Methamphetamine is a highly potent synthetic stimulant drug substance. Once an individual has fallen into the trap of meth abuse, tolerance, dependence, and addiction, it can be extremely difficult for them to successfully recover–unless they receive professional help and rehabilitation treatment. Fortunately, it is possible to fully and permanently recover from meth addiction, and it begins with understanding this condition.
Understanding Meth Addiction
Regardless of the exact, specific reason for why an individual begins to use meth, such as peer pressure or work-related stress, it is usually the drug’s stimulating and euphoric effects that they find attractive. As is the case with many other stimulant drug substances, meth is often used in a pattern where more and more is taken over a very short period of time in order to prevent against the sensation of “coming down” off the desired high. Unfortunately, this is a game the individual cannot hope to win, as eventually the body will no longer react to the presence of meth or cause the individual to experience any desirable effects as a result of meth use, and the individual will crash–often for several days–while their body struggles to recover.
An individual who is using meth will often experience confusion, violence, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, delusions, malnutrition, severe tooth decay, skin sores, memory loss, cognitive impairments, motor impairments, an increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease and heart failure, among other things. These conditions obviously being uncomfortable and undesirable, the individual often looks to meth as a solution–compulsively continuing their drug use despite the damaging effects it is causing to their health and life. Meth addiction is characterized by the individual’s inability to stop their meth use, their intense cravings for meth, their increased meth use, their increased meth tolerance, their dropped responsibilities at home, work, and school as a result of meth use, their use of meth in dangerous situations, their experience of withdrawal symptoms, and more. These are clear indications that the individual needs addiction treatment as soon as possible.
Meth Addiction Recovery
One of the reasons that recovery from meth addiction is so difficult is because of the withdrawal symptoms the addicted individual experiences when they reduce or stop their meth use. Some of these symptoms include:
- Increased appetite
- Sleep pattern disruption
- Vivid, unpleasant dreams
- Suicidal thoughts
- Intense cravings for meth
When these symptoms occur, the individual can feel that the only solution is to use more meth and relieve these symptoms. They need professional help and support in order to safely and fully withdraw and detox from meth and begin working toward their full recovery. This includes thoroughly addressing and resolving all of the physical, mental and emotional causes and effects of meth use. During this process, the individual will need to determine what caused them to turn to meth use in the first place, and take responsibility not only for their decision to use meth but also the resultant effects of their meth use. They will also need to learn the life skills necessary to cope with difficulties in the future without returning to meth or other drug use. Obviously, this includes recognizing and handling any potential relapse triggers and changing as necessary their life patterns, routines, environments, and activities so as to avoid those things that condone or encourage any sort of drug use.
Achieving Full Recovery
At Narconon Freedom Center, individuals can achieve full recovery from meth addiction through a course of holistic treatment that empowers them to take back control of their life and their future. This is not to say that recovery from meth addiction is either fast or easy, and depending on the length and extent of the individual’s meth use it may take some time for them to complete their full recovery program. However, the fact is that full recovery is possible, and it is available to those who are willing to work hard and achieve it.