Methamphetamine (METH) Addiction Treatment
Meth addiction is the inability to stop using meth regardless of the harmful physical, psychological, or social side effects it is causing an individual. Meth addiction is an addiction many Americans face, one that can be overcome with proper intervention, and ongoing treatment.
What are the Risks of Meth Addiction?
Physically, meth addiction can lead to irreversible damage to the brain and other areas of the body. Those who abuse meth are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or a stroke as a direct result of their drug abuse.
One of the largest and fastest growing epidemics in the nation that is crippling Americans at an alarmingly fast rate is crystal meth addiction. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people are addicted to crystal meth in the United States alone, and this number seems to be growing.
Unless you or someone you love has been addicted to meth and you have lived in a world of hell that meth addiction causes, it is difficult to grasp the magnitude of the struggle caused by meth fully. Crystal meth addiction leads to some of the most severe consequences of any other drug on the market or on the streets today.
In most cases, abstinence from meth abuse for at least two years can lead to the reversal of many of the negative physical signs of methamphetamine abuse but not all. Motor function and verbal memory will typically repair to some extent after two years of meth abstinence, but some other neurological aspects of prolonged use may not repair themselves even with time.
Before entering methamphetamine addiction treatment, the abuser must admit they have a problem and would like help. Then, one of our addiction specialists will speak with you and your loved one to figure out the best treatment facility that meets all of their needs. The first major step in gaining sobriety is the process of detoxification. During meth detox, the body will begin to clear the body of all the unwanted chemicals that are left from long-term abuse. The purpose of the detoxification process is to release the physical dependency of meth. The abuser will experience symptoms of withdrawals that may range from minor or severe, depending on their use. Medical staff will be on site in case the withdrawal symptoms become too intense or in case of an emergency. This is an important process in healing the body’s addiction to meth. Once the process of detoxification is completed, treatment starts to focus more on the patient’s emotional dependency and where the addiction steamed from.
Once the body is free from its chemical dependency, the treatment program will begin one on one therapy and group therapy sessions that will help the doctors and specialists understand the abuser’s past addiction. By attending therapy and other support groups at the treatment facility, the abuser is learning new life skills to begin living a substance-free life. Learning new ways to manage stress and triggers is a huge advantage to staying sober. Call now and learn about the methamphetamine addiction treatment centers that are available.
We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us. We take an in-depth look at your situation and provide you with a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.
What are the Side Effects of Meth Addiction?
There are many short-term and long-term effects of using crystal meth. Some of these effects will naturally subside on their own within a few hours while others could take days or more to go away even after the last dose of crystal meth was administered.
Available in many different forms, meth can be smoked, snorted, injected or ingested orally. Each of the methods of meth use will have a different effect on the user and the amount of time that the drug is active will differ slightly from one method of use to the next.
Below is a look at how each method of methamphetamine use will affect the user:
- Smoking meth –leads to a fast uptake of the drug into the brain and can amplify the addiction potential as well as many adverse health consequences such as lung tumors and other problems
- Injecting meth –leads to an intense rush or flash of a high that is described as a pleasurable state which typically only lasts a few minutes
- Snorting or Oral Consumption of Meth –leads to a less intense rush that lasts anywhere from 5 to twenty minutes and can linger.
Crystal meth affects the psychological system as well as the physical components of the body and can lead to a range of adverse reactions.
- Erratic behavior
- Violent behavior
- Fascination with repetitive tasks
- Excessive sweating
- Jaw clenching
- Suppressed appetite
- Poor sleeping habits or insomnia
- Mood swings
- High blood pressure and increased heart rate
- Suicidal thoughts
- Brain damage
- Meth mouth (rotten teeth)
- Sores on the body
- Boils or infections on the skin
- Weight loss and malnutrition
What are the Signs of Meth Addiction?
There are some tell-tale signs of meth addiction that you may be able to spot right away or which may become more prevalent as time goes on.
- Track or needle marks on the arms, legs, hands, feet or neck
- Euphoric states followed by fatigue or depression
- Respiratory problems, sinus infections or lung infections
- A cough or hoarse voices from smoking methamphetamine
- Skin abscesses or infections of the skin with no explanation
- Anger or irritability
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Sustained scratching or picking at skin or hair
- Poor dental health
- Doing repetitive tasks
- Erratic sleeping patterns
- Deterioration in physical appearance
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive sweating
- Changes in body odor
- Constant talking
- Jerky movements or ticks
Which Treatment Options are Available for Meth Addiction?
Inpatient treatment is always the best option for addicts, especially long-term users who will have more severe withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment allows for close medical oversight, in a safe environment that can prevent triggers, and relapse from occurring. Alongside inpatient treatment, patients can also be involved in therapy programs to help address the underlying causes of their addiction, such problems with their mental health.
The most effective methods of therapy treatment that have been found to assist those with meth addiction include behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy methods. Each of these methods of treatment involves helping the patient to combine new thoughts with their behaviors and vice versa to control their outbursts, cravings, and decisions. Contingency management interventions are also acceptable methods of treating methamphetamine addiction for some patients. The following methods are some of the most commonly used in centers for the treatment of meth addiction:
- Behavioral therapy– changing behaviors that would once trigger the use of drugs into behaviors that are now productive and do not include drug abuse
- Family education– teaching others in the family about meth addiction and how they can help their loved one by not facilitating the addiction but to support their recovery
- Individual counseling –providing a safe place for the addict to get help for their addiction without having to worry about the thoughts of others. Individual counseling also allows for a place to talk about potential causes of the addiction such as past or present physical abuse or trauma.
- 12-step therapy – many counseling centers, treatment centers, and community programs provide twelve step treatments for those suffering from all types of addiction including methamphetamine addiction. Crystal Meth Anonymous groups are available in communities to provide social support for recovering addicts
- Contingency management interventions –these programs offer incentives to the patient when he or she goes a set amount of time without using meth by providing coupons or vouchers to assist them in finding something that they like as a reward. The coupon may be for a free meal, a special gift or something else of value.
Your Addiction Has Gone On Long Enough.
If someone you love is using meth and cannot or will not stop on their own it may be time to seek professional help. If they are in denial about their harmful behavior, you may want to set up an intervention with an addiction coach and gather their close friends and family members.
FINDING A TREATMENT CENTER TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
- How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
- Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
- What type of services does the facility offer?
- How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
- Are friends and family allowed to visit?
- What is the fee for services? What payment methods does the center accept?
- Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
- What programs are required as part of your treatment?
- Does the center offer referrals to other services after treatment?
- Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?
You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist. If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed. This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing. However, you may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.