Methamphetamine Recovery

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For one reason or another, you have finally decided to quit using crystal meth.  Now what?  The process might seem daunting and terrifying, and it may not even be your first attempt at quitting.  Unfortunately, there is not one universal outline as to what the process will be like for each individual.  One thing that is unquestionable and inevitable, however, is the emotional and physical changes that one will endure from experiencing withdrawal symptoms.  These symptoms can differ and for some last as short as three days and for some as long as a month.  The typical physical symptoms one experiences during this time is the body and brain’s fight to survive by sleeping, eating, drinking, and a whole lot more of sleeping.

Once you are through this initial phase, one might actually find themselves feeling “good,” in fact, even feeling “great.”  However, that feeling will not last too long.  In the range of about two months into recovery, a time will come when the feelings of depression is bound to occur.  Use of an antidepressant, such as Wellbutrin, can be extremely beneficial in getting through these feelings of despair.  While the chance of relapse is higher during this time due to the feelings of depression that may seem too difficult to manage, Wellbutrin is an option that has shown to be effective in reducing the depression-induced cravings associated with withdrawal symptoms.

You do not have to endure methamphetamine recovery alone.  The combination of an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin, in addition to working with a professional here at Counseling Center for Sexual Health (CCFSH), can help make what can seem like a daunting and terrifying experience more tolerable, manageable, and successful.  If you find yourself ready for recovery, we look forward to hearing from you.

-Lynne Tunick, M.S., MFTI

Relapse Prevention

Anticipating and Preventing Relapse

What Is Emotional Buildup?
Feelings that don’t seem to go away and just keep getting
stronger cause emotional buildup. Sometimes the feelings seem
unbearable. Some feelings that can build are boredom, anxiety,
sexual frustration, irritability, and depression.

Have you experienced a buildup of any of these emotions?

The important step is to take action as soon as you recognize the danger signs.

Which actions might help you prevent relapse?

Consider the actions below the may help prevent relapse:

Calling a counselor
Calling a friend
Taking a day off
Talking to your family
Going to a 12-Step or outside
mutual-help support meeting

-Katie McGrath, M.S.

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