The abuse of amphetamines and methamphetamine, such as crystal meth, is quite serious and therefore amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse treatment is available to those who struggle with one or both of these drugs.
Amphetamine and Methamphetamine: What’s the Difference?
In a nutshell: one molecule.
That’s right; amphetamines, like Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall are kissing cousins with meth. Besides that one little molecule, the other difference is that the use of one is socially-acceptable and legal (amphetamines) and the other is considered ‘dirty’ as well as being illegal.
The chemical difference between the two boils down allows meth cross the blood-brain barrier a little faster, giving it that extra ‘kick’ when compared to its legal version. After that, meth breaks down fast into dextroamphetamine, the dominant salt in Adderall, which just so happens to be America’s leading ADHD drug and favorite study drug.
There are a whole slew of reasons behind the whole “good” amphetamine versus “bad” methamphetamine but, actual chemistry isn’t one of them. There is very little difference between Adderall and street speed that really comes down to politics and the almighty dollar. As you might have guessed, Big Pharma is the driving force behind these politics.
Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment: Detox
The first step in the process of your amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse treatment is a medical detox. During this stage, individuals are given a confidential assessment in order to find out what drugs and how much is currently in your system, as well as the length of time you have been using so-called study drugs and/or meth.
Typically people are required to take a drug test and meet with an intake counselor to give a brief drug history to help with the initial assessment, and again all the results and information you share are kept confidential. These tests are done in order to make a treatment plan that will best serve your specific needs. Plus if there is any other potential for risk then the staff would want to be aware in order to make sure all of your medical needs are met.
During the detox period of amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse treatment, everything will be done to assure you are kept comfortable. Meals and other needs provided and may be given medication to assist you in your detox from stimulant drugs in both a safe and comfortable way.
Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Abuse Treatment: Inpatient Treatment
Also called “rehab,” this makes up the bulk of your time spent in treatment – about 30 days. Rehab offers you safe haven while starting to build a foundation for your recovery from amphetamines and methamphetamine. Some stimulant drug addiction treatment programs last longer, from weeks to months longer for those who want to get as much professional treatment as possible.
During your amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse treatment, you will continue to have your needs addressed while living in the residences provided. These residences have access to all the facilities you will need to make your stay confrontable and convenient. Inpatient rehab consists of both individual and group therapy sessions where you will learn about substance abuse and gain the tools – healthy coping methods – to incorporate into your new, healthy lifestyle so that you don’t need to be physically and psychologically dependent on drugs.
Abusing drugs of any kind causes changes to brain chemistry and even to brain structures, making it ever more difficult to stop on your own. There’s lots of good news about this, though. First, even though drugs profoundly affect the brain and body, healing and full recovery is possible. Secondly, help is available in the form of amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse treatment programs that specialize in helping you recovery. Cal toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to find out more.