Crystal Meth Rehab
Crystal methamphetamine, or “crystal” or “ice,” isn’t the most popular illicit drug available in the United States. In fact, even after experts tinkered with the wording of questions provided in the annual Monitoring the Future Study in 1999, hoping to discover instances of meth abuse that had been left out of earlier studies, the total number of users of this drug still didn’t top 5 percent. It’s just not a drug that most people feel comfortable taking on a regular basis.
But those who do take this drug may find that they’re sucked into a world of addiction with amazing speed. That’s because this drug is capable of producing a huge burst of euphoria in almost no time at all, and people who feel that euphoria are desperate to feel it again, and so they take more and more. Each binging episode like this damages the brain, making it dependent on the drug. In time, people feel as though they’re on a speeding train of addiction, with absolutely no control over where they’re headed and what might happen when they get there. Rehab is designed to stop that train, giving people control over their lives once more.
Therapies Provided in Meth Rehab
There are no specific medications that have been designed to cure an addiction to crystal methamphetamine. No lotions, potions or pills can amend the damage the drug has done to the cells of the brain, and no tinctures or medications can obliterate the cravings people might feel. But people can recover from this addiction by participating in heavy-duty talk-therapy sessions.
In traditional crystal meth rehab sessions, clients are encouraged to think about why they started using meth, and what they might do in the future when they’re tempted to use the drug again. There are a number of different therapies that can bring these kinds of insights about, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Family therapy
- Relapse-prevention therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Head-to-head studies of these different types of therapies rarely demonstrate the superiority of one technique over another. For example, in a study in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers compared the effectiveness of CBT and ACT and found very few differences in people with meth addiction. Either form of therapy seemed capable of reducing a feeling of dependence in addicted people.
There are some people, however, who do need a specialized form of therapy in order to heal. People who have addictions complicated by mental illness, for example, might need therapies that incorporate addiction techniques as well as mental health techniques. People like this can certainly learn to conquer their crystal meth addictions, but they might need specialized forms of care in order to make a full recovery. For example, a study in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Practice suggests that people with both addictions to meth and borderline personality disorder often benefit from a modified form of CBT known as dialectical behavior therapy. This form of interaction respects the amended thought patterns that can come with borderline personality disorder, and this technique can deliver results not seen when other forms of therapy are used.
How Meth Rehab Works
In a well-structured program, clients are provided with a thorough assessment at the beginning of the recovery process, so clinicians can spot any underlying mental health concerns that might impact recovery.
Then, a treatment program is devised that includes one-on-one therapy, group therapy, alternative therapies, support group work and more. This plan is evaluated regularly, depending on the progress the person makes in the program.
As people gain control and feel more comfortable in sobriety, they might begin to transition out of intensive forms of care. Those in inpatient programs might move home, for example, while those in outpatient programs might see therapists less frequently during the week. In time, clients might lean only on their support groups to keep their urges in check.
There’s no set timeframe for a recovery from a crystal meth addiction, as some people tend to move through the steps a little faster than others. But according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the intensive portion of the program should last for at least 90 days. Programs that are completed quicker aren’t really considered effective.
If you’d like to know more about how we treat crystal meth addictions at Axis, we’re here to help. Just call, and our operators will tell you more about our assessment process, our medical supervision capabilities and our therapeutic credentials. We can even tell you more about how to enroll for care. We’re always available to talk, so please call now.