Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that causes chemical reactions in the brain that trick the body into believing it has unlimited energy supplies, and drains energy reserves needed for other parts of the body.
This causes methamphetamine addicts to stay awake for long periods of time until they crash from exhaustion. Methamphetamine also reduces the levels of dopamine (a chemical that causes feelings of pleasure) produced by the brain. When the user stops taking the drug, the brain is unable to function normally for a period of days, weeks, or even months.
Because traditional treatment models are not effective for methamphetamine addiction, at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, specific treatment programs have been developed for the drug, utilizing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT focuses on how the way we think affects our feelings and actions, and helps clients identify and plan for the triggers associated with the substance abuse. This approach prepares the addict for long-term, life-long recovery.
Although recovering from methamphetamine addiction is challenging, it is not impossible. Research shows that recovering methemphetamine addicts require a longer and more intense programming than for many other drugs. At Trafalgar we are uniquely qualified to support the people through this process.