You need answers. These are the questions you need to ask about while recovering from meth addiction.
You have decided to stop using meth and leave that life behind you. It is that first decision to quit that gets you on the track to successfully recovering from meth use. I am proud of your choice to change and take hold of your life. The road is long, bumpy, and filled with obstacles, but it is possible. I know being completely free from meth’s grasp might seem far away, and your mind is stuffed with questions and concerns, but staying focused on the goal is what will get you there. Here are five questions you need to ask about while recovering from crystal meth addiction, and answers.
Will my mind and body completely recover from using meth?
Yes and no. I know that is not the answer you want to hear, but honestly, it really all depends. Many users suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety, hallucinations, irregular heartbeats, paranoia, and decreased appetite. Once the use of meth is stopped, these short-term effects almost immediately disappear. The long-term effects are different, and depending on the duration and amount of use, you may not be able to completely recover from neurological or cardiovascular damage. Don’t use this as an excuse to give up; the long-term effects are fatal only if you continue to use meth. Stopping now is a step toward living a long and healthy life.
What are the chances of relapsing?
This is the big question. Before answering it, I want you to ask yourself this question: “Why do you want to know?” If you want to know whether it’s worth the effort, then I would advise you to rethink your reasons for wanting to stop. No matter what the statistics say, in the end, it is up to you. Meth has one of the highest relapse rates of any other drug. There are no hard numbers, but it is assumed that less than 10% of meth users successfully stop using. Don’t be another statistic; you can be successful!
Will the urges to use completely stop?
Yes. As you clean your body of the drug, it will physical return to normal after a while. As for mentally losing cravings, it will take longer, but with hard work and retraining your mind, it can be done. Addictions become addictions when we turn them into a habit. If you used every single night before bed, it will be a battle to stop this routine. Filling this time with something healthy and enjoyable will help you stay focused on your goal. Methamphetamine also directly affects the chemistry in the brain, and it takes four to six months for the brain to recover. After a longtime use of meth, your body and mind will need the drug to function; when you stop, your body will begin to crave this “needed” chemical. As time goes on, your body will learn to live on its own and eventually stop craving the drug.
While recovering from meth, do I need to refrain from other drugs and alcohol?
Some people wonder if they can use other drugs or at least drink during treatment, but the answer is always going to be no. You have trained your body and mind to use drugs as a way to not only entertain it but to deal with stress and emotional and physical pain. Stopping all forms of drugs, including alcohol, is the only way to reset your mindframe. You have to learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with everyday life.
Is it worth it?
Yes. There will be moments when you will wonder if it is all worth it. At times, it will physically feel like it isn’t, but if you can get through the hard parts, you will be blessed with happiness. You will feel free! Knowing how hard you worked for your freedom is empowering. Suddenly, the world is no longer scary; you can do anything. The friendships you create while recovering will be based on pure honesty and will last for many years. Broken hearts and injured relationships will begin to heal, and the life you always dreamed of will slowly unfold. There will be obstacles, but as the months go by, they will become fewer. You deserve a better life than meth has to offer, and you can obtain that life by freeing yourself from the grip of methamphetamine.