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RECO Intensive’s meth addiction treatment program helps people free themselves from the chains of methamphetamine dependence. We’ve designed our personalized rehab programs to fit the needs of each individual. Employing a treatment model that is both experiential and innovative, we integrate the latest rehabilitation techniques to maximize the chances of recovery. If you or someone you care about needs help in achieving sobriety, contact us at 844-955-3042 or browse through our site to learn more about our approach to meth rehab. You can also read below for more information about methamphetamine addiction.
Though less dangerous amphetamines are sometimes used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, crystal meth is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug. A typical user starts by occasionally snorting the crystal or rock-like chunks. It doesn’t take long for them to graduate to more frequent use, which often involves smoking the crystals in a special glass pipe. Some users even ingest or inject the drug into their bloodstream.
However it is taken, crystal meth has a profound effect on a user’s central nervous system. In the short term, crystal meth can create a number of pleasant sensations, including a powerful sense of euphoria and a strong surge of energy. But its long-term effects are less benign.
Potential side effects of methamphetamine include everything from psychological disturbances (e.g. aggressive behavior, paranoia, and hallucinations) to physical ailments such as decreased appetite and weight loss, and increased body temperature. Long-term meth abuse can also cause tooth decay, premature aging, insomnia, and even death via the health issues resulting from damage to multiple organ systems or via methamphetamine overdose.
People take methamphetamine for a wide variety of reasons. Some strive to lose weight. Others want to escape the agonies of depression. Some simply want to experience a more powerful high. No matter the reason, crystal meth can lead to lifelong dependency and crippling meth addiction, a condition technically known as methamphetamine use disorder.
As with similar substance use disorders, people with meth addiction experience great difficulty maintaining abstinence from the drug on their own. This is partly because, after chronic meth use, physical dependence on methamphetamine can develop. Someone who develops meth addiction will need larger and large amounts of methamphetamine to get high, or even just to feel normal rather than suffer the impact of methamphetamine withdrawal.
Though treating methamphetamine addiction is a complicated process, positive treatment outcomes are indeed possible for most methamphetamine users. But before methamphetamine addiction treatment can truly commence, meth withdrawal symptoms must first be endured, preferably in a supervised medical detox setting.
Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can include exhaustion, disturbed sleep, dry mouth, headaches, anxiety, paranoia, muscle spasms, depression, and intense meth cravings. During a medically supervised detox, a medical professional can help patients address these withdrawal symptoms with appropriate medication, and supervision can reduce the risk of relapse for chronic meth users who may have trouble resisting methamphetamine addiction on their own.
But initial methamphetamine detox is only the beginning when it comes to maintaining abstinence from methamphetamine long term. Drug addiction treatment for meth addicts will typically continue in dedicated American addiction centers, where former meth users can investigate the roots of their drug abuse. Treatment approaches will vary somewhat based on treatment center, but will generally center on behavioral therapies.
For instance, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common treatment options for people with substance use disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on teaching patients coping skills they can use instead of relying on methamphetamine and other drugs to cope with painful emotions and situations.
Since substance abuse and mental health problems often co-occur, meth treatment will also typically involve the identification and treatment of any co occurring disorders that may complicate drug abuse recovery. For example, someone who has been using methamphetamine to cope with depression will be given appropriate treatment for their mental illness, and taught to better manage it without relying on harmful behaviors.
Behavioral therapies relying on motivational incentives may also be offered to methamphetamine users as part of their treatment. Motivational incentives are tangible rewards offered to patients if drug testing ensures that they are abstinent from methamphetamine, such as gift cards or vouchers. Though motivational incentives may at first sound unorthodox, they are known for enhancing drug abuse recovery by increasing motivation to get and stay sober.
Family therapy is another method sometimes included in methamphetamine treatment. This form of treatment involves family members in the methamphetamine treatment process, giving them a safe space to process their feelings about their loved one’s drug abuse. Family education may also be incorporated to help give relatives a better understanding that their loved one’s meth use springs from a disease rather than deliberate immorality.
Support groups are also frequently included among addiction treatment options, providing patients with a safe space to give and receive emotional support from one another and enhancing drug abuse recovery by encouraging a sense of community and creating a sense of shared motivation not to return to drug use.
One method used in some American addiction centers, the matrix model, works by combining a variety of the treatment options described above. The matrix model incorporates behavioral therapy, motivational incentives, family education, twelve-step support group participation, frequent drug testing, and encouragement for non drug related activities.
Non drug related activities can also be encouraged during methamphetamine treatment via the inclusion of holistic activities in an individual’s methamphetamine treatment, which will help patients to find joy in without drug use by introducing them to other enjoyable activities, like exercise or creative arts.
Finally, medication may also have a place in methamphetamine addiction treatment. For instance, a placebo-controlled laboratory study suggested that the drug naltrexone, which is sometimes used to treat other substance use disorders, reduced methamphetamine cravings in one clinical sample and changed their physical response to the drug.
Many of the meth addiction treatment methods described above are a part of our outpatient treatment program at Reco Intensive. We are a treatment center located in Delray Beach, Florida, and we specialize in treating meth addiction as well as other forms of substance abuse. We are also accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute of Health, and various other organizations with expertise in drug treatment.
To learn more about how you or someone you love can reclaim their life from methamphetamine addiction today, contact RECO Intensive today online or at 844-955-3042. There’s no time like the present to embark on your personal recovery journey and get back on the road to a brighter future.
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