Drug Addicition: Meth (cont.)
The reason whey we see it more frequently in meth and heroin users is the high level of addictiveness of those drugs. They enter late-stage addiction rapidly and in a short period of time, unlike many traditional alcoholics that can be drinking for years before we see late-addiction consequences. In comparison, the adult alcoholic loses the job and the family as a last resort after many years of drinking. The meth user can lose those things in a short period of time, such as months or weeks.
The second part of the question is -- can they ever be good parents? Absolutely -- in recovery. As far as recovery for meth users -- traditional, short-term treatment that works for traditional drug users does not work for meth users. It needs to be longer term and more intensive.
It's a painful withdrawal, but can be helped with some medications that can be used for pain management short term to help with some of the initial pain.
What is most concerning in the early stages of recovery for meth users and withdrawal is their desire to use and get high is extremely, and I can't overemphasize it, extremely intensive , unlike many other drugs we've seen. Despite all the other negative consequences they are experiencing, their desire to want to continue to get high is not dissipated at all. They also experience a clenching of the teeth and grinding of the teeth during withdrawal and months or so of recovery, which again is part of the withdrawal from the amphetamine.
Lastly, difficulty sleeping. As if all of that wasn't enough!
Psychological withdrawal, although you can compare it to other addictions, they will always want to get high during some points of their recovery. Meth addicts are preoccupied more frequently about getting high throughout the day for many days after they're drug free, which again makes the short-term traditional 30-day treatment ineffective for meth users.
It is also not uncommon to hear that you stopped your meth use while pregnant -- it's a similar story I've heard with alcoholics and heroin users -- they've stopped while they are pregnant and started again after the baby is born. What it unfortunately reinforces to them, and wrongly so, is that they were in control.
Typically when they start using again, it's as if, physiologically and psychologically, they've been using the whole time. They essentially pick up where they left off, it takes less for them to get high and the deterioration is much faster.
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions