In the realm of drug and alcohol addiction, there are very few absolutes. The way substances affect each person is a little different based on the amount being used and the individual’s physiology. These differences also come into play once an individual decides to stop using their drug of choice.
Knowing that absolutes rarely exist, it’s interesting to note that a lot of people question whether someone addicted to meth needs inpatient treatment in order to beat their addiction. Of course inpatient treatment would be preferred, but does someone really needs to submit to this type of treatment option? In order to properly answer this questions, there are a few things we need to consider.
First, meth is a man-made substance, made with ingredients that act as a very strong stimulant on the human body’s central nervous system. The drug’s two primary active ingredients are methamphetamine and dextromethamphetamine. Each of these substances are highly addictive due in large part to the euphoria they create for the user.
What really makes meth a menace to society it its side effects and subsequent withdrawal symptoms should a frequent decide suddenly decide to stop using. Used primarily as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects, the worst of the side effects include the following:
- Sleep disorders
- Irregular heartbeat and breathing issues
- High blood pressure
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Blurred vision
- Meth mouth – severe decaying of the teeth
As bad as the side effects appear to be, the possible withdrawal symptoms are even worse. Should the meth user decide to suddenly stop using after creating a significant addiction to the drug, they are subject to experience things like:
- High levels of anxiety
- Muscle and stomach cramping
- Tremors and convulsions
- Interrupted sleep patterns
- Severe fatigue
- Wild mood swings between anger and depression
- Hallucinations or lucid dreams
Any one of these withdrawal symptoms should be considered dangerous unto themselves. The possible totality of these withdrawal symptoms should be viewed as downright scary.
Does Meth Addiction Require Inpatient Rehab
Let’s delve into whether or not someone addicted to meth really needs to submit to inpatient treatment. There’s three things that really need to be considered to determine if inpatient rehab is really necessary. The first would be the depth of the individual’s addiction. The second consideration would be the serious nature of the aforementioned withdrawal symptoms. The last consideration would be the causes of the individual’s desire or need to abuse a substance to the point of addiction.
Depth of Addiction
Upon entering rehab, the facility’s clinicians do an initial interview. The purpose of this interview is to gather information about the patient and their addiction. Clearly, the clinicians intend to use this information to determine the proper course of treatment for each patient.
Very close attention is going to be paid to the length of time the individual has been using meth. The clinician will also be looking at the amount that as being used per dose, as well as the progression of use. Even if the individual has only been “addicted” for a short while, it would really be difficult to justify letting the patient handle treatment on an outpatient basis. The addictive nature of meth really requires the patient be diligent during the treatment process. This can only be assured on an inpatient basis.
Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms
It’s never safe for a meth user to simply stop using meth without at least consulting a physician. The possible withdrawal symptoms are too dangerous. The safe bet is for the patient to at least submit to a detox program on an inpatient basis.
Inpatient detox programs offer many benefits. First, the patient is removed from the environment that made their drug use possible. Under the watchful eye of medical staffers, the patient can be monitored to assure they are safe and comfortable during the detox process. If they show signs of distress, it’s quite possible the facility’s head medical adviser will prescribe medication to help with issues like physical pain and sleep issues related to withdrawal.
Remember, a successful detox process sets the table for an effective therapy program. Without having to deal with cravings and/or residual drugs in their system, a patient is more likely to focus on counseling by opening up and being honest about their addiction.
Looking at the Causes of Addiction
Most people start abusing substances as a way to deal with personal or physical issues. Once an addiction forms, they lose control over the illness. It’s very important for a patient to understand why they chose to abuse drugs as a means to cope. On an outpatient base, the task of learning about causation requires a lot more time. As part of an inpatient program, the patient can undergo intensive therapy and counseling in a controlled environment. This should help them stay focused on the task at hand, beating their addiction.
Once the causes have been successfully identified, it’s much easier to start building better coping skills that target causation. A good set of coping skills is the best insurance against possible relapses.
In summary, to say inpatient treatment is absolutely necessary would be a little misleading. There are some circumstances under which an outpatient program might suffice. With that said, an inpatient program is always preferred for meth addiction. It gives the patient a better opportunity to build a solid foundation for recovery. Simply put, an inpatient program is the safest bet for a meth user with a significant addiction.
If you are suffering from an addiction to meth or any other substance, we can help you find the road to a lasting recovery. The best way to start the process is to pick up the phone and call our facility at 888-380-0342. Truly, the path to a better way of living is only one phone call away.