We’ve talked in previous articles about the dangers of meth addiction.
It is a highly addictive drug. Innovation is needed in primary approaches to treatment.
Many of the pharmacological approaches have their own risks and drawbacks.
One risk includes addiction to those very same drugs.
The below strategies are holistic approaches surrounding existing treatments.
Innovative Approaches to Meth Addiction Treatment
Below are a few potential holistic solutions in treating meth addiction. These approaches focus on the health and well-being of the patient.
There are many benefits to practicing yoga, one including increased physical fitness.
The main aspect of yoga that has been shown to help recovering addicts from relapsing is meditation.
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety in individuals.
Meditation can help a recovering addict by empowering them with the inner strength needed to control their cravings.
This approach looks toward the patients’ biochemical imbalances for key signifiers of addiction.
They look at factors like adrenal fatigue, stress, nutrient deficiencies, and neurotransmitter imbalances.
This therapy starts with an initial assessment of the recovering addict. It then ends with the creation of a plan to address those imbalances.
Nutritionists argue that these imbalances can act as tipping points to cravings.
Restoring their physical health will help stabilize their mood and reduce those cravings.
Acupuncture has the potential to be an effective way of reducing withdrawal symptoms.
There are many types of techniques involving acupuncture. This includes needles varying in thickness and temperature. There are also laser-based “needles” that provide the very same effects.
Acupuncture can help reduce pain in the general population. It can be an excellent supplement for those who experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Tending a garden can also have a positive impact on recovering addicts.
Being responsible for a physical task like taking care of a garden can help addicts in a few ways.
Gardening requires presence, attention, and patience, which can give patients much needed peace of mind.
It can also help improve concentration and a sense of accomplishment over time.
Introducing recovering patients to pets like cats and dogs have their benefits.
Caring for pets gives them a sense of responsibility that can empower them. It also teaches them a form of empathy for another life. Pets also show them much needed love and affection.
This allows them to rediscover their need to nurture and take care of the pets.
Recovering patients who take care of pets report less stress and depressive episodes.
Holistic Approaches As Supplements To Primary Treatment
These approaches help build confidence and reintroduce patients to a normal life.
They’re able to regain their sense of self and identity.
These are all hobbies that can help fill the idle time. It gives them something to focus on, take care of, and accomplish.
The above activities come with a sense of community and belonging. This sense can be difficult to get in a narcotic treatment center.
These approaches supplement primary treatment and recovery strategies. They have the possibility of enhancing the effectiveness of primary treatments.
These are still experimental and not proven to be consistently effective, so take these with a grain of salt.
Increasing Pharmacological Access to At-Risk Populations
The below requires changes to the current healthcare system on the federal level.
Primary care physicians understand this and are pushing for necessary changes.
Methadone Maintenance Therapy in Physician’s Offices
Methadone is one of the most successful drugs used when treating addiction.
Methadone Maintenance Therapy(MMT) is available to those who have completed methadone treatment.
Unfortunately, only narcotic treatment programs can directly prescribe methadone to patients. This bars primary care physicians from prescribing methadone to less severe cases.
As a result, only 20% of those struggling with addiction receive methadone treatment.
Federal law states that physicians can’t prescribe methadone to patients for pain. The problem exists when this prescription involves maintenance/detoxification of opioid-addicted patients.
Physicians would need to register “as a Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) with the DEA.“
This single restriction for physicians has drastically prevented methadone availability to patients.
On the bright side, there have been pilot programs in certain states that allow physicians to prescribe methadone directly to their patients.
A few of the reported benefits include:
- Reduced stigma associated with narcotic treatment centers. It is seen as another typical checkup with their doctors
- Expands overall access to individuals who may need it
- Allows for a better allocation of resources to those who have more severe symptoms
- Limits or prevents contact between active users, who might influence meth use.
Another roadblock includes lack of physician support. This includes things like training, support services, and how-to work with MMT patients.
Physicians can help offset the problem of overcrowding at treatment centers. They can also ensure adherence and success post-treatment.
There’s Still Hope
The opioid crisis has gained national and international attention.
The result has been an increase in addiction research and the need for innovation.
Many treatment centers and research labs are looking for innovative approaches in treatment, including crystal meth addiction.
The holistic approaches help empower and normalize recovering addicts.
Successful collaboration between physicians and treatment centers is a much-needed milestone in the fight against meth addiction.
If you or someone you know is currently dealing with a crystal meth addiction, get in touch. We’ll provide them with a welcoming, supportive community to get them back on their feet.