Crystal Meth Rehab Treatment: What to Expect?

Entering a structured crystal meth addiction program means you’ll receive medical help and assistance during your recovery journey. Learn more about rehab for crystal meth and start working on your sobriety today.

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Put An End To the Nightmare

Tired of feeling ashamed guilty and desperate? Being involved in drug use behaviors makes you disconnected from the world and people around you. The primary feeling of infatuation by meth disappear within the first few uses, leaving you disappointed and helpless.  In fact, addiction is a disease that destroys your body and mind.

Treatment programs are designed to help people recover physically and mentally from their addiction. Your feelings of discontent may not disappear immediately, but they will over time if you are devoted to your recovery. Medical treatment can help you re-establish the connection to everyone and everything that surrounds you. You will experience a passion for living that you had lost to addiction.

More here on the best practices in crystal meth addiction treatment, with a section at the end for your questions. We try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal, prompt reply.


Meth Basics

Crystal meth is the crystalline form of methamphetamine, a commonly abused illegal street drug. Individuals who abuse crystal meth do so for the intense and long-lasting high it gives them, but this drug is also highly addictive.

Q: How do experts treat crystal meth addiction?

A: Mainly, through talk therapy in an inpatient rehab.

Entering treatment, though, can be quite intimidating. Knowing what to expect can make this process a little more bearable. Most rehab programs generally offer the same or similar services, the most common of which are listed below.

Main Treatment Stages

1. Screening and assessment

Individuals entering crystal meth programs will usually undergo an addiction screening first and be assessed by addiction specialists; these professionals can diagnose substance use disorders and other mental illnesses, and recommend a treatment plan. During screening, you can expect to fill out forms, sit through a few interviews, submit urine for a drug test, and spend time talking about your use. Be as honest as you can! If you want to quit, honesty helps 100%.

2. Medical detox

Medical detox may be necessary to help addicted individuals withdrawal safely and more comfortably from this drug. While medications are not in use during detox, you can certainly benefit from the emotional support. Plus, detox staff talk you through cravings and help you deal with acute symptoms as they appear.

3. Psychological treatments

Individual behavior therapy, group therapy, and family therapy are the most common psychological treatments during any rehab treatment. In fact, talk therapy is at the base of most addiction programs. You can identify thinking patterns, traumatic past issues, or family secrets…and then work towards their resolution. Psychotherapy also helps you consider new ways of behavior. After all, behavior change is at the heart of successful recovery.

4. Education sessions

Numerous education sessions are often a part of treatment programs. These sessions help people in recovery and their loved ones learn more about addiction in general and learn about different ways to overcome it.

5. Supportive services

Crystal meth rehab typically offer a number of supportive services to those in recovery, which may range from vocational support to financial support. You can also benefit from case management or social services…or be referred to legal or financial support options.

What To Expect After Rehab

Completing a rehab  program is typically the first of many steps down the long road to recovery. After completing a  program, you will ultimately need to learn how to live a drug-free lifestyle outside of the treatment facility. Addiction specialists will typically create an exit plan for those who have completed treatment. Individuals leaving treatment can use this exit plan to help understand what to expect .

One thing that may be covered in an exit plan is find a place where you will live. Some people in crystal meth recovery are allowed to stay in a halfway house until they are able to find suitable housing on their own. Transitional living facilities, like halfway houses, provide stable, safe, and drug-free places to live. While in a halfway house, you will usually be required to find employment. Vocational and employment services are also usually available to everyone who has completed treatment.

You should also strongly consider continuing your treatment on an outpatient basis. Outpatient therapy sessions, including individual therapy and group therapy sessions, are an essential part of rehab aftercare. These therapy sessions will help you stay on track and away from drugs.


During the first few weeks of crystal meth rehab treatment, expect to be isolated from the outside world. This is to help you get used to the structure and environment inside of a crystal meth rehab program. However, after making a bit of progress, you may be able to have visitors. Not all facilities allow this, though, so be sure to check with the specific facility that you would like to visit.

If you visit your loved one in rehab, you will be expected to abide by certain rules and regulations. For instance, some facilities do not allow visitors to bring certain items with them, such as cell phones or any type of weapons. You may also be asked to limit physical contact with your loved one during your visit.

Many facilities encourage visitors to participate in family therapy and group therapy sessions with their loved ones. You may also be asked to participate in educational sessions and educational workshops, where you can learn about crystal meth, addiction, and how to support and help your loved one while he is on the road to recovery.

Can You Leave Before Completion?

Yes, but it’s NOT recommended to do so.

Any stay in rehab is completely voluntary. This means that you can leave treatment before completion at any time. Obviously, though, this is strongly discouraged for a number of reasons.

  1. The most important reason that you should not leave crystal meth rehab treatment before completion is that the chances are relapse are very high. Leaving treatment early, before completion, means that you have not learned everything that there is to learn about coping with your crystal meth addiction. Therefore, you may not be well-equipped to deal with the temptation of using drugs, and you may quickly fall back into your old ways.

2. From a financial standpoint, leaving rehab before completion is ill-advised. Quitting treatment early can result in your insurance company refusing to pay for the days that you were there.

3. You may also get into more legal trouble if you do not complete a treatment program that was court ordered.


What are some of your treatment program expectations? Are you looking for a quick and easy cure for crystal meth addiction? Or are you ready to put forth a serious effort to kick the habit for good?

If you’re still wondering what to expect during rehab treatment, we can help. Leave any questions or concerns you might have in the comments section below. We strive to help our readers, like you, along every step of their journey.

Reference Sources: Drug Abuse: Methamphetamine
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Wellfare: Meth Abuse
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services: Meth
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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