Every year 125,000 Americans seek meth addiction treatment after long and vicious cycles with the drug. Methamphetamine has been flagged as the most abused hard drug in the world with up to 1 million grams either being smoked, snorted, or injected on a daily basis. Most meth addicts end up being long-term abusers and confess that beating the addiction is probably more difficult than heroin and cocaine. Treatment is a complex and delicate affair; but not impossible.
The best way to kick out any bad habit is to unearth its root causes. Meth is highly addictive because of the overwhelming effects it induces when used. It floods the brain with a substantial amount of dopamine; about 1200% more than normal. This rush causes feelings of euphoria, increased competency and unlimited power. By stripping energy reserves meant for other parts of the body, meth addicts can stay awake and work non-stop 24 hours a day.
Its extreme highs equal its lows. Meth toxins, poor diet, lack of sleep, and unseemly hygiene result in body deterioration and emaciation. Weeks of no sleep often cause paranoid psychosis and hallucinations. Meth mouth is the most obvious tell-tale sign. Constant grinding of teeth causes the meth chemicals to erode the enamel, dry out salivary glands and gums, and decay teeth. High levels of dopamine correlate with impulsivity and most long-term abusers have little or no self-control. Withdrawal from the drug immobilizes many brain functions and often causes depression, insomnia, and delusions.
Traditional methods of treating meth addiction are not as effective as holistic alternatives. The key to this success is the mind-body-spirit interconnection that involves techniques such as acupuncture, controlled exercise, massage, organic diet, as well as explorative therapy like alfresco escapades, equine-assisted rehabilitation, psychodrama and many others. The objective is to examine, counter and resolve issues that motivate addicts into using and abusing the drug. Activities that promote sweating are also good for detoxification.
Insertion of these fine needles into muscle tissue enhances free flow of vital energy or Qi throughout the body. A normal brain releases optimal quantities of dopamine, until meth kicks in. Once the body senses an overproduction of dopamine due to meth, natural generation ceases. Sudden withdrawal from meth leaves the brain devoid of dopamine, causing symptoms such as intense paranoia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, uncontrollable rages, and an overwhelming craving for more drugs.
Acupuncture hastens the restart of normal dopamine production; which avoids prolonged deprivation and reduces cravings. Ear acupuncture or the "five point system" rehabilitates the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, sympathetic, and shin men. This soothing effect shields meth addicts against withdrawal syndromes and keeps them focused on overcoming the addiction. Additionally, traditional practitioners use a special package of vaccaria seeds soaked in wine, which are applied to the ear and pressed into place, to counter and control cravings immediately they occur.
A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs also helps to treat body deterioration, liver damage, periodontal disease and other oral health deficits created by meth.
Successful meth addiction treatment involves a healthy dietary culture that enhances the body's self-repair mechanism. Meth hampers proper absorption of essential minerals and vitamins necessary for normal functioning of vital organs. A good treatment program complemented by vitamin therapy helps the body rejuvenate itself. Vitamin B12 is essential for the nervous system, liver, immune system as well as mood stabilization.
Vitamin C helps detoxify the bloodstream and speeds up successful withdrawal by reducing cravings. It is a natural immune booster and good for oral health. Vitamin B5 helps counter stress and reduces agitation caused by withdrawal, as well as enhance proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates to provide the body with the much needed energy. It also promotes production of certain neurotransmitters that control normal cognitive and memory-related brain functions. High fiber and whole food diets are also excellent detoxification enhancers.
Most recommended herbs help to rehabilitate the affected organs and tissues. Abuse of meth affects adrenal glands that support the thyroid, which in turn burns out causing hypothyroidism. Herbs such as ashwaganda, Siberian ginseng, schisandra and licorice are good for detox and help stimulate proper metabolism. Alternatively, milk thistle, turmeric, dandelion root and artichoke also help to restore proper functioning of the liver.
Being the most sought-after drug on the planet, it beats all other drugs by being cheaper, more readily available, easy to cook at home, and most importantly gives users an euphoric high that is more powerful than any other drug. Meth addiction treatment can only be effective if the problem is comprehensively evaluated from the basics.