Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Burkwood Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Burkwood Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Meth Addiction Symptoms & Warning Signs

Understanding Meth Addiction

Learn about meth addiction & abuse

Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, is a potent and strong drug. Meth is categorized in the stimulant category of drugs because the use of it increases the activity of the central nervous system. The category of stimulants includes prescription medications such as Ritalin and Adderall, everyday substances like caffeine, and illicit drugs such as amphetamine, cocaine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and meth. In terms of consumption, meth can be snorted, smoked, or dissolved then injected. When meth becomes present in the body, it produces a strong rush of pleasure. This happens as the brain pumps out more dopamine in response to the drug being in the system, which causes feelings of motivation and pleasure to kick in. These effects can cause individuals to keep abusing meth, which can lead to the development of addiction. What is important to know, however, is that there are several options for treatment for those who have found themselves stuck in the dangerous pattern of meth abuse.

Statistics

Statistics on meth addiction & abuse

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), nearly 0.2 percent of individuals ages 12 and older have abused an amphetamine-like stimulant within the past year. Intravenous use is three or four times more common among women than men; however, this difference is only notable in those who inject the substance. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NS-DUH), reported data from a 2012 study that showed a higher estimate, stating that nearly 0.4 percent of the population (or 1.2 million people) have used meth within the past year.

Causes & Risks

Causes and risk factors for meth addiction & abuse

Similar to other mental health and substance use disorders, there are a number of other factors that can impact one’s chances of developing methamphetamine use disorder, including:

Environmental: Those who were exposed to meth prenatally or during childhood have a higher risk of abusing meth at some point in their lives. Additionally, those who have witnessed community violence, lived in unstable homes, have mental illnesses, or socialize with meth users and dealers are more likely to abuse meth and develop methamphetamine use disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Experiencing community violence
  • Having an unstable home environment
  • Personal history of other substance use disorders
  • Family history of substance use disorders
  • Being around meth dealers or users
  • Presence of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Exposure to meth in the womb
  • Exposure to trauma
  • Impulsive personality
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of meth addiction & abuse

Those who are battling with meth abuse might display a number of signs and symptoms that infer they are abusing this substance, including:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Spending a great deal of time using meth, obtaining meth, or recovering from meth use
  • Being unsuccessful in attempts to reduce meth use
  • Using meth even in situations where use may be physically hazardous
  • Neglecting social, occupational, academic, or recreational activities or obligations in favor of using meth
  • Using more meth, or over a longer period of time, than a person intends
  • Continuing to use meth even though it is having a negative psychological or physical effect on the person

Physical symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Withdrawal, which a series of uncomfortable symptoms one experiences when attempting to discontinue meth use
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blood pressure fluctuations
  • Slowed breathing
  • Seizures
  • Sweating or chills
  • Nausea
  • Abnormally slow or fast movements
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Abnormally slow or fast heart rate
  • Experiencing tolerance, wherein a person requires a larger dose of meth in order to achieve a high

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Cravings for meth
  • Confusion

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Continuing to use meth despite experiencing significant interpersonal problems resulting from meth use
Effects

Effects of meth addiction & abuse

If an individual’s meth abuse goes untreated, he or she might go through a variety of negative consequences, including:

  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Nasal irritation or bleeding
  • Respiratory problems
  • Gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores, known as “meth mouth”
  • Heart attack
  • Puncture marks or “tracks”
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
  • Engaging in illegal or dangerous activities to earn money to buy more meth
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Polysubstance use, addiction, or chemical dependency
  • Contracting HIV or another sexually-transmitted infection from sharing needles or engaging in risky sex while high
  • Violent injury from associating with drug trafficking
  • Engaging in illegal or dangerous activities to acquire or earn money to buy more meth
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss
Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of meth withdrawal and overdose

Effects of meth withdrawal: If an individual abuses meth for a long period of time and then tries to stop his or her use, he or she can develop a number of painful withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms can include:

  • Increased appetite
  • Slowed movement
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Vivid unpleasant dreams
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Oversleeping
  • Slowed thought processes
  • Agitation

Effects of meth overdose: If an individual consumes more meth than his or her body can handle, he or she will experience an overdose. Overdoses on meth are highly dangerous and can be deadly. If an individual has been abusing meth and develops some or all of the following symptoms, obtain medical attention immediately:

 

  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stomach pain
  • Agitation
  • Organ damage
  • Coma
  • Chest pain
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