Treating Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as speed, meth, or ice, is a stimulant that produces strong euphoric highs in users. Meth increases dopamine, a “feel good” chemical in the brain, which brings about intense feelings of pleasure and motivation. The high is short lived and a steep crash quickly follows, even while the drug is still in the user’s system. As a result, meth is a habit forming substance, and users frequently binge use and abuse the drug in an effort to maintain the addictive high.
The long term effects of methamphetamine addiction are serious, and can include damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys, and cardiovascular system in addition to negatively affecting one’s memory, moods, and cognitive abilities. The best way to prevent long term damage is to seek treatment as early as possible.
Meth addiction can be complex for many users. There is a physical dependence, but this can first be rooted in not knowing healthy ways to respond to emotional or situational stress. Treatment centers should address both the physical and emotional dependency to help users overcome their addiction. As a result, The National Institute on Drug Abuse declares that behavioral therapies are the most effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction.
The Owl’s Nest offers an Intensive Program where meth users are given the tools they need to address the root of their addiction for long term recovery. In the intensive program, residents participate in small group discussions, step workshops, and extensive one on one time with a sponsor for a full immersion into their recovery with no outside distractions. This allows methamphetamine users time, space, and support to come to terms with their addiction and to get to the root of the problem. This program is an intensive study and application of the only time tested and proven method of addiction recovery, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as they are outlined in the Big Book.
For those seeking longer term support, The Owl’s Nest offers up to 4 months in an extended program following completion of the initial intensive program. Residents in the extended program receive ongoing support as they continue practicing and applying the 12 step principles while working to secure employment and learning to balance financial accountability with their newly found sobriety. The Owl’s Nest Vocational team assists residents in searching for employment, applying online, and updating or formatting their resume. However, applying the principles of the program for long term sobriety remains the primary goal and focus of each resident.
Methamphetamine users who seek support through The Owl’s Nest are given the tools they need to overcome their physical and emotional dependency and address emotional stress in a healthier way. Graduates of the program join a supportive alumni network of thousands of former drug addicts and alcoholics who have successfully beat their addictions with the help of The Owl’s Nest. If you or someone you know is using, abusing, or addicted to methamphetamine, please contact us today.