Recovering from methamphetamine abuse and addiction.
to methamphetamine and crystal meth can be debilitating, dangerous and, for
some, life threatening. Fortunately, effective treatment is available.
most addictions, the first step in treating methamphetamine addiction is
assessing the needs of the individual. For treatment to be most
successful, it must address the needs of the whole person, not just issues
associated with physical addiction. Various factors such as the individual’s
social, psychological, physical and demographic characteristics should be
taken into account when designing a holistic treatment program.
from methamphetamine is a vital (but not sufficient) element of treatment programs, but it's not easy for patients. Coping with
meth withdrawal symptoms can be quite difficult without help. While symptom intensity depends on the duration and severity of one's addiction,
many addicts experience anxiety, trouble sleeping, extreme agitation and
intense cravings for meth during withdrawal. Because of this, medical observation and
supervision during detox are recommended.
addict is stabilized and physically drug-free, treatment should commence. The
most effective treatments for meth addiction involve comprehensive behavioral therapy
such as individual counseling; cognitive-behavioral therapy to identify and
alter destructive patterns; and psychotherapy. Family therapy may also be
initiated to break the cycle of addiction at home and identify and patterns of
dysfunction within the family system.
may also seek out a support group, such as a Twelve-Step group, for emotional support, a sense of camaraderie and an optimistic perspective. For addicts who have felt isolated and disheartened, a support group can provide much-needed hope.
once treatment has been completed, a continuing care plan should be
established in order to prevent relapse and encourage long-term abstinence.
This could include drug testing, contingency management interventions (which
provide incentives for good behavior) and post-treatment monitoring.
The importance of professional,
is possible to recover from a crystal meth addiction without professional help,
those who seek it help often have higher rates of success in overcoming addiction
and sustaining recovery.
the most critical benefits of professional meth addiction treatment is program duration. Because
methamphetamines can stay in the system for six months after just one use,
addicts often require lengthy treatment programs and continuing care plans in
order to prevent relapse. In order to recover fully, it’s essential that addicts
follow a sufficiently lengthy treatment plan as well as all clinical
recommendations. Those who have attempted rehab before could benefit from longer treatment programs.
outpatient treatment programs can be successful, inpatient treatment is
recommended for the severely addicted. Residential treatment programs
provide the addict with a therapeutic environment in which they can recover
without the influences and pressures of the environment in which they battled addiction.
your loved ones don’t have to battle methamphetamine addiction alone. Caron’s
rehab programs are carefully designed to help each individual heal, thrive and live drug free.