Meth Charges for Illinois Men

Two people were arrested late last month in Mount Vernon on meth charges after a traffic search revealed an active drug operation. During a traffic stop, detectives found a methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine and related materials inside the men's car. Chad J. Davis, 30, and Jennifer Craig, 38, were later taken into custody.

Treatment for Meth Abuse / Addiction

The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are:

Cognitive-behavioral therapies:

  • helps the abuser recognize harmful behaviors
  • motivate abusers to stop harmful behaviors

Contingency-management interventions:

  • rewards given when abusers display constructive behaviors
  • suffer consequences when abusers display negative behaviors

There is no prescribed medication known to work positively and specifically with methamphetamine addicts. However, Chicago drug rehabilitation centers can be beneficial. To learn more, call a local treatment facility today.

Withdrawal from Meth

Withdrawal symptoms will depend on the severity of use. Withdrawal symptoms can include chronic fatigue, depression, hunger, acute anxiety, paranoia, restlessness and suicidal ideation. Most symptoms will not be life-threatening in and of themselves. If meth abuse has been long-term, severe or combined with other drugs, withdrawal may have complications and possibly cause life-threatening situations.

Meth Statistics

Research studies show:

  • Meth addicts relapse at a rate of 56%.
  • 1.2 million people admitted to using meth in the past year
  • 440,000 admitted to using meth in the past month.
  • In 2012, there were 133,000 new users of methamphetamine
  • In 2012, the average age of new methamphetamine users was 19.7 years old.

Meth and Other Addictions

Other common addictions seen in meth addicts are alcoholism and secondary addictions. Alcohol is a commonly seen as a secondary addiction when meth addicts use alcohol to balance or depress the effects of intense stimulation and jitters of meth. An additional risk when using alcohol and meth together is that meth masks the depressant effect of alcohol. This increases the risk of alcohol overdose as the effects of alcohol are not being felt. Alcohol and meth together exacerbates high blood pressure.

Secondary addictions, such as sexual promiscuity or over-activity, occur when manic energy levels are created by meth use and users seek a way to burn off energy.

Treatment for Meth Addiction

Detox centers in Chicago are ready to assist you in treating your meth addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction or abuse, call Chicago Drug Rehab IL at (877) 804-1531 today. We can help you find treatment programs that will give you the support and resources to overcome your addiction. Attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting ( will be further helpful in your recovery by providing bonding experiences with fellow users.


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