Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
Detox Treatment Needs
Detoxification marks the first stage in the addiction treatment process. During detox, the body eliminates all traces of the drug from the system.
For chronic amphetamine users, the body goes through intense withdrawal effects that can actually be life-threatening. For this reason, most amphetamine detox programs require a person to live at the facility during treatment.
Detox amphetamine programs offer a structured environment where patients are monitored around the clock. In cases of severe detox withdrawal, medications may be administered to help reduce symptom severity.
While in the grips of addiction, many people experience dramatic weight loss to the point of malnourishment. As part of the detox treatment process, patients are placed on a healthy diet and exercise regimen to help support and strengthen the body’s healing mechanisms.
Detox treatment also works to educate patients on the effects of drugs and addiction, while helping them take the first steps towards confronting the underlying psychological issues that drive drug abuse behaviors.
Residential & Outpatient Program Options
Residential and outpatient program options provide different levels of treatment based on addiction severity. Residential treatment offers a highly structured environment where a person lives on the grounds for the length of the program. Outpatient treatment programs offer more flexibility in terms of allowing a person to reside at home while attending pre-scheduled treatment sessions.
Both program options offer the same types of treatment interventions, some of which include –
- Ongoing drug education counseling
- Group therapy
- Individual psychotherapy
- Motivation therapies
- Support groups
More oftentimes than not, someone recovering from amphetamine addiction will require residential treatment after completing a detox program. Outpatient treatment should only be considered after completing residential treatment, unless a person has work and/or family obligations to meet.
As amphetamine addictions tend to breed chaotic lifestyles, someone trying to go from detox to outpatient care runs a high risk of relapse. Residential treatment enables recovering addicts to develop the types of behaviors and routines that support a drug-free lifestyle.
Psychological Treatment Needs
According to the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, amphetamine’s damaging effects on brain function leave a person in a continuous state of emotional instability, which makes ongoing abstinence all but impossible. For this reason, amphetamine addiction treatment programs place an especially heavy emphasis on helping recovering addicts work through difficult emotional and psychological issues.
Psychological treatment entails a wide range of interventions designed to help a person get to the root of an addiction problem while at the same developing needed coping skills for maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.
Treatment interventions may take the form of:
- Learning relapse prevention strategies
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Support group work
- Behavior modification therapy
Amphetamine addictions often have long-lasting effects that can leave a person vulnerable to relapse long after he or she completes a drug treatment program. Aftercare treatment provides recovering addicts with a way to stay engaged in the recovery process.
Aftercare treatment interventions vary depending on each person’s individual treatment needs. Interventions offered may include –
- Ongoing psychotherapy
- Support group attendance
- Group therapy
For many people, recovering from an amphetamine addiction takes years. Staying engaged in the recovery process greatly increases a person’s chances of maintaining abstinence for the long-term.