Methamphetamine is a type of drug known as a stimulant, giving users increased energy and feelings of euphoria. Other popular types of stimulants include Ritalin, Adderall, cocaine, crack, and many more. Methamphetamine, or meth, usually comes in crystal form and is one of the most addictive stimulants. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 1.6 million people in the United States alone claimed to have used meth in 2017. Additionally, meth can cause a litany of health conditions to those who use it over a long time, including anxiety, insomnia, the loss of teeth, psychosis, and more.
Due to meth’s highly-addictive nature, it is difficult for many users to quit. Anyone that has decided to get sober from meth should be proud. One might use many ways to get sober; however, it is recommended to speak with a doctor or addiction professional about your best course of action.
Detoxification From Meth
One of the early steps in meth addiction recovery involves removing the drug from your body, also called detoxification or detox. Detox is done by a medical professional who will monitor you throughout the withdrawal process. Being monitored by a professional is vital in assuring you don’t experience any extreme withdrawal symptoms that could threaten your life. While the detoxification process may seem scary, it is necessary to quit the drug and move into a better life.
Meth withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity, depending on how long you used it and how much you used. Some meth withdrawal symptoms include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, stomach illness, and more.
Long-term treatment programs involve patients staying in a residential facility anywhere from a few weeks to several months. During this period, patients will usually participate in programs such as one-on-one therapy, group therapies, and other activities.
Many people have found this form of treatment better for developing life skills and staying sober even after leaving the facility. In long-term treatment programs, people can learn about themselves and the possible causes of their addiction.
If you are unable to move into a residential facility, there are other options. Outpatient programs make it possible to get treatment while still taking care of responsibilities in your daily life. At Choice House, we offer an outpatient treatment program where we provide weekly therapy, drug monitoring, support groups, and more. Our outpatient program is held within our beautiful facility and is hosted by our team of helpful professionals.
Life After Treatment
Once you’ve finished your addiction recovery program, you may find there are plenty of temptations in your everyday life. However, there is a multitude of ways in which you can avoid temptation, thus avoiding relapse.
You may want to consider avoiding certain people from your past life. These could be people who are still using meth or those who aren’t supportive of your recovery. Start engaging in the new hobbies you learned during recovery. Through these new hobbies, you can meet new friends who will be more supportive of your recovery. Be sure to also keep up with those friends that you’ve made during your treatment stay.
It is also essential to stay in therapy after finishing your addiction treatment program. Therapy allows you to do periodical maintenance on your mental health, which is especially important during addiction recovery.
Plenty of support groups are offered all over the country, where you can talk with a group of peers that know what you are going through. These support groups allow you a chance to share your story and possibly help others in a similar situation. Some support groups may include 12-step meetings, such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and many more.
Holistic Methods and Outdoor Therapy
At Choice House, our location in Boulder, Colorado, allows us to focus on outdoor therapy. Our outdoor therapy program involves using physical exercise and time in the wilderness to improve both your physical and mental health. Some of our activities include rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and skiing. Outdoor therapy has proven to be effective in combating addiction by improving your mental state and allowing you to focus on recovery.
At Choice House, we also take a holistic approach to addiction recovery to improve a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. We utilize both mediation, yoga, and other forms of exercise, all of which can allow you to focus on your breathing and clear your mind. When you have a clear mind, it is easier to focus solely on your recovery.
Meth is a stimulant and can be one of the most challenging drugs to quit. However challenging stopping the use of meth may seem, it is possible. Deciding to get sober from meth is an extremely admirable action. One might use many methods to get sober from meth, including long-term treatment programs, outpatient treatment programs, support groups, and more. At Choice House, we work hard to ensure our guests have all the resources they need to get sober. Not only that, through our programs, guests can form connections with people that will help them remain sober after treatment. Our treatment program involves outdoor therapy and other holistic methods to aid in addiction recovery. We believe that being outside and enjoying outdoor activities improves the body and the mind as well. Our location in Boulder, Colorado, offers excellent opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and more. For more information about Choice House, call us at (720) 577-4422 today.