Everything You Need to Know to Kick Crystal Meth
Crystal meth – also known as ice, speed, and crank – is a powerful drug that produces an intense, euphoric high.A crystal meth high lasts up to 12 hours or long, which is why the drug is highly addictive.
Overtime, meth depresses certain parts of the brain so much so that the effects can only be reversed by re-introducing the drug.
Recovery Treatment Options
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to meth and are thinking about quitting, seeking help is highly recommended. Aurora Recovery Centre’s (ARC) residential and outpatient treatment and recovery plans.
There are also 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Crystal Meth Anonymous that use the steps created by Alcoholics Anonymous. The steps are designed for an addict to become sober and maintain their sobriety through regular meetings and ongoing support from other members.
ARC Counselling, located in Winnipeg, offers individual therapy where people can meet with a counselor or therapist to work on building coping skills while addressing the reasons for someone’s addiction.
ARC Counselling also offers Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program (CAT)for adults who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders who aren’t able or willing to participate in residential treatment. CAT provides a safe, professional, and confidential setting for members to address any physical, social, mental, and spiritual issues that underlie their addiction.
Withdrawal Effects and Symptoms
People who stop using meth usually have withdrawal symptoms. Meth withdrawal side effects can be but are not often life-threatening. However, people do experience severe depression, which puts them at a high risk of committing suicide.
ARC’s medial detox and residential treatment helps minimize uncomfortable side effects, reduces the urges to relapse, and prevents injuries to our members.
Depending on how often one used, the length of their addiction, and the amount of meth used, withdrawal symptoms from meth can last a few hours or several days.
How to Help an Addict Quit
At times, someone trying to help an addict feel helpless, but there are ways to overcome that.
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Reduced heart rate
- Slowed movements
- Foggy mind
- Increased Appetite
- Severe Cravings
What to Do
- Approach the addict in a loving, caring and free of judgement and anger
- Approach the addict when they are already trying to quit, surrender, or ask for help.
- Reassure them of their good, positive qualities and traits
- Encourage them to rehab.
Benefits of Quitting
Quitting meth can help an addict recover their mental, emotional, and physical health. It also will help them avoid the long-term consequences from addiction. Some improvements will happen almost immediately, while others will take time.
In recovery you will:
- Improve your teeth and skin
- Return to a healthy body weight
- Lower your risk of a heart attack.
- Reconnect with your loved ones
- Rebuild your relationships
- Reduce the risk of arrest
- Improve your financial situation
Brain Recovery After Meth Abuse
Meth permanently changes the brain. Chronic meth use changes the part of the brain that controls emotions and memory.
It also reduces motor speed and impair verbal learning.
What Not to Do
- Approach the addict when you’re angry
- Blame the addict for their addiction
- Degrade your loved one
- Have a heart-to-heart when they are high
People in recovery from meth addiction may have issues learning and controlling their impulses. They may face problems at work, in school, or within the family. It takes time and commitment to overcome the problems caused by addiction.
But overtime, the brain improves its dopamine levels when someone is abstinent for a long period of time.
If you or a loved one are trying to quit meth, contact us today.
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Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.
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