Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment
Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine; one form of the drug methamphetamine. A potent central nervous system stimulant, the drug is mainly used recreationally but also less commonly, as a second-line treatment for ADHD and obesity.
The effects of Crystal Meth
Users experience an initial rush when consuming crystal meth. The heartbeat races and metabolism, blood pressure and pulse soar. This initial feeling can last up to thirty minutes. The high that follows can continue up to sixteen hours later. Users often experience a surge in confidence and energy and may become argumentative and intensely focused.
The risk of addiction to crystal meth is extremely high as the drug’s effect is highly concentrated. Uncontrolled and persistent use reduces the intensity of the drug’s effect. As such, abuse will spiral out of control in an attempt to chase the high.
The warning signs of abuse
Following a crystal meth binge, when the drug no longer delivers a rush or high, users become overwhelmed by cravings and a feeling of emptiness. Intense itching is common and often manifests in bruised or scabbed skin.
Users experience uncontrollable and erratic twitching, alongside the inability to sleep. This can last for days at a time, rendering the user disconnected from reality and experiencing hallucinations. Very often, individuals become hostile and a danger to themselves and others before they experience an intense crash.
Their bodies are starved, dehydrated and exhausted. Users also tend to experience extreme weight loss. Crystal meth depletes the body’s resources and creates an all-consuming dependence that can only be relieved by continued use.
In the long term, meth use is associated with serious health conditions, from memory loss and psychotic behaviour to heart, liver, kidney, lung and brain damage. In some cases, convulsions or cardiovascular collapse can result in death.
Treating Crystal Meth addiction
Prolonged crystal meth abuse can result in a physical and psychological dependence. Stopping or reducing meth intake typically induces a range of distressing and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. From paranoia and hallucinations to headaches and extreme fatigue, users repeatedly resort to reusing the drug to relieve the symptoms. Consequently, it is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat.
Residential care can be instrumental in a user’s rehabilitation. Attempting to quit meth use alone rarely results in lasting recovery. An intervention by friends and family may be the first step. However, knowing how to approach the issue may be difficult, particularly considering a meth user’s propensity for hostility and aggression. The help of a professional at this stage can be invaluable.
Detox is an essential step to ensure the safe removal of the drug from the user’s body. A medically-monitored detoxification programme will help to control withdrawal symptoms, giving an addict the best chance of recovery in a caring and supportive, professional environment.
Following detox, residents can acclimatise to functioning in daily life without the drug, making them more able to address the psychological impact of their addiction. Counselling and behavioural therapies have proven successful in helping addicts to adopt healthy lifestyle choices, enabling them to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
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