Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment at Promises
If you’re addicted to meth, we can help. Promises’ drug addiction treatment is effective and compassionate. Recover from meth addiction in a home-like setting. Get help from addiction experts with years of experience. Call us to learn more about our drug rehab: 844-876-5568
What Is Inpatient Meth Treatment Like?
Meth can wreak havoc on the body and mind. Inpatient meth rehab works to begin repairing the physical and emotional effects of meth abuse.
Detox From Drugs and Alcohol
Methamphetamine addiction treatment may require drug detox. Drug detox is especially important if other substance use disorders are also present. These may include alcohol abuse, heroin addiction, prescription drug misuse, or crack cocaine abuse. Don’t let the fear of drug detox prevent you from attending drug rehab. Our medical team attends to you around the clock. We make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during this period. We’ll use research-backed medications and other comfort measures to ease withdrawal symptoms as appropriate.
Inpatient Treatment For Methamphetamine Addiction
Once you’ve safely eliminated drugs from your system, we’ll create a comprehensive treatment plan. Our treatment plans carefully attend to your physical and emotional wellness. Treatments for methamphetamine addiction may include:
- PTSD and complex trauma
- Challenging relationships
- Poor self-worth
- Compulsive behaviors
- Unhealthy thinking
- Substance abuse triggers
Individual therapy is also a place to work on healthy coping skills and life goals.
Sharing with peers that have similar issues can be transforming. You’ll feel less alone in your addiction. You may see yourself in others. This can help you find solutions to your problems. With the help of a group therapy leader, you’ll learn healthier communication skills. Sometimes you’ll process emotions and issues in group. Other times, you’ll learn about addiction topics and practice relapse prevention skills.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
About half of people with substance use disorders also have mental health disorders. This is known as a dual diagnosis. Sometimes meth is abused in an attempt to self-medicate symptoms of mental health disorders. Research finds depression and anxiety fuel drug addictions for many people who abuse methamphetamine. It also finds that methamphetamine abuse can bring on symptoms of psychotic disorders.
Our psychiatric team will assess you for any co-occurring disorders. Prescription drugs like antidepressants or antipsychotics are sometimes necessary to manage mental health symptoms. We’ll meet with you regularly to assess your improvement and any side effects. We’ll tweak dosage as needed. You’ll learn to manage psychiatric symptoms so you can live a more enjoyable life.
Traditional and Experiential Treatment Options
Inpatient rehab is engaging and full of activities. We offer traditional therapies like individual and group therapy. We also offer alternative approaches that help you heal physical and emotional wounds in different ways. Some experiential treatment options may include:
- Mindfulness practices
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- EMDR trauma therapy
Continuing Care for Substance Use Disorders
Recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is a lifelong endeavor, but we think you’ll find it’s well worth it. You’ll continue working on sobriety once you leave drug rehab. We’ll help you by developing a continuing care plan with resources to help you succeed. Your continuing care plan may include:
- Appointments with physicians and therapists
- 12-step programs or alternatives to 12-step programs like Refuge Recovery and SMART Recovery
- Step-down treatment like outpatient rehab
- Sober-living residences
- Family therapy
Information for Loved Ones of Meth Users
Concerned a loved one is using meth? Learn more about meth dependence and treatments for meth addiction.
Methamphetamine dependence is swift and severe. Many users feel “hooked” after just one use. Meth dependence includes symptoms like:
- Chronic fatigue
Doctors classify methamphetamine addiction as one form of a more broadly inclusive condition called stimulant use disorder. Similar to the stimulant crack cocaine, methamphetamine makes drastic changes in normal brain chemistry. For this reason, people who abuse methamphetamine have a strong chance of developing the symptoms of addiction.
Meth works by accelerating central nervous system activity. Meth steeply boosts levels of brain chemicals responsible for producing euphoria. The synthetic drug increases dopamine and adrenaline production. It also blocks dopamine transporter (DAT). This is a protein which binds to excess dopamine and stores it for future use. This process leaves large amounts of dopamine and adrenaline floating around the central nervous system. That’s what produces the dramatic euphoric effects of meth. Methamphetamine is frequently abused because of these feelings of euphoria and the energy it creates.
Methamphetamine comes from modification of the same basic chemical formula used to make amphetamine. When manufactured legitimately as a controlled medication, it’s sometimes used to treat:
- The sleep disorder narcolepsy
- Excessive body weight associated with obesity and morbid obesity
- Behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Such legitimate meth use occurs only rarely. Methamphetamine is much more likely to involve the use of illegally made batches of the drug.
