Part of the process of recovering from crystal meth addiction involves crystal meth detox which can be a bit different from quitting other drugs that are just as hard. Crystal meth detox is a challenging process even though it may not be physically addictive for certain users. However it is still much safer when done under the supervision of trained professionals at a detox facility. Addicts who attempt to recover from meth addiction on their own often fail. Cravings can get intense, causing meth addicts to scavenge for another fix even when they realize that the drug is negatively impacting their life.
Crystal meth use can diminish a person’s health and destroy their relationships quickly. This can tear families apart and cause the addict to lose their job or drop out of school. With crystal meth addicts their primary goal becomes attaining more meth. Along with these cravings come delusion, paranoia and various poor choices that can lead to time in prison or worse. Crystal meth detox programs can provide patients with a way to overcome their dependence on crystal meth. This is done by allowing the user to rid their body of the harmful toxins from crystal meth and follow up with counseling and therapy.
One of the main focuses of crystal meth detox is the stabilization process which is crucial before any other treatment can be effectively done. When crystal meth addicts first enter detox programs they are physically and mentally unbalanced but detox helps to solve those issues before they move forward in treatment. Medication may be prescribed in some cases by a consulting physician to help users cope with withdrawal symptoms and to ensure the safety of the patient which transitioning into a state of sobriety. Crystal meth detox should never be attempted alone.
During crystal meth detox common symptoms patients may experience include agitation, fatigue, hallucinations, inability to concentrate, aches and pains, sleeping issues, mood swings, depression, irritability and drug cravings. Users will experience many symptoms in the first week or two in detox but afterwards they will begin to feel better and regain the ability to think clearly. Many recovering addicts may believe that they can control their meth use during this stage, but quickly fall back into addiction upon trying to control their use. This is why it is important to stick with the treatment even after the symptoms go away.
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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.