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What Successful Meth Addiction Recovery Really Looks Like

August 24, 2017 Articles
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Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an extremely addictive substance and one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. It is a stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine, a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Meth users become so compelled to repeat the high they experience from this drug that they may lose everything and everyone that is important to them as they chase their next high. They can end up homeless, penniless and suicidal, yet still can’t stop being compelled to use this substance.

Why Meth Addiction is So Hard to Overcome

When meth users attempt to stop using this potent substance, they experience overpowering withdrawal symptoms that include anxiety, depression, fatigue, psychosis and extremely powerful drug cravings. What makes recovering from meth addiction especially difficult is that there are physical changes that happen to the brain after long-term use. Although these changes can make recovery challenging, it is still possible.

Freedom from Meth Addiction

The longer an individual uses meth, the more challenging it can be to overcome the cravings that are experienced during meth withdrawal and to begin a new life that doesn’t include addiction to meth. Inpatient treatment offers medical supervision during the withdrawal process in a safe environment where there is no access to mind-altering substances.

Many meth addicts will relapse even after going through treatment, but this doesn’t mean there is no hope of eventually overcoming this addiction. In treatment facilities and in aftercare programs, meth users will learn a lot about relapse and ways to prevent this from happening, as well as what to do to get back on track if it does.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help meth users learn to recognize and cope with situations that have previously compelled them to turn to drugs. Attending support groups can help the addict realize that he or she is not alone and that others have had similar experiences and recovered. Although recovery can be challenging, by remaining committed to attending support groups and behavioral therapy sessions, meth users can learn new life skills that can lead to successful recovery from meth addiction.


Elements Behavioral Health: Recognizing a Meth Addict: Symptoms, Signs and Recovery

National Institute on Drug Abuse: What is Methamphetamine?

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