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Medicine For Meth Addiction
I need to know an OTC drug to help a friend relax and get through his issues with his heroin and meth addiction. Same effect as alcohol. Thanks.
Drug Withdrawal: First an addict coming off of meth and heroin needs to be observed during withdrawal. There is too much risk in detoxing without medical attention close at hand. There is no otc medication to help one stay safe while detoxing. Your friend needs to be in a safe and medical place for this. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
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 more
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
Take The First Step: Methamphetamine addiction is a formidable enemy that can be beaten, but not without hard work and dedication. Individuals using the 12-step method, adopted from the treatment of alcoholism, have the best chance of beating their addiction. There are 12-step programs across the country that can offer help, support and guidance. For more information check out this site: www. Crystalmeth. Org. ...Read more
Start w/your doctor: Meth addiction brings with it many health problems, including tooth decay, risk of hiv/aids, and hepatitis b & c. You may need an inpatient program. Matrix model, a comprehensive behavioral treatment approach that combines behavioral therapy, family education, individual counseling, 12-step support, drug testing, and encouragement for nondrug-related activities, is one approach that can help. ...Read more
Home ket or go to: To the doctor. Crystal meth tests can be conducted with home test kits or urine and blood sample may be sent to a pathology laboratory for more accurate testing. The body breaks down and excretes half of the methamphetamine within 24 hours. Byproducts may be detectable in the urine up to 72 hours after use while blood testing may reveal methamphetamine metabolites up to 4 to 6 days after use. ...Read more
A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance,
withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more
Meth addiction: One the most promising treatments for meth addiction is something called prometa. A november, 2011, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal addiction concluded that prometa is ineffective. "the prometa protocol, consisting of flumazenil, (clonazepam) Gabapentin and hydroxyzine, appears to be no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, retaining patients in treatment. ...Read more
Drug rehab: Methamphetamine is one of the most difficult drug addictions, so I recommend gathering all the support you can. One great resource is crystal meth anonymous: http://tinyurl. Com/n5gfdko you can find local meetings through that site also. You may need an inpatient or intensive outpatient drug rehab program to start with. Ask your doctor about credible programs in your community. ...Read more
If hours w/out cause: Withdrawal symptoms of a crash - sleepy, depressed, desperate are a definite marker of addiction. Anything beyond the most limited, rare, non-injected tiny dose will lead to an addiction pattern with this substance. Catch it as early as possible and the worst damage might be avoided or reversed as much as possible. It's not a pleasant addiction. Good luck. ...Read more
Step One of NA or CA: Powerlessness and unmanageability. Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or Cocaine anonymous. ...Read more
Depending on the severity, an inpatient program is generally most advisable, although an outpatient program might work if you have strong family/social support.
But, if you are planning on continuing to hang around your fiends who use it, don't waste your money on treatment. Just make sure your affairs and your will are in order. ...Read more
Meth addiction: Crystal meth is an extremely dangerous and addictive substance. Among many other effects, it can cause heart attack and stroke. If you're pursuing this substance, are focused on continuing to use it despite dangers to your health and your life, chances are very high that you're addicted. Help is available through crystal meth anonymous: http://www. Crystalmeth. Org/en. Html. ...Read more
Any Addiction def;: Addiction and substance abuse is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of work, relationships and health. Substance abuse and addiction is progressive in nature and requires professional intervention ...Read more
Mutual support helps: You might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or Cocaine anonymous. ...Read more
Yes: You might consider attending meetings of al-anon or nar-anon to join your boyfriend in a process of recovery. ...Read more
Healthy ones: If you're in recovery from meth, that is a hard road. You've used a lot of your resilience in your habit, and now need to build it up again. As many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can eat, leafy green salads, and lean meats like chicken and wild alaskan salmon would be good. The latter will help replenish your omega-3's to stabilize neuronal membranes. Whole foods that are not processed. ...Read more
Addictions to meth: Do not wear off. Once you are addicted to a substance you body is "hooked" for life. An addiction is a disease which can be controlled but not cured. Go to na (narcotics anonymous or aa learn everything you can about addictions (90 days at least 90 meetings), find a therapist ; consider a detox in a hospital. You need to fight the addiction 24/7 to overcome it. Good luck ; it's worth it to stop. ...Read more
I'm currently recovering from meth addiction. A lot of what I read online is negative and makes me feel hopeless. I really can be okay again, right?
I am proud of you:
You really can be ok again! You need a support group, of those who have walked down that same road. Make sure you have a good caring doctor, and at least one close friend to run to and hold you accountability
http://www. Drugabuse. Gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine
http://teens. Drugabuse. Gov/educators/curricula-and-lesson-plans/mind-over-matter/methamphetamine. ...Read more
It is not easy but: Possible. Meth addiction treatment should only be carried out by qualified healthcare practitioners if any reasonable success is to be hoped for. Such treatment is always aimed at putting a stop to both the physical and psychological dependency on the drug that the addicts normally have. ...Read more
Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more
Good question: But nobody really knows. Stimulants in general make people feel so good, and then so bad when they stop, that they compulsively and obsessively want to feel the "good" again. They change the actual chemistry/structure of the brain to where the brain needs these substances to function. Cocaine is just as difficult for many people to kick, but methamphetamine is the worst. There is help available. ...Read more
Hard to say:
Please see the resources on the following website. There are some helpful things listed that you can do to improve your energy and the hotline numbers should also be helpful for you as well. Best wishes on your road to recovery.
www. Crystalrecovery. Com/meth/ask-michelle-questions...
Supporting recovery for methamphetamine addiction 24 hour crystal meth helpline 1-800-559-9503. ...Read more
Addiction and substance abuse is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of work, relationships and health. Substance abuse and addiction is progressive in nature ...Read more