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Gulf Breeze Recovery on the Rise of Balancing Meth and Heroin

New research is finding the rise in Methamphetamine use is in direct correlation to the opioid epidemic. A study published last year in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed numbers increased from 19% in 2011 to 34% to 2017 of opioid users now combining meth with their daily drug use. The researchers wrote, "Methamphetamine served as an opioid substitute, provided a synergistic high, and balanced out the effects of opioids so one could function 'normally.’”

In relation to the new meth epidemic, drug treatment centers are also showing a rise in the number of heroin addicts admitting methamphetamine use as a secondary substance abuse problem. Within just 3 years, the percentages showed an increase from 14% in 2014, to 22% in 2017.

Majority of users stated that heroin was their first drug of choice, but with the amount needed for them to “function” and the cost, they weren’t able to maintain their habit. When meth was introduced to them, it seemed to be the “miracle drug” they had always been looking for. They would begin their day using meth, and in the evenings “come down” with heroin. This was only sustainable for a brief time until eventually, they were using both, all day, at the same time.

“It is not uncommon for us to see this type of polysubstance abuse at our facility,” states Barnett Gilmer, owner, and CEO at Gulf Breeze Recovery. “The mindset behind this type of user is due to an innocent attempt, by the user, for a ‘better feeling’ and a perceived more sustainable ‘solution’ by adding another substance of choice. This attempt is ultimately brought about by the common misunderstanding that a ‘better feeling’ or an individual’s perceived well-being, solution to boredom, feelings of completion, adequacy or serenity can still be found through drugs and/or alcohol. An illusion is created because, at first, the individual does experience relief, albeit temporary. At Gulf Breeze Recovery we help point a person back to themselves to find the solution within, so they are no longer needing to reach for a drug, or having to add another, in order to relate to the world around them.”

About Gulf Breeze Recovery: Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non-12-step approach and individualized designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result. This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life. For more information about our program or to speak with an Addiction’s expert, please call 855-973-3551 or contact us.

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