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At FootPrints Behavioral Health Center, we’re committed to helping you complete methamphetamine detoxification and start your journey toward a drug-free lifestyle. During every phase of the withdrawal process, we support you in a medically supervised, residential environment designed to ease your symptoms, safeguard your physical and mental well-being, and rapidly address any complications or emergencies. With the benefit of our customized care, you have an excellent chance of meeting your detox goals.
What Are the Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal?
People addicted to methamphetamine undergo extensive changes in their normal brain chemistry. Essentially, these changes make the brain treat the presence of the drug as a “normal” situation. When meth use comes to a halt, the addicted brain no longer receives its expected supply of the drug, and responds by going into withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms typically found in methamphetamine users include:
- Muscle Tremors
- Unusually Agitated or Irritable Moods
- Unusually Anxious Moods
- Disturbed Sleeping Patterns
- Unusually High Sweat Production
- Sleep Disturbances
- Psychosis (Hallucination and/or Paranoia or Other Delusional Mental States) and
- An Intense Desire to Return to Meth Use
Some people experience particularly severe forms of these symptoms. You have higher chances of going through severe withdrawal if you have a history of frequent and/or heavy meth use, have a history of injecting the drug directly into your veins, are in generally poor physical health and/or have a history of combining methamphetamine with other drugs. Crucially, you also have higher chances of experiencing severe meth withdrawal symptoms if you don’t receive the support you need during the detoxification process.
Withdrawal from methamphetamine occurs when a chronic abuser stops taking the drug.
– National Institute on Drug Abuse
Medically Supervised Detox
In a medical supervised methamphetamine detox program, you receive monitoring and ongoing support from a range of licensed professionals, including doctors, mental health experts and nurses. Together, these professionals can help you get through the challenges of withdrawal and maximize your long-term chances of remaining drug-free. People who seek help in the early stages of their meth use may only need basic medical assistance during the detox process. However, people with longer histories of drug use commonly require the use of medications to ease their symptoms and help them avoid relapsing back into active meth consumption.
Why You Shouldn’t Detox at Home
Compared to the withdrawal symptoms that can affect users of certain other substances (particularly alcohol and benzodiazepine tranquilizers), the symptoms of meth withdrawal in the average person can be relatively mild. Because of this fact, you may feel tempted to go through the detoxification process at home, with our without the use of a home detox kit. However, for several reasons, people who try to go through detox on their own have lower chances of experiencing successful outcomes, and may also seriously endanger their health and well-being.
One of the most important reasons for detoxing in a properly supervised environment is the unpredictable nature of meth withdrawal. Simply put, no one can tell in advance if they will experience severe physical symptoms that make the detox process highly uncomfortable. In addition, no one can tell for sure if they will experience severe symptoms of anxiety, depression or psychosis.
In cases of psychosis and depression, in particular, this uncertainty can lead to some highly dangerous situations, including acts of violence toward others and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. People withdrawing from methamphetamine on their own may also have a very difficult time resisting the intense urges to abandon their detox attempt and return to active use of the drug. Finally, at-home detox will not provide the support needed by individuals who also use other drugs or have co-existing problems with mental illness.
Medications Used During Meth Detox
There are no medications on the market specifically approved by the FDA to help people going through methamphetamineM withdrawal. Despite this fact, several medications may play an important role in the detox process. The type of medicine used depends on the type of symptoms present in the individual. For example, if you experience symptoms of meth-related psychosis during detoxification, you may temporarily receive a treatment such as quetiapine (Seroquel) or risperidone (Risperdal). If you experience symptoms of depression, you may temporarily receive an SSRI or some other type of antidepressant. If you develop serious anxiety, you may temporarily receive a sedative hypnotic or anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) medication.
Our Detox Program
Drug detox can take place on an outpatient basis or a residential basis. At FootPrints BHC, we specialize in residential detox provided in a medically supervised setting. This approach gives us the ability to continually monitor your progress during each step of methamphetamine withdrawal. It also gives us the ability to quickly note the development of any complications and provide you with appropriate treatment before your condition worsens. In addition, our residential, medically supervised approach helps you avoid relapsing back into meth consumption and sets the stage for your ongoing recovery from drug use.
Your enrollment in our detox program begins with a complete medical assessment designed to give us a full understanding of your physical and mental health. Along with additional input from you and your family members, we’ll use this assessment to create a detox plan that uniquely fits your personal circumstances and prepares you for long-term success. To speak with one of our counselors about further details of our meth detox program, call us at (866) 623-1526.
Support From Your loved Ones
Years of research show that it’s easier to halt the use of methamphetamine and other drugs when you receive ample support from your family, friends and other loved ones. In fact, the development of a strong support network may sometimes be a deciding factor in your ability to achieve your goals during the detox process. With this in mind, we make sure that you have plenty of time to access your network of loved while enrolled in our program.
Where Does Detox Fit Into the Recovery Process?
Detoxification is an essential preparatory stage for anyone seeking to break the cycle of methamphetamine abuse or addiction. However, the end of the detox process only marks the beginning of the effort needed to establish an enduring meth-free lifestyle. After completing detox, the next step is enrollment in a suitable substance treatment program. Core goals of this type of program include learning why you started using the drug in the first place, learning how to change the underlying behavioral factors that make future drug consumption more likely and learning practical methods to cope with the day-to-day urges to start using meth again.
At FootPrints BHC, we maintain a full slate of options for substance treatment, including day treatment, an intensive outpatient program and residential treatment. In all three of these program environments, you will receive access to vital treatment resources such as individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy. You will also have the opportunity to participate in life skills classes, classes that explain the physical and mental effects of meth abuse and addiction, and classes that show you how to avoid drug relapses and sustain long-term abstinence.
Affording Your Care
Not everyone has the financial resources to easily afford enrollment in a substance detox program. This may be especially true for people severely affected by dependence and addiction, since they may need more involved forms of care or need to stay in treatment for longer periods of time. In many cases, an insurance plan will cover all, most or some of the cost of methamphetamine detox. However, if your insurance doesn’t provide adequate coverage, we can offer you assistance in the form of several financing options designed to help you pay for care without experiencing any severe economic hardships.
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