Rehabilitation For Meth Addicts

by erin on December 21, 2011

The need for meth rehab has increased and it has been rising for at least 10 to 15 years. The care of addicts has been threatened by deep cuts to bloated state and local governments during the past few years. Further, insurance is more difficult to obtain and for the young in particular. Those looking for treatment will have to be more proactive than they needed to be just a few short years ago.

Military Use

The use of methamphetamine’s causes significant damage to human tissue. It produces inflammation in the lining of the heart-muscle, increasing the risk for heart attack and slowly destroys the tiny blood vessels in the brain, which increases the stroke risk. It became widely used during the Second World War during which time, Germany and Japan prescribed it to their soldiers to enhance their endurance, alertness and ability to remain awake for days at a time.

Emotional Addiction

When the meth crisis first emerged, therapists soon learned that rehabilitation would have to involve more than simply addressing the pharmacological effects of the drug itself. Methamphetamine’s is a notorious “lifestyle drug”, which is not partaken by isolate individuals so much as by close-knit “tribes” with each member becoming as attracted to this drug culture as to the drug itself.

Negative Social Bond

For treatment to have lasting impact, it is advisable to physically move the patient out of town, beyond the reach of his or her drug culture. The social reinforcement needs to be addressed just as much as the withdrawal from the drug. Otherwise, experience has shown that progress will be slow and relapse highly probable.

Types of Therapy

Individual treatment is the best device for finding out the patient’s core reasons for being so disastrously drawn to methamphetamine’s. While each person is different, the range of possibilities is somewhat common to all addicts. Lack of self-respect, compulsiveness, a general fear of life and an excessive need to please others are some of these reasons. By contrast, group therapy, which continues in the after-care stage, is the best device for identifying those events in life that might trigger a desire for the drug.

This program of therapy, loosely described, has a fine chance of breaking the addiction to this pernicious drug. Help is out there as long as the abuser is ready to search it out. Meth rehab stands ready to turn lives around that once might have seemed beyond hope. It’s important to follow through with aftercare after attending meth rehab. Aftercare can involve group meth group counseling or one on one counseling.

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