To say that meth is incredibly addictive is an understatement. The chemical reactions that the drug causes in your brain make you feel like you have limitless energy. This may cause you to become hyperactive and remain awake for long periods of time, and believe you can do anything… until you may simply keel over from utter exhaustion.Why does this happen? Well, all of that energy has to come from somewhere, and meth deplete all of your energy reserves to keep you going until there’s nothing left.
But perhaps the worst part is that doing meth lowers the amount of dopamine that your brain produces. Since dopamine makes you feel good, when you come off of your meth high you feel awful. The negative result is that your brain won’t be able to function normally for a while. Depending on the severity of your addiction, this could last anywhere from a few days to several months. Thus, why it’s so important to look into meth rehab centers if you or someone you know is considering trying to get clean.Read more about methamphetamine abuse and Meth Addiction Treatment
Treatment Available at Meth Rehab Centers
Meth isn’t like other drugs. When users get high, their senses are heightened to the level that they can become very aware of specific sounds, smells, textures, and so on. In a sober and natural state, these things become triggers that can cause the addict to crave meth and want to get high.Because of this, purging it from your system and staying clean require different techniques. What kinds of techniques? At first glance, many don’t seem all that different from other treatment programs.
Typical meth rehab centers have treatments that involve getting addicts to talk about their experiences and become educated about how meth affects our bodies and minds. This can occur both in small groups and one-on-one with professionals, which is also common for other drugs, and a lot of time is spent working on coping mechanisms.The difference comes back to those triggers. Meth addicts need to be taught that the way that they think about things can cause them to feel and act in specific ways—but if they recognize what their triggers are and plan for them, they can learn to think differently about them.
In addition to this struggle, meth addicts have to be ready for “the wall.” For some reason, meth addicts tend to experience physiological changes like psychosis or sudden violent urges somewhere between 45 and 120 days into their treatment according to a study by University of Nebraska at Omaha. Even if they were feeling good before, these changes make them become depressed and increase their desire for meth.Knowing this ahead of time can encourage addicts to make sure that they find meth rehab centers that offer long term solutions, including effective outpatient programs providing support that continues beyond their inpatient stay.
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