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There is one element that appears to be a constant in successful cases of meth recovery. This recurring similarity is an extended period of time. A growing number of experts and organizations believe six months likely represents a minimum timeframe for achieving successful meth recovery. What is the reason needed for a long-term approach? Meth is different than other drugs and the body needs more time to repair brain damage that occurs as a result of abuse. While drugs, such as cocaine, are quickly removed and almost completely metabolized in the body, meth has a longer duration of action and a larger percentage of the drug remains unchanged in the body.
Users, police officers, doctors, and families of users will tell you it's next to impossible to overcome meth addiction. For meth users undergoing current rehab programs, their meth recovery rate is often slim. Treatment providers describe meth abusers as the hardest to treat of all drug users. An user has an intense and fanatical devotion to meth, resisting treatment even when it's voluntary. The severity and length of withdrawal symptoms depends on the amount of physical, mental, and emotional damage done during use. Symptoms include: drug craving, irritability, loss of energy, depression, shaking, nausea, sweating, and fearfulness.
Although meth addicts get over the acute effects of withdrawal fairly quickly, they have to climb the "wall" to have any hope of meth recovery. This period can last anywhere from six months to three years. Effective meth rehab can't even begin until an user has been meth-free for an extended period of time. A relapse of meth use can occur even after a treatment program. Even after serving jail time and forcibly being without the drug for several months, many users will fall back to their addiction.
What are the principles of effective meth recovery programs? Meth addicts benefit most when engaged in meth addiction treatment programs designed to compensate for some of the cognitive and emotional deficits that occur during lengthy meth withdrawal. Some of the principals of effective meth addiction treatment include:
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