Meth Addiction Treatment Options
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Meth, a highly potent and addictive CNS stimulant, its toxic effects are wreaking havoc across the United States and all over the world. As a cheap alternative to cocaine, it leaves many addicts struggling in every aspect of their life and without meth addiction treatment help, severe long term consequences are possible.
In the least, meth addiction damages the person’s brain and central nervous system by depleting natural production of dopamine and the receptors of dopamine that are associated with well being, pleasure, movement, and addiction behaviors. Long term use can cause serious brain damage and the person becomes unable to control their behaviors, thoughts, or emotions, effectively. Psychotic behaviors are common among chronic meth addicts.
Meth Addiction Treatment Options
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “there are currently no medications that counteract the specific effects of methamphetamine or that prolong abstinence from and reduce the abuse of methamphetamine by an individual addicted to the drug.”
Treatment options vary by the person and the first step is to assess the levels of addiction and other aspects of the individual. Most meth addicts use other drugs and exhibit mental health issues involving adverse behaviors. Effective treatments provide counseling, support, and behavioral therapies to address these issues, concurrently, along with the other aspects of the person’s health, environmental, societal, and familial circumstances to help them maintain abstinence. Generally, the greater the adverse effects of the meth addiction are, the greater the need for an intensified inpatient treatment program versus outpatient programs.
Meth addiction treatment involves a safe detox where both the physical and mental health symptoms of withdrawal can be managed until the person is stabilized and able to participate in formal treatment. Under supervision of appropriate staff, the person receives proper rest, nutrition, and hydration to help them heal along with necessary interventions and medications to address severe withdrawal symptoms including depression, suicidal tendencies, or other psychological complications.
Meth addiction counseling can help the addict focus on recovery and gain feedback and support from professionals through individual, group, and family counseling services provided on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Combined with behavioral therapies, counseling is an integral part of meth addiction treatment and is especially beneficial to those suffering physical or mental health issues.
Behavioral therapies vary by programs and are aimed at helping the addict to remain abstinent from meth and other drugs, to live better lives, and to prevent relapse.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven successful for meth addiction treatment and helps the person to adjust maladaptive behaviors of drug abuse to productive and drug free positive behaviors. It includes education, resources, drug testing, 12-step support, and encouragement of non-drug related activities and relationships.
Contingency-management interventions encourage non-drug-related activities by providing tangible incentives that act as motivational rewards to reinforce behaviors of abstinence, self control, and recovery progresses.