One of the most important steps in the meth recovery process is making the decision to quit. With the proper support, one can succeed with recovery and lead a life that is free from drugs.
In this post, we are going to discuss what to expect from meth detox and treatment. Education is a powerful tool, and the more you know, the more you can be prepared for the journey you or a loved one will take.
What Is Meth Withdrawal Like?
A detox program starts an individual on the withdrawal process. Meth withdrawal is similar to any withdrawal from other stimulants, and it includes two stages.
The first stage (acute phase) takes place over the first one to two weeks. It’s the most intense time, and symptoms typically start within 24 hours from last use. Symptoms include:
- Intense cravings
- Mood swings
- Sleeping problems
- Aches and pains
The second phase (protracted phase) generally lasts for another two to three weeks. It’s less intense but still includes symptoms such as
- Sleeping problems
- Issues with thinking and memory.
There is also something called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) that some meth users experience, which can last for months.
Is Meth Withdrawal Dangerous?
Some drugs, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, can have such severe withdrawal symptoms, and they can be life-threatening. As uncomfortable as it is to withdrawal from meth, it is rarely dangerous. However, some people experience psychosis from the withdrawal symptoms and believe that they could hurt themselves or others.
In order to have the best chances for a complete recovery, it’s best to receive detox from an experienced meth rehab. Not only does individualized care increase the odds of success, but also the unpleasant symptoms from the withdrawal process can be successfully managed. Treatment facilities have access to a wide variety of alternative and conventional medicines that ease symptoms and keep clients comfortable.
3 Phases Of Meth Detox And Treatment At Maryland Recovery
Maryland Recovery offers a comprehensive treatment program for meth addicts. It includes three phases of care: assessment, detox and treatment.
Stage 1: Assessment And Screening
Meth addicts are screened before entering drug treatment. Our program is especially unique because it combines aspects from both an inpatient and outpatient program. While we have seen great things from this setup, we want to make sure that it is the right fit for the individual.
Stage 2: Medical Detox
The second stage is medical detox. Our goal is to make our clients as comfortable as possible. While there are no medications for meth addiction that are approved by the FDA, alternative treatments are available to help with withdrawal symptoms. We also make sure that our patients suffer from no major medical problems.
Stage 3: Treatment
The last stage is the treatment process. Clients receive emotional support and work through underlying problems in therapy and counseling. They also learn important tools and skills that will help them make good choices and deal with cravings.
Treatments that are effective for meth addiction include:
- Group and individual therapies
- Family counseling
- Relapse prevention skills
- Drumming therapy
- Ear acupuncture
Extended Care For Meth Addiction
As successful as meth detox and treatment can be, a person needs more than 30 to 90 days in treatment to heal from their addiction. Aftercare is a strong component for long-term sobriety.
Maryland Recovery does not believe in sending clients out in the real world without any direction. We teach our clients essential life skills and relapse prevention skills. We can also assist with legal issues, ongoing family problems and the start of a 12-step program. These are just a few of the ways we remain committed to our clients’ journeys.
If you or a loved one is ready to quit using meth, call Maryland Recovery today. Our unique approach to meth addiction treatment has had positive results for many individuals.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.