action to disrupt methamphetamine use and provide people with the opportunity to free themselves from addiction. Despite its highly addictive nature, it is possible to break free from methamphetamine use disorder and regain control of one’s life. Seeking help and treatment can provide relief and hope that can help individuals reclaim their lives,” Julie Enockson, Regional President of Rosecrance Jackson Centers.

With the help of evidence-based treatment and support, there is hope to live a life free from meth addiction. Effective behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, can assist individuals in managing situations that may trigger use.

To begin your recovery journey, contact our Access team at 888.928.5278 to learn more about a future without substance use.