Treatment of crystal meth addiction poses tremendous challenges of high dropout and relapse rates and ongoing episodes of psychosis, and severe cravings for the drug. At this time, there are no medication based treatments available. The most effective programs combine contingency management with cognitive behavioral therapy. Examination for co-occurring disorders is also necessary.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on helping the patient understand the role of substance abuse in his or her life and promotes the development of strategies in order to avoid addiction relapse. Treatment programs structured around a flexible, multi-tiered approach incorporating cognitive behavioral principles, individual and family counseling, education on the nature addiction and relapse prevention, participation in community support or self-help programs, and weekly, or more frequent testing, for drug use have been shown to have the highest success rates.
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Effects of Crystal Meth
Crystal Meth is a Schedule II manufactured stimulant, and a form of methamphetamine. It’s powerful, extremely addictive and its use can cause severe physiological and psychological dependence and addiction. It appears in chunks of clear crystals resembling ice or glass, and is odorless and colorless. Crystal Meth is usually smoked, but may also be inhaled or injected.
The effects of Crystal Meth resemble those of cocaine, but they last longer. Women often take crystal meth to facilitate rapid weight loss. However, the body builds up a tolerance to the drug, causing weight loss to decrease and eventually stop in about two months. Because of this, its highly addictive properties and the fact that any weight lost is then regained once the drug is no longer taken, crystal meth is not prescribed for weight loss.
Crystal Meth Addiction can result in:
- Appetite suppression
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Erratic and/or violent behavior
- Mood swings
- Brain damage
- Cracked teeth
- Heart arrhythmia
- High blood pressure
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Homicidal/suicidal thoughts,
Pregnant women who use crystal meth risk premature birth, or a child born with birth defect — heart defects and cleft palate among the most common.