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Know Before You Go: 4 Stages of Meth Rehab

10.4 million Americans have tried crystal meth at least once. 1.3 million people have used it in the last 12 months. 512,000 have used it in the last four weeks. Highly addictive and equally destructive, this drug destroys millions of lives every day.

Most people need help to overcome a meth addiction, but seeking treatment can be intimidating or even terrifying. In the end, however, going through a professional rehab program doubles your chances of staying drug-free over the first two years of recovery.

Instead of letting a fear of the unknown keep you shackled to addiction, let’s go over each stage of the process and what to expect from your meth rehab program.

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Step 1: Assessment and Planning

Before treatment begins, you’ll sit down with a counselor and answer a lot of questions about your own experience with addiction. They’ll use your answers to establish a recovery plan that’s specifically tailored to meet your needs. Essentially, this is the paperwork step. As boring and time consuming as it may seem, try to remember that your responses help treatment providers gain valuable insight into how they can best help you.

Step 2: Detox

The next step is to remove the drugs from your system – otherwise known as “detox.” Let’s not sugarcoat things; the detox phase is a tough one. This process includes both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms – many of which can cause serious health problems. For that reason, an in-patient facility with 24/7 medical supervision is always recommended.

Withdrawal symptoms that occur when kicking meth include:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Chills and fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory issues
  • Strong cravings
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Typically, withdrawal symptoms start within a few hours of your last use, then peak in intensity after a few days.

Step 3: Change and Growth

While detox focuses on the physical aspects of your addiction, this step moves on to the emotional, psychological and mental aspects. Individual, group and family therapy can help you understand why you started using in the first place.

When it comes to treating this aspect of meth addiction, rehab facilities have seen great success with psychotherapy – also known as “talk therapy.” It teaches you new strategies and gives you the tools to deal with stress, unhealthy thoughts and harmful behaviors. In addition to talk therapy, you’ll receive education about addiction, learn about tolerance and discover how the brain interacts with drugs. You’ll also be provided with (or referred to) support services specific to your recovery needs.

When it comes to treating this aspect of meth addiction, rehab facilities have seen great success with psychotherapy – also known as “talk therapy.”

Step 4: Follow-Up

Transitioning from around-the-clock services and support back into “the real world” can be extremely difficult. Once you leave rehab, you’ll be referred for additional services designed to continue the support you need. The follow-up step usually includes organizations and programs that help with finding employment, furthering education, obtaining housing and managing finances.

Before leaving rehab, you’ll work with a counselor to develop a solid relapse prevention plan. Putting that plan into motion once home will help you successfully navigate triggers, cravings and tempting environments. Combined with other support resources, this plan will help keep your feet firmly planted on the recovery path.

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Additional Reading:   Learning to Live (and Love) Without Crystal Meth


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