Treatment for Meth addiction in a residential rehab center. Learn how our clinical staff treat methamphetamine addiction.
Are you or a loved one struggling with meth addiction? Before choosing a meth rehab center, get the facts on the effects of substance abuse and the treatment options available.
Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility will help walk you through the treatment plans available and determine what is the best one for your individual addiction needs. We are not a one-size-fits-all treatment facility and our highly trained and dedicated staff works with you to create a treatment program that will help you achieve your goals related to beating addiction.
Methamphetamine is a drug that acts by stimulating the central nervous system. It is incredibly pervasive in our culture due to the fact that it can be synthesized from amphetamine, which is found in various over-the-counter medications.
When ingested, meth functions as both a stimulant and appetite suppressant. For this reason, the drug was used legally and had been prescribed as a decongestant, anti-depressant and also a weight loss aid. Over time, however, these products began to be used for recreational purposes, and eventually, an illicit trade for meth developed.
When it comes to methamphetamine abuse, there are issues of both physical dependence and psychological addiction. In cases of meth dependency, the brain has become adapted to the constant stimulation that the drug provides. When the drug is no longer available, this can trigger the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Following a final meth dosage, physical conditions such as those listed below may be experienced:
Excessive sleeping and vivid dreams
In cases of psychological addiction, withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days or up to weeks or even months. It depends on whether the addict has been an occasional or chronic user. The primary symptoms of psychological addiction to meth are:
Compulsion to use
Continued meth use, despite negative consequences
Loss of control of drug use
It is important to understand the physical toll that meth can take on its abusers. Not only can these conditions deteriorate into life-threatening illnesses, but can also allow you to identify the signs of addiction in a loved one. The following are some of the physical effects of meth:
Sleep deprivation (the constant stimulation shorts out the need for sleep)
Elevated body temperature
Osteoporosis (teeth and bones become easily breakable)
In addition to these outward and physical signs, those addicted to meth will also demonstrate behavioral and psychological changes including:
Wild mood swings
Meth abusers are also prone to risk-taking and tend to have poor impulse control
Generally speaking, there are two broad categories of addiction treatment. There is the pharmacological approach (approved prescription medications), and there is also the therapeutic approach.
In the case of methamphetamine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve any medications targeting the treatment of meth abuse or addiction. Unlike many other addictions, there is nothing currently on the market that can neutralize meth’s side effects, alleviate physical dependence, or assist with recovering addicts to help prevent relapse.
In the absence of medications, treatment in meth rehab centers typically begins with medically supervised detoxification. The addict is slowly weaned from the drug. Medical and addiction professionals remain on hand during the process to ensure that patients are kept safe and as emotionally stabilized as possible.
Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility is pleased to offer patients a 16 bed treatment space that reserves 6 beds for detoxification treatments. It is important to have a dedicated space for such treatments. The facility also offers 10 beds for intensive outpatient treatment for less serious treatment plans. The staff to patient ratio is low, and this allows the staff to keep close watch on the addiction patients who are experiencing detoxification as part of their treatment plans.
Following detox, behavioral therapy is one of the most common treatment protocols for those suffering from meth addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of the more successful treatment options include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Matrix Model, and contingency management interventions.
1. Behavioral Therapies
At present, behavioral-based therapies have proven to be the most successful when confronting meth addiction.
Many meth rehab centers offer the Matrix Model. It is a behavioral treatment that is conducted over the course of a 16-week program. Behavioral therapy, family education, and individual counseling are all used in combination to assist in the recovery.
12-Step programs that include drug testing, support systems and substitution of non-drug-related activities in place of old habits, have also proven to be useful in the treatment of meth addiction. The emphasis is put on successful navigation of day-to-day temptations for relapse, growing confidence and self-esteem, and setting personal goals that move the addict’s live in a positive direction.
The staff and medical professionals at Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility will assess your condition and determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs. It is important that treatment plans are personalized so that patients can get the most out of their time in rehab.
This can include approaches to psychotherapy that are both individual and group-based. In addition to trying to identify core issues that caused the addiction, patients also engage in exercises and activities designed to strengthen their recovery skills and bring them to greater awareness of relapse triggering thoughts and behaviors.
3. Concurrent health treatment
These programs are designed to increase an addict’s awareness of many of the other health issues associated with meth abuse. For example, educating the patient that meth abuse is a high-risk behavior in the contraction of HIV, AIDS, etc.