Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 3rd April 2023


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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Crystal meth is an extremely addictive drug which is a crystalised form of methamphetamine. With a high potential for abuse and addiction, it is important to seek treatment for crystal meth addiction if you show signs of withdrawal or drug abuse.

Before crystal meth rehab treatment can begin, it is important to understand the effects and risks that are associated with the drug.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to crystal meth, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our admissions helpline for advice and guidance about private drug and alcohol rehab.


What is Crystal Meth?

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is an amphetamine which has similar effects to cocaine and speed. It usually comes in the form of crystals, although it can also come in tablet or powder form which can be injected or smoked.

In its crystal form, it is usually smoked, but it can also be snorted or injected in its other forms. The main effects of the drug make the user very alert and aggressive as well as feeling very aroused.

It also lowers the user’s reasoning, meaning that they are more likely to take bigger risks. It is often abused and has a very high potential for addiction as a result of the potency of the drug and the extreme high it provides.

Smoking or injecting crystal meth also causes an extreme comedown, which fuels the cycle of drug addiction with users.


Dangers of Crystal Meth Addiction

The use of crystal meth can cause a wide range of physical and mental illnesses as a result of drug abuse. As tolerance builds to the drug, the body requires more of the substance to function, resulting in a severe addiction.

There are many risks associated with taking crystal meth. These can include:

  • Psychosis – users often develop psychosis, where they lose track of reality and may believe things that are not true. Mental health conditions are common in users or crystal meth.
  • Overdose – crystal meth use can result in damage to the lungs and kidneys as well as cause strokes. The drug also causes the heart to work harder, and in extreme cases of large dosage intake, overdose and death can occur.
  • Brain damage – there is evidence that prolonged use of crystal meth can damage the brain, although users can gradually recover with abstinence.
  • Reduced inhibitions – users may take part in risky activities, which can result in injury. With the combined effect of arousal, users will often have unsafe sex.

If you or a family member are experiencing signs of crystal meth addiction, it is important that you seek drug addiction treatment at a reputable drug rehab facility. A crystal meth detox and addiction therapies will be required to overcome the addiction.


Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment: Detox and Therapies

Once you have realised that you are showing signs of drug addiction, the first step is to find an inpatient rehab facility to treat your crystal meth addiction.

Crystal Meth Detox

Upon arrival at rehab, you will then start the detox process which involves withdrawing from drug consumption with the help of medical professionals.

Our detox programmes are medically assisted so you have around-the-clock support and guidance throughout your crystal meth detox. Prescription medications can help you to manage your withdrawal symptoms which may arise during drug detox.

Withdrawal symptoms may include headaches, nausea, intense cravings, insomnia, and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and paranoia.

You will be supported throughout the crystal meth detox process by expert addiction recovery workers and medical professionals.

Addiction Therapies and Treatments

Once you have finished the detox, you will then start psychological therapies. The rehabilitation stage of private rehab is an incredibly important aspect of addiction recovery, as it treats the psychological symptoms of addiction.

Addiction therapies that you can expect to complete include:

  • Group therapy
  • Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy
  • One to one sessions
  • Relapse prevention
  • Art therapy
  • Holistic therapies such as yoga

Nutritional therapy and information sessions are also provided to teach you about the importance of a healthy diet. Crystal meth commonly suppresses appetite, so the healthy meals and information provided during treatment are very beneficial to your recovery.

Mental health conditions are common in people who have a crystal meth addiction, so it is extremely important to address any mental health issues that have arisen in private rehab.

Dual diagnosis treatment is a way to treat both addiction and mental health disorders if they are having a huge impact on your life.


How Long Are Residential Rehab Programmes?

Completing crystal meth rehab at an inpatient treatment centre such as ours at Cassiobury Court takes time and effort to overcome addiction.

The most recommended length of stay in rehab is a programme that is 28 days long or longer, as this provides you with adequate time to both detox and receive therapy in the comfort of rehab.

Making sure that you have enough time to fully engage with addiction treatments and finish your programme is important to ensure that you maintain sobriety long term.

For those who complete a 28 day crystal meth treatment programme or longer, one year of free aftercare sessions will be provided to continue your treatment and support.

There are also 10 day treatment programmes on offer which involve only the crystal meth detox, however longer lengths of stay are recommended to give you the best opportunity of long term recovery.


How We Can Help

Cassiobury Court is a UK-leading private rehab centre which offers treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. If you are suffering from an addiction to crystal meth, we can treat you here.

We have a range of leading drug and alcohol rehab treatments to help with your crystal meth addiction, including detox, counselling, and holistic therapies.

Our residential rehab is based in Watford, and we offer treatment across the UK for anyone seeking help for their addictions.

For more information about our crystal meth rehab programme, call our admissions team today on 0800 001 4070 or fill out our contact form.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 3rd April 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 25th October 2022

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.