Connecting You With Quality Treatment for Crystal Meth Addictions
The first stage in treatment for crystal meth addiction is detox, which takes at least two weeks. Cravings for meth begin almost immediately and last for at least the first few days. During this time, your loved one will also experience fatigue and depression.
As detox continues past the end of the first week, the cravings continue. During this time, the patient also experiences mental symptoms including mood swings, difficulty concentrating, paranoia and, at times, hallucinations. Physical symptoms include restlessness, increased appetite, and various aches and pains. During the second and third week of detox, these symptoms start to taper off. Cravings and moodiness can continue past detox, as can brain impairments.
During detox, doctors may prescribe various medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and to lessen cravings for more crystal meth. A safe and supportive inpatient environment, such as the one we provide at A Better Today Recovery Services, is always recommended for detox from crystal meth.
Most meth addicts require extended inpatient rehab in a residential facility for a period of three months or more. During this time, patients receive group and individual counseling to help understand their own addictive behaviors and to learn strategies for coping with their addiction once they return to their normal lives.
After release from the inpatient facility, meth addicts should stay in aftercare treatment to maximize their chances for successful recovery. Aftercare may include further therapy, 12-step programs, and sober living homes.
Crystal Meth FAQ’s
What is meth detox like?
Meth detox differs from other detoxes that may be more difficult. Medical professionals help those going through meth detox get through the hard parts and do so comfortably. Patients are given round-the-clock care and close supervision during the detox portion of treatment regardless of what drug they are detoxing from. Treatment center staff monitors withdrawal symptoms and treats them accordingly.
How is methamphetamine addiction treated?
Due to its highly addictive nature, we take an intensive approach when it comes to treating methamphetamine addiction. After detox, patients begin a therapeutic and educational curriculum that puts you on the course to learning how to live life again. Treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Individual therapies can include CBT & EMDR therapy.
Can you detox from meth at home?
Meth detox can be done from home. The question that is: will the detox from home be successful? When detox is done at home the chances of success are low. Meth cravings can be extremely intense. Detoxing with medical supervision and therapeutic help is always the best option.
What if there's underlying mental health issues?
Meth can certainly worsen mental health disorders or even induce them. Users report episodes of psychosis and sometimes they are not sure if it's purely meth induced or pre-existing. We have worked with many patients who have had these scary experiences. Therapists can get to the bottom of your mental health and give real answers. Treatment can help patients sort out these issues and change their lives.
What if meth is being used in combination with other drugs?
Meth alone produces some very intense stimulant effects. Many users report using other drugs along with meth to lessen or balance out it's effects. If this is the case with you or a loved one, it is urgent that you get the help you need. Call us today to get help.
How long is meth rehab?
We understand that each person has a life they want to get back to. The problem is that many don't want to give themselves the time they need to get help in a way that is going to set them up for long-term success. Patient stays at treatment centers usually range from 30-120 days. Many factors go into determining how long a person will stay. At some treatment centers, patients can stay for up to a year in an Independent Living program. No matter what your needs are, we can help you find treatment.
Can patients attend outside recovery programs?
Recovery communities are effective when they exist outside of treatment. It is our hope that patients select an outside recovery support program that aligns with their needs and beliefs about addiction. In addition to evidence-based addiction curriculum, people who graduate treatment might be connected to12 Step programs, Celebrate Recovery, or SMART Recovery.
How do you convince someone to get help for a meth addiction?
In some cases, this can be no easy feat. We recommend you give us call today so that we can discuss your loved one's situation. We can give you advice on how to increase the chances of getting your loved one to say yes to treatment.
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Signs & Symptoms
Physical signs and symptoms of crystal meth use start showing up right away in the body of any addict. Take a look at some of the key physical signs of use:
- Loss of weight
- Increased physical frailness
- Sores that appear like extreme acne on the face
- Tooth Decay
- Droopy skin on the face
- Tremors and convulsions
- Extreme scratching
- Increased body temperature
Withdrawal from crystal meth begins within 24 hours of the most recent use, and it lasts two to three weeks.
