There are several factors that can influence the effectiveness of methamphetamine rehab. Most rehab clinics will follow specific guidelines that are tailored to address some of the cognitive and emotional deficits that patients are faced with during withdrawal.
These principals are accepted as effective treatment techniques for meth users:
- Treatment offers highly structured, regimental programming which addresses the patients’ needs in all areas of life.
- A residential treatment should last at least three months at a minimum, but many programs recommend a full year.
- After residential rehab, the program should offer an extensive outpatient aftercare program.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy should be offered as the primary treatment method.
- Rehab should include a significant relapse prevention component.
- Rehab programs should offer life-skills training to help to recover meth addicts a better opportunity to succeed in the outside world.
It is very important for a rehabilitating addict to follow their programming regiment very strictly and stick with the program even if they feel they do not need it anymore. Relapse rates for meth users are typically very high. This is due in part to the depressive effects that can last years after the user has last used meth. It can be very challenging for a rehabilitating meth addict to wait for the cognitive defects to go away without relapsing.