Meth Addiction Treatment Options
Meth addiction is a serious problem that can lead to severe consequences if left unchecked. Luckily, rehab centers like Saint John’s Recovery Place (SJRP) are located across the country. So, what should you expect then from a recovery program? Rehabilitation centers have a plethora of treatment options and opportunities for you to explore. Typically rehab programs follow a strict order, beginning with a detox period and ending in sober living. But there are many other treatment options to explore along the way. Typical meth addiction treatment options include:
Medical detoxification is defined as the set of interventions designed to aim at and target the acute effects of the initial withdrawal process. Meth addiction can be complex and carry with it many adverse effects, but when an individual decides they have had enough of their misuse patterns and decides to stop using the drug, withdrawal effects are soon to set in. In fact, methamphetamine withdrawal effects can only take a few hours to begin, with the more severe effects lasting up to 2 weeks or more after an individual’s last meth dose.
Quitting meth cold turkey (or quitting meth all at once) is never recommended, because complete and sudden cessation of methamphetamine use can make withdrawal effects even more intense than they originally would have been. Unfortunately the withdrawal process is something a client must work through in order to get to the next stage of their recovery journey, but luckily medical detox programs work to help alleviate the symptoms and side effects of this process, although the detoxification period is not viewed as an actual aspect of substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation.
Instead, medical detox is viewed and defined as a preliminary treatment aid, where clients will work through the effects of their withdrawal process, to cleanse their bodies of all outside toxins safely and professionally. Medical detox allows for a client to either be treated in a hospital setting, where they received 24/7 care and medication assistance to come off their abuse substance, or if they have less severe addiction issues, can come into a hospital setting for daily treatment and return home after observation. The withdrawal process can be very uncomfortable, and even sometimes life-threatening, which is why it is important to seek and gain professional medical assistance to ensure a safe withdrawal and detox period.
Residential and Inpatient Rehab
Inpatient or residential rehab is probably one of the most well known methods of substance abuse treatment. This method, also commonly referred to as a long-term treatment, can last anywhere from 30 days to a year–depending on the program and facility you enroll in / need. Inpatient substance abuse treatment normally follows directly after the medical detox and withdrawal process has been completed, and is set so that a client remains on facility grounds 24/7 for the duration of their treatment.
Residential rehab is thought to be one of the best methods of treatment for methamphetamine recovering addicts, as the methods allows clients the potential to participate in many different kinds of therapies, and skill building, relapse prevention opportunities. Inpatient rehab does well to incorporate a holistic understanding and process of recovering, getting both staff, individuals, and groups in the community to work together, providing support, assistance, encouragement, and teaching along the way. Not every inpatient and residential rehab is created the same, and some are made for very specific focus groups of people, but there are plenty of inpatient rehab programs out there for everyone who needs recovery assistance to try. Residential rehabs typically have a great amount of treatment opportunities available to their clients, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Individual counselling
- Skill building
- Drug testing
- Family education
- Group counselling and therapy
- Support group
- 24 hour support
- Medication-assisted treatment therapy
- 12-step support
- Holistic therapies
- Complementary therapies
- Opportunity to engage in non-drug-related activities and hobbies
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Although not typically utilized in methamphetamine treatment programs, a partial hospitalization program can sometimes be used for a client who is trying to ease their way into outpatient rehab. Partial hospitalization programs, otherwise known as PHPs, are not substitutes for inpatient rehab, but are a type of outpatient treatment option that is more intensive than normal addiction recovery outpatient programs. This type of program allows for a client to remain on a hospital’s–or participating facility’s–grounds 24/7 for a few more weeks as they make the transition from inpatient to outpatient rehab or sober living. This type of program is generally reserved for a very specific type of client, or one that has struggled with a great deal of severe mental illness, and is expected to get better, but still needs a little extra supervision and assistance before taking the next step in their recovery journey.
Once you have completed inpatient or residential rehab, you typically begin an outpatient recovery service program. Outpatient rehab is a lot like inpatient rehab, except it is more flexible, allowing clients to get and maintain jobs, go back to school, and even live at home. Depending on the specific treatment needs of the individual client, outpatient treatment sessions can be as little as 10 hours a week, or as much as 30. Some outpatient programs are more intensive than others, providing more treatment opportunities for clients as a whole, but generally, even less extensive out-programs allow clients access to almost all of the same treatments and therapies that their inpatient programs provided. One of the biggest focuses of outpatient rehab is helping a client build a safe, strong support system and sober community as they work their way back into the normal world, free from substance abuse patterns and old habits, and equipped with tools to help them remain sober on a day to basis, as they deal with the added stress of daily life and remaining abstinent from drug use.
More often than not, outpatient rehab programs help prepare individual clients enough to live outside of a recovery facility, with a responsible and sober family member or friend. But sometimes clients do not have family members or friends they can turn to, to live with after they have completed drug and alcohol addiction treatment, or they may still need to participate in outpatient services, and want a little more structure in their home lives to keep their recovery journey and abstinence stable.
A sober living home provides clients with such an opportunity, but is not considered to be a method of treatment, but a treatment aid for specific individuals looking to have a more structured lifestyle that they are not confident they can uphold on their own yet. Sober living homes vary highly in structure from one state and individual residence to another, but typically have the same general rules:
- No alcohol or drugs are to be admitted.
- Residents must remain sober while living in the home.
- Residents have a curfew.
- Residents must care for the home.
- Residents must pay rent consistently.
- Residents should keep up with recovery treatment.
A sober living home is a drug and alcohol free space that is made affordable to clients who have undergone recovery treatment or are still involved in an outpatient rehab treatment plan. These homes allow clients a place to live where they feel safe, supported, and where they can continue to work towards their recovery goals free of judgement.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment is not another treatment phase along the path to recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment is actually the specialized treatment of an individual with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. This type of treatment takes place in all of the same methods listed above, an individual with co-occurring disorders will still need to undergo an evaluation, be diagnosed with a dual issue, work through the withdrawal process and then attend inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. The only difference is that dual diagnosis treatment typically takes longer to treat than the average inpatient program, as both co-occuring issues must be addressed and treated at the same time in order to ensure safety and success.
Dual diagnosis treatment can be rather complicated to diagnose and treat. Oftentimes, co-occurring disorders will magnify the symptoms of one issue, and hide the effects of another, making it difficult for medical professionals to determine the root cause of a client’s health issues. Once a client is diagnosed correctly, it is then the job of their treatment staff to coordinate their treatment plans very meticulously, in order to ensure that all co-occuring issues are being treated properly, without one program plan overshadowing or creating more barriers for another. Dual diagnosis treatment takes time, but it is possible to achieve.