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Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Drug addiction is a mental disease that alters the structure of the brain and makes it dependent on the drug to function. Meth is one of the most addictive substances available. Due to its easy availability and cheaper rates, it has become a popular street drug in United States. Despite the dangerous associated with its use, it continues to be a popular drug among users. The effects produced by it are similar to cocaine but it is cheaper than cocaine. Meth is consumed in a number of ways such as smoking, snorting and injecting it. The continued use of the drug results into serious addictions and it takes a proper treatment plan to recover from it. So, recovery is possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from meth addiction, make sure to opt for the treatment needed. It is never too late or too early to seek treatment for drug addiction.

 

Table of Contents:

  • 1.Meth Addiction Treatment Plan
  • 2.Therapy and Counseling
  • 3.Addressing Co-occurring Conditions
  • 4.Use of Medications to Facilitate Treatment
  • 5.Aftercare Programs

Meth Addiction Treatment Plan:

Seeking professional help can enable an addict to start over and return back to a normal and happy life. The process of recovery starts from detoxification. After that, Partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment help the patient start over. Aftercare is also an important aspect of treatment.

  • Detoxification Process:
    The term detoxification is applied to a process by which the body cleans itself of harmful chemicals built up due to drug abuse. Detoxification starts as soon as the drug is quit. The body and mind go through a lot of changes as they learn to function without drug so a number of unpleasant and painful symptoms appear. Special detoxification centers are established to help the patients go through detoxification with ease. It is recommended to sign up for a detox center rather than going through the process at home because physical and psychological symptoms produced due to withdrawal maybe deadly at times. It is important to monitor the condition and progress of the patient at all times. Doctors may also prescribe medicines to make withdrawal symptoms bearable.
  • Partial hospitalization Treatment Programs:
    Partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment options are employed depending upon the condition of the patient. Partial hospitalization treatment programs offer 24/7 intensive care under medical supervision. The time period for which the patient has to live in the rehabilitation center varies depending upon his condition. It may extend over weeks or months. The meth addicts who attend an Partial hospitalization treatment program are more likely to recover and less likely to relapse. The facility staff and other patients play a significant role in the process of recovery. Partial hospitalization treatment can be a great way to teach the patient how to start a life all over again.
  • Outpatient Treatment Programs:
    Outpatient treatment programs are specifically designed for each patient keeping their individual needs in mind. Outpatient treatment program is similar to Partial hospitalization one except the meth addict does not have to live in the rehabilitation center. He is allowed to live at home, go to school/office and get treated at the same time. However, since no constant medical supervision is provided through the process, patients are more likely to relapse. Also, there is a lesser chance for recovery. It is more suitable for the addicts who are very determined and patient and whose condition is not very bad. It is better to opt for an outpatient treatment program after the completion of Partial hospitalization treatment program.

Seeking Therapy and Counseling:

Therapies can be immensely helpful throughout the course of recovery. From helping an addict talk to a loved one about addiction to helping the patient resist cravings, the importance of therapy cannot be denied. Therapy also helps the addicts to stay determined and strong throughout the process of treatment. A number of behavioral therapies can be used for meth addicts to ease the process of rehabilitation. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: It focuses on teaching the addicts new ways of coping with life situations without the use of drug. The patient is made to give up on negative and unhealthy habits and opt for healthy ones. For example, learning to be able to resist the drug or walk away from it in a party.
  • Contingency Management Intervention: This therapy is based on the application of reward system. The patients are rewarded for achieving certain milestones and making positive changes in their behavior. The reward can be a great motivational force for the patient to bring about the change.
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy: It is a therapy consisting of four sessions where the therapist encourages the patient to set goals for himself and work to achieve them. The success in achieving the goal can improve the self confidence and self esteem of the addict a great deal.
  • One-on-one Counseling: It includes a patient, and a therapist taking the sessions. The goal of the therapy is to help the patient through the pain of detoxification. During the therapy, patient is also encouraged to join addiction support groups.
  • Group Therapy: The group therapy involves a number of patients regularly meeting each other and discussing their problems and progress towards recovery.

Addressing Co-occurring Conditions:

People who are emotionally and psychologically vulnerable are more likely to become addicts. The drug addiction is often a consequence of a psychological conditions such as depression, heart break etc. When a mental illness is also diagnosed with meth addiction, the condition is referred to as double diagnosis. Both the conditions need to be treated simultaneously. So it is important to evaluate the mental and physical health of an addict before the proper treatment is started.

Co-occurring disorders can be extremely damaging since they both act to make the other condition even worse. For example the induction of depression due to meth use can lead the patient to use antidepressants. The use of antidepressants can diminish the effect of drug forcing the addict to take more drug hence both the conditions feed on each other. It is very difficult to get rid of one condition without treating the other one. The conditions that can co occur with drug addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • BPD
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

So, mental health is very important when it comes to treating meth addiction. It also greatly reduces the chance for relapse.

Use of Medications to Facilitate Treatment:

Currently, there are no specified medications approved by FDA to be used for the treatment of meth addiction. Only a number of OTC drugs can be utilized to manage withdrawal symptoms and ease the pain of the patient.

For example:

  • Pain killers to relieve physical pain
  • Sleep aids to help the patient sleep
  • Antidepressants to manage depression

Aftercare Programs:

Aftercare programs are designed for the patients who have completed the treatment process successfully. Aftercare treatment options include self help groups, treatment groups etc where a number of patients come together to discuss their problems, struggles, success stories, anything! It can be immensely encouraging to see other people winning the same battle and maintaining the victory. Stressful situations are the biggest trigger for a recovered addict to go back to drug usage. In these times of distress, aftercare programs can be of great help to keep the patient from relapsing. The chances of relapsing never completely go away; they can only be reduced by taking such measures.

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