Crystal meth, or more widely referred to as meth, is one of the most addictive drugs in the world accounting for millions of substance use disorders and overdose deaths annually. Treatment options for methamphetamine addiction include a variety of therapeutic programs as well as detox and inpatient rehab. If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, we can help you find the best meth rehab center either locally or outside of your hometown, all you have to do is call 1-800-552-0697 for help.
Methamphetamine has a very high potential for abuse, but although we normally only see it abused on the streets as an illicit drug, there is some medical use for it in rare cases. Doctors, on certain occasions, can prescribe the drug to treat morbid obesity in cases when other treatment methods have failed. While methamphetamine is available by prescription as a schedule II substance, this highly addictive drug is most often purchased from drug dealers on the streets after it is mass produced in clandestine labs throughout the country.
How Is Methamphetamine Abused?
A light, glass-like and sometimes oily substance that can vary in color from nearly clear to white, pink or brown, crystal meth is most often smoked or snorted but the drug can also be injected or taken orally by mouth. It’s often referred to as glass or rock because it resembles shards of broken glass or can sometimes be in an oily-form in which it clumps together and still has a very hard texture much like gravel or a stone.
Depending on the method of meth use, various side effects may occur. This highly addictive stimulant produces a euphoric sense in which heightened energy and an immediate surge in confidence levels often lead to erratic behavior and irrational outbursts. Meth users are known for acting irrationally, being difficult to control, and having near-superhero strength. This is likely due to the increased levels of dopamine that are produced when the user takes the drug.
What is Inpatient Meth Rehab?
Repeat use of crystal meth, on any level, will lead to an addiction that requires professional treatment to quit. Physical dependence on this drug develops quickly and psychologically, long-term psychosis is possible when meth is taken for even just a few months on a regular basis. If you or a loved one is addicted to methamphetamine, inpatient meth rehab is your best chance at reaching recovery. Call 1-800-552-0697 to find an inpatient meth rehab center that’s right for you.
Meth rehab centers provide treatment for addiction that has produced long-term impact on the user’s life. This method of care requires that the patient live in a rehab center for a period of time that can vary based on user needs and various other factors.
During inpatient rehab you will:
- Receive therapy and counseling in a group setting.
- Receive therapy and counseling on an individual basis between just you and your counselor.
- Receive support both from staff and others in treatment.
- Be provided with meals and all necessities for safe living.
- Be prompted to live within a strict means of care, time and scheduling that ensures you remain on the path to recovery.
- Receive around-the-clock monitoring for safety and to reduce your risk of relapse.
- Receive medical intervention and care as needed to further facilitate your healing.
At first, many of the services or programs that are offered at an inpatient meth rehab may seem or feel invasive to you—especially if you’ve never “done” treatment before. It’s okay! Trust the process, and work with your therapist to ensure that you are doing everything YOU can to get well—you’ll see soon that recovery takes time, but with 100% of your focus on healing, you can get well and sobriety can be a reality.
Signs and Symptoms of Crystal Meth Addiction
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, “methamphetamine produces stimulant effects including increased activity, decreased appetite, and a sense of well-being.” These symptoms of meth use can last anywhere from 6-12 hours depending on the strength of the drug used and the amount of use. After the immediate rush, and intense euphoria that is felt when meth is abused, the user’s body reacts by producing less dopamine.
As a result, symptoms similar to those of an individual with Parkinson’s disease may appear soon after the individual has become addicted to the drug—shaking, compulsive twitching, and repetitive movements become the norm—a side effect of meth use.
Early signs of meth abuse include:
- Loss of appetite and changes in weight (weight loss particularly)
- Sleeplessness or insomnia
- Erratic behavior
- Sweating profusely
- Bad breath, dry mouth and dehydration
- Clenched jaw
- Repetitive performance of meaningless tasks – similar to OCD disorders
An individual that is addicted to methamphetamine may:
- Hide the drug so that others don’t know he or she is using.
- Hide track marks or sores on his or her body by covering up with long sleeves or using additional makeup to mask sores.
- Avoid activities with friends or family.
- Struggle to maintain responsibilities at work, home or school.
- Get into trouble legally as a result of the drug use, and continue to use anyway.
- Get into financial or relationship trouble as a result of drug use and continue to use anyway.
- Suffer from health problems that are directly related to the drug use such as anxiety, high blood pressure, or meth mouth (rotten teeth).
- Make promises to friends or family to quit, and fail to do so.
Failure to get treatment for meth addiction can lead to devastating consequences and long-term effects.
