Dec 272010

Chronic methamphetamine (meth) use can be difficult to overcome.  If you are someone looking to get clean, or know someone who does, this article can provide some help.

Some of the challenges to recovery from meth use include the following:

  • Meth recovery can take a long time, with some of the damages incurred from meth use being permanent and irreversible.  For chronic users, significant improvement may take as long as a year or two before it begins to show.
  • Concentration, decision-making and memory are all severely compromised in a chronic meth user.  These cognitive deficits may make it harder to follow treatment directions and recommendations.  Guidance from a family member will do much to help.
  • Expect to hit a ‘wall’ at about 45 days of sobriety.  Symptoms would include a sudden intensified surge of depressive symptoms and a marked inability to experience any pleasure.

Addicts withdrawing from meth generally do not need any medical attention, as the withdrawal does not produce any medically dangerous manifestations like heroin or alcohol.  However, during withdrawal, meth addicts feel significant confusion, memory problems and impaired decision-making ability.  This stage lasts for about two weeks, and is characterized by cognitive deficits, fatigue, hunger and depressive symptoms.  Some may have psychotic symptoms which will need medical attention.  Once the withdrawal period is over, focus must shift towards preventing relapse.  Here are some research-proven treatments which help addicts recover from meth addiction:

  1. Contingency reinforcement – use of rewards as positive reinforcement for meeting goals.  Typical rewards may include gift checks or restaurant vouchers given after positive events such as a clean drug test.  These small rewards have been shown to improve commitment to treatment.
  2. The 12 steps – research show that meth users who attend 12 step meetings such like Narcotics Anonymous (patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous) had better treatment outcomes than those who did not attend any such programs.  The greater involvement and commitment to the 12 step program, the better outcome achieved.
  3. Family involvement – the family lends invaluable support to the recovering meth addict, especially during early recovery.  The longer a meth user spends in treatment, the better his chances of recovery and non-relapse.  Family members can encourage users to stay in treatment, boosting the success of rehabilitation.

  4. Education – meth users should be taught about the drug, and its effects on the body, the brain and the psyche.  In addition, they should be taught about the course of relapse, recovery and abstinence.  By knowing what to expect, they feel in better control.

Methamphetamine rehabilitation is a difficult process.  Users who attempt to stay clean should be given resources and support to have the greatest possible chance for success.

This post was written by Joana Chrystal Ventura-Moises, a registered nurse and an expert on plumbing supplies and vessel sinks.

Dec 212010

Following a daily diet plan can be cumbersome, especially if it’s cluttered by many do’s and don’ts. The best diet plans should be simple and direct to the point.

There are diet plans that tell you what food to eat and how to cook them.

The food list is very limited and the choices are strange to the palate. These foods might have been researched not only for the calorie content but also for their unique effect, being novel and unknown. But most people who go on diets don’t like to experiment, especially on the food that they put into their mouth. There might be some who’d try them just for experience but the more familiar the food is, the more likely they’ll be eaten. It’s easy to find for food substitute with the same calorie count already seasoned to the tongue.

Diet plans should not starve. Fats aren’t going anywhere if you starve them. They’ll grow smaller but they’ll go back to their normal sizes or even bigger at the first mistake you’ll commit and have an eating binge.

You’re starvation diet will only have temporary effects. It’s hard on you and at the end of the day; it’ll all be for nothing.

You should eat foods with high protein content. They are fat burning or thermogenic foods. Eat lean meats like turkey, broiled chicken breast and other thermogenic foods only. These are the real fat busters. They don’t starve the fat cells, they burn them, and that’s the only effective way of removing them from you’re system. Don’t baby your fats; they bring a lot of illnesses your body. You have to deal with them resolutely and deliberately. Eat also vegetables high in protein for bulk. Without bulk in your food, you cannot remove your waste effectively. Pure meat protein diets may cause constipation.

Follow your daily diet plan and don’t deviate from it until you get your desired weight. You may not need a written diet plan all the time of your life but you can etch them to your mind.

If you’ve done them before, it’s easy to remember them already. Remembering will not be enough though, you have to do it.

Having a diet plan is not the same as experimenting. It must be solid and tested. It should help you how to lose weight and give your ideal weight and health back to you. There’s no substitute for a sustainable diet plan.

Dec 062010

Substance abuse and addiction can put one’s life out of control and can damage personal and professional relationships. These are problems that slowly destroy lives and should be addressed at the soonest possible time. In convincing addicts to seek treatment, one may need to seek the assistance of someone who can help with an intervention.

Fortunately, there are professional interventionists trained specifically for the purpose of helping addicts come to terms with their problem. An intervention is a valuable tool that can help addicts curtail the effects of addiction by encouraging them to seek treatment as early as possible. Addressing addiction or drug dependence at its onset, in turn, helps make addiction treatment easy and quick.

A professional interventionist is someone who can help with an intervention effectively. The mission of every interventionist is to help addicts see the error of their ways and convince them to rectify it by checking themselves into a treatment facility – and staying there until they have recovered. An interventionist does not treat addiction per se, but provides assistance in taking that big leap from addiction to sobriety. Falling victim to addiction can be very challenging for anyone, accepting that one is, in fact, a victim, more so. More often than not, addicts need the support of a friend or a loved one during these trying times. In times like these, an interventionist is best equipped to help.

All people affected by an individual’s addiction should be involved in the treatment process and in the intervention.

During the intervention, an interventionist’s best friends are the family members, friends, and loved ones of

the addict. Addicts need a strong support system during treatment and the intervention is a good place to start building up on this. The family is a good foundation for a support system, and their involvement will be very helpful in the long run.

Interventions are never easy and addiction treatment will always be challenging. At Walking Miracles Recovery Centers, we encourage family involvement and friendly visits to help addicts cope with the difficulties of treatment. If you are wondering who can help with an intervention, contact Walking Miracles today and we will be glad to help you.

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