There is a growing awareness of the problems surrounding illicit drug abuse today. Knowledge of these issues is a vital part of getting professional help when it is warranted. The information below will address the drug known as crystal meth. It will also cover some of the primary elements relied upon in crystal meth addiction treatment.

A man needs crystal meth addiction treatmentUnderstanding Crystal Meth

Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is an extremely potent central nervous system stimulant. This drug is normally used in a recreational sense because of the almost immediate rush that results from its use. However, the pleasure centers of the brain are activated with the use of stimulants such as crystal meth. Continual use of this drug carries a high risk of addiction.

Signs of a Crystal Meth Addiction

Getting professional crystal meth addiction treatment requires the ability to detect a serious problem when it is present. Keep in mind the following list of signs of an addiction:

Isolation and Withdrawal

A loved one experiencing addiction may begin to spend a lot of time alone. He also may stop showing interest in old hobbies or pastimes. Part of this may be due to the desire to keep his problem hidden from others.

Associating with New Friends

Those who are suffering from an addiction often start to hang out in new circles of people that have similar interests in the use of illicit substances. Your family members may talk about new friends that you are not familiar with. He may also try to prevent you from meeting new friends in his life.

Hidden or Destructive Behaviors

Someone who is fighting addiction will often engage in strange or secretive behaviors. He may attempt to hide any drug paraphernalia, for example. He may also begin to get in trouble with authority figures at school, work, or in the community.

Failure to Fulfill Obligations

If your family member is dealing with an addiction, he may suddenly become unable to meet certain expectations that he never had a problem with before. For example, some people struggle to maintain adequate employment or care for their responsibilities at home.

Detoxing from Crystal Meth

While detox is the process in which your body rids itself of any sort of substance or chemical in it, detoxing from crystal meth can be extremely unpleasant, more so that with other substances. The longer a person is dependent or addicted to crystal meth, the more unpleasant the entire detox process is. While some people choose to undergo detox from their home, it is incredibly important that the detox is monitored by a medical professional. Withdraw symptoms that come with the crystal meth detox are some of the worst of any type of drug and not being monitored can be dangerous to the person undergoing detox.

When it comes to detoxing from meth and the withdrawals that come with it, the entire process can take up to 40 weeks and is broken down into three main components. They are:

  • The Crash
  • The Cravings
  • The Recovery

The Crash – The first stage of withdrawal from crystal meth is “The Crash”. This takes place over the first 3 to 10 days after you stop taking meth and consists of a sharp decline in energy and cognitive function. During this time period, depression is also incredibly common. In extreme cases, people might even experience hallucinations, paranoia, and anxiety. Sleeping for long periods of time and eating large amounts of food are common as well.

The Cravings – The second phase of the withdrawal process revolves around cravings. After getting through those first 3 to 10 days, the body will begin to crave the feeling that it gets from the meth. This phase can last up to 10 weeks and can often involve depression and insomnia.

The Recovery – The third and final step of the withdrawal process is the recovery. This phase begins when the cravings for meth finally begin to fade, becoming less frequent and less potent. This phase can take up to 30 weeks to complete and, in some cases, much longer. It is recommended that during the recovery phase, the person undergoing the process maintain a clean environment and have others hold them accountable to their sobriety.

Getting Proper Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment

A proper crystal meth addiction treatment can include many different elements. For example, most people entering drug abuse treatment will receive at least one form of intensive counseling. In some cases, personal and group counseling will be used together to gain the biggest rewards. Addiction therapy can also include behavioral modification tools, community outreach programs, and family support tools. The ideal rehab program is one that is designed with your needs and goals in mind.

Treatment Options for Crystal Meth

When it comes to treating a crystal meth addiction, there are several different options to choose from. People react differently to different treatment methods so it’s important to get recommendations from your medical professional ore detox facility before beginning treatment. Popular treatment options include:

Inpatient Treatment – Inpatient treatment takes place at a medical or rehab facility where you live for the duration of your treatment. Inpatient treatment allows the patient to be constantly monitored by nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals, as well as undergo intense therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management methods. By living at the facility, patients are able to focus all their energy on their recovery and not have to worry about any outside distractions.

Partial Hospitalization – Partial hospitalization is similar in nature to inpatient treatment. While it is typically considered a step down from inpatient rehab, hospitalization offers onsite housing and 24-hour monitoring just like inpatient rehab does. Partial hospitalization requires that the patient only be at the facility part-time. As a result, this option is best for people who have a stable outside support system that they can fall back on as well during treatment.

Outpatient Rehab – As the name states, outpatient rehab is for people that don’t want to stay at a treatment facility. Patients will come during the day for meetings, treatments, and overall checkups. People that choose this option have already gone through detox and inpatient rehab and were successful. Outpatient rehab features different kinds of individual and group therapy and counseling sessions as well as addresses any sort of co-occurring disorders that might be a result of the detox process. Outpatient treatment allows patients to continue to go about their daily lives and obligations associated with work, school, family, etc. and still get the help they need to remain clean and sober.

Are You Looking for Crystal Meth Rehab Centers?

Don’t feel trapped in the cycle of substance abuse and addiction. The right treatment center can help you get out of this destructive cycle and reclaim your life. Call Crest View Recovery Center today at 866.327.2505 to discover how we can help you have a brighter future. Overcome substance abuse through crystal meth addiction treatment at CVRC.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.