Some of the most dangerous long-term effects of meth addiction include:
- Brain damage
- Permanently high blood pressure
- Memory loss similar to Alzheimer’s Disease
- Permanent twitching or shaking similar to Parkinson’s Disease
- Cracked, broke, or rotten teeth
- Skin infections that could lead to limb loss
All of these symptoms can be avoided with treatment. The sooner you get help for an addiction to crystal meth, the better your chances are for recovery with minimal long-term impact on your health. Call 1-800-552-0697 and we’ll connect you with a meth rehab center that’s right for you.
Columbia University refers to methamphetamine withdrawal as a situation in which “depression, anxiety, fatigue or inability to sleep, craving for the drug, and an inability to experience joy or satisfaction from activities other than getting high” can arise when meth use is abruptly stopped or when the average frequency or dose is cut back. This means that when a long-term meth abusers quits taking the drug, he or she should expect to experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms including those mentioned above. Meth detox, the first step in the addiction recovery process, can help you to overcome these symptoms of withdrawal without suffering or struggling extensively.
During meth detox, you will receive treatment for withdrawal symptoms which generally last 15-45 days. The early stages of meth withdrawal include symptoms of:
- Feeling disoriented
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling out of control and unable to control thoughts, words or actions
- Acting erratically or scattered
- Recognizing no obvious need for treatment, feeling as if they can easily recover on their own
Although the actual physical symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal don’t generally last long, the psychological symptoms can be hard to beat. Treatment providers refer to the period from about 6 weeks after the last dose is taken, through about the 4-6 month point in recovery as “the wall.” This is because this period of time is when relapse rates are highest, patients are at their most vulnerable state of mind, and earlier symptoms of meth withdrawal that likely went away within the first 15 days following the last dose tend to spike once again out of nowhere.
During this phase of recovery, the user may feel:
- Repeat lack of energy
- Inability to sleep
- Loss of sex drive
- Irritability and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of happiness in life
This phase, also referred to as “the wall” or “protracted withdrawal” seemingly comes from nowhere, the user is often feeling better before they hit this wall in recovery, and many have already dropped out of treatment before they hit this phase—hence the heightened relapse rates. As such, it’s important to stay fully involved in treatment for a period of at least six months when you’re struggling with meth addiction, this way you are ensured close communication with a professional when you hit “the wall” in recovery and are at your most vulnerable state of mind in which relapse could occur.
Need help finding treatment? Our rehab specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with an inpatient meth rehab program that’s right for your unique needs. Call 1-800-552-0697 and a compassionate helpline professional will answer your call and help you begin the journey to recovery from methamphetamine addiction.
What IF I Relapse?
Most healthcare and treatment professionals describe addiction as a “disease of chronic relapse.” What does this mean?
It means that IF you become addicted to anything, you are struggling with a disease, and the disease is one of chronic relapse—the “chronic relapse” portion means that you are likely to struggle with relapse more than once. If you’ve decided to get sober, and you’ve began working really hard on your recovery, and you relapse—you cannot give up hope!
The best thing to do if you have relapsed is to get back up on your feet as quickly as possible and start working on your recovery once again. This means getting into immediate contact with your treatment provider or counselor, and getting back into rehab as soon as possible. The sooner you get back on the recovery path, the better your chances are that a relapse has minimal impact on your life.
For help during this difficult time, call our helpline toll-free at 1-800-552-0697 and we will connect you with an inpatient crystal meth rehab center that’s right for your immediate needs.
Do I Really NEED Inpatient Treatment?
How can you tell if you REALLY need rehab? Of course most are inclined to first believe they can “quit on their own,” but the reality is, meth addiction is hard to beat—even with professional help. You likely need rehab for meth addiction if:
- You have previously promised that you would cut back or quit and you are still using.
- You have struggled with health problems such as lung infections or infections of other areas of the body as a result of the drug use, but you are still using.
- You have been in rehab before and you have recently relapsed.
- You have been in legal, financial, relationship, or other forms of trouble as a result of your meth use, but you still use.
- You allow methamphetamine to get in the way of your ability to go to work, attend school or properly care for your family or loved ones.
- You have tried to quit on your own, but have failed.
- You realize that you need help, but you do not KNOW what exactly to do to help yourself.
These are just some of the signs that you need treatment for meth addiction—many other individual signs may appear to you as your unique situation progresses. If you have questions, or if you are still unsure as to how you should go about getting the professional treatment that is required to help you get sober, all you have to do is call our helpline and we’ll walk you through the process. Operators are ready to take your call, day or night.
What Treatment Options are Provided During Inpatient Rehab?
