Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sunrise Recovery Ranch to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sunrise Recovery Ranch.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Methamphetamine Addiction Causes and Effects

Sunrise Ranch provides meth addiction treatment rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier, more satisfying life, without addiction.

Understanding Meth

Learn about meth and substance abuse

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a highly addictive stimulant drug. Creating powerful feelings of euphoria and a feeling of disconnection from one’s environment in those who use it, meth works by increasing the brain’s available supply of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. This high can last between 6 to 12 hours depending on the method of ingestion. And because meth is so powerful, using it can sometimes result in addiction after only a few doses. Continued use of this dangerous drug can also cause extreme disruption to a person’s ability to function effectively in his or her life.

Thankfully, an addiction to meth is not the end of the story. With proper treatment and the help of a dedicated treatment staff, it is possible to overcome an addiction to meth and retake control of one’s life.

Statistics

Meth addiction statistics

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders indicates that in a given year, approximately 0.2 percent of adults use amphetamine-type stimulants such as meth. Furthermore, people aged 18 to 29 are much more likely than older adults to use meth, and males are more likely than females to use stimulants like meth by injecting them.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for meth addiction

Meth addiction is a complex and multifaceted process with many different influences and risk factors. Researchers have discovered that the following factors may increase a person’s chance of developing an addiction to meth:

Environmental: A person’s environment can significantly affect his or her chances of becoming addicted to meth. People who were exposed to stimulants like meth while in the womb, as well as those who grew up with parents who used meth, are at increased risk of developing a meth addiction. Other environmental risk factors, such as exposure to community violence, growing up in an unstable home, spending time with meth users and dealers, and having another mental health condition, can also increase a person’s risk of becoming addicted, especially among women.

Risk Factors:

  • Being diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, or other substance use disorders
  • Having poor impulse control
  • Presence of conduct disorder during childhood
  • Family history of stimulant abuse

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of meth addiction

Though an addiction to meth manifests differently depending on individual personality factors and the nature of an individual’s meth use, the following are some common signs and symptoms of an addiction to meth:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Taking larger amounts of meth, or using over a greater duration, than one originally intends
  • Inability to reduce or control one’s use of meth
  • Spending much time or effort obtaining meth, using it, or recovering from use
  • Failing to keep up with obligations at home or work due to meth use
  • Continuing to use meth despite multiple interpersonal problems caused by use this drug
  • Continuing to use even in situations where it is physically hazardous
  • Continuing to use despite knowing that meth use is causing problems in one’s life

Physical symptoms:

  • Needing to use larger and larger amounts of meth to achieve a high
  • Decrease in effectiveness when continuing to use the same amount of the substance

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Having strong desires to use meth

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Avoiding important social, recreational, or occupational activities in favor of using meth

Effects

Effects of meth addiction

If a person’s meth use continues untreated, he or she is at risk of suffering from a number of severe negative consequences, which may include:

  • Damage to nasal membranes and respiratory system
  • Puncture wounds or infection at injection sites
  • Contracting infections or diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis, from sharing needles or engaging in risky sexual activity
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
  • Polysubstance use, addiction, or chemical dependency
  • Malnutrition and weight loss
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Being the victim of drug-related violence
  • Legal difficulties
  • Birth defects and complications (should meth abuse occur while one is pregnant)
  • Neurocognitive impairments
  • “Meth mouth,” which can include gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Death, either from suicide or overdose

Co-Occurring Disorders

Meth addiction and co-occurring disorders

People who struggle with an addiction to meth may also struggle with one or more of the following mental health disorders:

  • Other substance use disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Gambling disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of meth withdrawal & overdose

Effects of meth withdrawal: If a person should discontinue using meth after a long period of use, he or she may experience a collection of extremely unpleasant effects as his or her body readjusts to functioning in the absence of the drug. These effects, known as withdrawal, may include:

  • Slowed movements
  • Shaking, tremors, or jitteriness
  • Increases in appetite
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Vivid or unpleasant dreams
  • Tiredness or lethargy

Effects of meth overdose: As a person continues to use meth, his or her body may begin to require larger doses to achieve a high. While pursuing a high, if a person ingests more than his or her body can handle, he or she can experience a potentially-fatal overdose. Signs and symptoms of an overdose may include:

  • Confusion or delirium
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Irritability, agitation, or aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

Common Names

Slang terms for methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is commonly referred to on the streets as

  • Crystal meth
  • Crank
  • Meth
  • Ice
  • Glass

Thanks to Sunrise Recovery Ranch, my daughter was able to get the lasting recovery she deserved from her addiction and her co-occurring mental health disorder. I am super grateful!

– Michelle A.
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)