A 2017 study found that 1.10% of high school seniors reported using meth in their lifetime.
Much like caffeine, crystal meth is a stimulant drug, meaning that it causes an increase in energy. Unlike caffeine, however, the effects of crystal meth are extreme, dangerous, and intensely addictive. Meth, which is short for methamphetamine, comes in a few different forms, including powder. Crystal meth refers to the crystalline form of the drug. This version looks like rocks or chunks of ice, and users usually smoke it. Once smoked, crystal meth produces a happy, confident “high” feeling. Unfortunately, the high eventually leads to a crash. The energy that the drug provides is a false energy, and the user often finds him or herself even more exhausted than before. He or she may resort to using meth again to overcome the exhaustion, and thus begins a terrible and addictive cycle. A person who becomes addicted to crystal meth will not be able to overcome the addiction alone. This is where the first step to recovery comes in.
If you’re not sure where to start, Rehabinfo.com can help.
For those who have an addiction: You’re off to a great start simply by reading this page. Recovery starts with understanding that you need help. If you have family or friends that you can trust, let them know that you need help overcoming an addiction. If you don’t have someone to turn to, Rehabinfo.com can point you in the right direction. Start by calling 800-492-QUIT. We can help you from there.
For loved ones: Understand that it’s going to be hard for your friend or family member to reach out to you, so you’re going to have to reach out to them first. Find a way to gently but firmly confront your loved one and urge them to seek help. A family intervention may be a good option for you.
Withdrawal and Detox
The idea of withdrawal from crystal meth can be scary. Symptoms of meth withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even painful. Some withdrawal symptoms include:
- Excessive sleep
- Increased appetite
- Meth cravings
The good news is that you don’t have to go through withdrawal alone. Rehabinfo.com can point you or your loved one to a medical detox center. Although there are currently no approved medications for meth withdrawal, a medical detox center can provide comfort, support, and security. While in detox, you won’t risk relapse because you won’t be around your usual triggers.
It’s important to note, however, that meth withdrawal symptoms may not begin for 30-90 days after one stops using meth.
Crystal meth takes much longer than some other drugs to leave the system. Therefore, it can take longer for an individual to start experiencing meth withdrawal symptoms. This is why a traditional recovery plan that only lasts for 30 days will likely not work for someone who has a meth addiction. If you don’t experience withdrawal until after you graduate from a rehab program, you’re highly likely to relapse. This does not mean that you should give up. The good news is that you have other options. Some recovery programs last 60 or 90 days, and these can be much better choices for someone with a meth addiction. Some programs are specifically designed for those who use meth as opposed to other drugs.
Your recovery, or your loved one’s recovery, will not end after detox. After the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, the addicted individual should continue to receive treatment. Residential rehab provides one option. These programs last for 30 or more days. Again, longer programs will work better for those with meth addictions. They provide highly structured support. Outpatient rehab programs last longer than residential programs. They allow patients to recover in the comfort of their own homes, but they have less structure, and the patient will likely face many of his or her old triggers. Those who choose an outpatient program should make sure that they have a strong support network. Otherwise, a residential program will be a better choice.