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Inpatient Treatment for Speed Addiction

Speed can refer to methamphetamine and amphetamine drugs, as well as medications used to manage attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and binge eating disorder.

Inpatient recovery centers help people who have developed an addiction to speed to recover and to stay clean.

Learn more about how to choose an inpatient speed recovery center, including:

What Is Speed?

Speed is a central nervous system stimulant that can cause increased alertness, euphoria, increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

Stimulants such as speed may be used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, and for weight control.

Many of the drugs referred to as speed are quite accessible, and all are highly addictive. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 1.7 million people ages 12 and older had used stimulants such as speed non-medically in the past month. This number doesn’t even include the 897,000 methamphetamine users. 3

Why Do People Abuse Speed?

People may abuse the drug to:

  • Be more productive at school or at work.
  • Become more outgoing and sociable.
  • Lose weight.
  • Experience the euphoric effects.

Users may take several pills at once, or crush the pills to snort or to dissolve in a solution for injection. These methods of use increase the risk of addiction.

Additionally, some use speed in binge and crash patterns in which they consume the substance until it is no longer available or it is no longer effective in creating the desired high. When this period ends, the user will crash. The crash is marked by prolonged periods of sleep with very little activity.

Over time, users may become psychologically and physically dependent on the drug and spend more and more time using the drug, obtaining it, and recovering from its effects. These types of behaviors usually indicate an addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Speed Addiction

A person who is addicted to speed may display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Taking more of the drug than prescribed or using the drug in non-prescribed ways.
  • Being unable to control use of the drug.
  • Experiencing cravings to use the drug.
  • Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home in favor of speed use.
  • Forgoing previously enjoyed activities or hobbies in favor of speed use.
  • Continuing to use despite interpersonal, social, medical, or mental health problems that may have been caused by or exacerbated by speed use.
  • Lacking attention to hygiene and appearance.
  • Hiding drug use from others.
  • Experiencing less of an effect with the same dose as before or taking higher doses to achieve a “high.”
  • Feeling withdrawal symptoms when use it stopped, or using to relieve withdrawal symptoms.

It is extremely difficult to quit using speed or other stimulants on one’s own. Many people relapse when faced with drug triggers or the onset of troublesome withdrawal symptoms. For many of these individuals, seeking treatment at a recovery center offers the best chance of long-term sobriety.

Inpatient Treatment for Speed Addiction

Inpatient or residential speed rehab programs are live-in programs, which means that users remain at the facility while undergoing treatment. These kinds of programs offer a number of services to help users recover from their addictions and usually last 30 days to 90 days, though some users remain in treatment for longer.

The common types of inpatient facilities include:

  • Standard/basic. These programs offer detox, therapy, and aftercare planning, which can help keep you or your loved one on course with sobriety. Some standard programs may also incorporate 12-step meetings, exercise, art therapy, and other group activities.
  • Luxury. Luxury programs offer the same fundamental treatment services as the more standard residential programs, but they include additional amenities such as yoga, swimming, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Participants may have their own rooms, have access to the beach, and eat chef-prepared meals.
  • Executive or CEO. Executive residential programs are essentially luxury programs that are designed for working professionals. They offer basic recovery services in addition to luxury amenities and workspaces, Internet access, and meeting rooms.

Outpatient recovery centers are another option for those who do not have a severe addiction or any mental health or medical complications. Participants attend individual and group therapy sessions on a part-time basis. Outpatient may be a good choice for people who have a good support system and can maintain abstinence while they are not at the treatment center. These programs also tend to be less expensive than inpatient programs.

