The Meth Rehab Treatment Process
Meth, full name methamphetamine, is a synthetic drug made by mixing amphetamine, which is a stimulant drug, with other chemicals- thus greatly increasing its potency. The most common form of it is crystal meth. Meth creates a faux but intense sense of euphoria and wellbeing, a burst of energy and a decrease in appetite.
Meth is one of the most addictive drugs and has a highly concentrated and intense effect. Many addicts have reported that they got hooked to it the first time they tried it- making it one of the hardest drug addictions to treat. It may be difficult to treat a meth addiction but it is surely not impossible. With determination and rehab treatment, addicts can recover. What are the things you can expect during the journey to recovery from meth addiction?
There are four general and widely used stages in meth rehab treatment programs:
Before starting treatment, you will undergo an assessment. A counsellor will sit with you to assess and understand the extent of your meth addiction and your needs. Based on your responses, an individual treatment plan can be tailored for you- taking into account your experience and specific circumstances.
Once the plan has been created for you, the next step is to get the meth out of your body. That is, through detoxing. This phase is a tough one and is accompanied by withdrawal symptoms- both mental and physical. Going the way of medical detox can help reduce the intensity of the symptoms and prevent any medical complications arising from the process. This is done as an in-patient process under a physician’s care and with 24/7 medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, drowsiness, cravings, fever, depression and even coma.
Change, Growth and Therapy
After detox which targets the physiological part of the addiction, it is time to go on to the psychological and mental aspects. This is where change processes are set in motion to ensure the growth and recovery of the individual. A main method of treatment used in this stage is psychotherapy which usually still includes individual, family and group therapy. Besides therapy, this stage also covers education and support. In the education session you will learn more about addiction, how your body interacts with drugs and strategies to deal with stress and negative behaviours. On the support end, the program provides you with services (or the referrals to them) to help you on your recovery journey.
What happens after you leave the rehab centre and are no longer under constant supervision? Continuing from the support in the third stage, you will be referred to organisations that will help you in being grounded in the outside world. Without this support, things like continuing education, finding a job, finding a house etc. can be extremely difficult. When leaving rehab, you leave armed with a relapse prevention plan that would have developed by your counsellor with your input that will help you successfully navigate the transition back to the outside world without a relapse. The plan also helps you to stay strong and steady in long term recovery.
As mentioned above, overcoming meth addiction might indeed be difficult but it is definitely not impossible. With the right support and determination to stick to the process, it can be achieved.