A crystal meth addiction is very hard to beat. However, by using the help of a center like Creative Care, you have a far greater chance of rehabilitation. Our center is carefully structured to help you on your path towards sobriety. In order to do so, we offer a holistic care package that includes alternative treatment such as acupuncture and medication. However, we also focus on ensuring you understand what your addiction actually is and how it is affecting your life.
Statistics on Meth Use
In the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it is stated that some 1.2 million people aged 12 or over in our country have used crystal meth in the past year. This demonstrates that it is a problem that affects our entire country and help is needed. We believe that every addict deserves real and proper care, and this is what we offer at Creative Care.
Understanding Meth Withdrawal
Crystal meth is incredibly addictive and this is why meth withdrawal can be very difficult. The drug is a very strong stimulant that targets the dopamine receptors of the brain, which is our pleasure center. This is why withdrawal affects patients not just physiologically, but psychologically as well. The first step of withdrawal is a period of detoxification. Some treatment centers do not focus strongly on the detox process when it comes to meth, because this part is reasonably easy, due to the fact that most recovering addicts simply sleep through most of the process. However, we believe that detox is the first step towards recovery and it has to be done properly.
During your detox process, you will be fully supported by trained medical professionals. Their role is to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Although a lot of your time will be spent sleeping, you can also expect symptoms such as:
- Strange skin sensations
Once you have detoxed, we offer you ongoing support and care. This is where we will address the various physical problems you may have due to your crystal meth abuse, which includes such things as infected sores on your skin and dental problems. Additionally, a lot of meth users have developed various infections that may require treatment as well. Furthermore, we specialize in dual diagnosis, which means that a patient has a mental health condition that led to or was caused by their drug abuse. We can offer all the necessary support to deal with this. This is particularly important with meth users, as they can often sink into a severe depression as their dopamine receptors recover.
Several treatment options have been tried and tested for meth users. One is the Motivational Incentives for Enhancing Drug Abuse Recovery. This is a method that uses incentives to promote abstinence. This method has been proven by the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network to be effective for both methamphetamine and cocaine users.
Unfortunately, there are no medications that can be used in the treatment for methamphetamine addiction, except for non-addictive, over the counter remedies to help patients feel more comfortable. Extensive research is taking place into improving this, particularly to address the depression that is associated with meth withdrawal. Various antidepressants are currently being tested to help users cope with this. Indeed, it is the severe depression, the inability to feel pleasure, that drives most meth users back to their drug. One interesting trial is currently taking place into using vaccines to help the body fight the drug itself. This could be a particularly useful product to stop people from relapsing, as the drug would then not have any effect.
Meth is a drug that destroys communities and lives. If you or a loved one is currently struggling with an addiction, please contact our team at Creative Care today. We are there to help you through the entire process by offering custom made packages of care targeted at your needs. We will help you prepare for the long journey ahead, ensuring you have the biggest chance of being successful and regaining control over your life. The journey is long and hard, but with our help, you will be able to make it.