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I was mistakenly given suboxone whilst in rehab for meth. Was on ativan (lorazepam) and diazapam at the time. Was a week ago but now have headaches every day help?
Meth "meth"meaning?: Were you in treatment for methamphetamine or for methadone? Headache is a common side effect of buprenorphine (the active drug in Suboxone) but goes away within hours if not a day or two. Doubt very much it is related, but you should see your health care professional for evaluation if the headaches are severe and persistent. Good luck with sobriety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very difficult: This is a very difficult combination of problems, and would need a dual diagnosis program to work with both bipolar disorder and meth addiction. They each need care -- and long-term aftercare monitoring. If you find a credible program, and the person is truly committed to recovery, s/he has as good a shot as possible for success. Success in addiction recovery, though, is a day to day process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be effective: Effectiveness depends on many things, including the commitment of the patient. You need a program for "dual diagnosis" -- meaning they treat both the substance abuse and the bipolar disorder. When the person is actively using, it can be hard to tell mood episodes from drug effect. Meth is a very challenging drug, and ongoing outpatient recovery efforts are still needed long after discharge. ...Read more
I'm trying to quit crystal meth. I cannot afford to rehab. If I see a regular doctor is there anything that they can prescribe to help me? I'm miserable
Treatment options: For amphetamine addiction are currently limited to behavioral treatment. There are not any medications that have been shown consistently effective to this point. Suggestions include outpatient treatment (less expensive than rehab) combined with a12-step program (free). Also suggest the link to see if there are any treatment trials near you: http://www.drugabuse.gov/clinical-trial/search ...Read more
No different from: Rehab for anything else, mostly. Rehabilitation involves learning alternative coping skills, learning how to use a support system, and living a life free of drugs and alcohol, and is really pretty much the same no matter whether it is alcohol, methamphetamine or heroin. There may be some specific issues with methamphetamine (like dental problems, premature aging) that are dealt with. ...Read more
You have a lot of options for this important next part of your life. I am very proud of you for getting to the place where you can ask for help. Your family physician could make the referral or you can contact any addiction psychiatrist or clinic in your community.
There are also many groups working with meth and the various group programs such as strength over speed. ...Read more
Husband is in rehab & I just found something I think is meth. I touched it before I saw it. Washed hands a lot. How do I dispose of & will it affect me?
You won't absorb it: If you touched a white, powder or crystal and washed your hands there is very little chance to no chance it will affect you. Of greater concern is that your spouse, in rehab, has not resolved his behavior! This needs to be discussed in a non accusatory fashion with both him and his counselor. I expect urine testing will tell on him, but you must not enable continued wrong behavior ...Read more
Unpredictable: The single most dangerous feature is that at any time -- the first or the 100th use -- you may suddenly discover you can no longer be happy without using it. You will continue compulsively and not stop until the adverse effects of the drug have killed you. The last stages are quite horrible. The stories about people ripping off their own flesh are true. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which meth?: I actually HATE that word, because some people use it for methadone, and others for methamphetamine. Both are medications. Methadone is a pain medication, used in severe chronic pain as well as the treatment of opioid addiction. Methamphetamine (Desoxyn) is used to treat the same things Adderall or RItalin (methylphenidate) are used for — ADHD, narcolepsy, sleep shift disorders and conditions needing stimulants. ...Read more
Yes: If you do not have a reliable source of marijuana, then you should not smoke it, precisely because it can be cut with lots of things — including synthetic cannabinoids like spice or k2, methamphetamine, phencyclidine (pcp or angel dust) and many other things. Methamphetamine can raise blood pressure and pulse, cause palpitations and other heart problems, and make people paranoid. ...Read more
Meth effects: Yes, one of the effects of meth can be temporary weight loss -- but not a healthy kind. It can cause muscle breakdown that leads to kidney damage or failure, delusions, hallucinations, sensations of skin crawling (formication), hypertension, stroke and death. It leads to drug craving. Drug-related psychosis can last for months after your last official use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quitting meth: Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system. You can become addicted after trying it just once! For more information regarding meth treatment centers in your community, please call: 1 (888) 287-6189. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Methamphetamine, a fda approved agent, has a high abuse potential. Using this drug for other that it's intended purposes can cause serious medical issues some of which may be fatal. In the same way that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol can be fatal with long term use, so can methamphetamine use. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, impaired judgment can all lead to self-destruction and even death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer