Meth Rehab

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Meth Rehab

San Diego Meth Rehab

Methamphetamine addiction has grown alongside the opioid epidemic in the United States.  But because fewer people overdose on meth than heroin and other powerful opioids it hasn’t garnered the same type of social and political response.  Despite this, meth addiction can be just as harmful to individuals as opioid addiction. 

Meth addiction can fly under the radar because people on meth often appear to be functioning properly.  They can seem alert and energetic and function well in a workplace environment.  Meth use can also help to cover-up alcohol abuse and other co-occurring drug addictions by helping a person bounce back from hangovers.  Sadly, this effect can keep people in their addiction by delaying their inevitable crash to rock bottom.  Meth is extremely addictive and the longer a person uses the drug, the more likely they are to become physically and psychologically addicted to it.  The longterm effects of methamphetamine use range from brain damage to heart disease, respiratory issues, and even kidney failure.  There are also a host of psychological effects that come along with extended meth use.  Some of them are paranoia, depression, memory loss, and anhedonia.

At our San Diego Addiction Treatment Center, we know that change is rarely easy, even when it’s a positive change.  People who have become addicted to methamphetamines and other drugs often don’t know how to live without them.  The thought of living without meth might make them depressed or even suicidal.  At Healthy Life Recovery, we show our clients that living a life in recovery from addiction is far more fulfilling than a person who is active in their addiction could possibly imagine.  Our expert staff can show you how to have fun without drugs and alcohol.

We get to the root causes of why a person began using drugs.  By examining the issues that the addict sought to overcome with methamphetamines we can introduce healthy alternatives.  We teach our clients how to use coping skills and supportive communities to help them deal with drug cravings and learn to live a Healthy Life.

 

Meth Addiction

In a 2017 study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 1.6 million Americans had used Methamphetamines in the past year.  An estimated 964 thousand people were diagnosed with Methamphetamine Use Disorder (MUD) in 2017 and the number is growing. 

Methamphetamine Use Disorder or Methamphetamine addiction is determined by how meth usage affects a person’s life.  People who become clinically addicted to Meth report an inability to keep up with responsibilities at work, school, or in their personal life.  They also often have faced legal consequences for their addiction and medical issues related to meth use.  

Meth Addiction

Meth Addiction Treatment

There are many options to choose from once a methamphetamine addict decides to reach out for help.  Most people start with a medical detox and then move on to an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.  This is typically followed up with an aftercare program that will include support groups and a continuing care program.  

To effectively treat drug addiction, a variety of treatments should be utilized.  The most successful treatments for meth addiction incorporate psychotherapy, support groups, and medication.

Psychotherapy for Meth Addiction

Therapy plays an important part in helping an addict to recover.  By teaching a person who has become dependent upon methamphetamines to interact with their environment in a healthier way, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can reduce the amount of “triggers” that lead an addict to use meth.  A lot of people relapse after a thirty-day treatment program because they were able to become physically sober when using meth wasn’t an option.  But as soon as they were released back into their old environment they found the urge to use was just as strong as ever.

These relapse-prone addicts need to learn to moderate their expectations on life in order not to become frustrated and stressed out when things don’t go their way.  By delving into the deep dissatisfaction with life that typically accompanies addiction, a person can take steps to be more at ease with their environment and those around them.

Support Groups for Meth Addiction

Support Groups are key to lasting recovery from methamphetamine addiction.  The benefits of Therapeutic Communities in treating Substance Abuse Disorders has been recognized by the medical community.  These support groups have been historically useful in fostering accountability and moral support for addicts in recovery dating back almost a hundred years.

Many people are aware of organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, but other groups have cropped up to offer new options for people looking for other ways to surround themselves with a support system.  Groups like Crystal Meth AnonymousSMART Recovery and Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) offer support groups that aren’t as focused on spirituality.

Medication for Meth Addiction

Many treatment programs also offer medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for recovering meth addicts.  However, there is no specific medication designed specifically to treat methamphetamine addiction.

Addiction medicine specialists will often prescribe benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety medications during the detox process in order to treat the symptoms of restlessness and irritability that can accompany meth withdrawals.  An anti-depressant called Bupropion is sometimes used to help combat the meth cravings that a person in recovery might experience.  Other medications may be used to assist the patient in sleeping through the night and fighting panic attacks as necessary.

Detox from Meth

Most methamphetamine users will be familiar with the experience of the crash that follows a meth binge.  This is the first stage of the detox process and usually lasts just a couple of days.  However, this is only the first stage of withdrawal symptoms.

The symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamines is usually longer than the withdrawal from other drugs.  Most symptoms will fall off after about three weeks, but some can continue for over a month.  The worst symptoms begin about 3 days after the last usage and can include depression, anxiety and severe fatigue.  During the entirety of the detox process, the person who is attempting to quit meth will have intense cravings for the drug.  Because a person will likely desire or attempt to use meth in an attempt to soothe their symptoms, a professionally- monitored medical detox is always recommended.  

Outpatient Treatment

for Meth Addiction

Our San Diego Outpatient rehab is a good choice for people who cannot completely walk away from their professional and familial obligations.  While participating in an outpatient rehab program, recovering methamphetamine users typically live in a sober living facility, or back at home with their family.  They spend 5 to 8 hours a day participating in group counseling, individual therapy, and other supportive activities.

Intensive Outpatient Programs provide structure and support for people stepping down from an inpatient rehab.  During the outpatient process, our clients will be able to work through their experience with Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) and get support from psychological professions for any issues that they may encounter in early sobriety.

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