How Is Meth Abused?
A very powerful narcotic and thus habit forming, meth is abused by:
- Swallowing meth in pill form
- Sniffing meth in powder form
- Injecting meth intravenously or intra-muscularly
- Smoking meth
Methamphetamine is known on the street as:
- Crystal/Crystal Meth
Why Is Meth Abused?
People who abuse methamphetamine are seeking a type of euphoria. Methamphetamine users report a quick and intense high that lasts longer than some of the other drugs. Like heroin addiction, methamphetamine addiction centers around the feel-good chemical dopamine. Meth also works on the brain chemicals norepinephrine and serotonin.
The boost in pleasure levels by meth is accompanied by profound changes in the brain’s chemical makeup. If these changes occur repeatedly over time, the brain starts viewing them as necessary. It begins to expect them on a regular basis. Such a shift in brain orientation signals the development of a physical dependence on meth.
Methamphetamine addiction sets in when people become physically dependent on methamphetamine. They begin to experience a number of dysfunctional symptoms, including:
- Strong drug cravings when not taking meth
- Meth withdrawal when use falls below accustomed levels
- Lack of control over meth intake
- Tolerance to meth’s effects from abusing the drug
- Emphasis on methamphetamine-related activities as a daily priority
Most methamphetamine treatment centers offer both medical and behavioral health treatment. This combination helps manage meth withdrawal symptoms and co-occurring disorders like mental health conditions.
Signs Your Loved One Needs Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Any non-medical use of methamphetamines is cause for concern and may point to a substance use disorder. Signs that your loved one is struggling with addiction and may need to look into methamphetamine treatment centers include:
- Intense mood swings ranging from euphoria to depression
- Anxiety, agitation, nervousness and irritability
- Secretive behaviors such as hiding substance use
- Financial, legal, career or relationship problems
- Isolating from friends and family
- Preoccupation with obtaining and using meth
- Erratic, violent or risky behavior
- Weight loss and abnormal eating patterns
- Withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting and trembling
- Poor personal hygiene and dental problems
- Paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis
Effects of Methamphetamine
When meth is abused, the body quickly develops meth dependence. Methamphetamine users build up a tolerance to its effects. They need increasing amounts of methamphetamine to get the same effects of meth. It’s essential that people who abuse methamphetamine get medical help and treatment for methamphetamine addiction as soon as possible. This can help prevent further damage.
People who abuse the drug are at risk for numerous physical effects of meth like:
- Liver damage
- Tachycardia (abnormal heart rate)
- Heart attacks
- Tooth loss
- Poor motor skills
- Tooth decay
- Sexual dysfunction
- Decreased appetite/ weight loss
- Constriction of blood vessels
- Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
- High blood pressure
They can also develop brain damage and symptoms that mimic mental health disorders like:
- Schizophrenia and psychosis
- Long-term memory loss
- Cognitive issues
- Compulsive behavior
Effective Meth Addiction Treatment Options
Meth dependency is a hard addiction to break. It’s not impossible though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse pegs the following meth treatments as particularly effective:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) identifies situations likely to result in drug use. The CBT therapist then gradually helps you change thoughts and actions in those situations. With new ways of thinking and healthier coping skills, drug use becomes a less attractive option. Cognitive behavioral therapy seeks to modify internal cues, external triggers and actions that support drug use.
Contingency management is another form of behavioral therapy to treat meth addiction. Contingency management uses positive reinforcement like cash or vouchers to encourage recovering meth addicts to stay sober and active in the treatment process. Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse have specifically verified the effectiveness of a contingency-based approach to crystal meth addiction treatment called Motivational Incentives for Enhancing Drug Abuse Recovery (MIEDAR).
The matrix model is another approach proven effective in treating meth addiction. The matrix model is a 16-week behavioral therapy approach that draws on a combination of the following:
- Individual therapy
- Behavioral therapies
- Support groups like 12-step programs
- Screenings for drugs and alcohol
- Participation in sober activities and self-care
The scientific community has not developed any prescription drugs that help with crystal meth addiction like those that have been developed for opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. Antidepressants and antipsychotics can help with some of the mental health symptoms that often accompany meth addiction.
Take Back Your Life
If you or a loved one is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, we can help. Our treatment teams are experts in treating addiction and mental health issues. We’ll help you repair the physical and emotional wounds of substance abuse. You’ll gain the healthy coping skills you need to live a fulfilling life without drugs. Call us today. It’s confidential and free: 844-876-5568
To learn more about Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment, call 844-876-5568