Meth is an extremely addictive and dangerous substance. Although every withdrawal treatment can be challenging, meth withdrawal is said to be one of the most difficult to go through, because of the psychological issues it creates. It is helpful to know a few tips and trick to get through meth withdrawal treatment without a relapse.
Find the Right Treatment Program
Finding the right treatment program is integral to succeeding in recovery. If the withdrawal program does not help, then it will definitely fail. Each treatment program is different so knowing the options helps you make an informed decision about the best one for you. Most treatment programs include:
- symptom management
- individual counseling,
- group counseling
Some rehabs include more than this including things like:
- dietary advice
- holistic medicine
- alternative therapies
Although no one treatment program is better than the others most treatments at least cover the basics. It is best to talk to the rehab counselor before you decide on a particular rehab. Find out what they offer and what might help you.
Identify your Triggers
Identifying your triggers is one of the best ways to cope with meth withdrawal and the possibility of relapse. By identifying them and listing them, it will make you more aware of them. Defeating your triggers is very difficult and a skill that the rehab should help you master. Knowing what they are and how to deal with them will keep you from falling into relapse when you see or experience a trigger.
Get Rid of or Avoid Your Triggers
If you are in outpatient rehab or when you leave inpatient rehab, get rid of your triggers. If it is an object or person, get them out of your life. If it is a place, avoid it. If you identified your triggers, this process should be easy. Many recovering addicts make the mistake of keeping some of the things that encourage them to use. These people generally wind up in relapse and back in treatment.
Know the Withdrawal Symptoms
Knowing the withdrawal symptoms and their timeline is a very important part of coping with treatment. This can let you know what to expect and how long it might last. Although no timeline is completely accurate there are a few that will give you a guideline. An example of the meth withdrawal timeline is:
- 12 hours after the last dose to 14 days, you have acute withdrawal symptoms. . According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this is called the crash. These symptoms are:
- craving meth
- craving carbohydrates
- muscle aches
- possibly psychosis and hallucinations
- 14 to 40 days of withdrawal, you are over the acute symptoms although some might linger. Many people relapse at this point because they feel better. This is the time to continue counseling and begin a healthy exercise program and a good diet.
- 40 days to 5 months, you are over feeling better. This is where the depression and boredom starts. Many people succumb to the boredom and the drug during this time. Fortunately it does not usually last longer than four or five months.
- Moving forward, after you pass the depression and boredom, you need to move forward. The depression, despair, and boredom eventually lift and you have to find things to do to occupy your mind and time.
This timeline is not a perfect one; some people have different symptoms depending on how long you have used meth and how much you use. Knowing what to expect can help you get through treatment without relapsing back into the drug.
By trying to think positively and removing negative thoughts and people from your life, you can change your attitude towards treatment and life in general. People start using meth due to boredom or the need for something more in their life. They surround themselves with negativity and that becomes their thought pattern. By changing this thought pattern you can reverse the depression and despair that comes along with meth withdrawal.
Talk to Family and Friends
Talking with family and friends or others that know you can help you relieve some of the stress that builds during addiction treatment. Even if it is just a casual conversation about what is going on in treatment. It can help you resolve how you feel about the treatment and the addiction.
Start a Journal
Starting a journal is a wonderful way to purge yourself of unwanted thoughts and feelings. You can write anything you want to in your journal. It can be part of your participation in therapy or it can be something you do on your own. It can help you gather your thoughts, organize your life, or express feelings that you do not feel comfortable expressing to others.
Join a Support Group
Support groups are wonderful ways to cope with meth withdrawal treatment. They understand what you are going through and many have gone through the same thing. Most support groups are private, understanding, and helpful to you while you are in treatment.
After treatment support groups help you stay on the path of recovery. They offer you support and help on the tough issues that you cannot discuss with the people in your life who do not understand your addiction.
These tips and tricks will help you cope with your meth withdrawal and your treatment. These are just a few that are available. For more information on meth addiction treatment or to find a treatment program, give us a call at 800-654-0987.