Can Those with Meth Addiction Regain Executive Functions in Recovery?

Can Those with Meth Addiction Regain Executive Functions in Recovery?

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

–       Joseph Campbell, American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College

Executive functions are generally defined as processes that involve managing oneself and one’s resources in order to reach a specific goal. In 2017, the Learning Success Blog noted 8 key executive functions that are needed in order for a person to organize and act on information. These are: impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation, and organization. The average human is typically able to utilize all of these to some extent, but addiction can cause major deficits in many of these areas. Methamphetamine (meth) addiction in particular is a psychostimulant drug that is linked to many psychosocial function deficits – which includes executive functioning.

In 2017, researchers published a study in the journal of Basic Clinical Neuroscience assessing the impairments of executive functioning in those with meth addiction. A total of 161 people participated in the study, with 60 active users, 60 “healthy” individuals, and 60 people abstaining from drug use. They found that overall, people who were abstinent and those who were currently abusing methamphetamine experienced worse executive functioning than those who didn’t use at all – but the great news is that those who were abstinent did perform better on executive functioning that those who were actively using.

Recovery allows the mind, body and spirit to replenish itself through abstinence, healthy diet, exercise, peaceful sleep, and more structure in daily life. Those in recovery often find that their executive functioning improves as they continue working hard using the tools they learn in therapy and other holistic recovery activities, such as acupuncture, meditation, chiropractic services and more.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.