Methamphetamine addiction can be very severe, and the consequences very unfortunate. Feelings of euphoria, bursts of energy, and a higher sexual libido attract many people to use meth, but negative physical and mental effects come along with chronic use. As users search for their next high, their tissues and blood vessels suffer and lose their ability to heal. Sores form, teeth rot. Using the drug intravenously can lead to Hepatitis B or C, HIV and AIDS. Anxiety, insomnia, and hallucinations are often experienced.
Seeking help can be hard, but if you or someone you love is struggling with meth addiction, help can and should be found. Treating a meth addiction can be a long process. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a drug rehab program.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, assessment of the problem and identification of your goals are of primary importance in choosing a meth addiction rehab program. Are you going to cut down or stop using altogether? Do you need to satisfy a court order, resume employment, or regain custody of your children? Answering these questions can help you choose a proper treatment plan.
Choosing a program can depend, in part, on how severe the addiction is and what effects are being experienced. In the initial withdrawal phases, meth addicts often have psychological and health problems that are best dealt with by health care professionals. The more serious the problem is, the more encompassing the program may have to be.
Inpatient or outpatient treatment?
You will need to consider whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is best for you or your loved one. The main difference between the two is that with inpatient programs you live in the treatment center with other recovering addicts and can take part in daily meetings and support groups. Inpatient programs can be more intense, and are sometimes recommended at the beginning of a treatment program especially in more severe meth addiction cases. Both inpatient and outpatient meth addiction rehab programs normally include counseling and monitoring.
Location – close to home or far away?
When considering different meth addiction rehab programs, you should consider whether you or your loved one needs to be near home or not. This may also help you decide between an inpatient or outpatient program as outpatient programs do not provide housing, meaning that you will most likely live at home. If, for example, you cannot take a leave of absence from work or need to take care of children it may be best to choose a center that is closer to your home. If your environment is greatly contributing to your drug use and you lack much-needed support, finding a treatment center further away would be ideal.
Insurance coverage and cost
A practical and important factor in choosing a program is determining what the cost of the program will be, and if you can afford it. Health insurance often covers or reimburses some costs associated with drug rehab programs. If you are insured, find out what kind of coverage you are eligible for and which facilities are included in your plan. If you do not have insurance, or if you know it will not cover everything, you will need to find out how you will pay for your treatment.