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Ask Michelle - Questions & Answers about Meth Addiction and Recovery

  • Apr
    18

    Recovery Options

    Question:
    Is meth a drug that somebody can quit cold turkey, or should they do it slowly?

    Is Meth even a drug somebody can successfully quit?

    Does a person need inpatient rehab? Or would outpatient be okay for someone that wants and needs to stop but just has nobody to help.

    Answer:
    There's a lot to take into consideration when it comes to quitting meth 'cold turkey'. If a person is a long time user of meth with a chronic addiction they need to seek medical attention when they stop using drugs like meth. Treatment programs are equipped to take care of the individual's psychological, emotional and physical needs making sure they're safe during their addiction recovery. Everyone is different and meth really takes a toll on the individual's health so a treatment center or physician can give the best advice on that question.

    Many people quit using meth successfully all the time. The problem with meth is if it's been abused for a long length of time or if the person is a chronic user, relapse can happen very easily. Many heavy users of meth need some form of treatment and support to help them maintain abstinence when they quit. A lot of people stop using meth but go on to use other drugs in its place which is just as bad.

    As far as inpatient treatment verses outpatient treatment it just depends on the individual and what their needs are. Usually outpatient treatment programs work best for people with less intense addiction to drugs like meth, these are usually less frequent users. A quality outpatient treatment program offers a variety of programs to help the individual while working on their recovery while they reside in their homes.

    Inpatient short term treatment programs are extremely beneficial providing counseling or therapy, medical stabilization, and abstinence. A lot of people need a little more structured form of treatment in the beginning and they benefit more from a short term impatient setting. There are short term Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs that provide excellent treatment and many of these treatment programs last around 30 days. A variety of programs are offered geared to help the individual remain abstinent and successfully recover from their dependency to drugs or alcohol.

    Long term Inpatient Programs provide care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Long term inpatient treatment is very beneficial for individuals needing a more intense structured form of treatment due to their more chronic dependency needs. Inpatient long term treatment can run from several months to a year or more. Individuals are provided all the necessary programs, tools and education the individual needs during their recovery to maintain abstinence and to successfully return to their community with the socials skills needed. Individualized assessments are done before a treatment plan is designed for each client making sure their treatment meets their personal needs.


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