Because crystal meth changes the way the brain works, it is extremely difficult to quit. Crystal meth addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms that will make it almost impossible to quit without professional help. Getting professional help is most often the key to safely and successfully overcoming one’s addiction.
Many rehabs start with a detoxification process, because it is important to rid the body of all the toxins before the healing can begin. It is important to learn about the treatment programs when choosing a rehabilitation facility. Treatment facilities offer various options when it comes to detoxification, such as holistic and medically supervised approaches. Professional centers offer treatment options to help alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms in order to help the client withdrawal as successfully and comfortably as possible. Some detoxification centers use medication to help decrease the severity of withdrawal symptoms, while some just use a healthy diet and exercise to help people through their withdrawal.
The severity of the withdrawal symptoms often reflects the treatment program for detox. While most symptoms are psychological, it doesn’t make them any less painful or difficult. Each client should be examined by a professional to ensure they are receiving the most effective and safest method of detox.
Before rehabilitation can begin, an assessment will be performed. This will determine the best crystal meth treatment approach for the client based on such factors as the client’s personal preferences and the severity of the addiction. Rehab can include education, group counseling, and individual counseling. Rehab treatment can be performed in an inpatient setting or outpatient setting, depending on the facility’s treatment program and the needs of the individual.
Education can be given in a group setting or in individual counseling sessions. The goal of the educational aspect of treatment is to promote an awareness of their crystal meth addiction, learn new and healthier habits, identify triggers, and to learn techniques to improve one’s life. While some of the educational aspects can be done in group settings, certain points or topics may be explored in greater detail in individual counseling sessions.
During group counseling, individuals are put in groups to learn about their addictions, triggers, ways to overcome stressful situations, and how to live life without the use of harmful substances. Individuals are shown how to make better choices and decisions. Group therapy typically also teaches people life coping skills and other skills on how to function productively in society without resorting to the use of drugs like crystal meth.
Individual counseling typically reinforces what is learned in group counseling in greater detail. Individual counseling can devote more time to personal specifics that are different in everyone overcoming substance abuse. Each person’s individual situation is considered in individual counseling, so the treatment plan is more specialized at this point. Individual counseling can also help those with dual diagnosis, or those who suffer from both mental health and addiction problems as well. These issues are important to treat at the same time that substance abuse is treated.
Aftercare reinforces what was learned in rehab and helps individuals adjust to life in the real world without drugs. This is especially important to former crystal meth users who need to learn how to enjoy life without drugs. Aftercare offers a variety of services that help give the graduating client all that is needed to remain sober.
Recovering from a crystal meth addiction can seem like an impossible task, but rehab makes it possible.