If you’re facing down a methamphetamine addiction, you know the devastating consequences it has caused in your life. You may realize that instead of living a life full of loving friends and family and a productive work environment, you’re living a life that’s dictated by your addiction to meth. Meth has completely consumed you. With it, you don’t act like yourself, and when you’re not using, you realize you cannot experience any pleasurable feelings. You’re unable to fulfill any responsibilities at work, home, or school, and have subsequently had to face the consequences of these challenges – you may be jobless, homeless, and spending each day trying to beg, borrow, or steal enough to get your meth fix to stave off withdrawal symptoms.
At Cedar Crest Hospital, we’ve had over 25 years of experience helping our chemically dependent clients safely learn the skills needed to maintain a full, happy life. Our addiction program is centered around the 12-step model for addiction recovery, however we approach treatment for methamphetamine abuse and addiction by focusing upon providing individualized treatment plans that are designed to heal the whole person – mind, body, and soul.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
When your loved one is struggling with meth addiction, you know that this is a serious problem. The damage that meth can cause in every aspect of an addict’s life is astonishing and you may rightly be terrified by the effects it is having on your loved one. You’re probably experiencing a number of emotions – stress, sadness, anger, frustration, guilt. You may even blame yourself for your loved one’s addiction. Maybe your loved one has tried rehab before only to fall off the wagon. You know your loved one needs help, but you may not know how to provide the help he or she needs. Here are some tips for gently guiding your loved one into treatment:
Take care of yourself: You must spend time taking care of yourself and dealing with your own feelings about addiction. Find a local support group, such as Nar-Anon, and attend to see the ways in which other family members and loved ones cope with addiction in the family. Take the time to meet with a therapist who specializes in addiction to help you process and cope with your own emotions.
Understand addiction: Addiction is a disease, not a choice. What may have begun as a choice to use meth on your loved one’s end progressed into addiction, which actually changes the structure and functioning of the brain. By attending an N.A. meeting, you’ll be able to understand addiction from the addict’s point of view – which can help give you insight as to how to best approach your loved one.
Gentle guidance: When you are ready to speak to your loved one about entering inpatient care for addiction to methamphetamines, approach the subject gently and without judgment. Use “I” statements when you speak, and really listen to what they are saying. If they’re not willing to try rehab yet, be gentle but persistent.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
If you’re struggling with methamphetamine addiction, there is no part of your life that has been left unscathed. You may be struggling with health-related issues from your meth use, such as hepatitis C or meth mouth. You may have realized that what began as a pleasant way to get high is now controlling your every move as the addiction changes the structure and function of your brain. Having eschewed friends and loved ones to get high, you may be socially isolated and lonely. You may feel hopeless, that life is no longer worth living. You fear you’ll never escape the addiction.
An inpatient program is the ideal way to detox from meth, receive medical management as needed, and learn the coping skills you need to lead a sober, happy life. One of the major benefits of an inpatient program is that you are able to escape the stresses of everyday life and focus solely on what matters most – getting better. An inpatient treatment that uses the 12-step model for addiction management can help you successfully overcome your addiction to meth and begin to live your life again.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
For over 25 years, Cedar Crest Hospital has provided high-quality, innovative care for children, teens, adults, and older adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems. Nestled into the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, our sprawling campus is the ideal retreat from the cares of the daily world and allows our clients to work through their challenges in a safe, supportive environment. We strive to be a beacon of light for our community and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Treatment Options at Cedar Crest Hospital
When you come to us for help battling your methamphetamine addiction, you’ll first undergo a series of evaluations that will best allow us to determine your needs. Our medical evaluation will help us to learn how dependent you are upon methamphetamines and if you’re suffering from any health concerns related to your meth abuse. The psychiatric evaluation will help us to determine if you have any co-occurring mental health disorders and begin to treat them as we work through your addiction and recovery. We’ll sit down with the results of these evaluations and work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that meets all of your needs.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us in order to control some of the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal and may be tapered down as you learn more adaptive ways of coping with cravings. Other times, people are prescribed medication to help control the symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. All medication will be closely monitored and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy is used to help you better understand the reasons behind your addiction and ways to correct the damage meth has done to your life. We’ll use cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you best understand the ways that negative thoughts can impact behaviors, leading to bad decisions.
Group therapy: As we model our addiction program around the 12-step addiction recovery model, we believe firmly in the importance of group therapy. Groups will allow you to meet and connect with other people who are struggling with addiction. We’ll hold groups to help you process your emotions and learn more about successful recovery from addiction.
Family therapy is a very important part of recovery from substance abuse as it will allow you to work through some of the challenges that addiction has caused your family. We’ll work to rebuild family relationships so that you will have a proper support system when you complete your stay in our rehab. Our compassionate staff will educate your loved ones about addiction, recovery, and ways that they can assist in your healing.
In addition to standard therapies we use to treat addiction, we also offer a variety of experiential methods designed to complement our traditional approaches. These may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Swimming pool
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
Cedar Crest Hospital is proud to offer a number of treatment options designed to help all who come to us struggling with addiction. We strive to help each client who comes to us for help long after they leave our doors – our care won’t stop upon discharge – we are always available 24/7 to offer guidance. When you no longer require the structure of our inpatient program, you and your loved ones will sit down to discuss your aftercare options. Our social worker will provide you with information about local support services, help you cope with the transition back into your home environment, and create continued treatment goals to ensure continuity of treatment.
Some people step down from our intensive inpatient program into a structured outpatient program like an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), both of which allow for recovery and treatment during the day while slowly integrating back into regular life in the evenings. Others may feel they’ve made enough progress and are ready for discharge with referrals to our traditional outpatient therapy clinic.