Want to quit for good?
Meth is one of the most addictive of all drugs.
If you are struggling with quitting, getting off meth on your own can feel like a merry-go-round. Relapse is common and cravings are strong.
However, addiction is a medical condition that responds to medical treatment. Here, we’ll review the basics on addiction treatment programs. We’ll outline how you can get the “best treatment” possible. We’ll also let you know what you can expect as treatment progresses. More here, with a section at the end for your questions.
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Is Methamphetamine Addictive?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant. Its effects on the body and mind are habit forming. Meth can:
- decrease fatigue
- experience and extend euphoria and pleasure
- increase energy
- increase focus and attention
The first sign of meth addiction is when an individual realizes, that s/he likes the drug less, but needs it more. Other signs of addiction involve:
- life revolving around methamphetamine use.
- loss of control over methamphetamine use.
- negative consequences to life, work, or health.
- taking methamphetamine to avoid or relieve withdrawal.
The listed behaviours indicate the presence of a possible “Substance Use Disorder”, the medical term for addiction. When left untreated, this condition can destroy your finances, health, relationships… your entire life. Recovery can get you get back on track!
For more information on getting started with methamphetamine addiction treatment, call 1-877-978-1283. We can help you get rid of methamphetamine for good.
Safely Breaking Free From Methamphetamine Addiction
Q: What is the secret to breaking free from methamphetamine addiction?
A: The secret is to wake up and stop denying the presence of your addiction problem. Then, ask for help.
To many, drugs are a temporary escape from a dissatisfying life. Not long after the brief, intense high, felt during initial use, methamphetamine abuse quickly progresses to dependence and addiction. Addiction and denial are closely related issues. Running away from a drug problem often times prevents people from exploring their recovery options. Ask yourself if it is time to quit. If the answer is, “Yes,” then seek treatment. You can call us at 1-877-978-1283 and our trained helpline staff can talk you through your next steps.
The best type of addiction treatment is one that is customized to you. Determining where are you in the process of recovery and where you need help is a part of matching treatment to your specific needs. Why should treatment be individualized?
All people do not respond to treatment in the same, predictable way. A method that works very well for one person may be ineffective, and/or culturally inappropriate for another. Because one size does not fit all, the best treatment is tailor made. So, while managing a chronic condition such as methamphetamine addiction, it is helpful to think about the options out there.
Types of Rehab Treatment
Not sure if you should leave home for treatment, or not? Inpatient or outpatient settings are usually suggested after a careful look into the following:
- Family responsibilities
- Mental and medical health history
- Severity of addiction
- Support system
- Work obligations
Inpatient (residential) treatment
For those with a long-term meth problem, inpatient treatment is usually recommended. Residential treatment programs require that you live at a facility 24-7 for a period of time. This treatment option provides medical and psychosocial therapy, group counselling, and other programs designed to facilitate your recovery. A positive, supervised environment can be just what you need to help avoid relapse and stay safe!
Outpatient treatment centers
Outpatient programs are a suitable option for those with less serious dependency issues. You’ll be able to undergo treatment during the day and then return to your home and work duties at the end of the day. However, outpatient care for addiction requires HIGH levels of motivation. Also, you’ll want to have a strong support system in place, as you do the intensive work of pscyhotherapy daily (or multiple times each week).
30 -60- 90 DAY recovery programs
The addiction therapy menu allows addicts to choose from a wide variety of treatment modalities and lengths. Some people choose a 30 day program, others feel the need to stay longer: 60-90 days, or even more. In these cases, long term recovery programs are appropriate for those with a more serious dependency. People using meth at high doses or for years can highly benefit from a 90-day stay. Chronic methamphetamine abusers sometimes need treatment which lasts even longer than 90 days. In the end, the decision how long you’ll stay in treatment is yours, but should be done in consultation with a trained professional in order to determine the course that best suits your addiction case.
Therapies and amenities included in your treatment
Rehabs is based on two main therapies: Psychotherapy + Medication Assisted Therapy. When combined, medicines and talk therapy are most effective in the long term recovery from drug addictions. Further, addiction programs usually offer a combination of 12-step philosophies, evidence-based therapy protocols, and alternative holistic options that when applied together can maximize your chances of successful recovery and long-lasting sobriety.
