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What Happens at a Meth Addiction Rehab Center?

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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What Happens at a Meth Addiction Rehab Center?

Meth is one of the most addictive illegal drugs with tolerance rapidly building. Once meth addiction sets in, meth withdrawal is almost inevitable upon discontinuing use.

 What Is Meth?

Meth goes by many names, including:

  • Crystal
  • Crank
  • Meth
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ice

A powerful stimulant, meth comes in a white powder or as blue-white crystals.

Users smoke, snort, or ingest the drug for the euphoria and feelings of pleasure it induces.

Meth users often spend prolonged periods bingeing on the drug with no food or sleep, then crashing for long spells of sleep and recovery. This pattern of abuse brings about ruinous effects on body and mind.

 

 

 

 

Meth Addiction Treatment

Methamphetamine addiction rehab calls for a comprehensive treatment plan involving detox, counseling, and therapy, along with medication-assisted treatment as appropriate.

Detox will purge meth from the body along with all the toxins it contains. During the period of detoxification, your body starts to accustom itself to live without meth, and the artificial deluge of dopamine floods the brain with.

The counseling and therapy stage of meth addiction rehab helps you explore the reasons for the meth abuse that’s led you to become addicted and in need of treatment.

In most cases of moderate and severe meth addiction, inpatient treatment programs offer the best chance of sustained recovery without relapse.

Trying to quit any serious meth addiction alone is inadvisable. Even if you manage to detox from the drug, staying sober and building a foundation for lasting sobriety unaided is tough. Luckily, with the right treatment program at a treatment center near you, whether inpatient or outpatient, it’s perfectly possible to put meth addiction behind you for good.

How can you tell, then, if you or a loved one might be addicted to crystal meth?

 

 

 

What are the Most Common Symptoms of Meth Addiction?

These are some of the most common markers indicating that meth use has strayed into abuse and addiction:

  • Spending inordinate amounts of time obtaining, using, and recovering from meth
  • Crushing depression
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Trying and failing to moderate or discontinue meth use
  • Getting the feeling that meth has taken over your life
  • Financial difficulties triggered by your meth use
  • Legal issues like arrest or imprisonment
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Bruise and scabbed skin
  • Dental issues
  • Withdrawing from friends and family in favor of drug buddies
  • Predominantly associating with other meth users
  • Tolerance to meth building so you need more of the drug to achieve the same effect
  • Using more meth more often
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you haven’t taken meth

 

Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment for Meth Use Disorder

Whether you should pursue inpatient or outpatient treatment for meth addiction depends on many variables, from the severity of your addiction and your financial situation through to your responsibilities and availability.

Treating meth use disorder is especially challenging due to the strongly addictive profile of the drug and the psychological reasons underpinning meth abuse.

For chronic, long-term meth abusers, inpatient treatment, also known as residential rehab, normally works most effectively. The severity of withdrawal symptoms will be softened in an inpatient setting, with the chance of relapse reduced. Programs last for 30 to 90 days. You’ll address all aspects of your meth addiction once you’re detoxed.

For milder meth addictions, outpatient rehab can be effective. You’ll attend sessions of group and individual counseling for a few hours each weekday. You return home each night, where with inpatient rehab for meth addiction you remain at the treatment center for the duration of the program.

How is Meth Addiction Treated at Rehab?

With medically-supervised detox, at least some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with meth addiction can be alleviated. You might not feel comfortable, but you’ll feel nowhere near as bad as if you were trying to go this alone at home.

Another key benefit of being helped through detox at a rehab center is that you won’t be exposed to any of the usual triggers for cravings when you’re in the treatment center, and you won’t have access to meth either.

 

How is Meth Addiction Treated at Rehab?

With medically-supervised detox, at least some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with meth addiction can be alleviated. You might not feel comfortable, but you’ll feel nowhere near as bad as if you were trying to go this alone at home.

Another key benefit of being helped through detox at a rehab center is that you won’t be exposed to any of the usual triggers for cravings when you’re in the treatment center, and you won’t have access to meth either.

Naltrexone is one medication usually used to treat alcoholism or opioid use disorder that can also be applied to meth addiction. A team at UCLA discovered that naltrexone could significantly reduce cravings for meth post-detox. Beyond this, naltrexone can also counter the pleasurable effects of meth.

There are some other medications – benzodiazepines, for instance – that can be useful in the event of panic or agitation triggered by meth withdrawal.

The core treatment for meth addiction involves psychotherapies that help you to probe the reasons for your substance abuse while also building healthier coping strategies so you can navigate the normal stressors of life without relapsing and bingeing on meth again.

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is perhaps the most effective of these therapies for treating meth use disorder.

If you need to find a meth rehab center in Orange County, we can help you here at Renaissance Recovery.

Renaissance Recovery: Meth Addiction Treatment Center in Southern California

Unlike opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder, there is no FDA-approved medication to alleviate the symptoms associated with meth withdrawal. That said, we can help with medication-assisted treatment to mitigate some of the discomfort you feel during the early stages of sobriety.

More importantly, we offer a range of psychotherapies to help you attack the root cause of your meth addiction. We’ll also help you to create a strong and stable foundation for recovery with the skills in place to resist temptations and cravings by using healthier coping mechanisms than methamphetamine.

To get things started, reach out to our friendly admissions team today by calling 866.300.9449.866.330.9449

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country