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  • May

    Meth Addiction Appears More Difficult to Treat in Teen Girls

    Meth Addiction Appears More Difficult to Treat in Teen Girls

    Meth is such a powerful, addictive and destructive drug, first time users can become hooked in a relatively short period of time with continued use. Some recovering meth addicts have even said the first time they used the drug there was no going back, they got hooked just that fast.

    Chronic meth addiction isn't the only thing meth user's risk if they continue to abuse the stimulant drug. Meth damages the brain, destroys the body inside and out, and ends up taking over a person's life if they don't receive help.

    Unlike opiate addiction, there is no specific medication available yet that will help prevent or reduce intense cravings and other side effects meth addicts experience when they stop using the drug and are working toward recovery. This can make remaining abstinent very difficult and long term recovery from meth addiction hard to achieve and maintain.

    Even though a person can overcome their use of meth, methamphetamine addiction is difficult to treat. It may be hard to imagine teens experimenting with dangerous street drugs like meth but many of them do, and some have become addicted to the powerful drug requiring treatment for their addiction.

    According to an article on Medline Plus, teen girls might have more trouble quitting their use of meth than teen boys that are also addicted to the drug. A small study was conducted among 19 adolescents addicted to meth, ten were teen girls and nine were teen boys. The teens were given either a placebo or bupropion which is an antidepressant and were all receiving counseling.

    Teens that were given the placebo provided far more urine samples that were methamphetamine free compared to those that had been given the antidepressant bupropion. According to the study, boys in both groups had over "twice as many methamphetamine-free urine drug tests as girls in both groups".

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