Dual diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring disorders
Many people with drug problems have underlying psychiatric problems that need to be addressed as issues that compound a substance use problem. Specific psychotherapy can address these issues. During the course of these treatment sessions professional counselors will teach you to how to set realistic goals without being pressured.
What happens when you call our hotline?
Addiction to meth has a compulsive nature, that oftentimes drives you out of control. When people are under the influence they cannot rationally think or behave in a proper manner. This is why you can’t perceive when the problem has worsened and there is a need to call for professional help. But do not worry, we are familiar with these processes and understand that you need support and encouragement to get better.
Our methamphetamine helpline provides you with on-phone assistance 24/7. Our staff will help you:
- Describe appropriate treatment options.
- Give you details on inpatient and outpatient facilities.
- Listen and relate to your struggles.
- Offer a kind, compassionate ear.
With the proper help you CAN win the control over your life back. CALL 1-877-978-1283 and connect privately to an addiction recovery specialist.
What Are The Stages of Treatment?
FIRST STAGE: SCREENING
This is a procedure that aims to confirm or deny the presence of a drug addiction disorder. The purpose of screening is to help classify an addiction. Screening procedures are the starting point of diagnosis. These initial assessments provide rehab staff with direction on what is needed for your particular case. Additionally, further evaluation is built into the process. Expect to submit a drug testing sample and answer formal questionnaires about your drug ab(use). Commonly used tests to establish a primary drug problem include:
TIP: When answering these questionnaires try to be honest! Revealing as much as you can about your addiction can help you and your counsellor make the best treatment plan and achieve long term sobriety.
SECOND STAGE: EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSIS
Addiction has multiple facets. Knowing about one dimension may tell surprisingly little about the others. Evaluation helps addiction professionals understand the nature and causes of your particular situation and consider possible routes for change. During an evaluation expect to be asked the following questions:
- What events or conditions usually motivate you to reach for meth?
- How does your drug use affect your employment, social networks, emotional states, finances?
- What resources do you have in terms of coping skills, personal strengths, and social support?
- What motivates you to quit methamphetamine? What do you care about (consider valuable)?
After your screening and evaluation are completed, your addiction counsellor will tell you your current diagnosis. This means that your doctor will determine whether you meet the criteria for having methamphetamine addiction. Diagnosis are usually meant to establish the seriousness of a condition and suggest what treatment is most appropriate.
THIRD STAGE: DETOX + THERAPY
The purpose of detox is to clear previously used drugs (methamphetamine) from the body while minimizing the withdrawal risk and discomfort. In addition to providing a safe and drug-free environment in which to recover, good rehab programs provide EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT modalities, including
- Access to medical services.
- Family therapy.
- Individual and group therapy sessions.
- Nutritional counselling and wellness activities.
- Psychotherapy and behavioral therapies.
- Thorough planning for aftercare programs.
FOURTH STAGE: AFTERCARE
Treatment and recovery from any addiction is a process that extends over time. If addiction is a chronic disease, then it does not make sense to view it as a time limited course with a specific number of treatment episodes. Instead, most aftercare programs recommend formal follow up care for at least a year after rehab…and ongoing support for a lifetime. Aftercare services provide you with the tools that always remind you to keep your focus on maintaining your sobriety.
If you need help beating an addiction, we can help you. Our hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply call 1-877-978-1283.
Don’t Let Withdrawal Get in the Way
Metamphetamine withdrawal is the group of symptoms that occur after you discontinue or decrease metamphetamine intake. The presence of these symptoms means you have developed a physical dependence on methamphetamine. When you decide you want to quit methamphetamine, the following symptoms are common:
- arrhythmia or palpitations
- decreased energy
- difficulty sleeping
- fever, chills, and sweating
- increased appetite
- irritated, itchy, or red eyes
- respiratory failure
NOTE HERE: Extreme fatigue and depression can occur when coming off meth. This is why experts recommend that you seek medical management during detox If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.
Because of the specific nature of methamphetamine withdrawal, a higher level of care is need. If addicted to methamphetamine and willing to come off of this drug without hurting yourself call 1-877-978-1283. Our helpline staff will refer you to your nearest detoxification clinic.
