Methamphetamine – also called meth – is one of the most dangerous substances to abuse. Using the potent drug can lead to addiction very quickly. For people that depend on the drug, meth withdrawal can be very painful and last for multiple weeks. Because of this, a meth rehab program is often the best way to deal with a meth dependency, especially for a person addicted to multiple substances.
By the time someone realizes they have a substance use disorder involving meth, it may be that the withdrawal symptoms have become too debilitating and dangerous to deal with and overcome on their own. Going through a medical detox program as a patient and then transitioning to a meth rehab program – with medical and counseling professionals and programs available round-the-clock – is the healthiest way to attain sobriety.
If you or someone you know is seeking recovery and needs to go through meth detox and a meth rehab program, contact 7 Summit Pathways online or call us for more information on how we can help.
What to Expect From Meth Detox
The meth detox process typically has three stages:
- Evaluation: The treatment center’s medical team will professionally assess a patient’s physical and mental health and well-being at this point. They will also have a patient undergo drug screens to determine how much meth a patient has used recently and ask questions about their past and current substance abuse. Any co-occurring disorders should also be brought up and diagnosed at this time, as they can affect the detox process.
- Stabilization: Patients coming in for meth detox usually are experiencing the peak of meth withdrawal symptoms. Immediately after the evaluation stage, treatments can start to help make a patient more comfortable and help deal with the withdrawal symptoms. As the symptoms improve, the treatments will be adjusted.
- Transition into further treatment: Detox is just the first step in treating a substance use disorder. Most medical teams will recommend that patients be part of a meth rehab program.
Sometimes meth detox will require medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to deal with some of the more severe withdrawal symptoms – like Buproprion, Modafinil, and Fluoxetine. However, there are currently no official medications that are specifically designed to ease the whole detoxification and withdrawal process.
What to Expect From Meth Withdrawal
Patients can experience several meth withdrawal symptoms at varying severities. Some common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Anxiety, severe depression, and suicidal thoughts
- Agitation, hallucinations, and paranoia
- Dehydration and excessive sweating
- Fatigue, confusion, insomnia, and loss of motivation
- Increased appetite and stomach aches
- Other physical symptoms like fever, itchy eyes, nausea, and tremors
Like the symptoms, the period of time the patient experiences them can also vary. However, the acute phase of the withdrawal normally peaks at about two or three days after the last use. Psychological symptoms – like mood swings and sleep disturbances – can last for months and even be present a year after the last use.
What to Expect From 7 Summit Pathways
At 7 Summit Pathways, patients get all the medical and counseling professional help they need to rest, recover and seek sobriety. We offer the following options:
- Intervention services for families
- Meth detoxification services
- Residential treatment programs
- Psychotherapy programs
- Partial hospitalization programs
Being part of a residential treatment program is a common choice for most patients that have undergone meth detox. 7 Summit Pathways offers a beautiful location with newly renovated facilities and a comfortable setting, where patients have access to many programs and treatments. Patients will learn how they can work through their addiction with holistic and innovative processes, along with medical and mental health support.
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Meth treatment can be life-saving and successful. If you or someone you know needs professional help to detox, go through withdrawal, and get on a path to recovery, call 7 Summit Pathways or contact our team online.