GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. ― While the number of meth labs in Grayson County has been on the decline, rehabilitation center officials say they have waiting lists of meth addicts waiting to be treated. They say a new demographic is using meth ― teens.
Pictures of meth addicts show that the physical results after just months of using the drug are striking.
No matter what stage a meth user is in, rehab counselors say there is always hope.
Rehabilitation centers like the House of Hope in Sherman provide education on drug and alcohol problems. Grayson County is one of the few counties in the state of Texas that has low rates of relapse.
The House of Hope has a huge waiting list for patients to get in.
“We offer substance abuse treatment. The main thing is always education where we try to teach them what addiction really is,” chemical dependency counselor Vickie Cherry says.
Cherry says she deals with dozens of meth addicts, and they all say the same thing.
“Most of the conversations is where it pretty much gets to the same. They have a desire to quit, they know it has nearly impacted every aspect of their life, but that is the hallmark of addiction when people continue to use despite the known negative consequences,” Cherry says.
“It’s pretty much the same story, maybe a different avenue but it got them pretty much to the same place.”
Cherry says a new trend she is seeing is more teenagers getting addicted.
“Right now we are seeing clients who are an adult, but we're seeing 18 and 19 year olds coming in, and they are getting a really early start and just for parents to be aware,” Cherry says.
"It’s not about being strong, it’s about being smart and that’s what we have to teach you, what those things are so that we can help you to continue with your sobriety and recovery.”
Last year the House of Hope helped 133 clients. They say although the number of patients is increasing, the success rate is as well.
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