Methamphetamine or ‘crystal meth’ is a highly addictive stimulant and it is classified as an amphetamine. Due to the relative ease of production, crystal meth use has increased in United Kingdom over the last decade. Crystal meth is predominantly smoked although it is also less-commonly consumed in pill form or injected.

Crystal Meth health implications

Health problems brought on by crystal meth consumption includes:

  • Extremely disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Psychosis and paranoia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Brain damage due to damaged brain cells
  • Memory loss
  • Inflammation of the heart lining
  • Seizures
  • Raised body temperature
  • Dental erosion known as ‘meth mouth’
  • Skin abscesses
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lead poisoning
  • Blindness
  • Respiratory failure
  • Overdose and death

How our Crystal Meth detoxification programme works

Once you are admitted into our rehabilitation programme you will be subject to initial detoxification. You will experience several discomforting withdrawal symptoms associated with crystal meth detoxification. Detoxification takes place on a residential basis. This means you live within our centre for the duration of treatment. You receive 24-hour a day medical observation. You receive a number of prescription medications such as antidepressants and anxiolytics which reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Common withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with crystal meth detoxification are mostly psychological in nature. Symptoms begin within 24-hour from when the drug was last consumed. Withdrawal symptoms typically last for up to 5 days after the drug was last consumed.

A list of withdrawal symptoms associated with crystal meth detoxification includes:

  • Powerful cravings for the drug
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts and depression
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors

What happens after detoxification?

Once withdrawal symptoms begin to stabilise during detoxification you will progress into counselling and therapy sessions. During therapy the psychological aspects of addiction are treated. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is employed. Behavioural modification reduces the risk of relapse once you leave our centre. You are taught to recognise and avoid ‘triggers of addiction’ which you will come into contact with once you leave our centre.

Therapy sessions will take place one-to-one with a qualified counsellor and in peer group settings where you are given a chance to share and listen to peers’ experiences with the drug.

Crystal meth has the highest relapse rate amongst all drugs consumed in United Kingdom. An individualised relapse prevention plan is thus drawn up before you leave our centre. A process is put in place should relapse occur. We encourage our patients to engage local Narcotics Anonymous groups.

For quick access to crystal meth rehabilitation call Ocean Recovery today

Address: Ocean Recovery Centre, 94 Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9NS

Landline: 0125 353 0553