Therapies for Speed Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the best therapy options for speed use are the following. 1,2 You may want to find out if the recovery program you are considering offers any of these therapies.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – Cognitive behavioral therapy incorporates a number of approaches to help speed users manage triggers, control cravings, and avoid a relapse. Some techniques include distraction, “riding out” cravings, discussing cravings with somebody else, and recalling the negative consequences of speed use.
  • Contingency management – Contingency management involves using rewards and incentives for abstaining from drug use. For example, a user who submits a clean urine drug screen would receive a gift card or movie tickets.
  • The Matrix Model – The Matrix Model is a 16-week intensive outpatient treatment program specifically designed for stimulant users. It incorporates addiction education, drug testing, family therapy, and relapse prevention techniques.
  • 12-step groups – Twelve-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous offer a step-by-step recovery process that includes working with a sponsor, admitting powerlessness over your addiction, and making amends to people you harmed during active use.

Choosing the Right Program

Here are some factors to take into account when choosing an inpatient speed recovery center:

  • Does the program offer individualized treatment plans? The best speed recovery centers offer comprehensive treatment plans tailored to the individual’s needs.
  • Are the staff qualified? Research the staff and find out if the providers are licensed or certified in addiction treatment or therapy. Would you feel comfortable working with them?
  • Where is the program located? Location can have a big impact on your recovery. Staying close to home and traveling for treatment both have pros and cons.
  • How much does the program cost? Find out how much the program costs and what you can afford.
  • Is the program accredited? Accreditation can help ensure a certain standard of quality and care. Accreditations to look for include The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Detox and Withdrawal Treatment

Speed withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Excessive sleep.
  • Irritability.
  • Extreme hunger.
  • Moderate to severe depression. 4,5

Many inpatient speed recovery centers have detoxification services with caring professionals to treat those coming off the drug. The symptoms of speed withdrawal are rarely life-threatening, but many people will continue to use the drug to make the symptoms stop if they do not have professional supervision.

A treatment program can offer supportive medications and therapeutic techniques to make the withdrawal process easier and help you manage cravings.

Medical and Mental Health Care

In addition to detox and therapy, inpatient treatment centers can assess and treat medical and mental health conditions, which are common among speed abusers. Receiving care for these conditions can improve the chances of recovery.

Prolonged speed abuse has many damaging effects on the body, many of which require ongoing care by medical professionals.

Physical symptoms of speed addiction include: 4,5

  • Malnutrition and weight loss.
  • Cardiac issues.
  • Chest pain.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Seizures.
  • Dental problems “meth mouth” (gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores)

Psychological symptoms commonly seen among long-term speed abusers include: 4,5

  • Hallucinations.
  • Paranoia.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • Cognitive impairments.

For those struggling with any mental health issues in addition to their substance abuse, the speed recovery facility selected should ideally offer some sort of mental health care other than traditional addiction counseling. Be sure to inquire if a treatment center offers such dual diagnosis treatment measures that can address any co-existing mental health problems you may suffer from, such as bipolar disorder or depression.

How to Pay for Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs will vary in cost depending on how long you stay, where the program is located, how much of the cost your insurance will cover, whether you need medical or mental health care services and medication, and whether the treatment center provides a more standard or more high-end recovery experience.

Payment Options

  • Insurance. Your insurance may cover all or a portion of the cost of treatment. However, you may still need to pay for some of the costs out-of-pocket.
  • Payment plans. Most programs will help you come up with a plan to pay off the cost of treatment over time.
  • Sliding scale rates. Some programs may also adjust the cost based on what you can afford.
  • Credit cards and loans. You can use a credit card or take out a loan to help cover the cost. Be sure to check the interest rate and make sure you can pay off the balance in a relatively short period of time.
  • Crowdfunding. GoFundMe,IndieGoGo,
    and Crowdrise
    are websites that let you set up campaigns to raise money for various causes.

Making the Right Choice

There are many components to consider when selecting the right center, but by taking the time to weigh your options, you can find the right fit for you. If you are ready to speak to someone about recovery options for speed addiction, call today to talk to a treatment support specialist.

[1]. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013). Research Report Series: Methamphetamine.

[2]. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.

[3]. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51).

[4]. Abadinsky, H. (2014). Drug Use and Abuse: A Comprehensive Introduction. Eighth Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

[5]. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.

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