For people addicted to meth, also known as methamphetamine or crystal meth, finding sober living in New Jersey can be extremely difficult, even when compared to other addictive substances like cocaine, alcohol or even heroin. A simple trip to a New Jersey detox just won’t be enough to help due to the unique challenges a person who suffers from substance use disorder in relation to meth faces. The use of meth is still more widespread than heroin and opioids despite the headlines painting a different reality, but a lot of this is due to some of the main difficulties a person has laid before them when they decide to visit meth rehab in New Jersey.

One of the biggest and most glaring differences between the conversation surrounding meth compared to opioids and opiates is that there is no known medication assisted treatment, which is currently in hot debate in policy discussions for opioids. This means that there’s no physical blockers of the effects of withdrawals or the effects of the drug itself to help a patient trying to get clean whatsoever, putting the brunt of the difficulties on both the treatment team and the addicted person themselves.

The drug also has extreme adverse psychological effects, especially with long term heavy use which can lead to permanent psychology changes which can incapacitate some aspects of the person’s life. Anxiety and paranoia are often symptoms of meth use that can never be fully overcome, even after treatment. These individual aspects can be medicated to some degree through prescriptions from trained psychologists, but they are often a permanent problem that requires maintenance through a recovering meth addict’s entire life. Sometimes it can seem as if meth turns a normally balanced demeanor into a manic depressive/bipolar type personality that lasts after sobriety is in full swing. Heroin and opioids, on the other hand, only really affect behavior and cravings for the drug itself, making it almost a walk in the park for treatment by comparison.

Complicating the issue is that, many times, heroin users will also use meth to counteract the unwanted effects of meth like drowsiness and lack of focus. This presents many kinds of problems, not the least of which is extreme health problems with the cardiovascular system. It’s never a good idea to mix ‘uppers and downers’, but often when addiction is at play, rational decisions are typically the last that are considered. With the two addictions tied together, it’s possible for the lingering meth habit to restart the heroin habit after initial detox or even vice versa.

Discovery InstituteMeth continues to be an incredibly detrimental drug to the user which deserves more research into ways to combat it’s long term and short term effects to help mitigate the ever growing numbers of America’s exploding addiction crisis that covers all substances.

Whether you or someone you know is suffering from methamphetamine use disorder or another substance use disorder, calling a treatment facility like Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563 can help.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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