During withdrawal, the user feels fatigue and sleepiness, jitteriness, increased appetite, thirst and dry mouth, and depression. The user also experiences severe cravings for the drug; the more intense the cravings are, the more likely it is that the user will relapse during withdrawal.
Many users also experience symptoms of psychosis during withdrawal, including paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. Because of this, it’s imperative that your loved one undergo withdrawal in a protected and professional environment.
Acute crystal meth overdose results in an over-stimulation of the nervous system that is always dangerous and can be fatal. If you suspect that your loved one is in the middle of an overdose, look for the following signs:
- Extreme paranoia
- Seizures and even stroke
- Difficulties with breathing
- Kidney failure
- Extreme agitation
- Dangerously high body temperature
While acute overdose is extremely dangerous, over-stimulation to the nervous system also occurs over time in what some consider to be chronic overdose. With chronic overdose, long-term use of crystal meth results in the same sorts of physiological and psychological symptoms.
Anyone experiencing a crystal meth overdose requires immediate emergency medical attention.
Effective medical detox experts focus on taking the discomfort out of the detox and withdrawal process. We understand that each patient has different needs. Patients can usually choose to either undergo medical detox or social detox. You deserve an effective and realistic addiction treatment plan. Learn More
Different outpatient programs, such as intensive outpatient and evening intensive outpatient programs, can help patients receive treatment while living at home. Connecting you to a safe and therapeutic program is our top priority. Learn More
Residential facilities are the perfect place to start your journey to recovery. At high-quality residential treatment centers, expert clinicians and medical providers assess your needs and provide an individualized plans tailored to your needs. Learn More
Interventions for Crystal Meth
Because crystal meth addicts can show volatile and even violent behavior, intervention can be especially difficult. If your loved one is fighting a meth addiction, you will probably find that you need a professional intervention specialist to help you assess the situation and handle the intervention. Intervention’s aren’t something that can be winged and made up on the spot though. It must be planned accordingly and even rehearsed.
To complicate the difficulty of getting a crystal meth addict into treatment, often meth users are incorrectly diagnosed by medical doctors. Because of the wild behavior that many addicts display, they’re frequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, which can delay the start of the needed treatment.
A crystal meth intervention often takes many hours. While the addict often believes the intervention counselor is there to arrest them, leading to a volatile session, an intervention can go very badly if loved ones attempt it without professional guidance.
A crystal meth addict is likely to display paranoia, aggression and even violence during an intervention, and their inability to think rationally adds to the complexity of the interaction.
The Many Faces of Crystal Meth: The Physical Damage
Crystal meth causes drastic physical damage in the short- and long-term, including damage to major body organs. The drug disturbs the heart’s rhythm and constricts blood vessels, sometimes resulting in heart attacks, blood clots and strokes. Toxins including drain cleaner, lithium, lead, and Freon also can cause drastic damage to the liver, leading to hepatitis, cirrhosis and even liver failure.
Other organs are also subject to damage. Kidneys are damaged by the elevated blood pressure and body temperature caused by meth, and urine retention combined with reduced blood flow can cause kidney failure. Those who smoke meth also sustain severe lung damage.
The brain also suffers badly from crystal meth use. Physical and psychological damage to the brain includes decreased attention span, severe memory impairment, increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and paranoia, and poor impulse control, which can lead to homicidal or suicidal behavior.
Meth addicts also sustain severe damage to their teeth, experiencing severe dental decay known as “meth mouth.” Other physical effects include insomnia, damage to nasal passages, abcesses that can become infected, and extreme weight loss. Much of the physical damage caused by meth addiction is irreversible, highlighting the urgent need to get your loved one into treatment.
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Reputable Sources About Crystal Meth Can be One Step Closer to Recovery
At A Better Today Recovery Services, it is important to us that we provide you with reputable sources. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing their meth addiction with their doctor in fear of feeling shame or blame. Because of that stigma associated with addiction it is important for ABTRS to provide information that you can count on.
Our reputable sources are impartial and proven or tested to be effective in the scientific or psychology community. Below are the sources that we used to provide you with the information trustworthy of helping you make good decisions about treatment and substance abuse. We will continue to provide you with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.
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