With so much (highly justifiable) attention to the opioid crisis in the United States, a methamphetamine crisis has been steadily gaining steam across the nation. Meth is a powerful made-made stimulant that impacts the central nervous system and creates intense feelings of euphoria. Because of its potency, meth use can rapidly result in dependency and addiction. Reports indicate that meth has surpassed cocaine and heroin use combined to become the most commonly used hard drug worldwide. In the United States, overdose deaths linked to meth use have increased at unprecedented rates in recent years. For most meth users, participation in a meth addiction treatment program is the only way to break the addiction cycle successfully.
At Westwind Recovery®, we offer a range of treatment options designed to meet you where you are. Whether you have recently begun using meth and want to avoid becoming addicted or have already crossed that line, help is available in our meth addiction treatment program. Call us at 855.340.8832 to learn more.
Recognizing the Physical Signs of Meth Withdrawal
By the time many users have acknowledged that they have a problem, they cannot overcome meth withdrawal symptoms independently. Recreational users will experience a crash after they stop using meth, which can last for several days, while addicted users will have withdrawal symptoms that can last for several weeks. Meth withdrawal symptoms are physically and psychologically painful and debilitating. The desire to avoid withdrawal symptoms usually perpetuates the cycle of addiction, even when a person wants to quit.
The symptoms of meth withdrawal can vary from person to person. The amount of time a person has used meth, the frequency of use, the amount used, whether or not they used other drugs in conjunction with meth, and how they used the drug all contribute to the severity and length of withdrawal. For example, individuals who inject meth will have a more difficult withdrawal than those who smoke or snort it.
The typical physical signs of meth withdrawal commonly include:
- Increased appetite
- Stomach ache
- Excessive sweating
These physical symptoms usually peak two and three days after the last use and subside after about a week. However, the psychological symptoms can last for multiple weeks, and depression can persist for several months or longer. These psychological symptoms can include:
- Agitation and mood swings
- Paranoia and hallucinations
- Loss of motivation
- Sleep disturbances
- Drug cravings
While you may feel hesitant to detox so you can avoid these symptoms, the alternative can be deadly. At Westwind Recovery®, the goal of our medically supervised drug and alcohol rehab center is to make all of our clients as safe and comfortable as possible. We will evaluate your needs, get you stabilized, and work closely with you as you transition from detox to our meth addiction treatment program.
What to Expect in a Meth Addiction Treatment Program
At Westwind Recovery®, we utilize evidence-based treatments for meth addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. After a successful detox, clients transition to our meth addiction treatment program to uncover the causes of their addiction. Because addiction is a disease that impacts a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, we offer comprehensive, holistic addiction and mental health treatment options, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- EMDR therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Spiritual care and mindfulness practices
- Physical and nutritional health counseling
In addition to individual therapy, group therapy is a critical component to care, as it provides the opportunity to improve communication skills while giving and receiving peer support. Making connections with others who have similar experiences and face similar challenges drastically enhances the therapeutic process.
Contact Westwind Recovery® for Meth Addiction Treatment
The withdrawal symptoms of meth addiction can make you feel trapped, even when you want to quit. The meth addiction treatment program at Westwind Recovery® can help you safely detox, find the path to long-term recovery, and learn how to prevent relapse. Our goal is to provide our clients with the tools they need to live a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life of recovery. Contact us at 855.340.8832 to begin your recovery today.
Dr. Deena is the Chief Clinical Officer of Westwind Recovery®, an award-winning outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles where she oversees the clinical and administrative program and treatment methods. Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. LCSW #20628. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena has worked running treatment centers, worked as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals as well as school settings and currently has a thriving private practice in the LA area. Dr. Deena has appeared regularly on the Dr. Phil Show as an expert since 2003. She has also been featured on many other TV shows, podcasts and has contributed to written publications as well as podcasts.