Recovery in Motion is dedicated to helping people overcome their addiction to meth. We serve patients who need partial hospital and intensive outpatient care programs. Our patients generally have moderate and severe addictions. For that reason, our intuitive therapists develop unique strategies for lifelong recovery. Here’s more information about a meth addiction treatment program at Recovery in Motion.
What is Meth?
Amphetamine is more commonly known as Adderall. Researchers developed it to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s safe, effective, and legal for use under the supervision of a doctor. In other words, you need a prescription if you want to use it.
Methamphetamine, or meth, comes from amphetamines. “However, methamphetamine differs from amphetamine,” says National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), “At comparable doses, much greater amounts of the drug get into the brain, making it a more potent stimulant.” As a result, the effects of meth are powerful.
The user feels physically and psychologically impeccable for about 12 to 14 hours. Soon after the rush of adrenaline and euphoria, the user crashes. In other words, the body and mind give up and shut down. Then withdrawal symptoms take over. We also refer to these as a hangover.
Body aches and pains, severe depression, and low energy are among the many symptoms. Some people also sleep for several days after using meth. A meth hangover generally lasts between two and 14 days. Most people face the powerful craving to use meth during a hangover. That’s because meth hangovers can be excruciating.
Meth Addiction Treatment Program
The goal of a meth addiction treatment program is to achieve genuine overall well-being. Addiction is a mental and physical disease. For that reason, an addiction program must address multiple parts of the whole person. Below we discuss mental and physical healing. However, this is not a complete list of what the patient may need for recovery.
Mental Health Healing
Meth abuse changes the structure of the brain. It creates an extraordinary rush of dopamine. At first, its structure isn’t set up for a dopamine rush. But the brain is adaptable. It will alter its structure so that it can operate with a sudden, increased level of dopamine. If, at any point, it doesn’t get the dopamine rush, it must change to its original (healthy) structure. That’s when withdrawal symptoms develop.
Researchers have found that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in addiction treatment. Family therapy, motivational incentives, and the Matrix Model are other therapies proven to be effective during addiction treatment.
In fact, researchers have recognized that family therapy is often a crucial part of recovery therapy. In some cases, they found that family therapy is more effective than other mental health treatments.
That’s because addiction is a family disease. In other words, addiction impacts every member of the family. Moreover, addiction is the cause for many broken family relationships.
A meth addiction treatment program is also beneficial for the loved ones of our patients. Family activities during therapy remind them that they have good times together. Most importantly, they learn to communicate and work together again. We specialize in family therapy because we believe it’s important to long-term recovery.
Recovering Physical Health
Meth abuse takes a toll on the body. Individuals with meth addictions are generally underweight. They develop severe dental issues and visible skin sores. They generally don’t eat or sleep well, either.
During treatment, patients establish healthy eating and sleeping routines. They develop better diet and exercise habits, as well. For example, your program may contain yoga therapy at Recovery in Motion. Physical health is critical to one’s overall well-being.
Life After a Meth Addiction Treatment Program
Although there’s no cure for meth addiction, it is manageable. People in recovery can live a fulfilling life after addiction treatment. Addiction management starts in a meth addiction treatment program. It continues after the patient graduates from a program and for many years to come.
Aftercare takes place in early recovery. It looks different for every person. Additionally, it’ll change as time passes. Some patients go home to live with supportive family. Others move into a sober living environment. A sober living environment is a safe place for clean and sober people to live.
Sober living residents pay rent, pitch in with household chores, and go to support meetings. They generally have rules to encourage a recovery lifestyle. Common rules include a curfew and a minimum number of support meetings per week. Fellowship with others in recovery reinforces one’s commitment to recovery.
We want to give our patients an option for sober living after treatment. For that reason, we’ve partnered with Paxton House Sober Living. Paxton House residences are clean and comfortable. They have internet and laundry onsite. They’re also located near bus routes.
Everything you need to recover from a meth addiction is within your reach. Take your life back. Contact us about a meth addiction treatment program that’s right for you.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Behavioral Therapies.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1 June 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-therapies.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Methamphetamine DrugFacts.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 24 July 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine.
 National Institute on Drug Abuse. “What Is Methamphetamine?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 3 June 2020, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine/what-methamphetamine.
 “What Does Using Crystal Meth Make You Feel Like? – Drug-Free World.” Foundation for a Drug-Free World, www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/crystalmeth/the-stages-of-the-meth-experience.html.