Overcome Meth Withdrawal at Changes Healing Center
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For many people, meth detox is the first step to overcoming methamphetamine addiction. Professional detox services help you get off of meth safely and effectively, with less discomfort and risk of relapse. After detox, meth addiction treatment is recommended for continued sobriety. So, what should you know?
This article will discuss what to expect during meth withdrawal, including common symptoms and the next steps to take in recovery from meth use.
First, let’s go over some facts about meth addiction and withdrawal. Then, we’ll talk about how Changes Healing Center can help both with detox from meth and lasting recovery after the initial withdrawal period.
About Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive stimulant drug. It can be snorted, smoked, swallowed, or injected. Crystal meth is a variation of meth that looks like shiny, clear, blue, or white colored rocks or glass. Regardless of its form, the high from meth comes on and wears off quickly. Most people are drawn to effects such as increased energy and euphoria when using the drug.
One of the most important things to remember about drug abuse in any form is that it does not discriminate and can impact anyone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 500 people in the United States try meth for the first time daily.
Meth abuse comes with short and long-term health effects and other consequences. These impacts can be lifelong, even if you stop using them. Risks of meth use include but aren’t limited to the following:
• Brain damage and changes in cognitive function
• An increased risk of illness, infection, and death
• Itchy skin, which may result in sores or scabs
• Dental problems, including tooth loss
• Job loss or problems at work
• Legal and financial problems
The withdrawal process usually starts quickly when you go through crystal meth detox. In a typical meth withdrawal timeline, withdrawal symptoms will begin within as little as a few hours after your last time using.
Meth Withdrawal: Symptoms and Stages
Withdrawal symptoms from some other drugs can be life-threatening, especially if a person discontinues a substance abruptly. The good news about methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms is that they are rarely life-threatening.
However, this does not mean that the meth withdrawal process is not challenging.
Meth withdrawal can come with both mental and physical symptoms. Let’s talk about what they are, and then, the stages of detox from meth that you can expect when you or a loved one go through the process.
Physical meth withdrawal symptoms may include but aren’t limited to the following:
- Abdominal cramping
- Increased appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Tremors or shaking
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight gain
- Low energy
Psychological meth withdrawal symptoms may include but aren’t limited to the following:
- Loss of ability to feel pleasure or enjoyment
- Intense cravings for meth
- Severe depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
The Acute Phase of Meth Withdrawal
The acute phase of methamphetamine withdrawal begins within 24 hours of the last time you use amphetamines and ends at around 7-10 days of abstinence. This is the initial stage of the meth detox process, where you’ll generally experience the most severe meth withdrawal symptoms.
Usually, most meth users enter detox programs during or before the acute withdrawal phase because it is when withdrawal symptoms require the most immediate attention.
Post-Acute Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Post-acute withdrawal starts when the initial and most severe symptoms of withdrawal end. This part of the methamphetamine withdrawal process can be long-term, but it almost always peaks within the first year of sobriety.
Symptoms like drug cravings and severe depression are usually the ones most likely to continue on a prolonged basis when it comes to meth withdrawal.
How Detox Helps With Methamphetamine Withdrawal
Medical supervision can be critical during the meth withdrawal process. First, access to medical professionals can be vital for your safety during the meth detox process, especially if symptom severity is high. How much meth you used prior to detox and other factors may influence the severity of your personal meth withdrawal symptoms.
Medical support can ease withdrawal symptoms that may be dangerous if they are not properly addressed. Staff at a detox center can also help you through psychological symptoms, such as intense drug cravings, depression and anxiety, or mood swings, that could make it difficult to achieve sobriety otherwise.
In some cases, FDA-approved medications may be used to treat meth addiction. These often include medications with mild stimulant properties like Modafinil, known to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Our Withdrawal Management Services
Changes Healing Center offers sub-acute detox services for those with more minor symptoms. We can refer you to another medical detox center or program nearby if you require more supervision and support during detox. Some of our clients attend inpatient detox elsewhere for a few weeks before they take the next steps and enter one of our addiction treatment programs.
Post-Detox: Next Steps
After medical detox, it is time to move on to the next stage of the recovery process. Getting further treatment beyond the initial detox process is crucial because it allows you to work through the underlying factors that influence substance abuse and do the work necessary for long-term sobriety.
When you go to treatment for crystal meth addiction, you’ll learn coping skills, build new patterns, and work on ways to navigate triggers in everyday life. You will also prepare for your new sober life after treatment in other ways by working through things like establishing occupational and educational goals, relationship problems that may have come up due to addiction, and more.
