Methamphetamine (meth) addiction affects more than 1.2 million people each year – the drug can be smoked, inhaled, injected, or orally ingested. Meth generates for users a feeling of energy and sense of well-being, which can be quite demanding on the body; after the “high” from meth has faded, individuals may experience a “crash”. Other side effects of the drug involve weight loss as meth suppresses hunger appetite, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, aggressiveness, and more. If you or a loved one have been seeking to recover from meth addiction, attending a reputable treatment program is the first step towards recovery.
As with other drugs, many people in recovery experience cravings or triggers – people, places, things, or emotions that provoke a person to want to use again. Triggers are a central part of the discussion of relapse prevention, as identifying your triggers and developing action plans to deal with them are some great tactics to prevent falling back into a pattern of drug use. Meth is one of the most addictive drugs in the world, so it’s important that you work closely with your healthcare team to generate a plan. Watch out for the following common triggers:
People, places, or things that bring back memories of drug use
- People you used to use drugs with
- Passing by a house or other building you used to use in
- Items associated with the environment you were in when you used meth
Sights, sounds, and smells that bring up cravings for the drug
- Flashing lights or bright colors associated with being high on meth
- Certain smells, such as cleaning supplies, soap, food or some other smell that reminds you of using
- Music or the sound of someone’s voice whom you used to use meth with
- Being in the neighborhood of where you used to use
Thoughts and Emotions
- Feeling bored
- Thinking about sad events or losing loved ones
- Anger or depression
- Feeling very happy and confident
- Retreating back to thoughts you had when you were high, such as “Nobody cares about me anyways”
The most effective therapies shown for meth addiction involve behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management. With your healthcare team, you’ll be able to work on building your recovery social support network as well as mental strategies to help you move past these triggers when they occur.
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.