Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment and Therapy

The most effective programs are individualized and tailored to the unique circumstances of the patient. Examination for co-occurring disorders is also needed. Methamphetamine addiction treatment poses tremendous challenges because of the high dropout and relapse rates, ongoing episodes of psychosis, and severe cravings for the drug. At this time, there are no medication- based treatments available. The most successful programs combine contingency management with cognitive behavioral therapy.

The underlying principle of contingency management is that a specified behavior is more likely to be repeated when immediately rewarded. Studies show that participants receiving rewards for achieving certain goals, such as drug abstinence, produce a more consistent pattern of negative urinalysis samples over a longer period while in the program.

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.

If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for Methamphetamine addiction, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.

The Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II manufactured stimulant that is powerful and extremely addictive. Its use can cause severe physiological and psychological dependence and addiction. Methamphetamine appears in chunks of clear crystals resembling ice or glass, and is odorless and colorless. It’s usually smoked, but may also be inhaled or injected.

The effects of methamphetamine resemble those of cocaine, but last longer. Women often take methamphetamine to facilitate rapid weight loss — however, the body builds up tolerance to the drug, causing weight loss to decrease and stop about two months after its use. Because of this, its highly addict properties and the fact that the weight lost is regained once the drug is no longer taken, methamphetamine is not prescribed for weight loss.

Methamphetamine addiction can result in both physical and behavioral problems. Among the behavioral problems:

  • Appetite suppression
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Erratic and/or violent behavior
  • Mood swings

Physical problems include:

  • Brain damage
  • Convulsions
  • Cracked teeth
  • Death
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Stroke
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Tremors

Psychological problems include:

  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Homicidal/suicidal thoughts,
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

Pregnant women who use methamphetamine risk premature birth, or their child being born with birth defects — heart defects and cleft palate among the most common.