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Methamphetamine Use increasing

Methamphetamine Use Rising Again

methamphetamine abuseMethamphetamine addiction was a major concern for law enforcement and health officials several years ago, before the opioid crisis reached epidemic proportions. States in the Western United States were hit especially hard by the abundance of methamphetamine being manufactured, and as a result thousands of people suffered from debilitating addictions to the powerful drug. But, after major attempts to curb methamphetamine production and use, the United States saw a decline in the number of meth users.

Restrictions on purchasing some of the main ingredients for manufacturing the drug and powerful ad campaigns like, Faces of Meth, were attributed to the de-escalation of methamphetamine use. However, recent reports find that while the country experienced a reprieve from the meth problem, more people are using the drug again, and massive quantities of the drug are being smuggled across the border.

“We’re seeing it pour across the border in bigger quantities. It used to be that loads of 20, 30, 40 pounds were big for us. Now we have 200-pound loads,” cautioned Mark Conover, the deputy U.S. Attorney in Southern California.

Methamphetamine originally soared in popularity because addicts could manufacture the drug themselves, using relatively common household ingredients. But, now that many of these ingredients require an ID to purchase and are only available in limited quantities, drug cartels in South America have taken over. As a result, methamphetamine is not being made in small at-home labs, but instead is being produced in giant warehouses where they make it in bulk and then smuggle it into the United States.

This massive influx of methamphetamine has led to some of the biggest numbers that officials have ever seen. States like Ohio, Texas, Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin have all seen massive spikes in methamphetamine in the last year. Some reports show that methamphetamine use has jumped by 250% since 2011.

Meth has somewhat silently crept back on the radar. Despite having a different set of problems associated with its use where overdose deaths are less likely compared to opioids, methamphetamine addiction is still a very serious threat to the public health in America.

If you have a loved one who is abusing or addicted to methamphetamine, contact us today to find out how our treatment program can help.

Desert Cove Recovery Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

goldsealIn our ongoing commitment to excellence, Desert Cove Recovery recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. This accreditation is among the highest in the treatment field and we are proud to have joined the ranks of top healthcare organizations around the country.

The mission statement of the Joint Commission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. These sentiments reflect Desert Cove Recovery’s dedication to providing the best substance abuse treatment services.

As we have stated about our treatment philosophy, our program blends traditional treatment models, which include; cognitive behavior therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma resolution. Guided by the 12-Steps and with a strong emphasis on accountability and integrity, our approach is designed to treat not only the addiction itself but also provide spiritual enhancement, social responsibility, and living skills to our guests.

If you have questions about our program or need to get help for yourself or a loved one, contact us today.

Workplace Drug Abuse Going Through Changes

dfwppdtSeveral decades ago, heroin and other street drugs were most common among war veterans, the homeless, minority men and those that lived in the inner city. However, the population that is becoming more affected by drug abuse may be somewhat surprising to some. More and more people in the workforce are succumbing to opiate dependency in startling numbers.

While most businesses require prospective employees to pass a drug test prior to hire, this practice is posing some problems for employers. Some businesses are finding it hard to staff their business because people just cannot pass the drug test. Regarding the drug problem in the United States, the main focus appears to be on teens and young adults, but other adults need just as much attention when it comes to prevention, education and treatment of a drug problem.

While the number of workers failing drug tests nationally has dropped according to reports, the amount of workers abusing prescription painkillers is rising. Some people wonder if this discrepancy is due to employers giving up on drug testing their employees because they cannot afford to continue hiring more workers. If this is the case, the plan is backfiring. Workers that are under the influence of illegal drugs have a higher rate of accidents, mistakes, theft and are absent more often than workers who are not abusing drugs. The U.S. Department of Labor had worked with business throughout the country on setting up drug-free workplace programs, often through their local chambers of commerce. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) now oversees this program.

Some businesses are taking other measures to prevent drug abuse in the workplace. One company that has had problems with employees abusing drugs has brought in law enforcement to train management on the signs that someone is under the influence of drugs. Other companies have instituted a no tolerance policy and more strict drug testing requirements. Increasing the number of drug tests and randomizing them helps to prevent employees from getting away with using drugs while employed.

It will continue to take a concentrated effort by employers to ensure that the work environment is safe and drug-free. Part of a drug-free workplace program includes polices on what do to when someone does test positive, including providing information and referrals to treatment programs.