Known as the “world’s most dangerous drug,” methamphetamine is a highly-addictive, illegal drug that affects all systems in the body. People who abuse methamphetamine may ingest the drug orally, snort it, smoke it, or dissolve it in water and inject it into the veins. Immediately after smoking or injection, a methamphetamine user will experience an extremely enjoyable “flash” or “rush” that lasts for several minutes. People who snort or swallow meth will experience a high without the rush or flash associated with IV drug use or smoking meth. Effects of the drug include increased wakefulness, intense irritability, aggressive behaviors, decreased appetite, and anxiety. More serious effects can include seizures and myocardial infarctions (heart attack). On the street, meth is also known as “crank,” “chalk, “ice,” and “crystal.”
Crystal meth is often abused in a binge and crash pattern, meaning that the user takes more and more of the drug, staying awake for days without sleeping or eating until they run out of the drug. Then, they crash for several days. Often, people combine methamphetamines with other drugs. Some combine meth with other stimulants, such as cocaine, to increase the high, which can lead to serious cardiac complications which can include death. Others combine crank with downers such as prescription painkillers or heroin to reduce the unpleasant side effects of the drug. This combination of a downer and an upper can lead to cardiac failure and death.
While methamphetamine abuse is not easily overcome, with the right combination of medications and therapies, many people are able to successfully overcome their addiction and go on to live a productive life. At The Refuge, we’ve helped countless men and women just like you recover from methamphetamine addiction. Through our highly specialized detox and rehab program, you can learn the skills needed to embark on a sober, happy life.
Why Consider Residential Treatment for Meth Addiction at The Refuge
Chronic methamphetamine abuse can lead an addict to lose almost everything important in their lives. They may find their relationships are strained as meth has begun to dictate what matters in their lives. Loved ones, unable to watch you as you fall victim to meth, may have distanced themselves from you. Your health may have deteriorated as meth damages nearly every organ system in the body. Your mental health may have similarly deteriorated as you succumb to the paranoia and hallucinations – perhaps even full-blown psychosis – so common among meth users. You may have lost hope in your ability to ever lead a life free from meth.
At The Refuge, a Healing Place, we’ve had decades of experience helping people just like you come back from a methamphetamine addiction. Through a combination of medications and therapies, we’ve learned how to help those addicted to meth and their loved ones successfully mend bridges and learn to see the world in a whole new light. We make certain that you feel safe, secure, and supported throughout your stay with us as we work tirelessly to help you successfully beat your addiction and begin the road toward recovery. At The Refuge, we’re ready to help you beat your demons once and for all.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Before our treatment team makes any decisions as to the course of your care with us, we’ll work hard to get to know you. We’ll learn about your likes and dislikes, your needs and wants, and the goals you’ve set for your future. We want to understand what makes you unique so that we can create a treatment plan that focuses upon the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. The Refuge knows that treatment for meth addiction is never a one-size-fits-all approach, so we’ll make sure that your treatment plan involves all aspects of your needs. As a holistic treatment center, The Refuge treatment team will constantly evaluating your progress and tweaking your plan of care as needed to ensure that you’re receiving meth addiction rehab that works for you.
Treatment Approaches for Methamphetamine Addiction at The Refuge
When you come to us for help, you’ll first undergo a series of medical and psychological evaluations. Our medical evaluation will allow us to gain a proper picture of how physically dependent you are upon meth as well as identify any medical conditions that may have occurred as a result of meth use. The psychological evaluation will allow us to identify any co-occurring disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder, as well as other psychiatric issues you may be grappling with. Through the information we gather from you and your evaluations, we’ll be able to appropriately devise a care plan for your stay with us to meet all of your needs. We’ve learned through years of experience that the most appropriate way to manage treatment of meth addiction is through a combination of detox, medication, and various therapies.
If it is determined that you are in need of medically-monitored detoxification, this will be your first step in treatment. Your plan of care during detox will be determined by the treatment team and based upon your level of addiction to meth. As The Refuge understands that the idea of detox and rehab is frightening, our detox team will make sure to explain everything we are doing before it happens so that there are no surprises. During detox, you’ll be monitored 24 hours a day for safety until it is determined that you are medically stable enough to enter our rehab program.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us at The Refuge in order to manage any symptoms of withdrawal or other symptoms that may be hindering your ability to fully engage in the treatment process. If possible, medication will be reduced or eliminated as you learn the coping skills necessary to live a sober life. Other individuals may require more long-term medication management to treat any co-occurring disorders. The usage of medication will be determined by your treatment team.
Individual therapy will provide you the opportunity to work with a therapist in a quiet, intimate setting. Through individual therapy, you’ll be able to discuss the ways in which meth addiction has impacted your life, proper coping strategies, and prevention of relapse. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the reasons behind your addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy used to help individuals struggling with addiction. Through CBT, you’ll be able to identify negative thought patterns and learn to replace them with more appropriate ways of thinking. This will, in turn, affect the ways in which you behave.
Group therapy is a common form of therapy we use at The Refuge. Through groups, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other individuals struggling with similar addictions so that you can grow, heal, and learn from each other. Process groups will allow for you to work through your emotions about a particular topic while psychoeducational groups will provide you with information about topics such as relapse prevention, anger management, coping skills, addiction, and medication.
Family therapy: Addiction is a family disease and as such, we aim to include your family in your care and recovery. We offer family sessions to allow your loved ones the opportunity to voice their struggles with your addiction as well as teach them vital information regarding meth, recovery, and ways of helping you during this time. In addition, The Refuge will help to provide your loved ones with referrals to outpatient therapy as well as available community resources to allow them to continue their healing.
As a holistic treatment center, The Refuge offers a number of experiential treatments that help to heal the whole you – mind, body, and soul. These may include:
- A.A., N.A., S.L.A., E.D.A.
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Equine therapy
- Breath work
- Adventure therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Body work/massage therapy
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As the time of discharge from our addiction program draws near, we will work alongside you to develop an aftercare plan that meets your continuing needs. If you feel you’d like to ease your way back into your life, The Refuge offers a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). However, if you feel you’ve made enough progress during your stay at The Refuge – A Healing Place that you are ready to discharge to home, we’ll provide you with referrals to traditional outpatient therapies and available community resources such as N.A. and A.A. Whatever your next step, The Refuge will support you and your family the whole way.