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Dealing with a child’s meth addiction

Posted on 06-15-2017 Posted in Addiction - 0 Comments

Dealing with a child’s meth addiction

Betty (name changed) was only in eighth grade when she, along with her friends, discovered meth pipes for the very first time. She and her friends decided to test them out. Soon, Betty was hooked on to meth. While most of the time Betty’s parents were unaware of her dangerous habit, she continued smoking meth until the age of 31 when she was finally able to get rid of the deadly drug.

Like Betty, there are several other children who often fall victim to meth. Parents often do not have many options to prevent their wards from using the addictive substance. The challenge for many such families is how to help their children. While many provide their wards with money or a place to stay, it often places an emotional and financial strain on the families. Besides, there are some outfits such as the Oregon-based Meth Action Coalition (MAC), which are working toward educating families of meth users to identify warning signs of its addiction. Such groups, in collaboration with treatment providers, prevention educators and law enforcement agencies, have made great strides in their fight against meth addiction.

CRAFT: An alternative to dealing with addiction

Experts feel that families grappling with their kids’ addiction should use the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), which teaches effective strategies to help reduce a loved one’s drug and alcohol abuse and move him/her toward treatment. CRAFT is a research-based technique specially designed for those families whose members have fallen prey to any harmful drug.

Rather than targeting the person with an addiction, CRAFT works with other significant members of the family. A set of therapeutic techniques taken from the community reinforcement approach, CRAFT teaches an individual several skills, including problem solving, self-care, positive communication and reinforcement strategies, and understanding triggers causing substance abuse, among others.

Meth: Addictive and dangerous

One of the most addictive drugs, methamphetamine or meth has the ability to affect the central nervous system of its user. Classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule II stimulant, meth is prone to abuse and addiction. In addition to chemical and molecular changes in the brain, regular meth use is also associated with severe functional and structural changes in the brain areas associated with emotion and memory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths involving psychostimulants with abuse potential, which include drugs such as meth, has more than doubled from 5 percent in 2010 to 11 percent in 2015. Meth abuse provides an immediate rush of euphoria that is often followed by a crash, which may cause irritability, depression, insomnia and aggressive behaviors. What adds to the problem is the fact that it can be easily manufactured with inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients, and can be inhaled, smoked or injected. It also has long-lasting effects. In addition to short-term changes, meth users are susceptible to heart attack and its addiction can lead to irreversible damage to the brain. Those abusing the drug may also experience paranoia, hallucinations, mood swings, memory loss and suicidal thoughts.

Road to recovery

As a leading health care provider, Sovereign Health offers all its patients a comprehensive and compassionate care in a safe and private environment. Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for meth addiction at both its Pompano Beach and Fort Myers facilities. Outpatient treatment consists of medically supervised detoxification process that is followed by behavioral therapies and/or counseling sessions.

At Sovereign Health, we offer each of our patients individualized addiction treatment plans customized as per their requirements. For more information on treatment offered at our facilities or to know about our meth treatment centers near you, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our representative.

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