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Learning how to quit meth addiction is the first step towards your recovery. You can successfully recover today by simply making a call to a trusted treatment center like us at Bridges to Life Detox. Methamphetamine (meth) addiction is not uncommon in the United States. Figures show that as of 2015,
around 6% of the American population ages 12 and older have tried meth at least once. Additionally, the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that about 1.6 million people or 0.6% of the U.S. population reported using methamphetamine and 774,000 reported using it in the past month. That being said, 964,000 people had meth use disorder in 2017. For comparison, about 684,000 people were addicted to meth in 2016. As you can see, the prevalence of meth addiction is on the rise, and although a serious problem, it’s possible to quit meth.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Recognizing signs of meth addiction is crucial for friends and family members who can, then, help their loved one and encourage them to start the recovery process. That being said, many people don’t know how to identify symptoms of meth addiction and may acknowledge the problem when it becomes even more serious. Addiction to meth manifests itself in more ways than one, and some of the most common signs include:
- Reduced appetite
- Extreme and fast weight loss
- Mood swings and generally irritable behavior
- Paranoia or hallucinations
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid eye movement
- Erratic sleeping pattern
- Rotting teeth
- Jerky movements
Men and women addicted to meth also tend to have high blood pressure, elevated body temperature and faster heart rate, shortness of breath, and may also grind their teeth. Yet another telling symptom of meth addiction is tweaking i.e., a period of anxiety and insomnia that lasts from three up to 15 days. Tweaking generally occurs at the end of a drug binge when a meth user can’t achieve the “high” or “rush” any longer. Tweaking can be indicated by strong cravings for meth, self-harm, insomnia, feeling like bugs are crawling under the skin, psychotic state, or feeling disconnected from reality.
How to Safely Detox Off Meth
Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug, and every man or woman addicted to it requires treatment. Even though it’s a severe condition, recovery is possible, and that’s where detox steps in. Meth detox occurs when a person stops using meth and experiences withdrawal symptoms. The most common withdrawal symptoms in meth detox include anxiety, depression, irritability, aggressiveness, and fatigue. Cravings, sleeping difficulties, and problems with thinking and memory may also appear. The main premise of meth detox is quite simple: the addiction continues because the brain is used to meth, which is why it will only end if the brain gets the opportunity to readjust to function without the drug.
People who are getting ready to quit meth have various options in terms of detox. One option is to tough it out on your own, but other options include staying home but getting support through an outpatient program, and to go to a residential facility and get detox with strict medical supervision.
The problem with the first option is that withdrawal symptoms can be severe and overwhelming, so it’s difficult to do it on your own without support and supervision. The support and assistance during detox and withdrawal increase the chances of successful recovery.
Even though detox at home may seem like a good idea for some people, withdrawal symptoms can be too overwhelming, so they get a strong urge to use meth again just to stop experiencing them. Home detox can also be dangerous in cases when people experience severe depression and anxiety that may lead to self-harm.
Therefore, the safest way to do meth detox is to sign up for a program, especially a residential rehab center, and do it with medical assistance and supervision.
What Meth Addiction Treatment is Like
Meth addiction treatment at a facility likes ours at Bridges To Life starts first with detoxing off of meth. After completely the detox phase, you will move on to residential treatment or outpatient treatment depending on your needs. We encourage you to reach out to us via live chat or call if you have any specific questions about how to quit meth.
Common Meth Treatment Phases:
- Withdrawal stage (0-15 days) – the first phase of the recovery and “caused” by detox
- Honeymoon stage (days 16-45) – cravings decrease, energy boosts, a person may even believe they’ve beaten meth addiction
- The wall (days 46-120) – patients are vulnerable to relapse
- Adjustment stage (days 121-180) – feeling accomplished and optimistic, patients start adapting to a new lifestyle
- Resolution stage (day 181 onward) – represents six months of sobriety, at this point patients have started a healthier lifestyle, found new areas of interest
Treatment Options For Meth Addiction
- Therapy – behavioral therapy is the most effective for meth addiction. Two types of therapy are usually employed, and they are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and contingency management (CM)
- Medication-assisted treatment – a person with meth addiction receives prescription medication that reduces and slow the effects of meth on the brain, decrease cravings, and help recover from meth addiction
- Support groups – participation in 12-step programs and Crystal Meth Anonymous can help patients achieve and maintain sobriety
Treatment for meth addiction can be performed in an outpatient and inpatient setting. Deciding on the program depends on various factors. The inpatient program is more suitable for men and women with chronic, long-term meth addiction because they tend to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. On the flip side, an outpatient program is most suitable for persons with weaker addiction or for those who have obligations they can’t avoid. These programs are part-time, allowing patients to attend therapies and group meetings but without residing in a treatment center. Call us right now to put an end to the addiction. Our trained staff members are standing by the phone ready for your call.