Meth, or methamphetamine, is a highly addictive and dangerous stimulant used by thousands worldwide. As easy as it is to develop issues with meth, it’s not as easy to stop using. According to studies, over 60% of people relapse on meth during their first year of recovery and with a statistic like this, it’s clear how destructive the drug can be. Recovery Lighthouse understands the seemingly uphill battle against quitting meth, which is why we offer a world-class meth rehabilitation programme. We aim to get you back on track and live a life free from meth.
When is it time for meth rehab?
Many people may initially use meth without intending to develop an issue with the substance. They believe they can regulate their usage and quit at any given moment. However, with a stimulant as powerful as meth, this belief is unfounded, as problems can occur rapidly. If you suspect that your usage of meth has become problematic, it’s crucial to evaluate your current situation. You can start by asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you feel a powerful compulsion to use meth, even if the experience is unpleasant or unhelpful?
- Have you attempted to reduce or stop using meth but failed repeatedly?
- Do you devote significant time, money and effort to acquiring and using meth to the detriment of other areas of your life?
- Have you had adverse outcomes from your meth use, such as health problems, relationship difficulties, job troubles or legal issues?
- Do you feel guilty, ashamed or anxious about your meth usage but still can’t resist it?
- Have you turned to meth to deal with stress, trauma or emotional pain instead of seeking healthier coping strategies?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a high possibility that you may have a problem with meth.
What are the health benefits of quitting meth?
When you start to focus on meth and how it affects the human body, you’ll realise the strain it puts on both mental and physical health;
Psychological health benefits of quitting meth…
- Improved mood and decreased feelings of anxiety and depression
- Increased cognitive functioning and focus
- Enhanced self-esteem and self-worth
- Improved relationships and social interactions
Physical health benefits of quitting meth…
- Improved respiratory and cardiovascular health
- Reduced risk of HIV and other infections from shared needles
- Improved oral health (meth can cause severe dental problems)
- Reduced risk of overdose and other life-threatening complications
- Improved quality of life and relationships with loved ones
- Increased energy and physical fitness
- Reduced financial strain from meth-related expenses.
When the benefits of quitting are so numerous, it’s clear how devastating the drug is for a long-term user. If you feel as though it’s time to seek help for meth use but are confused about how the procedure works, make sure to view our next section.
What can I expect at Recovery Lighthouse’s meth rehab?
First and foremost, congratulations for making it to this part of the article. By just being open to the idea of rehab, you’re already taking the first steps to recovery. So you may be wondering what to expect at meth rehab? Are people taken away kicking and screaming at the front desk? TV and media have a habit of painting rehab like this but rest assured, this is not the case.
Below is Recovery Lighthouse’s procedure for meth rehab and how we structure our programme:
Detoxing from meth involves clearing the drug from the body entirely. At Recovery Lighthouse, you will receive 24/7 medical and psychiatric care, ensuring you are safe and supported throughout this process. You will also be in a structured environment where you can focus solely on your recovery without the distractions and triggers of everyday life.
Counselling and therapy…
After detoxing from meth, you will receive comprehensive treatment that addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of your problem. At Recovery Lighthouse, you will have access to individual therapy, group therapy and other evidence-based treatments that can help you overcome meth issues and develop the skills necessary for lasting recovery.
After completing Recovery Lighthouse’s meth rehab programme, you will receive aftercare support to help you maintain your sobriety and prevent relapse. This may include continued therapy, support groups and relapse prevention planning.
If I finish rehab, does this mean I’m no longer addicted to meth?
Meth rehabilitation is considered to be the initial phase of recovery. It serves to rid your system of chemicals and equip you with the necessary skills and coping mechanisms to handle potential hurdles.
Once meth rehab is completed, it’s imperative to implement the techniques and coping mechanisms learned in real-life scenarios since life can be unpredictable and triggers can occur suddenly. Having a reliable and robust support system, such as therapy, 12-step programmes and taking advantage of our alumni network is critical.
With the proper support and determination to succeed, you can control your issues with meth and live a satisfying and fulfilling life in recovery. Graduating from rehab signifies starting a new life of recovery, which requires you to prioritise your well-being and focus on self-care to remain sober.
What tips can I follow to ensure that I stay sober from meth?
With the following section in mind, here are a few helpful tips for you to always revert to after rehab is over:
Identify the triggers that make you want to use meth and avoid them. This may involve avoiding people, places and activities associated with your meth use. Try to remember the tips and coping methods you learned in rehab. They should be your go-to base for regaining control in certain situations.
Engage in physical activities and exercises that help you relax and reduce stress. Exercise is a great way to stay focused and motivated to achieve your sobriety goals.
Stay in touch with your sober friends and family members who can provide emotional support and encouragement when facing challenging times.
Adopt healthy habits like eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and rest and practising self-care activities like meditation or yoga.
Attend support groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) that can provide you with the support and strategies you need to stay sober.
Remember that getting sober is a long-term journey. If you find yourself in a situation where you have relapsed from meth, it’s vital to learn from this moment and move forward with your life. Although we are in no way encouraging relapse, if it does happen, try to view it as a learning curve that will help you in the future. In fact, experiencing a relapse will most likely highlight some areas in which you need improvement, such as dealing with triggers or taking yourself out of vulnerable situations.
A loved one is currently in meth rehab; how can I still show support?
Everyone’s journey through rehab is different and there is no right way to support your loved one. What’s most important is that you are there for them, encourage them and offer your support throughout their recovery process.
With this in mind, we have prepared some tips on how you can be the strong pillar of support whilst your loved one is in meth rehab:
- Stay in touch: While your loved one is in rehab, it is essential to continue to maintain contact with them. You can call, send letters or emails or visit them if possible. This can help them to feel supported and connected to the outside world.
- Be encouraging: Let your loved one know that you are proud of them for seeking help and that you believe in them. Give them words of encouragement and support and remind them that they are not alone in their struggle.
- Educate yourself: Educate yourself about meth dependency and the recovery process to understand better what your loved one is going through. This can help you to be more empathetic and supportive.
- Attend support groups: Attend support groups or therapy sessions with your loved one if possible. This can help you to understand their struggles better and provide additional support.
Recovery Lighthouse is here to support you in your recovery journey. Don’t wait another day; take control of your future and seek rehab for meth today. Your future is in your hands and by getting in contact with us, you begin your journey to a life of sobriety.