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Crystal Meth Ingredients

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to on the street as crystal meth, is a synthetic central nervous system stimulant. Made from many toxic household items, meth is not hard to produce, but very dangerous.


The main ingredient in methamphetamine is ephedrine or psuedoephedrine. Ephedrine is found in many cough medications, although the government has begun to restrict availability due to abuse. Chemicals are extracted from things like brake cleaner, engine starter, rubbing alcohol, batteries, and fertilizer. All of the chemicals in methamphetamine are toxic and harmful.


In order to make crystal meth, one may use common household items. Pyrex dishes, glass bottles, cheesecloth, aluminum foil, and rubber tubing are examples of equipment used to make meth. As the ingredients may be acquired legally, and the equipment is easily attainable, it is becoming more popular for addicts to make their own meth.

Dangers of Cooking Meth

The process of cooking meth requires many dangerous procedures. For example, if red phosphorous overheats, it creates phosphine gas, a highly toxic gas if inhaled. Many chemical reactions may create toxic gases, while others may cause explosions. Small mistakes may cause large explosions or gas leaks and many fatalities. Chemicals such as ammonia or alkali metals are very reactive with one another, and are a leading cause of meth lab explosions.

Where Crystal Meth is Made

Crystal meth is made in laboratories of all sizes across the world. Industrial level labs create massive amounts of meth with a routine procedure. Smaller labs produce for a local area, and may try different methods. Some users have been able to fit a meth lab into a small suitcase, and make the drug while driving. All across the country, meth is made in many small labs, but California and the Pacific Northwest are the largest producers of meth in the country. According to intelligence agencies, meth cooks teach on average ten other people each year how to cook the drug, spreading the knowledge and danger.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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