Crystal meth, also known as methamphetamine
, is a psychostimulant of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs that effects the central nervous system. Crystal meth is also known by the names of speed, ice, chalk and others. Crystal meth
is commonly used as a recreational drug for its effects of euphoria, high energy and high confidence. Crystal meth is highly addictive and abuse can lead to addiction, currently there are over 1 million crystal meth addicts in the United States of America who require rehab. Crystal meth rehab is possible and prevalent across most of the world. Sudden abstinence from crystal meth can cause the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Increased Appetite
- Deep REM sleep
- Possible seizures
Crystal meth is known to be one of the hardest drugs to quit but recovery
is possible. Crystal meth tends to stay in the body for a longer period than other drugs and recovery can take more than a year for heavy users to fully recover.
It is recommended to check into an addiction treatment center
when attempting to quit crystal meth. In-patient crystal meth rehab removes the user from their environment and old behavioral patterns which is required for successful recovery. Rehab also serves the function of monitoring the user in early recovery when relapse is most likely.
Crystal meth rehab starts off with the detoxification process. Detox
means the removing of crystal meth from the user's system. The cycle of quitting, going into withdrawals and then relapsing rapidly is common when user's attempt to go cold turkey without any medical supervision due to the severity of the withdrawal process. There is no official protocol for crystal meth detox specifically however it is recommended to go through the process under medical care and attention. Doctors in a rehab can prescribe non-addictive drugs to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and avoid any risks to permanent health.
After the majority of the withdrawal symptoms have alleviated it is recommended that the user enroll in a residential treatment center
and participate in therapy. Therapy allows the user to identify, address and resolve any emotional issues and/or mental disorders which are normally underlying issues to the using of crystal meth in the first place. Therapy is useful for creating a stronger base for the user to live a life of recovery. Through the rehab and therapy a user will be taught skills for relapse prevention. These act as a general guide on how to live outside of the rehab in a healthy manner without using or relapse.
Throughout their stay in rehab, they will most likely have the opportunity to attend 12 Step Meetings in the local community. The two most relevant groups are Crystal Meth Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous; these are support groups for those abstaining from crystal meth and all other mind altering substances. Members come together to share the experiences, strength and hope. Regular attendance at meetings can help any crystal meth user to a path of recovery during and after rehab