Methamphetamines create a devastating dependence within the body. While no medication exists to treat addiction, meth recovery is possible with the help of a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment program centered around behavioral therapy. Not all meth recovery programs are identical and as a patient looking to go through treatment, it is important to understand your options. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis’s local rehab center can help you overcome your meth addiction while staying close to home.
Methamphetamines are potent stimulant drugs that can be prescribed to help manage the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This powerful and highly addictive drug can also be illicitly produced in local labs using simple ingredients, such as over-the-counter cold medicines, purchased from drug stores. 1 Methamphetamines (also called meth, speed, crystal meth, crank, and ice) come in several different forms and can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Following consumption, meth quickly hits the brain and causes the release of the dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. As these neurotransmitters flood the brain the user will experience symptoms including increased energy, talkativeness, decreased appetite, feelings of euphoria, and a pleasurable sense of well-being. 3
Meth use can quickly become habit-forming due to the development of very strong psychological and physical dependence. This leads to intense cravings and continued use of meth despite evidence of accumulating harms, such as an increased heart rate and blood pressure that raises your risk for heart attack. Symptoms of meth use are typically severe and can include convulsions, severe dental problems, brain damage, memory loss, deficits in thinking and motor skills, psychosis, stroke, coma, and death. 4 According to data from Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute, meth was involved in 100 of the 361 overdose deaths that were reported in Marion County during 2018. 5
The use of methamphetamines has become a serious problem for the state of Indiana. According to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 in 115 Indiana residents (aged 12 or older) have used methamphetamines in the past year. 6 Meth use is most common among young adults, as 1 in 57 Indiana residents (aged 18 to 25) have reported past-year meth use. The use of meth is also prevalent among students in Indiana. Around 1 in 333 Indiana college students currently user meth, 7 and nearly 1 in 35 high school students (grades 9 through 12) have tried meth at least once. 8
Admissions data indicate that meth is the most widely used stimulant drug among Indiana residents seeking substance abuse treatment. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over a quarter of all admissions to Indiana treatment and rehabilitation centers in the past year reported current meth use. 9
Meth is one of the hardest drugs to overcome, and many individuals who suffer from meth addiction are unable to successfully quit on their own. Recovery from meth addiction will require comprehensive inpatient treatment that includes detoxification, counseling, and therapy. 10
The best approach to getting clean is to seek professional rehabilitation help at a professional meth recovery center. As a patient, Landmark Recovery’s facility in Indianapolis can provide you with a personalized treatment plan that will help you overcome your meth addiction. Depending on the severity and duration of addiction, overall medical needs, and any co-occurring mental health illnesses, your treatment program can include any combination of inpatient care, partial hospitalization, and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Detoxification, or detox, is an essential first step in a patient’s recovery that involves purging the physical presence of drugs from the body to help acclimate you to functioning in daily life without meth. During this process you will begin to feel pain and discomfort as your body goes through meth withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal, which usually appear within the first day of abstinence, commonly include: 11
Although meth detox can be performed as part of either an inpatient or outpatient program, participation in medically supervised detox at a meth recovery center is highly recommended. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis is proud to offer a safe and secure environment for patients to undergo medical detox. Our trained clinical specialists will closely monitor you around-the-clock, keeping you as comfortable as possible while addressing any potential withdrawal complications that may arise. If needed, certain medications can be administered to patients to reduce cravings and alleviate some of the harsher effects of meth withdrawal. Benzodiazepines can be prescribed if you become agitated or panicked as your body adjusts to not having meth, and antidepressants can be prescribed to treat the depression symptoms that often accompany meth withdrawal. 11
After the successful completion of detox, you will be ready to transition into the therapy phase of treatment. Landmark Recovery’s science-backed, evidence-based rehab and treatment programs fully integrate individual and group counseling with proven behavioral rehabilitation therapies. With behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions, we offer the most effective treatments for meth addiction. 12 You will work with your therapist to identify and rehab the underlying thoughts and behavioral patterns behind your meth addiction. You will also be taught how to cope with future temptations to use meth (such as during times of stress or boredom), giving you the tools needed to prevent relapse and sustain recovery.
If you are searching for help with meth addiction or a certified treatment center in the Indianapolis area, please consider the meth recovery facility at Landmark Recovery. Call us at 317-449-8029 to learn more about our medically supervised detox and meth recovery treatment programs including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, or even partial hospitalization.
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9) Indiana State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup. (2019). The Consumption and Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs in Indiana: A State Epidemiological Profile 2018.https://fsph.iupui.edu/doc/research-centers/EPI_2019_Web.pdf
10) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatment Improvement Protocol 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
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12) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). What treatments are effective for people who misuse methamphetamine?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-treatments-are-effective-people-who-misuse-methamphetamine