Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine, commonly known as "speed", remains a significant issue in the U.S. According to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 12 million Americans, which is about 4.7% of the total population, have tried methamphetamine at least one time in their life. That may not seem like a large number, but in reality, it means that nearly one in every 20 Americans have partaken in this extremely dangerous drug. Methamphetamine can be ingested in various forms such as powders, crystals, and rocks. Smoking is currently the most common form of methamphetamine consumption amongst its users.
Methamphetamine abuse can be very dangerous for the addicted individual. A person abusing methamphetamine may experience an array of scary mental and physical side-effects, including:
- Memory loss
- Liver, kidney, and lung damage
- Severe tooth decay
- Decreased appetite
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Extreme weight loss
Studies have also shown that chronic use of methamphetamine may lead to structural and functional damage in parts of the brain that are associated with memory and emotion. This may account for some of the various emotional and cognitive problems that have been found in chronic methamphetamine users. Sometimes, this damage is so severe that it can be compared to Alzheimer's disease and may cause epilepsy or a stroke. Methamphetamine abuse, additionally, has shown to contribute to increased transmission of infectious diseases, such as STDs and sometimes even HIV/AIDS.
As with any addiction, the first step in treating a methamphetamine addiction is for the person to admit that there is a problem and agree to enter into a treatment facility. Once in a treatment facility, the addicted individual will undergo the detoxification portion of the treatment. During the detox, the body will be rid of all chemical evidence of methamphetamines in their system. This will stop the person's body from craving the drug as it removes the physical dependency the body has developed towards the drug.
During detox, the patient may experience symptoms of withdrawal ranging from moderate to severe. This may be painful, but it is a necessary process when ridding the body of its physical dependence on the drug. Expertly trained professionals will administer pain medications as needed to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible during the detox. Once the individual's physical dependency of the drug is over and the detox process is complete, the treatment will then shift focus to the person's emotional dependency.
Mandatory one-on-one therapy sessions will be structured to focus on the underlying issues that may have caused the individual to use and abuse the drug of choice. These sessions will also provide the patient with the life skills necessary to live a productive life going forward that is free from the constraints of dealing with a methamphetamine addiction. After the individual is completely clean and out of treatment, The Treatment Helpline advises transitioning into an aftercare program. Some appropriate aftercare options for methamphetamine recovery may be the continuation of the one-on-one therapy sessions or a 12-step program. Any treatment program must fit the individual's specific needs in order for it to be an effective cessation and recovery program.
The Treatment Helpline is here to help you get the help you need for you or a loved one's addiction. Call us today for a FREE consultation. Treatment is available and we're here to help you figure out what works best for you.