Co-Occurring Disorders & Methamphetamine
Did you known that individuals who suffer a metal heath disorder, or a personality disorders are about twice as likely to use and abuse methamphetamine? One of the most common underlying reasons why people turn to methamphetamine is because they are self-medicating issues such as:
- Eating disorders
- Lack of self-esteem
- Social anxiety
- Workaholic and compulsion driven behaviors
The connection between addiction and other psychological problems signals the need for a dual diagnosis treatment. But this should not worry you, because with the right course of treatment, strong support network and continued care you can manage both conditions successfully. Here are some therapies that may help you:
Medication – Doctors at dual-diagnosis recovery centers prescribe patients with medication and other type of treatment suitable for their addiction case.
Dialectic Behavioural therapy (DBT) – This type of therapy has the goal of reducing self-harming behaviours that often accompany mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Integrated group therapy – Treats the symptoms of both substance use disorders and mental health illnesses all at once.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – Works to minimize problematic beliefs and behaviors and develop healthier thinking and behavioral patterns to sustain sobriety.
Individual psychotherapy – This type of therapy treats behaviors related to substance abuse and/or particular behavioral or mental health problems.
Luxury and Executive Meth Treatment
Executive or luxury methamphetamine treatment centers are inpatient facilities created for those who can’t leave their job or businesses unattended or in other hands during addiction recovery. These inpatient facilities are designed to meet the specific needs of a exec. They provide services far beyond those offered at standard rehabs. Residency at these facilities allows executives to continue working while they undergo treatment.
7 Benefits of Luxury Programs for Meth
- Privacy. No one except you, your doctor, and the people you choose to tell knows about your rehab attendance.
- Inspiration. Beautiful surroundings, attractive landscaping, and natural features are a hallmark.
- Lifestlye help. Private gym and personal trainers.
- Relaxation. Additional services such as acupuncture, pools, spas, and massage.
- Healthy eating. Special nutrition programs.
- Seamless work transition. Private space to do your work at the center with Wi-Fi and access to phones.
- Recreation. Other indoor and outdoor activities, which may include sailing, billiards, fishing, surfing, or hiking.
Does this sound like the type of treatment you are looking for? We are available at 1-877-978-1283 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need help finding the best program for you.
How to Help a Loved one with Meth Addiction
Tried everything? Haven’t yet convinced your loved one seek help for his/her methamphetamine addiction problem? Here are some issues to keep in mind when attempting to help a meth-addicted loved one:
#1 Drug users have to be the ones to take the initiative to seek help when they are ready.
#2 Your role is in support and information gatherer. Learn as much as you can about addiction and treatment options.
#3 Look into the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) Model of Family Intervention. The purpose of CRAFT is to teach families that they can make a difference and provide them with practical tools on how to do so. Some of CRAFT basic principles include:
- Do not buy, otherwise provide drugs, or gives money that can be used to buy them.
- Do not protect a family member from negative consequences of drug use.
- Give positive feedback and reinforcement when your addicted loved one is not using.
- Schedule time and activities together to replace ordinary periods of drug use.
REMEMBER: It is not appropriate or recommended that you attempt therapy or counselling with a loved one. You are not properly trained or qualified…and you may do more harm than good. Instead, find a professional.
For more help CALL US NOW 1-877-978-1283 to assess and evaluate a loved one’s problem.
Questions we typically ask include:
- Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
- What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
- How do they abuse meth (orally, snorting, smoking, injecting)?
- How long do you suspect they have been using?
- How long have they been showing signs of addiction?
- What payment options are available to you?
- Has the loved one been diagnosed with other mental or behavioral disorders?
Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention
Addiction recovery is a continuum of care.
Meth addiction treatment is a process that can last for months or years. At its best, it should help people 100% quit their drug of choice. So, when you complete a formal program, you should receive a comprehensive aftercare plan that will help you keep addiction at bay. Relapse prevention coaching should also be part of your discharge process.
Relapse prevention techniques for addiction usually involve:
- Coaching in addressing slips.
- Developing a lifestyle that’s protective.
- Developing coping skills and stress-management skills.
- Knowledge about the relapse process.
- Reminding users not to test the limits of their sobriety.
- Training in identifying warning signs and high-risk situations.
This is a long task list, which is why aftercare help extends into the weeks and months that follow formal treatment. You can receive this ongoing support in the form of:
- alumni support
- support groups
- touch-up counselling
These elements will help you stay involved with the sobriety community, and prompt you to continue to work on your recovery, so they won’t slip back into destructive habits.
It’s time for real change! If you are reach to reach out, we can help, CALL 1-877-978-1283 NOW!