Meth is often used as the poster child for addiction due to how severe the effects of methamphetamine abuse on the body are. It can wreak havoc not only on your body but also on your mind, ability to function at work or school, relationships and other areas of your life.
When someone you love starts exhibiting signs of drug abuse, it can be scary and overwhelming as the worst-case scenarios go through your mind, but stay rooted in the present. As long as the person is still here, still breathing, still alive, then recovery is possible; it’ll be hard work, but it’s absolutely possible, and we’re here to help you do it.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the best forms of treatment for methamphetamine abuse, as well as go over what treatment for methamphetamine addiction actually looks like.
Understanding methamphetamine withdrawals
Coffee withdrawals are one thing. The irritability, migraines, fluctuating energy levels, foggy thoughts and moodiness are unpleasant and inconvenient, but they’re not going to kill you.
You can detox from a coffee addiction at home and be perfectly fine (except for maybe being a bit vexatious for others to be around) — because it’s just coffee. You cannot apply this same mentality to a situation involving a person struggling with a serious drug addiction, but unfortunately, many do.
Attempts to “quit cold turkey” and detox at home from potentially life-threatening drugs like methamphetamine are not wise. We understand your heart is in the right place (or the hearts of those opening up their home to you); people often think that being in a familiar, loving environment is the key to overcoming an addiction, but it isn’t.
Even worse, withdrawal symptoms from serious drugs (like methamphetamine) can be life-threatening in and of themselves, especially when consumption is stopped suddenly. Because of this, it’s advised you never attempt an at-home detoxification process and always trust medical professionals to help a person transition from active drug use to sobriety.
Methamphetamine addiction treatment
Methamphetamine addiction treatment is very similar in structure to addiction treatment for other substances because the strategies remain consistently effective in the long term.
The first step is to reach out for help, even if you aren’t quite sure what that help is going to look like yet. It’s through talking with an advisor who, upon learning more about your situation, will be able to provide you with the appropriate resources and guide you through the initial process.
A physician or mental health professional will identify what the right form of treatment will be for your unique situation. For those who are in the early stages of substance abuse, they may only require a detox and some short-term therapy. Others might benefit from enrolling in a full-time rehabilitation center where they’ll have a more intensive level of treatment and care.
In some cases, medication may be prescribed to certain individuals in order to better help them navigate the uncomfortable mental or physical side effects of extended withdrawal symptoms.
Your work isn’t over after completing an addiction recovery program though; many people experience “the hard work” beginning after the program, when you are independently responsible for yourself. The good news is, that with us, we’ll provide a comprehensive continuum of care plan for you so that you still receive ongoing support from us even after the program.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder or addiction, reach out to our team here at Bluff. Even if you aren’t ready to enroll in one of our rehabilitation programs yet, we’re here to help you in whatever way we can, whether through resources or otherwise.
Take the first step today
Bluff Augusta specializes in providing personalized, evidence-based treatment to men and women of all ages who are struggling with a substance use disorder, mental health condition or both (co-occurring disorders).
We know that reaching out for professional help can be stressful; you’re invited to bring your concerns about the efficacy of the treatments and the overall cost of the services to us. Our staff cares, and we’re here to help you, support you and answer any questions you may have.