Logical thinking tells us that drug addiction cases get sparser in the least-populated areas of our country. For example, a city like Los Angeles might appear to have more cases of alcoholism due to the massive size of this metropolitan area, even though addiction might not be a massive problem here. Now, consider Pierre, South Dakota, and its small population, and consider how the numbers would crunch against L.A.’s. Needless to say, when you hear about this statistics, you will automatically assume that small towns don’t have major drug problems, but the fact of the matter is that this disease is running rampant here as well. Just ask the women of South Dakota, who are begin plagued by an unlikely old enemy: crystal meth. Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Female Convicts and Crank
Did you know that, in 2017, the South Dakota police arrested 3,390 convicts for the possession of crystal meth, a 675% increase from a minimum of 467 cases in 2002? As expected, this nasty drug is an equal opportunity poison, affecting people from all walks of life and from a variety of ethnicities and nationalities. In fact, researchers have confirmed that women have suffered the most at the hands of crystal meth. Over the past five years, the number of female convicts in South Dakota prisons has increased by 35%.
A Game of Cat and Mouse
So why are these numbers increasing dangerously among the female populace? In keeping with medical reports, women react to meth in a much more dangerous manner than their male counterparts. Scientists from the University of Colorado have confirmed that women who use meth suffer from a more severe loss of gray matter (brain tissue) than men.
The good news is that women are more likely to quit, too.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
People from all around the world suffer from drug abuse and addiction every day, but, in a way, you can also find reprieve in the fact that hundreds of them are also finding ways to heal. Although the battle against illegal drugs continues to wage on in the United States, Australia, and other countries, you can join the thousands who rally together to find peace and to heal. With the right amount of determination and a little bit of love for yourself, anything is possible.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.