Methamphetamine vs Crystal Meth

Methamphetamines are Schedule II drugs, according to classification by the United States Controlled Substances Act. Methamphetamines stimulate the central nervous system and have both legal and medicinal uses, such as being a type of medication for severe obesity and a stimulant for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Methamphetamines can result in great bursts of energy and feelings of euphoria which make it physically and psychologically addictive. It is this addictive nature that can lead to abuse.

Methamphetamine in its crystalline form – referred to as crystal meth – is an illegal substance with no medical application and is widely abused recreationally, known for giving a cheap and instant high.

Signs you need inpatient rehabilitation

Inpatient treatment, or living in a treatment center for a period of time is highly recommended when an individual exhibits the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleeplessness
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Unpredictable or violent behavior
  • Dental problems such as rotting teeth and bad breath
  • Inability to function or feeling physically ill when not using the drug

Getting inpatient treatment for Meth addiction at a rehab center gives someone a higher chance of successfully beating their addiction than doing an outpatient programme.

What to expect during inpatient rehab and treatment

An inpatient Methamphetamine rehab and treatment program usually lasts at least 30 days. However, those with more serious dependence on the drug will be advised to stay for at least 60 to 90 days or even longer. The program will typically include the following steps:

  1. Assessment

In this first stage, the individual is assessed to determine the extent of the Meth addiction. From here, a personalized treatment plan is designed.

  1. Detoxification

In the detoxification stage, Meth is cleansed from the body. Due to the severe withdrawal symptoms, medical detoxification is used. If necessary, Anti-psychotic medication and Anti-depressants will be part of the detox.

  1. Therapy

Therapy is an integral part of the program; During this stage the causes of addiction are identified and healthier coping mechanisms are taught to prevent a relapse. Aside from individual therapy sessions, group therapy and family therapy may also be recommended.

Addiction education sessions are also included in the treatment program. These sessions are designed to teach more about addiction, especially how the brain is affected by drugs and how dependence and tolerance are formed. Effective methods of therapy incorporate both addiction education and lessons on how to prevent a relapse. Weekly drug tests may occur to ensure abstinence.

  1. Complementary support

Those who have had serious Meth addictions also have a high chance of having legal and financial problems. Rehab treatment centers offer support services to deal with social services and the justice system.

Life after rehab treatment

Completion of treatment doesn’t end when you leave the treatment facility. The transition from living under 24-hour support and supervision to living on your own again is crucial. To prepare for life after treatment, recovering addicts are asked to create a written exit plan where they identify their goals after treatment and how to achieve them. Goals will often include:

  • Finding a job or going back to school
  • Repairing relationships with friends and family
  • Finding a new place to live which is different from former environments
  • Continued therapy to deal with cravings or triggers if they occur


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