Contingency management, the Matrix Theory, and CBT are the most common therapeutic methods of treatment used in meth rehab but a wide array of treatment options are available to help those who are struggling with addiction to this powerful drug.
Depending on your needs, your inpatient rehab for crystal meth addiction may include any combination of the following:
- Behavioral therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Medical care
- Medical intervention
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Structured educational activities
- Support building activities
The level of care that you receive, the types of therapy that are offered to you, and the methods of treatment provided all depend on your needs, the facility that you receive treatment at, and various other factors associated to your addiction recovery. While inpatient rehab centers that provide treatment for meth addiction can provide varied options in terms of treatment and therapy, the end goal of each of these programs is the same—to offer you support, care and therapy that is conducive to long-term healing and recovery.
How Long is Meth Rehab?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the duration of treatment for any addiction depends largely on the patient’s individual problem and unique needs. Treatment lengths that do not provide at least 90 days of continued care are considered ineffective, but this does not mean that the entire 90-days of rehab must be spent in a residential facility. Most meth users are able to begin in a medical detox program, followed by inpatient meth rehab for at least 30 days, then followed by 60-days or longer in an outpatient setting.
Often times, longer treatment is required so it’s important that you do not compare your treatment needs to that of someone else. Each individual case of addiction is different and therefore requires distinctly different assistance in order for recovery to occur. Here are a few situations that could extend the length of time that you will spend in meth rehab:
- Failure to remain focused on your healing or having a bad attitude towards rehab in the beginning can create a situation in which you will require more time in treatment.
- Struggling with a range of mental or other physical health conditions that must be treated in conjunction with your addiction to crystal meth could extend the amount of time required for your recovery and healing.
- Your age and how long you have been using methamphetamine could increase treatment times—if you’re older and have been abusing drugs for a very long time, treatment is likely to be more extensive than if you just started using.
- Whether you are addicted to more than one drug, or if you are also addicted to alcohol, you will require dual-diagnosis treatment which can take longer than the treatment for just a single problem.
- Whether you require extensive medical intervention, or if detox takes more than a few weeks, you may require a longer time in treatment. Keep in mind that the 90 day treatment window truly begins AFTER detox, so if you spend 20 days in detox, you then need 90 days of treatment for full effectiveness and healing—that’s a total of 110 days of care not just the anticipated 90.
Only you and your treatment provider can truly determine how much time you need in recovery. Meth rehab centers offer you the tools and support to get well, but if you’re not focused, or you’re apprehensive about the treatment process, healing won’t really begin until you get past that point.
Call our helpline toll-free at 1-800-552-0697 anytime, day or night, to discuss the recovery and healing options that are available to help you get well. We realize how difficult this call can be, in fact, many of us have been through meth addiction and had to make the same call ourselves—don’t be afraid, we will help!
Does Inpatient Meth Rehab Really Work?
According to Stages of Recovery, produced by the state of Maine Courts, meth rehab really is an effective means of treatment for addiction to this powerful stimulant. In fact, the study found that:
- 80% of meth users that sought residential treatment in Colorado were still abstinent months after discharge.
- In Iowa, 71.2% of meth users that received residential rehab remained abstinent six months after they were discharged from treatment.
- In Tennessee, a study found that 65% of meth users were abstinent at the six month marker following discharge from an inpatient rehab center.
- 88% of Texas meth users remained abstinent 60 days or more following discharge from an inpatient rehab program.
- In Utah, nearly 61% of meth users that received residential rehabilitation services were still abstinent during a follow-up after discharge.
Choosing the Best Rehab for Your Methamphetamine Addiction
So now that you know all about meth addiction, and the rehabilitation process, how can you be sure that you’re making the right choice in treatment? It’s not an easy call—but it’s a necessary one! When you call our helpline at 1-800-552-0697, here’s what you can expect:
- Your call is routed to our helpline that is answered by private specialists that understand meth addiction and can help you get the support you need for recovery and healing.
- A caring representative will ask you questions to get to know you and YOUR situation.
- The representative will also answer any questions that YOU have about addiction, inpatient rehab, and recovery.
- If you have insurance, we will review your policy and provide a free insurance verification.
- After determining your needs, location, and insurance coverage (if you have such) a treatment specialist will find an inpatient meth rehab placement that’s ideal for you and discuss the next steps with you.
Literally after a five minute call you could be on your way to recovery. It sounds simple, but we realize that for you, the one struggling with methamphetamine addiction, it’s really not simple at all—but you’re not alone! We’re here to help you get sober and gain freedom from meth addiction. Call 1-800-552-0697 for a free referral to an inpatient meth rehab center today.