It’s all about what matters in your life. Our treatment center addresses every client as an individual and will work with you to develop an individualized care plan informed by your history and current needs. There’s life beyond crystal meth withdrawal, and treatment is here to help you find success.
Meth Addiction Treatment Options
Multiple treatment programs or levels of care are available to those with methamphetamine addiction at our drug rehab center in Arizona. Each substance abuse program has unique features and requires a different time commitment, which may make one more or less suitable for you, depending on your current treatment needs. These exist in addition to our meth detox services.
Clients at Changes Healing Center often start with the highest level of care and use a step-down approach, though not always. Many clients start with inpatient rehab to treat crystal meth addiction and move on to outpatient treatment options afterward to support long-term recovery.
Let’s discuss the programs available at our treatment facility and how they can help you.
Our Inpatient Rehab Program at Changes Healing Center
Inpatient rehab allows you to fully immerse yourself in recovery, making it an ideal fit and first choice for most people getting help for substance use disorders. In inpatient treatment, you’ll eat, sleep, and live on-site for the duration of your program, which will most often last around 30-90 days.
You will have a full daily schedule of behavioral therapies, groups, recreation, and other activities that support long-term addiction recovery.
Partial Hospitalization or PHP
Our partial hospitalization programs (PHP) entail going to your treatment center throughout the week for individual therapy, groups, and other services but returning home or to other living arrangements at the end of the day.
Since it is the most intensive form of outpatient care, PHP clients can expect to commute to their treatment center on most business days for the duration of their program. PHP is ideal for those who need comprehensive treatment but do not require 24/7 supervision.
It can be an initial form of treatment or a step-down form of care for those ready to transition out of inpatient care.
Intensive Outpatient or IOP at Changes
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are similar to PHP but require fewer weekly treatment hours. IOP is highly flexible and most suitable for those with minor symptoms and external obligations to tend to outside of treatment, like work or school.
Commonly, IOP is used as a step-down form of care for those ready to transition out of inpatient or PHP, but like PHP, it can be an initial form of treatment when applicable.
How Changes Healing Center Helps Clients Maintain Recovery
Our trained professionals are here to help you achieve lasting recovery through multiple addiction treatment options and comprehensive programs. Changes Healing Center helps clients create an aftercare or relapse prevention plan before they leave treatment to aid recovery maintenance.
Similar to how detox treatment alone does not address the underlying factors of addiction and should generally be used as a precursor to drug rehab, support groups, or other resources, it’s essential to leave treatment knowing how to set yourself up for success.
Our alumni program and resources are available to clients who have finished one or more of our programs. These will help you remain connected to a strong support system and have the tools you need when triggers or challenges emerge in everyday life post-treatment.
What Makes Changes to the Healing Center Unique?
In addition to offering multiple levels of care to ensure that all of the best treatment options are available to our clients and providing extensive aftercare opportunities, there are so many things that set Changes Healing Center apart.
Whether you’re seeking help for drug addiction for yourself or a loved one, here are just a few reasons to choose Change Healing Center.
Insurance and Admissions
Historically, finding meth detox and treatment may have been stressful or challenging. Changes Healing Center strives to make it easy. We provide free, confidential intake assessments that’ll help us better understand your treatment needs before you enter one of our programs. Then, we’ll help you decide on a treatment path. For example, meth detox is followed by standard inpatient care.
Changes Healing Center accepts most forms of health insurance, including AHCCCS insurance. Our team can verify your insurance coverage for meth detox and treatment in as little as a few minutes.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
It is common for methamphetamine users and those with other substance use disorders to experience at least one or more co-occurring mental health conditions. Our experienced medical and mental health professionals are equipped to address challenges that might co-occur with meth use, such as depression and anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and other concerns.
For those with sleep disorders, or who experience severe depression, dual diagnosis treatment alongside meth detox can prove particularly effective.
Seeking treatment at a facility like Changes Healing Center can be a game-changer for those with co-occurring concerns, regardless of the type, because it helps you address underlying concerns that may have contributed to repeated meth use in the first place.
We aim to help you reach a place of whole-person healing and build a life you love after addiction. Changes Healing Center uses a mixture of evidence-based traditional and holistic treatments to treat addiction and co-occurring concerns.
With your input, we will adjust treatments as needed throughout the course of your stay if needed.
Get Meth Detox and Treatment at Changes Healing Center
If you’re ready to get help for symptoms of meth withdrawal and overcome drug abuse, contact Changes Healing Center today. When you reach out, we can discuss meth detox and other treatment options with you, verify your health insurance coverage, or answer any questions about getting help for meth abuse.
Contact the confidential admissions line on our website to get in touch. All calls are confidential, so please reach out for support now!