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Crystal Meth Interventions

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Information from Family first Interventions

“Crystal meth interventions are some of the most difficult to perform because of the volatile behavior of meth addicts. It is not uncommon for people to think that the crystal meth abuser is actually suffering from mental illness, which makes accurate meth addiction treatment more challenging. Because of the behavior associated with using meth, it is extremely important that a crystal meth intervention specialist be brought in to handle the assessment and the intervention itself.

Almost every time Interventions On Demand performs a crystal meth intervention, we find that the behavior of the crystal meth addict ends up being a side effect of the drug use. Bipolar disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia are some of the most common misdiagnoses doctors and psychiatrists make with this addiction.

In almost every case, the person has been incorrectly evaluated, and after several weeks or months in treatment, the mental illness that was originally thought to be there has disappeared. Like all other abused drugs, crystal meth is an escape from uncomfortable feelings or situations that the abuser chooses to avoid by using such a mind-altering substance.

What Usually Happens in a Crystal Meth Intervention

Because of the seriousness of crystal meth addiction, it is extremely important that the family enlist the services of a professional interventionist for meth addiction help. A crystal meth intervention can last as long as 10-12 hours. This is because of the constant mind changing of the meth abuser and the fact he or she often thinks of the intervention counselor as a law enforcement agent there to make an arrest, rather than as a counselor there to help.

Paranoia, irrational thoughts, aggression, inability to think logically, and violence are just a few of the behaviors a family can expect to encounter when confronting a meth addict without the assistance of a professional. It is important that no family try to intervene with a meth addict without the guidance and presence of a crystal meth intervention counselor.

Crystal meth addicts almost never just wake up one day and stop using. Because of the side effects of meth addiction noted above, it is important for the family to take the initiative to reach out to a professional interventionist for meth addiction help. If the family neglects to intervene with the meth addict, he or she will surely face an intervention down the line on someone else’s terms.

Crystal meth is so hazardous to the human body, as well as to the environment, that when a meth lab is busted, the contents have to be removed by professionals in hazmat suits. The chemicals in crystal meth actually put holes in the brain, and the longer meth users abuse the drug, the more likely they are to develop meth psychosis, which is said by many to be irreversible.

The reality is almost all families could sidestep these negative consequences by having a crystal meth intervention that coaxes the individual to undergo crystal meth addiction treatment on the family’s terms – instead of on someone else’s, such as law enforcement officers.

Holding a crystal meth intervention with your loved one can help you avoid many of the terrible repercussions that eventually descend on meth addicts, such as jail, mental institutions and, even, death.

How We Provide Meth Addiction Help

Families must remember that meth addiction is not the family’s fault. Not confronting the addiction, however, and avoiding crystal meth intervention, is.

Intervention does not put pressure on the family because we understand the complexity and severity of meth addiction and the toll it takes on those close to it. Our crystal meth intervention  helps families confront the situation and bring their loved ones to formal meth addiction treatment, rather than sitting back and waiting.

Of all the hard drugs abused today, meth by far does some of the most long-term damage to the brain. Most of the time, this damage occurs when the family waits too long to hold a crystal meth intervention. By the time we arrive, their loved one is at a stage of meth psychosis that may not be reversible. Families are left with asking themselves what went wrong and what else they could have done.”

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No magic bullet – Decriminalization

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The only thing that most outsiders know about Portugal’s laws is that all drugs for personal use are decriminalized. But what most fail to understand is that all drugs, other than alcohol and tobacco, remain illegal. If police find you with illicit drugs, you’ll be arrested and taken to a police station where the drugs will be weighed. If the amount is above the strictly enforced threshold limits — designed to be a 10-day supply for personal use, or 25 grams of cannabis, five grams of cannabis resin, two grams of cocaine, or one gram each of ecstasy or heroin — you can be charged as a trafficker. If convicted, jail terms range from one year to 14 years.

It’s why Goulão is so quick to point out that Portugal’s success isn’t because of decriminalization. It’s because, in 2001, his country made a commitment to providing whatever its citizens need to be as healthy and as fully engaged in society as possible.

“Decriminalization is not a silver bullet,” he said. “If you decriminalize and do nothing else, things will get worse.

If the amount is below the limit, you’ll be sent the following day to the Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction — even if you’re a tourist. There, you will be interviewed by a psychologist or social worker before appearing before a three-person panel that will offer suggestions aimed at stopping your drug use. ( KEY TO SUCCESS)

From there, you’re fast-tracked to whatever services you’re willing to accept. If you refuse help, you can be asked to do community service or even, eventually, facing a fine, perhaps even having possessions confiscated and sold to pay the fine.

Regulation

Individuals found in possession of small quantities of drugs are issued summons. The drugs are confiscated, and the suspect is interviewed by a “Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction” (Comissões para a Dissuasão da Toxicodependência – CDT). These commissions are made up of three people: A social worker, a psychiatrist, and an attorney. The dissuasion commission have powers comparable to an arbitration committee, but restricted to cases involving drug use or possession of small amounts of drugs. There is one CDT in each of Portugal’s 18 districts.

The committees have a broad range of sanctions available to them when ruling on the drug use offence. These include:

  • Fines, ranging from €25 to €150. These figures are based on the Portuguese minimum wage of about €485 (Banco de Portugal, 2001) and translate into hours of work lost.
  • Suspension of the right to practice if the user has a licensed profession (e.g. medical doctor, taxi driver) and may endanger another person or someone’s possessions.
  • Ban on visiting certain places (e.g. specific clubbing venues).
  • Ban on associating with specific other persons.
  • Foreign travel ban.
  • Requirement to report periodically to the committee.
  • Withdrawal of the right to carry a gun.
  • Confiscation of personal possessions.
  • Cessation of subsidies or allowances that a person receives from a public agency.

If the person is addicted to drugs, they may be admitted to a treatment facility or be given community service, if the dissuasion committee finds that this better serves the purpose of keeping the offender out of trouble. The committee cannot mandate compulsory treatment, although its orientation is to induce addicts to enter and remain in treatment. The committee has the explicit power to suspend sanctions conditional upon voluntary entry into treatment. If the offender is not addicted to drugs, or unwilling to submit to treatment or community service, he or she may be given a fine.

A national treatment monitoring system is where they could track the outcomes and a report card so to speak on specific client tracking. Portugal created pathways to health that aren’t punitive. This required investing in treatment and recovery services and establishing a network that connects citizens to whatever they need in a timely manner, whether that’s outpatient counselling, time in a detox centre, even up to three years in a therapeutic recovery community. ( THIS IS WHERE WE LACK INSIGHT)