San Diego Methamphetamine Rehab
According to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine within the past year, and 440,000 reported using it in the past month. This drug goes by many names – meth, crank, chalk, and speed. But those that are familiar with it don’t just know its street names. Regardless of if they are a user, or the friend or family member of a meth user, they also know the devastation that this drug can bring with its use.
What is Meth?
Meth is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that can be smoked, inhaled, injected, or administered orally, because it easily dissolves in water or alcohol. The drug enters the bloodstream and attaches to receptors in the brain to stimulate the release of dopamine, releasing approximately twelve times the dopamine that eating food and other pleasurable activities release. Because of this, it seems obvious that users would want to recreate these pleasurable feelings. This drug also creates increased energy and elevates moods which can give users the ability to stay awake and do continuous activity without the need of sleep. Meth also suppresses a person’s appetite, which can make it appealing to users that are seeking to lose weight quickly.
Treament for Meth Addiction
While treatment for meth addiction is different for each person, the goal remains the same. This goal is a commitment to finding freedom from addiction for every patient that enters our DetoxRehab facility. Our team has combined the experience of conducting recovery programs for over 20,000 individuals struggling with addiction. Under the direction of an addiction medicine physician and using the insights of a former addict, we provide an intensive recovery program with long-term support. We adapt our treatment programs to each patient’s meth addiction in a way that best suits their needs.
Meth withdrawal is nearly impossible to overcome on your own, with symptoms that can be excruciating. Physical withdrawal symptoms similar to flu (vomiting, etc.) can last three days to a week. However, this drug causes such intense changes to the brain that prolonged care, such as the type offered at DetoxRehab is always recommended. At DetoxRehab you will be under the supervision of qualified medical professionals that have been well trained in the treatment of meth abuse and addiction.
Medication for Handling Meth Withdrawal
The FDA has not approved any specific medication for the treatment of meth addicts, but detox centers often administer anti-anxiety medication such as benzodiazepines or non-addictive alternative medications. Zophran, an anti-nausea medication, is also administered to help with any nausea and vomiting a person going through detox might experience. Because of the extreme weight loss often seen in meth addicts, it is also common that vitamins and nutrients are administered intravenously to insure those in recovery receive proper nutrition.
Once the physical withdrawal symptoms are brought under control with the help of these medications and the help of our staff, a patient can begin to focus on the second step of their treatment: behavioral therapy.
A meth addiction is more than just a physical dependence. Even following the detox period, addicts are still at a high risk for relapsing. Psychological and social factors can be overwhelming, causing addicts to turn back to meth use. Those that are seeking the drug for weight loss often want to return to the drug to be able to curb their appetites. It’s necessary that these underlying body issues also be addressed in behavioral therapy.
Outpatient Therapy & Counseling Programs for Methamphetamine
Our flexible and anonymous out-patient therapy and counseling programs provide the support and help patients need while transitioning to a sober lifestyle. Off-peak counseling services mean we offer both early morning and late evening counseling sessions to help support your recovery process whenever you are most in need. DetoxRehab recognizes that staying engaged in your treatment is your best chance for continued recovery. Your first step towards living a meth free life is to contact DetoxRehab.