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Speed Addiction Treatment

Speed – The Common Term for Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is one of the most common of the illegal street drugs. Commonly known as “meth,” “crank,” and “ice,” among other nicknames, the drug has many similarities to cocaine. Where cocaine, however, is largely seen as an urban drug, speed is best know at present as a particular problem in small town and rural communities. The drug is comparatively cheap and easy to make, easy to transport and trade, providing a fast high.

Facts and considerations regarding speed therapy:

Speed: The Nature of the Drug

Methamphetamine is a stimulant related in family to other amphetamines. Like cocaine, speed molecules cross the blood-brain barrier and proceed to trigger a reversal in the flow of dopamine and norepinephrine. This, in turn, starts a chain reaction that then causes these two biochemicals not to be taken up and metabolized, but to remain in high concentrations in the brain, causing an intense rush of euphoria.

The user experiences a high, as intense feelings of power, ability, confidence, energy, excitement and giddiness. Feelings of megalomania aren’t uncommon. Appetite is decreased and weight loss is not only common but also classic, with severely addicted users often being reduced to near skeletal levels of starvation. Malnutrition is common, as speed not only tricks users into self-starvation, but it also disturbs the absorption of nutrients. Teeth are lost, and bones warped as calcium is leached from the body.
As use progresses, users are subject to radical mood swings, psychotic and schizophrenic behavior, violence, rages, paranoia, sleep disturbance. Users often appear far older than their actual age. In spite of all these drawbacks, the need for the drug continues.

Breaking the Addiction

The first step in freedom from speed is detoxification. This process of denying the user access to speed is often painful, emotionally costly, and shattering. Detoxification flushes the drugs from the body over a period of a week or more. It can’t do more than break the addiction, though, and only for so long as the user continues to refuse the drug.

Many don’t have the commitment to do this, even with medical help and counseling. More who weather the first difficulty, ultimately return to their habit out of addiction to the lifestyle as much as addiction to the drug. Counseling can help with both problems.

Counseling for the Long Term

Once the process of detox is over, serious progress can begin in counseling. The majority of counseling programs dealing with speed addiction combined with a classic blend of behavior modification techniques, personal counseling, group and/or family therapy, and a required addition of some form of follow-up therapy. Follow-up most often means 12-step programs. Faithful participation has indicated that the use of a 12-step, when maintained for life, can improve the statistical odds of a patient’s successful recovery, shifting from an estimated 20% success rate to success rates as high as 40%.

By selecting a sound program, a solid team of counselors, and making a lifelong decision to live to take part in the follow-through, an addict offers himself the best survival odds available.

Finding Help for Addiction

Before you can begin, you need to find a place and a sound, professional team and program. Be cautious: some clinics and programs are little more than scams. You need a respected and professional program or clinic. These can be found through a many referring resources, including professional referral agencies. This can save you substantial time and money.

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