Ice or Meth addiction is plaguing Australia. Ice is the most potent form of methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant which can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Even a single hit of the drug can keep a user high for up to 12 hours.
Crystal methamphetamine is arguably the most dangerous and damaging drug in Australia, as its availability and use has skyrocketed over the last decade. The drug has been known to cause a number of physical health problems, including high blood pressure, convulsions and brain damage that can lead to stroke.
Meth addiction treatment should be sought out immediately as this drug could lead to irreversible physical, psychological and social consequences. Therefore it is imperative that
Meth addiction be identified and treated at its early stages which will most likely improve the addict’s chances of recovery.
There are 5 stages to the methamphetamine recovery cycle which illustrates that a minimum of 6 months is desirable for the addicted person to achieve a better chance of sustained sobriety. The Philippine Department of Health has recognised these 5 stages and recommends the implementation of a long term treatment program. The accredited rehabilitation facilities we collaborate with offer long term treatment programs.
Meth Recovery Cycle
- Withdrawal Stage (Days 0 to 15)
This is the first stage of the meth addiction treatment process. During withdrawal, people can experience fatigue, disorientation and depression as well as shaking and heart palpitations. This is why our Australian Director will personally pick up each client from the airport and ensure that their personal comfort and safety is addressed before admitting them to the rehabilitation centre.
- Honeymoon Stage (Days 16 to 45)
After the withdrawal stage, the body begins to recover. Cravings fade, energy increases, and mood, confidence and optimism improve.
- The Wall (Days 46 to 120)
During this stage of meth recovery, individuals are particularly vulnerable to relapse. They also find little pleasure in life (known an anhedonia) and experience low energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability and insomnia. Clients often believe these symptoms are long-term problems and become frustrated. When this occurs, relapse usually happens and escalates.
- Adjustment Stage (Days 121 to 180)
The risk for relapse reduces during the adjustment stage of meth recovery. During this phase, people feel accomplished and optimistic. They begin to adapt to their new lifestyle, which may include new jobs or relationships.
- Resolution Stage (Day 181 onward)
The resolution stage represents 6 months of sobriety. By the 6-month benchmark, the patient has transitioned from learning new skills in order to sustain sobriety up to recognising the signs of relapse, maintaining a new lifestyle and identifying new areas of interest.
Our Online Assessment Form will let us know what type of treatment program is best suited for the patient.