The Importance of Detox for Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine, more commonly referred to simply as meth, is a substance of abuse that holds great popularity among those in society today. Despite the known risks and dangers associated with the use of meth, many individuals still find themselves trapped in a cycle of ongoing abuse of this drug.
The addictive properties that meth is comprised of cause many people to become rapidly ensnared in a detrimental pattern of use that elicits disturbances in most, if not all, facets of their lives. As an individual continues to consume methamphetamine, his or her body will become accustomed to the presence of the drug in its system, resulting in a need for the person to increase the amount that is being used in order for the desired effects to be achieved. This effect is known as tolerance, and as that tolerance increases, an individual’s body can develop a physical dependence on the drug, meaning that it can no longer function adequately unless meth is consumed.
Once a tolerance to and dependency on meth has developed, it becomes even more difficult for individuals to put an end to their use of this substance. Part of the reason for this problem is due to the fact that, should the individual attempt to stop using meth after a tolerance and dependence has been established, he or she will likely experience a period of withdrawal. Withdrawal refers to the process of the body trying to re-adjust to the way that it previously functioned; the way that it functioned prior to the introduction of methamphetamine. The symptoms that arise during this withdrawal period can be excruciatingly uncomfortable, causing many to return to the use of meth simply to alleviate their distress. While wanting to find relief is understandable, it also prohibits many individuals from being able to successfully overcome their addiction without professional help.
Benefits of Detox
One of the most beneficial and effective ways of putting an end to one’s use of methamphetamine is by taking part in detoxification services. Detoxification, or detox, is the process of having toxic substances physiologically removed from one’s system. Those who choose to receive detoxification services can benefit in the following ways:
- As detox is a drug-free environment, individuals will not have access to methamphetamine, which prevents them from relapsing.
- With medically monitored assistance, the symptoms of withdrawal will be significantly reduced, aiding in alleviating the distress that typically accompanies the process.
- Further detriments to one’s physical and mental health can be prevented.
- Addiction treatments are on hand to provide ongoing support and encouragement.
- Once detoxification is complete, individuals can seamlessly transition into the next phase of recovery, which usually consists of intensive therapeutic interventions.
By denying oneself the benefit of receiving detoxification services, he or she is placing him or herself at risk for experiencing insurmountable negative consequences. In addition to one’s physical health being placed at ongoing risk, one’s mental wellbeing can also be tainted by the ongoing use of meth. If the individual is suffering from a mental health disorder, the symptoms of that disorder can be exacerbated by the use of methamphetamine. If an individual has a genetic predisposition for a mental health disorder but has not yet experienced the symptoms of such, the use of meth can trigger the onset of those symptoms. Furthermore, the ongoing abuse of meth makes individuals vulnerable to experiencing an overdose on the substance, which, tragically, has the potential to be fatal. However, by receiving detox, these detriments can be avoided as sobriety is achieved.
At Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, we have extensive experience in helping individuals overcome their seemingly endless battle with methamphetamine abuse. We recognize how intimidating the prospect of receiving treatment can seem, and we also understand the fear that can surround the prospect of undergoing detox. Yet, we also recognize how imperative receiving treatment is, which is why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care that helps each individual navigate his or her own road to recovery. By engaging in treatment at Duffy’s, men and women can receive medically monitored detoxification services and then seamlessly transition into the therapeutic interventions offered in our residential program. In doing so, individuals are making the life-saving decision to overcome their addictions to meth and rediscover a life of sobriety.
If you or someone you care about is battling an addiction to meth, please do not hesitate to contact the caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable staff at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab. A brighter future awaits.