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How Do Those with Meth Addiction Experience Recovery?


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Methamphetamine, also known as meth, was used by approximately 1.2 million people in 2012, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Drug use is a major problem in the United States, with more and more Americans today searching for something that will ease their pain and provide them with feelings of happiness and contentment. Unfortunately, though this temporary “high” may seem to tick all of those boxes, even more Americans are becoming addicted – placing their mind, body, and spirit in jeopardy. Whether you’ve recently joined a reputable addiction recovery treatment program or you know a loved one who has, learning about what to expect can ease some of your curiosity and can help prepare you for the recovery road.

Many people with meth addiction must first undergo detoxification, a process in which the body naturally – or assisted through medication – dispels unwanted chemicals that were acquired through active drug use. This process is necessary in order to cleanse your body as you begin your journey to recovery. It may be a bit painful or uncomfortable, but having a healthcare team by your side will ensure your safety. The worst phase of your withdrawal symptoms will be within the first 24 hours that you detox; side effects may include anxiety, inactivity and sleepiness, cravings for the drug, cravings for sugary or starchy foods, depression, psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations, and more. Your treatment center may be able to provide you with non-addictive medication to help abate some of these symptoms.

A 2017 study published in the journal Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment sought to explore everyday problems that those with meth addiction experienced while in recovery. Thirty participants with meth addiction were involved in the study, while 24 non-addicted participants served as a comparison group. Several measures were conducted and results from the study showed that those with addiction experienced significantly greater objective and subjective problems related to executive functioning and impulsivity; executive functioning involving emotional control, working memory, planning and organizing, organization and more, and impulsivity involving cognitive instability, motor functioning, self-control, perseverance and more.

Yes, recovery from a long-standing addiction can be painful. You may experience a lot of backlash from your mind and body from the pain that addiction caused you; recovery is possible, however. It takes time and arduous work, but don’t give up.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.