Methamphetamine is a psychoactive drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class of drugs. It has a high potential for psychological and physical addiction. Addiction to meth can cause many undesirable side effects. Rehabilitating from a meth addiction can be a long and painful process as there are many withdrawal symptoms that can last anywhere from a few days with occasional use – or months in cases of chronic use.
Many people chose to enter a drug rehab program to assist them quitting the drug once and for all. Drug rehabilitation is the process of treatment for dependency on mood altering substances like alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal “street” drugs. Drug rehab centers offer therapists, counselors, medical doctors, and other experts on addiction to help patients overcome their addiction. Many addicts choose a residential treatment program where they stay on the campus of a rehab center for an extended period of time while they are in treatment. Residential rehab centers offer a safe, supportive, comforting environment that allows patients to ignore the stresses of their everyday lives and focus on beating their addiction.
Meth is highly addictive both physically and psychologically, so its withdrawal symptoms make rehab an especially difficult task. The physical symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal include fatigue, headaches, hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), and vivid or lucid dreaming. The psychological effects are perhaps much more severe and tend to cause more problems for an addict trying to rehabilitate. Meth users face cognitive deficits and low mood during the initial period of cessation. This further complicates the physical effects of withdrawal. Users will often times have trouble with memory, concentration, and decision making skills. This makes it far more difficult for a patient to follow structured treatment directions and recommendations.