Treatment for Meth Dependency

One of the most dangerous substances that people abuse today is methamphetamine. More frequently known simply as meth, this drug is one that can cause significant damage on the lives of those who abuse it. While the destruction that meth elicits is commonly known, many people still find this drug to be alluring because of the pleasurable high that it brings about. By releasing excessive amounts of dopamine in the brain, methamphetamine causes users to experience pleasurable feelings of euphoria and intense relaxation. Yet, despite the pleasure that this substance induces, the effects that occur once the drug has worn off can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. For this reason, the body continues to crave the substance in order to re-experience the pleasurable sensations and to avoid the negative ones. The intensity of these cravings ultimately leads to repetitive patterns of using the drug that subsequently result in the onset of an addiction. Once this addiction has developed, it can seem impossible to overcome without professional help.

At Keystone Treatment Center, we recognize the pain that accompanies a methamphetamine addiction and we understand how difficult it can be to overcome this destructive behavior. For this reason, we have devised specialized programming that is delivered in an atmosphere of respect, integrity, trust, honesty, accountability, responsibility, and excellence so that individuals can successfully win the war against chemical dependency.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Discovering that a family member or loved one is battling an addiction to methamphetamine can seem earth-shattering. As the dangers associated with meth use are common knowledge, you are likely feeling extremely fearful about what will happen to your loved one if he or she does not put an end to this deadly habit. While it can seem intimidating, there are some things that you can do, as a concern friend or family member, to help your loved one during this time. Consider the following:

  • Educate yourself on the signs, symptoms, and effects of meth abuse. Additionally, become familiar with the signs of overdose so that you can be prepared in case of an emergency.
  • Research treatment centers that offer care to individuals who are struggling with methamphetamine addiction.
  • Ask your loved one to sit down with you so that you can openly and honestly express your fears and concerns with him or her. Anticipate denial and defensiveness, but do not let that detour you. Remain patient and calm. Also, allow your loved one to use this time to express his or her own fears and concerns regarding the drug use and the prospect of getting treatment.
  • Show your loved one the research you have done regarding potential treatment providers, and encourage him or her to seek out such treatment by helping him or her contact various treatment centers and offering to accompany him or her to any appointments that are scheduled.
  • Once treatment has begun, be sure to be an active part of the therapeutic process. Attend family sessions if they are offered, show up for visitation, and call to check-in with your loved one to see how he or she is doing. Your encouragement and support will go a long way in helping your loved one be successful in his or her recovery.

Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center

The damage that meth abuse can inflict on the lives of those who use it is far-reaching and long-lasting. It does not only impact the lives of the users themselves, but it negatively impacts other people in their lives as well. Relationships can deteriorate, marriages can fail, and familial strife can become prominent. Additionally, using meth can leave individuals incapable of performing at the expected level academically or occupationally, potentially resulting in failure at school or job loss. Furthermore, the health of individuals who use meth is at great risk as well. Experiencing a weakening of the immune system, contracting certain viruses, suffering from organ damage, and facing irreversible cognitive impairment can all occur when individuals continue to abuse methamphetamine. Mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, and psychosis, have also been known to result from prolonged meth use. Fortunately, individuals have the option of participating in treatment which can help them overcome this deadly addiction and help them rediscover a bright, happy, and sober future.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center

At Keystone Treatment Center, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive, individualized care for patients and their families. As a nationally recognized and respected treatment provider, Keystone is proud to offer inpatient treatment for individuals who are struggling with chemical dependency, including an addiction to meth, compulsive gambling, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Our multidisciplinary treatment team is comprised of a number of specialists who are devoted to delivering the highest level of quality, specialized services possible.

In order to provide truly individualized care that meets the varying needs of our patients, Keystone is proud to offer specialized treatment tracks within our residential programming. For adult patients, these specialized tracks include Gambling, Young Adult, Christian, Native American, Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Methamphetamine Corrections tracks. For adolescent patients, Native American, Gambling, and Christian tracks are available.

The specific types of treatment that may be incorporated into each patient’s individualized treatment plan can include the following:

Medically monitored detoxification: Non hospital-based medically monitored meth detox services are provided to adolescent and adult patients who do not require acute medical care, but who are in need of medical interventions to safely and successfully withdraw from addictive substances like meth. Patients who receive detox services are provided with around-the-clock nursing care, as well as meetings with physicians, in order to ensure that they are safe and comfortable throughout the process.

Medication management: When individuals are suffering from symptoms of a mental health condition in addition to a meth addiction, there are certain psychotropic medications that may be prescribed in order to alleviate their distress. The use of any medications, however, is always determined based on each patient’s individual needs. Psychiatrists will meet with patients on an as-needed basis so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored or adjusted for therapeutic effectiveness.

Individual therapy: Patients will meet with their primary counselors for a minimum of two individual therapy sessions each week. The primary goal of these sessions is to assist patients in increasing their understanding of how their behaviors impact major aspects of their lives so that they can work towards being restored to a higher level of functioning. These sessions are also designed to help patients achieve a better understanding of themselves, while also developing more efficient and effective coping mechanisms.

Family therapy: Knowing the important role that families play in the successful recovery of our patients, Keystone offers different ways for families to be involved in their loved ones’ treatment processes. Individual family therapy sessions are led by a licensed family therapist and are offered on an as-needed basis. Our weekly Family Program is also available to patients and their family members and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming every Sunday prior to visiting hours. Additionally, day-long programming is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members and is scheduled in conjunction with the family therapist.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are led by licensed or certified counselors and are meant to be a time for patients to work together to identify, present, and process various problems that they are facing and assist others in doing the same. Adult patients will take part in three group therapy sessions each day, while adolescent patients will take part in three to five sessions per day. The specific types of groups offered to adult patients include:

  • Topics Group
  • Men’s Topic Group
  • Women’s Topic Group
  • Young Adult Topic Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Community Group
  • Gambling Group
  • Spirituality Groups

The specific types of groups that are offered to adolescent patients include:

  • Relaxation Group
  • Topics Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Exercise Group
  • Experiential Growth Groups
  • Recovery Skills Group
  • Community Group

Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy is offered for all patients on a daily basis and may be implemented based on each patient’s individualized treatment plan. The types of experiential therapies offered include:

  • Recreational therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Social training
  • Arts and crafts
  • Ropes course
  • Cultural activities
  • Pastoral care

Study Time: In order to ensure that adolescent patients do not fall behind academically while in programming, they are provided with dedicated times to meet with a licensed teacher who will coordinate academic work with their home schools.

In addition to inpatient treatment, Keystone Treatment Center also offers partial care / day treatment services and intensive outpatient services for both adolescents and adults. With the overarching goal of helping to restore individuals to healthier, happier, and more productive lives, free from dependence on methamphetamine, all of the programming options at Keystone will be tailored to meet your or your loved one’s specific needs so that a brighter future can be within reach.

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