How Do You Help a Methamphetamine Addict?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that tremendously affects the central nervous system . It can come in the form of tablets or powder, rocks and crystal (which is known as crystal meth). A person who uses meth experiences a rush of euphoria and over time begins to have paranoia, depression, mood swings. He or she will go through “meth mouth” where the mouth is affected by meth use leading to bad oral hygiene and losing one's teeth. Another problem is “crank bug” where a person will begin scratching at his or her skin causing sores to happen. So how do you help a methamphetamine addict?
Methamphetamine is one of the drug addictions with severe withdrawal symptoms. It is important that you encourage your friend or loved one to do so under the watchful eye of professional medical and counseling staff. Methamphetamine is something a person should go into a treatment program for as it can seriously change a person mentally and physically.
While being addicted to any drug can be dangerous, the withdrawal symptoms of certain ones can be down right life-threatening as well. Methamphetamine is one of these and getting the addict into drug rehab so his or her detox can be monitored is the best route to take.
Methamphetamine addicts usually suppress issues both pertaining to their addiction and other problems that they have kept hidden, sometimes even from themselves. Counseling and therapy sessions are especially important during recovery so the meth addict can acquire the knowledge and the armory, he needs to wage a successful battle against the drug addiction itself.
Understand that when you try to help a person who is addicted to meth, you are going to be met with resistance. Ironically, the addict will see it as a means to control him or her when, in reality, he is already being controlled by methamphetamine. This is a drug addiction where it might be best to stage an intervention with a professional counselor available. Above all, be careful, because a person who is addicted to methamphetamine might get out of control physically due to paranoia. Never try to get a meth addict to talk about his addiction alone, always have someone else with you because he could get out of control.
Supporting your friend or loved one is important. It is also important that you remain honest (without judgment) and optimistic (without falsehoods). It is going to be a rough road but the person you love inside that meth addiction is worth it. Remind him or her of that.