Is Medical Detox Necessary For Meth Addiction?
When it comes to methamphetamine abuse, medical detox is always necessary. This is because the psychological symptoms that go hand-in-hand with withdrawal can lead to serious complications when left untreated. Anxiety is especially common, affecting roughly 30 percent of all men and women experiencing methamphetamine withdrawal. When left untreated, anxiety can quickly escalate to hyperventilation and ongoing panic attacks. Along the same vein, depression is very common – and can lead to suicidal ideation (even suicide attempts) when it is not adequately treated. The psychological drug cravings that frequently lead to relapse must also be addressed.
The treatment methods we utilize in order to facilitate the detox process depend heavily on the unique clinical needs of each individual client. However, because the symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal remain somewhat consistent, we generally employ a combination of Medication Assisted Treatment options, intensive therapeutic intervention and holistically-based approaches. Psychological symptoms are often treated with antipsychotic drugs in order to prevent complications. Based on the unique needs of each client, we utilize the following methods:
- Antidepressant medications.
- Anti-anxiety medications.
- Other mood stabilizers.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Non-addictive sleep aids.
- Therapeutic intervention with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and contingency management.
- 12-step program involvement.
- Relapse prevention training.
- Holistic methods of pain management and craving reduction, including acupuncture, mindfulness meditation and yoga therapy.
Contact us today to learn more about available treatment options.