Meth Withdrawal Treatment
The meth withdrawal process can be rather uncomfortable and long lasting. There are many signs, symptoms, and side effects that are associated with methamphetamine withdrawal, all of which can occur with varying intensities, normally interacting with each other at the same time. Luckily, with professional help, there are ways in which your withdrawal discomfort can be eased or alleviated.
There are many different medications, devices, and therapies that professionals use in order to help you remain in treatment. These methods include helping you devise new ways to deal with or separate yourself from stress (getting you involved with preliminary counselling and therapy), to stay in long term treatment, and use medications to help manage your meth withdrawal symptoms. Some of the medications used to help manage meth withdrawal include:
- Dextroamphetamine (d-amphetamine)
There are a couple of different ways an individual can undergo the detox process. Typically there are two distinct settings / methods for meth withdrawal detoxification–inpatient and outpatient. Outpatient detox works very similarly to outpatient addiction treatment. The outpatient process is normally reserved to those who had less extreme addictions, and are undergoing less severe withdrawal symptoms.
This method of treatment allows clients to come to a participating hospital or rehab facility to receive their treatment, and be monitored by professional medical staff, before heading home at the end of their session time. It is less restrictive than inpatient detoxification, while still allowing for the correct amount of professional medical supervision and aid. Of course, in order to participate in outpatient detoxification, you have to undergo an evaluation. Otherwise, the method allows for almost the same amount of physical care as inpatient detoxification, but is tailored to those who experience less severe withdrawal processes.
The most common setting / method utilized in medical detoxification is the inpatient detox approach. Inpatient detoxification requires clients to stay on the grounds of a hospital facility for anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the severity and length of their withdrawal symptoms, and allows for clients to have access to 24/7 medical assistance and care. Inpatient detox is normally reserved for clients who have suffered from more severe addictions and are experiencing more intense withdrawal symptoms, in order for medical staff to administer and monitor withdrawal medication assistance.
Inpatient detoxification allows for immediate medical attention in the case a severe withdrawal complication arises, and allows clients the early opportunity to begin separating themselves from their old lives and abuse habits. Of course, if an individual has less severe withdrawal symptoms, a less severe addiction and misuse history, and a very supportive and helpful home support system, they may be allowed to undergo outpatient detox instead, where they need only to be at the hospital for a couple of hours a day. Otherwise, inpatient detoxification is more commonly utilized during the meth withdrawal process.
Detoxing at Home
Although possible to detox at home if you are participating in an outpatient detox program, it is never recommended for individuals looking to undergo the meth withdrawal process to detox on their own at home. Although meth withdrawal may be less dangerous than other types of withdrawal (like heroin withdrawal), the process can still result in extremely dangerous, and potentially life-threatening situations and circumstances.
If you want to detox at home, make sure to speak with your doctor about the potential of you getting enrolled into an outpatient detox program, but never attempt to undergo the withdrawal process on your own, or try to self medicate or quit cold turkey. Meth withdrawal and detox can be an extremely delicate, and complex series of events to undergo, and you want to make sure you do it as safely as possible, to better ensure your potential for a successful recovery.