Crystal meth is one of the most dangerous and devastating drugs a person can abuse. Using meth can lead to a true deterioration of a person’s body, mind, relationships, and financial well being. Methamphetamines wreck havoc on the mind, causing paranoid delusions, extreme mood swings, and irrational thoughts that can make it impossible for a person to function in life. When someone is addicted to meth, they may very well feel very hopeless about their future. The nature of the drug is to cause major mood swings, and the state one’s life falls into when they are addicted to crystal meth often leads to feelings of anger and sadness. The good news is that recovery is completely possible. Just because a person is struggling with meth does not mean they are doomed to live a terrible life of addiction. In fact, detox programs have helped thousands of addicts find their way back to health and led them to lead happy and healthy lives.
Different Types of Detox
Detoxing from crystal meth means getting the drug completely out of your system. It can take months to completely detox from crystal meth, but the strongest symptoms and discomfort associated with detox will take about ten days. Some people detox on their own or stay home and attend an outpatient detox center. In certain cases, depending on lifestyle, this may be the best option, but for most crystal meth addicts, an inpatient program is the best option because the process of detoxing can initially be very uncomfortable and the temptation to relapse during this time may be very strong.
Sensations During Initial Detox
In the initial phases of detox, an addict experiences very strong symptoms, which, while generally not dangerous, can be difficult to work through without support. Depression, anxiety, hallucinations, and aches and pains are a few of the side effects common among people detoxing. The good news is that a detox facility is readily equipped to manage any of the symptoms that occur during this phase. Doctors and therapists can manage any physical symptoms and also help patients work through severe psychological issues. In short, the team at a detox facility guides an addict across the bridge from using to becoming clean.
Once a person has worked through the initial stages of detoxing, they may experience less severe symptoms of withdrawal for a month or two. These symptoms can include over or under sleeping, problems with appetite, and impulses to use. For this reason, a detox support team is also very helpful in the months following initial detox. A recovering addict may transition to outpatient treatment if they originally detoxed in an inpatient program. They will likely meet with therapists who will help them find ways to manage their cravings and deal with feelings of sadness or anxiety.
The Road to Recovery
Once the dangerous drugs are out of a person’s body and mind, they can truly begin to work toward regaining their lives. It is impossible, while under the influence of crystal meth, to make the decisions and do the self reflection necessary to end addiction. As an addict reclaims their mental clarity, they will be able to identify the ways they can work to cultivate balance and productivity. Free from the binds of the drug, an addict will be able to see life as more than simply one attempt to get drugs after another. What once seemed impossible - holding down a job or having meaningful relationships, will become completely doable. By ridding the body of crystal meth with the help of a team, an addict can truly become themselves again.
Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.