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Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

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2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

Recovering from methamphetamine abuse and addiction.

Addiction to methamphetamine and crystal meth can be debilitating, dangerous and, for some, life threatening. Fortunately, effective treatment is available.

As with 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.

Detoxification 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.

Once the 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.

Addicts 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.

Finally, 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, inpatient treatment.

While it 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.

One of 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.

While 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.

You and your loved ones don’t have to battle methamphetamine addiction alone. Caron’s inpatient rehab programs are carefully designed to help each individual heal, thrive and live drug free.