Desoxyn is a Schedule II methamphetamine with a high potential for abuse and limited medical applications. Although prescriptions of the drug are highly regulated, it and other methamphetamines are available through black market channels, making it possible for people to abuse the substances.
Slang Names for Desoxyn
In drug culture, methamphetamines are referred to by a number of code names, including “ice,” “crank,” “crystal,” “fire,” “chalk,” “glass,” “speed” and “go fast.” Replacing a clinical-sounding name with something like “fire” or “chalk” can add to the appeal of the drug, possibly making it easier to market to teens. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), around 1 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 had used Desoxyn or another form of methamphetamine. Use among college-aged individuals was approximately 3 percent, and it was nearly 6 percent among those age 26 and up.1
Signs of Methamphetamine Use
Desoxyn and other methamphetamines can be consumed in a number of ways, including by swallowing, snorting, smoking and injecting. Paraphernalia that suggests someone is injecting, smoking or snorting substances can indicate a drug abuse problem. Other signs that someone you love may be struggling with a meth addiction include:
- Changes in sleeping patterns, such as long bouts of wakefulness or sleep.
- Obsessive or paranoid behavior, including picking at hair or skin.
- Constant and rapid speech.
- Feelings of imminent danger without reason.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Decreased appetite.
- Erratic movements or tics.
- Burn marks around mouth or fingers.
- Poor physical appearance or hygiene.
- Constantly dilated pupils.
- Excessive sweat.
- Odd body odor.
One of these signs alone doesn’t necessarily mean your loved one is abusing drugs, so don’t jump to conclusions simply because your teen isn’t eating as much as he used to or your wife isn’t sleeping well. If several of these signs exist, however, talk to the person in question about what is going on in a calm and nonjudgmental manner. Offer to help them seek treatment.
If you or someone you love would like information about inpatient treatment centers, call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? . Our counselors are ready to provide information about recovery programs in your area.
What to Look For in a Desoxyn Recovery Program
Each Desoxyn rehabilitation center offers its own blend of treatment options. Some may approach a meth addiction through the Matrix Model, commonly used in outpatient settings but sometimes in inpatient settings as well, or other cognitive-behavioral approaches.
The Matrix Model includes:
- Direct interaction with therapists that is not confrontational
- Sessions that are targeted at encouraging self-esteem in patients
- Relapse prevention education
- Group therapy sessions
- Family therapy sessions where applicable
- 12-step programs
- Education on daily living skills like nutrition or coping mechanisms
The Matrix Model is an empirically supported treatment approach for stimulant abuse.2 When seeking treatment, ask admissions counselors about the overall approach to therapy. Research different forms of therapy, like the Matrix Model, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and seek a treatment center that provides an approach that seems to fit for you.
Locating a Recovery Facility
“Any medical or clinical professional should be able to refer you to a program or provide literature about programs, so talk to your doctor or therapist if you are struggling with addiction.”
Searching for a rehabilitation facility may be outside your comfort zone or experience. It isn’t hard to find information about programs in your area if you know where to look. Any medical or clinical professional should be able to refer you to a program or provide literature about programs, so talk to your doctor or therapist if you are struggling with addiction. You can also attend a local support group to begin the treatment process and find out about residential recovery centers in your area. Many community centers, churches and other organizations allow 12-step program members to meet in their facilities and often advertise this information on signs or bulletin boards. For immediate information about Desoxyn treatment programs, call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? ; our counselors are available 24 hours a day.
You can help make your recovery more successful by taking a few steps even before you are admitted. First, talk to those who are closest to you about your addiction. Being honest with loved ones is an important step to healing any broken relationships in your life; building a social and familiar support group can also be an important part of continued recovery.
Next, find out about insurance coverage. Financial troubles may be the last thing you want to consider when entering a rehab program, so inform the admissions counselor about your insurance. Many facilities provide experienced representatives who can work with your insurance for billing and who may be able to help you find financial support to cover other costs.
A residential drug rehab facility may require inpatient stays of 30 days to 90 days, so make sure you communicate this to appropriate parties. People you might want to inform include your family, close friends, employer, church congregation, or members of any organization where you volunteer or are regularly active.
Don’t let drugs take control of your life; no matter where you are in the addiction process, you can take the first step toward recovery today. Call us at 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? to find out more about recovery facilities.
. National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Methamphetamine.
. Rawson, R., Shoptaw, S.J., Obert, J.L., McCann, M.J., Hasson, A.L., Marinelli-Casey, P.J., Brethen, P.R., & Ling, W. (1995). An intensive outpatient approach for cocaine abuse: The Matrix model. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 12(2), 117-127.
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