Meth is one of the street names for the powerfully addictive drug methamphetamine. It is also known as crystal meth, ice or chalk. Meth is abused by smoking, snorting or injecting it into the bloodstream. It is so powerful that it is almost instantly habit-forming.
Each hit of meth damages key receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain making it impossible for users to feel pleasure without its assistance. Upon intake, euphoria sets in and this modifies the brain’s pleasure and reward centres. This is how dependence is formed.
Treating meth addiction begins with checking into a trusted rehab facility. Rehabs provide medical detox specialists and mental health professionals who help you get better. At rehab facilities, you are first of all detoxed to remove drugs from your system, which is followed by in-depth therapy to uncover the root causes of your addiction, bring awareness to your destructive thought patterns and behaviours allowing for coping strategies to be created in order to live life addiction free.
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Most meth addicts seek help and try to get clean after a debilitating meth overdose. However, it is not advisable to wait for a near-death experience or almost fatal encounter before going for treatment. Once you notice any of these signs, it is time to seek professional help and get treatment for your addiction.
When you feel ready to really turn your life around and quit meth, you will want to begin considering the type of treatment facility you would like to help you along your recovery journey. The two main types of treatment available to you are outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment/private rehabs.
Primrose Lodge is a state-of-the-art rehab facility in the UK offering a range of customised services for individuals who need help overcoming their drug and alcohol problems. Our rehabs are adept at getting to the root of the problem by offering an individualised treatment plan which is the basis for a stable and permanent recovery. Our staff are passionate about helping you overcome your meth addiction. Most of them, at some point in their lives, have experienced addiction first-hand and are now in recovery themselves so they have the experience, understanding and empathy required for you to make a full recovery too.
Our facilities are serene, with impressive décor, en-suite bedrooms and gym facilities, and our buildings are secured and gated, granting you privacy and safety. We offer full medical detox for meth addiction and all kinds of addiction and also provide medical support around the clock. There is always someone to talk to, be it day or night, so you can be sure of only receiving the best in clinical and psychological care. Our rehabs are dedicated and committed to our patients’ welfare and healing, and we set high standards of care that are greatly sought after. Some of the services we offer include:
Treatment starts from £1,000 for counselling, £3500 for a medical drug detox with limited access to a therapist and £10,950 for a 28 day medical detox, therapy and holistic therapy stay.
As Primrose Lodge is part of the UK Addiction Treatment family (UKAT) we do have low-cost options i.e. 28 day fully residential rehab from £5,500.
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Meth addicts can get free care from the NHS and some organisations and charities that specialise in helping people with addiction. The first place to start is your GP who will discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment. There are also some local drug treatment services you can visit as well as private drug treatment organisations that can help you without asking for a referral. They include:
CGL: CGL is a free and confidential drug service for adults over 18. They provide clinical support, access to detox, talking therapies, recovery group work, harm reduction and access to needle exchange and mutual aid without asking for a referral.
Compass: This is a free and confidential service for individuals who want to overcome addiction to drugs/alcohol or seek support in their recovery journey. Treatment begins with an assessment of needs by the Assessment and Care Recovery Team (ACRT). Other services include needle exchange, care planning, health care screening, group work programmes, drop-in services, access to residential programmes, substitute prescribing, harm reduction and relapse prevention.
Some services may require a referral from a GP before they take you in, while some specialists will only see you with a letter of referral from your GP. However, the process involved before getting a letter of referral from your GP is long and tedious. Sometimes, it may take weeks to get a referral letter from your GP and start treatment.
As a person suffering from addiction, especially meth addiction, the lengthy time it takes to get a referral before you can get a treatment puts you at risk. The more you wait, the more you use. Because of the urgency of meth addiction, the waiting period does not work in your favour.
A GP may prescribe medication for any underlying mental problems resulting from, or that were present before meth abuse. These medications may come in form of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
Fellowship groups are support groups made up of people suffering from the same type of addiction where they meet to discuss their struggles and draw inspiration from one another. Most of these fellowship groups are loosely anonymous and they have provisions for older and sober addicts to offer mentorship to new addicts and share their experiences with them to encourage them to be abstinent.
It is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs have been a problem. Narcotics Anonymous uses a traditional 12-step programme that has been expanded and developed for people with different substance abuse issues. The basic unit of NA fellowship is their regular meetings which are held in churches, parks, community centres, or any other public place that can accommodate a meeting.
There are two basic types of NA meetings; open and closed. Open meetings are open for anyone to attend while closed meetings are for only addicts and people who think they may have a drug problem. All in all, it is a participatory and therapeutic support group for drug addicts.
NA doubles as a method of therapy and a support group for recovering drug addicts. So many people have achieved lifelong sobriety through NA. These include people who acknowledge the fact that they have a substance abuse problem but do not have access to treatment programs either because their healthcare plan does not cover addiction treatment or they simply do not have the financial wherewithal to pay for treatment themselves. NA is the only help available to this particular group of people and, because of its accessibility, group meetings and accommodating schedules, they got the help and the support they needed.
Addiction counselling helps you to reach a healthy state of mind that will enable you to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Private addiction counselling is a one-to-one counselling session largely focused on helping you tackle addiction to deal with your cravings and to recognise that these cravings can be turned into healthier thoughts that can be used to resist temptation.
Private counselling for addicts starts with choosing a certified therapist who specialises in addiction and the area you feel you need to talk about. Treatment starts with an initial meeting, in which you chat with the counsellor and if you decide you are comfortable with them and can speak to them easily, you will start to work with them on your plan for recovery.
Generally speaking, private rehabs like Primrose Lodge have a higher success rate and are better equipped to handle treatments for meth addiction and other forms of addiction. This is because we take a holistic view on treatment and utilise all of the aforementioned services as part of our rehab programme, medical detox, as well as individual and group therapies.
We also provide family support and you are also taught relapse prevention to teach you coping skills to avoid trigger-filled situations. In addition, we offer 1-year free aftercare to all our patients that complete their treatment. Aftercare is an essential part of rehabilitation and helps to prevent relapse. We will support you through your first year of recovery and beyond that if need be.
We offer round the clock access to medical staff and recovery officers are always available to provide close medical supervision and support. Our healthcare professionals incorporate therapies like acupuncture, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, meditation, yoga, art therapy, mindfulness, Nutrition Therapy and more to address and treat every part of your addiction.
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