Christian Methamphetamine Treatment
“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” - Isaiah 1:18
Life is hard. For some individuals, drugs can feel like an escape from our challenges. Crystal meth, a common street drug made from over the counter cold medicines and other toxic substances is cheap and fast, providing a potent high that can be addictive from the very first dose.
Despite how close our relationship with God may be, Christians are not immune from the tempations of eart. Christians are just as likely as anyone else to fall into a cycle substance abuse. The power of prayer and worship is real, but all humans are fallible, and that includes those who adhere to the instruction of the Lord. Affecting over 1.2 million Americans, and over 25 million people around the world, the draw of crystal meth is extremely strong.
As a Christian, admitting a need for help can be difficult. As 1 Peter 5:8 says, “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Years of devotion to the Christian faith teaches us that God is the only moral compass and ethical guidepost needed to move successfully through life. When it comes to an issue as serious and life threatening as drug addiction that guidance may point you towards rehabilitation. Road to Freedom is a Christ-centered approach to therapy, providing a way to seek guidance for drug addiction while building on a foundation of faith and convictions through the word of the Lord.
If you or someone you love is facing an addiction to crystal meth, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Contact the compassionate intake counselors at Road to Freedom today to seek the help you need to recover. Our team is standing by 24/7 at (844) 402-3605.
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What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine, known more colloquially as meth, is a synthetic form of amphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant that has mild medicinal uses in treating ADHD and other attention disorders. However, meth more commonly refers to the recreational drug crystal meth, a potent chemical concoction that is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Offering a high four times more intense than cocaine, crystal meth is equal parts powerful, dangerous, and addictive.
Crystal meth is an illegal drug manufactured by dealers using a mix of legal stimulants, like pseudoephedrine, as well as chemicals like acetone, lithium from batteries, drain cleaner, and brake fluid. When sold on the street, crystal meth appears as a white or light blue powder with no odor and a bitter taste. While it can be consumed orally, this is generally not the preferred method; instead, most users choose to smoke, snort, or inject it for a faster high. It is often sold under names like ice, meth, glass, and crystal.
Despite the powerful effects, the duration of crystal meth high is extremely short-lived, often lasting less than an hour initially with tangential effects fading within 12 hours. In order to keep the rush going, most users take multiple doses in one sitting.
How Meth Addiction Starts
Meth addiction often starts with one single dose, much like any other drug dependency. It seems harmless: a friend or acquaintance offers you a dose, and letting off some steam doesn’t seem so bad. Despite God’s instruction about substance use and sinning, just one hit can’t cause a problem, can it? Unfortunately, a single time is all it takes. Meth is extremely addictive, and getting high can stimulate a flood of chemicals in the nervous system so intense that it triggers a deep craving for more.
When a dose is consumed, the stimulant properties of meth trigger the release of dopamine in the brain, leading to highly pleasurable feelings of euphoria. In addition to providing a rush of pleasant sensations, dopamine functions within the reward center, leading the body to quickly demand another dose. While a few users will be able to walk away after one or two tries, most individuals, Christians included, will be powerless against the now-burgeoning cycle of addiction.
After continued use, the body eventually builds a tolerance to crystal meth. When this occurs, users will need larger and larger doses to feel the same effects. This leads to more money feeding a drug addiction and more time spent high.
Effects of Crystal Meth Abuse
Once taken, crystal meth has some immediately noticeable effects. Individuals who are high on meth will often seem extremely high energy, boasting symptoms like:
- Insomnia and alertness
- Decreased appetite
- Irregular or rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Increased activity
- Heightened body temperature
While high, immediate results will be pleasurable, but large doses can lead to hallucinations and psychosis-like signs. For some users, this can feel like bugs crawling on their skin, leading to skin sores and scratches caused by an effort to force itching sensations to subside. During the intense of the high, many users do not even realize they are harming their own body.
Due to the destructive nature of meth, there are numerous lasting physical effects to consider. The corrosive chemicals within the drug can cause tooth decay and tooth loss. Some addicts also will go days at a time without sleeping, leading to extreme weight loss and perpetual fatigue when not high.
Crystal meth’s effects to the brain can be devastating as well, resulting in permanent damage to memory. Many meth addicts are frequently confused, anxious, or subject to regular mood swings. These changes make it very challenging to hold down a job, maintain relationships, or lead a normal life.
Crystal Meth Withdrawal
Due the highly addictive and physically damaging side effects of meth, addiction is nearly impossible to break alone. Users who attempt to stop using are immediately faced with severe withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Rapid changes in mood or attitude
- Shaking and muscle tremors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Slow or stopped breathing
Withdrawal intensifies in the first 24 hours after an addict’s last dose, and generally lasts for 14 to 20 days. Due to the deep unpleasantness of the associated symptoms, many substance abusers cannot last more than a day or two without access to meth. Those that can are at risk of serious and life-threatening side effects. In order to ensure a safe recovery from crystal meth addiction, a doctor’s guidance and supervision is a virtual necessity.
Christian Meth Treatment
The word of God is powerful indeed, but truly overcoming addiction requires something a little more tangible. In order to assist Christians who would like to start on the path to a better life, Road to Freedom provides detoxification and rehabilitation services for those in need.
In our medically-monitored detox program, crystal meth users can get the assistance they need in a safe, secure environment. Instead of dealing with painful withdrawal symptoms alone, our team of doctors, nurses, and religious counselors can provide support day and night. With access to medical solutions that can control and minimize side effects, we are able to fully cut off access to drugs while mitigating the struggles that come with attempting to come clean alone.
As detox progresses and withdrawal symptoms subside, our counselors and preachers can begin to take over, welcoming you into a comprehensive program of Bible study, church services, and more to assist all patients in using faith and prayer to continue to heal.
The Value in Christ-Centered Treatment
As a Christian, staying true to God is one of your primary focuses in life. Road to Freedom understands this, providing a way for you to seek sobriety in an atmosphere centered on the love and teachings of Christ.
Forgiveness is one of the key tenets of recovery, and we can help you reclaim your faith and feel the embrace of the arms of the Lord once more. To err is human, and we believe that making amends and truly working to overcome addiction through prayer and religious instruction shouldn’t stop you from feeling God’s love. As quoted in Psalms 86:4-5, “bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” When you put your faith in God, you will feel the joy and strength that comes with forgiveness.
In order to facilitate positive growth and results in patients, we combine medical detox with faith healing and Christian-oriented study. Our services are numerous, and include:
- Group and individual counseling
- Bible studies
- Education regarding root causes, coping methods, and alternatives to drug use
- Assistance with any legal issues or career guidance
Recovery From Meth Addiction
Taking drugs may go against the Bible’s message, but God is willing to forgive those who are able to admit sins, acknowledge weakness, and repent. By providing a faith-based alternative to traditional detox and rehabilitation, we are happy to walk with all Christians on the path to a brighter tomorrow. Through medical rehab, Bible study, prayer, group therapy, and religious counseling, we can offer the stability and support necessary to leave behind an addiction to crystal meth.
Road to Freedom is a full-service resource for all Christians struggling with substance abuse. Whether you or someone you love needs assistance in overcoming crystal meth without surrendering faith in God, we are here for you. Contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to find the help you need to recover. Our intake counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all consultations are strictly confidential.