You’ll find important information here on meth’s history, its abuse, and its potential for treatment. Crystal meth is a synthetic drug that’s easily produced, widely available, and extremely addictive. Help and hope are available for those who suffer from addiction, as well as those who care for someone who is struggling to break the grip of crystal meth.

THE SOLUTION FAQs: How to overcome Crystal Meth addiction

Q. Can crystal meth users recover?

A: Recovery is possible, but this is one of the most difficult addictions to beat-even surpassing heroin and cocaine in its addictive potential. Researchers estimate that the relapse rate can be as high as 92%. Most meth addicts are "co-addicted" (meaning they combine crystal meth with cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and alcohol). The resulting withdrawal symptoms can be agonizing, bringing on profound depression, exhaustion, confusion, voracious appetite, restlessness and insomnia, as well as psychotic reactions (hallucinations, delusions and other breaks in reality).

Just because recovery is difficult doesn't mean it's not worth trying. The more committed an addict is, and the more support they have from family and friends, the more likely they can be successful in recovery.

Q. What treatment methods work best?

A: It is virtually impossible for a crystal meth addict to recover without professional treatment. Treatment that incorporates individual therapy, group counseling, behavior modification and other skill-building techniques can be most effective. Due to the extreme physical symptoms of withdrawal, many treatment centers offer medical detoxification, which can blunt the severe pain of the body's adjustment to the lack of the drug in the system.

Q. Beyond treatment, how does a former meth user stay drug-free?

A: Treatment isn't an event; it's a process. The inpatient stage of treatment allows the addict to begin to develop coping skills and other tools to overcome the urges to use drugs again.

Support is absolutely essential to ongoing recovery. Many treatment centers encourage patients to continue in individual therapy following discharge. Participation in peer support groups such as Crystal Meth Anonymous is also recommended. This program is based on the Twelve Steps, originally developed in Alcoholics Anonymous.

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