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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are more than 14 million Americans who have used methamphetamine at some point in their lifetime.Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, but the effects fade quickly.2 

Methamphetamine use is frequently characterized by a "binge and crash" pattern that amplifies the drug's addictive properties.2

Inpatient Centers vs. Outpatient Clinics

If the patient has a serious or long-term addiction, inpatient treatment is recommended. Inpatient treatment requires the recovering individual to live at the methamphetamine treatment center for a period of time. While in residential treatment, the patient will receive therapy, group counseling and other programs designed to facilitate recovery. An outpatient program is recommended for those with less serious dependency issues. The patient is able to undergo treatment during the day and then return to their home at the end of the day.

Do I Need a Residential Rehab Facility?

You may benefit from a methamphetamine residential rehab center if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:3

  • Compulsive, drug-seeking behaviors, such as stealing in order to buy more methamphetamine.
  • Feeling physically ill when not using methamphetamine.
  • Continuing to use the drug despite negative effects such as hallucinations, rotting teeth, or insomnia.
  • Continuing to use the drug despite difficulties experienced at work, school, or in personal relationships.

Use vs. Abuse vs. Methamphetamine Addiction

If the medication is being used exactly as prescribed by a medical professional, the patient is likely not dependent. Abuse is characterized by using the drug in a way other than intended. This includes taking larger doses than recommended and using the medication after the prescribed period has ended. Addiction occurs when the individual is unable to stop using methamphetamines without experiencing physical or withdrawal symptoms.

Tolerance vs. Methamphetamine Dependence

Tolerance occurs when an individual's body becomes used to the effects of a drug. Tolerance can lead to dependence. This happens because the patient needs higher doses of the drug in order to achieve the desired result. Eventually, the user's body cannot function normally without the medication, and he or she becomes addicted.

Are Methamphetamine Rehabs Private and Confidential?

Federal laws are in place to protect a recovering individual's privacy. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, patient consent is required for the disclosure of records, with a few exceptions. While each methamphetamine rehab center is different, each values the privacy of their patients.

How Long Does Inpatient Methamphetamine Rehabilitation Last?

Each recovering individual has options. While most patients choose to stay at a methamphetamine treatment center for a period of one month, others feel the need to stay longer. In addition to the 28- to 30-day option, patients can also choose a 60-day program. This is appropriate for those with a more serious dependency issue. For those who have been living with addiction for a long period of time, a 90-day stay may be the best choice. In some cases, patients can stay longer. It is up to each recovering individual, their loved ones and trained professionals to determine the course that is best.

What Happens During Treatment?

One thing is certain: No inpatient marijuana rehab centers are going to achieve lasting success until you are ready to get treatment and live a life of sobriety.-Rehabs.comTreatment at a methamphetamine rehab center takes place in a caring and supportive environment. The patient first undergoes routine medical testing and completes some forms. The next step is the detoxification process, where the drug is slowly weaned from the patient's body. Once detox is complete, the individual will attend addiction therapy sessions. During these sessions, the patient will learn the causes of addiction and new behaviors to replace their addictive behaviors. Some individuals will learn coping skills and ways to relax. Once treatment has been completed successfully, most facilities offer aftercare programs that help the patient continue his or her success.

Should I Travel or Stay Near Home?

Where to attend treatment is a personal decision. Some methamphetamine rehabilitation facilities are close to home. These can be a convenient option for those who wish for family and other loved ones to be a part of their recovery. Others may benefit from attending a facility away from environmental stressors that can contribute to their drug use.

What Happens After?

After treatment, the patient is equipped to live a sober life. Since additional support is often needed, many methamphetamine rehab centers offer follow-up care. The recovered individual can attend therapy and group sessions and mentor dependent individuals.

Prescription stimulant sources

How Prescription Stimulants are AcquiredMany young individuals can get prescription stimulants even without a prescription for them. This is a major issue that can have troubling results. But where do these young men and women get access to their prescription drugs? According to a 2016 survey conducted by Recovery Brands, a whopping 63% of young people between 18 and 28 years old get their hands on their prescription stimulant medications to treat ADHD from companions. 20.4% get ahold of them by means of a family member, 18.5% via other students, and merely 14.8% through a dealer. People with doctor approval for these medications are advised to keep track of their medications to treat ADHD in order to protect susceptible college-age men and women from substance misuse and the consequences of it. Read More

You May Want to Learn More About:

  • Interventions. An individual can be persuaded to seek help from a methamphetamine rehab center. An intervention can be staged with the help of a trained specialist. The dependent loved one is lovingly confronted with his or her addictive behavior and urged to seek assistance.
  • Assessment/intake. The intake process is similar to the admittance procedure in a hospital. The patient undergoes some medical evaluations and completes the necessary paperwork for admittance to the program.
  • Detox and withdrawal from methamphetamines. The detoxification process is done gradually to help ease the physical symptoms. While withdrawal can be unpleasant, caring staff members at a methamphetamine rehab center can make the patient as comfortable as possible during the process.
  • Inpatient vs. outpatient care. Deciding between inpatient and outpatient treatment options is a personal decision. The patient and his or her loved ones can discuss the options with a treatment specialist.
  • Treatment methods. Each individual is different. That is why a variety of treatment options are available. Traditional therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy, 12-step programs, group sessions and educational classes are offered at most facilities. Holistic approaches that include yoga, meditation and acupuncture are also available.
  • Sober living. Living sober is possible. Methamphetamine rehab centers give patients the tools they need to remain sober in the long term.
  • Aftercare/recovery. Aftercare programs are designed to be supportive and provide additional support to the recovered individual as needed.


  1. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2017). Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. 
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). What is methamphetamine?
  3. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

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7 thoughts on “Methamphetamine Addiction: Is Rehab Right for You?”

  1. lenski

    What are the slang, street names, or nicknames for methamphetamines?

    1. rehabs.com

      Other names include:

      • Meth
      • Speed
      • Chalk
      • Ice
      • Crystal
      • Glass
  2. lenski

    Am I addicted to methamphetamines?

    1. rehabs.com

      Signs of methamphetamine dependence include:

      • Skin sores
      • Fidgety behavior
      • Rambling
      • Mood swings
      • Rapid eye movements
      • Tooth decay
  3. lenski

    What are the long-term effects of methamphetamine abuse?

    1. rehabs.com

      Those who have been using methamphetamines for a prolonged period of time may experience some health problems such as liver damage, increased heart rate, inability to heal, convulsions, stroke, and brain damage, in some cases.

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