Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

Methamphetamine is an illicit and highly addictive chemical substance, one that is used recreationally and is labeled a Schedule II stimulant by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 1.6 million Americans reported using methamphetamine at least once over the course of the past year. During the same year it was reported that over 964,000 people were suffering from a diagnosable methamphetamine abuse disorder. Methamphetamine abuse and addiction are major public health threats throughout the entire country, and substance abuse can affect men and women of any demographic or personal background. In short – the disease of addiction does not discriminate. If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a methamphetamine abuse disorder of any severity, CuraWest is here to help.

Methamphetamine Withdrawal

Because the symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal are so unpredictable, they must be overseen in a medical detox facility and closely monitored by a team of licensed clinical and medical professionals. While not typically life-threatening, the symptoms can range in severity and can prove to be extremely uncomfortable if not adequately treated.

Common symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety – Symptoms associated with anxiety can be spurned by methamphetamine withdrawal, though it has been reported that roughly 30 percent of all men and women who struggle with methamphetamine addiction simultaneously struggle with a diagnosable anxiety disorder.
  • Depression – Feelings of depression, malaise and disillusionment can last for between three and four weeks after the withdrawal process commences, and often need to be medicated short-term with an antidepressant.
  • Excessive fatigue and tiredness – Many individuals who use methamphetamine experience significantly disrupted sleep cycles. Because of a long-term lack of sleep, the withdrawal process often includes excessive fatigue which can be easily alleviated with a non-addictive sleep aid.
  • Increased appetite – Many individuals who are coming off of methamphetamine experience cravings for carbohydrates and sugary or fatty foods. At CuraWest we provide our clients with around-the-clock access to a kitchen stocked with nutrient dense foods and daily, chef-prepared meals.
  • Intense psychological cravings – Cravings often lead individuals back to use before the detox process has concluded, which is why constant structure and support is absolutely essential.

At CuraWest we are dedicated to providing a safe and pain-free withdrawal. Our dedicated team of professionals work 24-hours a day to ensure that each client is as comfortable as possible.

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How To Choose a Methamphetamine Detox Program

Choosing the right detox program for you or your loved one is not difficult when you know what to look for. When choosing a methamphetamine detox program, keep the following points in mind:

  • Look for a facility that is licensed and accredited – At CuraWest we are fully accredited through the state of Colorado and we hold ourselves to the highest possible clinical standards.
  • Choose a medical detox program that features any additional services you or your loved ones requires – For example, if you are suffering from a co-occurring mental health disorder, look for a detox that offers dual diagnosis treatment options.
  • Look for a facility that prioritizes client comfort and offers a range of amenities – CuraWest is a home-style retreat facility, and provides a level of comfort and tranquility that cannot be found in a hospital setting or state-run facility.
  • Look for a detox center that accepts your insurance or offers self-pay or private pay options – CuraWest works closely with most major regional and national providers.
  • Choose a methamphetamine detox program that emphasizes an immediate transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care – Transferring from detox straight into inpatient treatment is essential to relapse prevention.

CuraWest – The Detox Services We Provide

At CuraWest we offer a wide range of detoxification services geared towards a safe withdrawal and a seamless transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care.

The detox services we provide include:

  • Addiction assessment – Upon admission to our medical detox program, each client undergoes an in-depth addiction assessment that includes a physical, medical, psychosocial and psychological evaluation. This initial assessment helps our clinical team determine which detox methods are going to be the most effective, and helps our case managers begin developing a viable aftercare plan.
  • Case management services – Each client is assigned a case manager upon admission who serves as the main liaison between the clinical team and the loved ones of each client. Case managers work closely with the clinical and medical team and help develop a personalized plan for continuing care.
  • Individual and group therapy – At CuraWest we believe that therapeutic intervention should begin as early as medical detox. Group therapy sessions meet on a daily basis, and our clients have access to at least one individual therapy session every week.
  • Family therapy – We also believe that family involvement should be a major part of every single phase of the recovery process, from medical detox through aftercare. We offer family therapy sessions, facilitated by a licensed member of our therapeutic staff.
  • Personalized aftercare planning – Aftercare planning is especially important when it comes to methamphetamine addiction recovery. Clients are given a highly individualized plan for continuing care to ensure relapse prevention.
  • Medication management – We offer medication management services to men and women who come to us with a pre-existing mental health condition or physical disability, or who are prescribed medication by one of our on-staff physicians.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment options – Clients who have previously diagnosed mental health disorders or who have been experiencing symptoms associated with a mental illness undergo a psychological evaluation and meet with a licensed psychiatrist.

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Our Straightforward Admissions Process

At CuraWest we have developed an admissions process that is straightforward and easy to navigate. If you or someone you love has been suffering from a methamphetamine abuse disorder, we are available to help. Simply call us today and our dedicated staff members will begin smoothing out all of the finer details, eliminating any additional stress and setting up a date and a time for intake within a matter of minutes. As soon as you give us a call we conduct a brief pre-assessment over the phone, which includes a series of simple questions like, “How long have you been using methamphetamine?” “Are you aware of any substance abuse in your immediate or extended family?” “Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health disorder like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder?” Our clinical team develops an individualized plan of action based on the answers to these questions, ensuring that the detox services we provide are going to be the very best fit for you or your loved one. Once the initial assessment is complete we offer a free, no obligation health insurance benefit check. We understand that covering the cost of treatment can deter many from seeking the professional help they need. We believe that methamphetamine detox should be readily available to all those who need it, which is why we work closely with most major regional and national providers. If you or your loved one is uninsured or underinsured we offer additional options, including self-pay and private pay. Finally, we set a date and time for intake and help develop reliable transportation plans.

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Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive chemical substances known to man, and abusing this specific substance for a short matter of weeks can completely devastate your entire quality of life. The good news is that recovery is always possible when an effective, multi-phased program of clinical care is in place. Contact us today to get started.

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Jasmine has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Relations from North Carolina Central University, and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Jasmine is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and has specialized in addiction for over 10 years.