Getting Treatment for a Meth Addiction
After the individual has successfully completed the detox process at home, they will need to be admitted to a residential treatment program for a minimum of one month, although longer is preferred. Detox only clears the system of the toxins and chemicals associated with methamphetamine, but the addictive behavior patterns remain. The rehab program will provide a comprehensive treatment plan that helps the former meth addict reshape their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors toward positive ones in recovery.
Treatment for an ice addiction includes:
Individual psychotherapy: During these one-on-one talk therapy sessions, the individual will work with a therapist to examine any possible underlying emotional issues related to the addictive behaviors. Among the evidence-based therapies available, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be the most effective for treating ice addiction. CBT helps the individual establish new thought-behavior patterns, which act as a powerful recovery skill to override triggers. CBT can also be effective in treating co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Group therapy: In the small group sessions a therapist will guide topics of discussion allowing others to share their own personal challenges or stories, which can foster peer support in recovery. Giving individuals a voice, a platform where they can safely discuss their struggles with ice addiction, can be a source of renewed confidence. Group support offers an environment that provides fellowship and mutual social support.
Dual diagnosis treatment: Co-occurring mental health disorders are very common among addicts. When there is a coexisting mental health condition it should be treated at the same time as the addiction for best recovery results. It is essential that the mental health piece be treated in order to increase the potential for a long-term recovery. The individual should seek out a rehab program that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment.
12-step recovery program: Many rehabs incorporate A.A.’s 12-step programming into the treatment program, while others may use a non-12-step approach. Recovery meetings provide a non-judgmental setting where individuals gain inspiration from each other, and can establish new sober friendships. The recovery community is a valuable continuing care component as well.
Addiction counseling: Classes that help recovering addicts understand the neurobiological impact of meth on the brain and the central nervous system can be helpful in deterring relapse. Relapse prevention planning is also included in these sessions. Each participant is tasked with identifying his or her own particular triggers and then create a strategic plan of action when relapse threatens to undermine recovery.
Life skills counseling: Individuals will learn various recovery skills that will help reinforce their ability to stay on track. These might include coping skills, anger management skills, conflict resolution skills, communication skills, and more. Case management can help coordinate various social services that may be needed in early recovery, such as housing, social services, legal services, or employment services.
Continuing care services: After completion of the rehab program, individuals are encouraged to access aftercare services. These include 12-step meetings, such as N.A., weekly therapy sessions, and sober living housing. Continuing care efforts are essential if sobriety is to be maintained, especially in the early months of recovery.
Individuals who cannot take an extended leave from work or child-rearing responsibilities may need to access an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The outpatient option is not ideal for someone with an ice addiction, however it is available for those for whom residential care is not an option. Outpatient programming provides the flexibility that allows the individual to remain employed during treatment, which lasts 3-6 months, and many outpatient programs now offer evening classes. Also, the individual is free to live at home, versus in a rehab facility, which can substantially reduce the costs of treatment.