Tips for a Successful Meth Addiction Recovery
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Methamphetamine addiction can wreak havoc on the lives of both the user and on those who care about the individual. People are adversely affected by this addiction in a number of ways, but, unfortunately, that doesn’t make recovery much easier for the addict. Successful meth addiction recovery is a long journey backed by an array of challenges and obstacles that can make continued abstinence seem impossible—but there is help!
The following tips will help you to achieve success in your recovery from meth addiction:
The first tip that will help you to recover from this addiction is to stay focused on your goal. If you haven’t set a realistic goal, consider the following elements of setting SMART, realistic goals for your recovery:
- Be specific about what it is you want in recovery (do you want to be completely sober, do you want to stop thinking about meth, do you want to regain visitation with your family)
- Set measurable goals and be sure to establish a method of measuring your progress (how long, how much, how many, etc)
- Set attainable goals in recovery (don’t instantly set a goal to be sober forever, though attainable, this can be very difficult. Instead, set a goal to stay sober for 30 days, then increase that goal as you make achievements)
- Be realistic about your recovery goals (a realistic goal is one that you truly believe that you can accomplish)
- Make sure that goals are tangible (tangible recovery goals are those which you can experience using one of your five senses)
Remain in Treatment
According to NIDA, effective drug addiction treatment takes at least 90 days and much longer in some cases. Remaining in treatment is one of the most important steps you can take toward successful meth addiction recovery. If you’re feeling discouraged or as if you simply don’t want to be a part of treatment any longer, do what you can to make positive change that will help you to feel better. You may want to seek a friend to provide peer support or to talk with your counselor or therapist about your feelings. Positive outcomes are likely to come from extended periods in treatment—do whatever you can to remain in treatment for at least 90 days!
According to SAMHSA, research has shown that recovery from any addiction, including meth addiction, is facilitated by social support. Various types of social support have been identified including:
- Emotional support – support received to help boost self-esteem or confidence such as peer mentoring.
- Information support – support that includes educational training or skill set improvement such as parenting classes or wellness classes.
- Instrumental support – support that includes assistance in helping an individual to achieve a task such as providing transportation to treatment or child care during counseling sessions.
- Affiliation support – support which facilitates connections with others and improved social skills such as AA meetings or recovery groups.
Seeking support in the above mentioned groups and areas can greatly improve your chances or remaining methamphetamine free and in achieving your recovery goals.