Methamphetamines, also known as meth, are highly addictive central nervous system stimulant drugs. Originally synthesized to help treat narcolepsy, manage symptoms of ADHD, and help clients lose weight, the drug started to be misused for its ability to onset short-lived euphoria in an individual. The drug was used in “recreational” settings through either snorting, injecting, ingesting, or smoking the drug, with smoking being the most prevalent method of use. Today, nealy 1.6 million adults in the U.S. have reportedly misused the substance in the last year.

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Methamphetamine addiction is a chronic and complex public health issue that affects the brains of millions across the U.S. Addiction can take over nearly every aspect of an individual’s job, affecting the way they think, respond to situations, act, their jobs, home life, school, social / professional relationships, and overall health. Meth addiction can also be multifaceted, often occurring alongside mental health issues, and other types of substance abuse.

As a result of these complexities, consequences, and co-occurring disorders, addiction can be rather tricky to overcome and treat. But, overcoming and recovering from substance abuse is possible, it just often takes a little extra / specialized help. To recover from a meth misuse issue, clients will normally have to undergo drug and alcohol addiction treatment in a rehab facility. As one of the best drug and alcohol rehabs in Florida, Saint John’s Recovery Place works hard to get clients back on the right track, with quality care, understanding, well-researched practices and compassion.

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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 Detox

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.

Outpatient Rehab

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.

Sober Living

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:

  1. No alcohol or drugs are to be admitted.
  2. Residents must remain sober while living in the home.
  3. Residents have a curfew.
  4. Residents must care for the home.
  5. Residents must pay rent consistently.
  6. 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.

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Medications

There are many methods of treatment that can be utilized to help an individual suffering from methamphetamine misuse to recover. Inpatient and outpatient rehab programs can make use of both cognitive therapies and medication-assisted treatments in order to help their clients. But, methamphetamine is a special addiction disorder.

It is generally understood in medical circles and drug and alcohol rehab facilities that meth does not currently have a specific medication–or medications–that counteract the specific effects of meth. Yet, there are a few pharmacological options that help to alleviate methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms. Not enough research has been conducted in order to prove whether or not slow cessation off of methamphetamines, over an extended period of time, helps to alleviate many symptoms of withdrawal or long term meth cravings.

But, there have been several treatments that are utilized in attempts to ease specific types of symptoms within methamphetamine treatment clients. These methods of treatment include:

  • Cognitive enhancement: Several medications are being researched to see whether they can help methamphetamine clients cope better with associated cognitive issues like impaired decision making and concentration.
  • Neuroimmune system: Chronic meth use is associated with the activation of microglia–cells that cause inflammation in the central nervous system. There are two drugs in circulation that are believed to help reduce or prevent the inflammation, including:
    • Ibudilast
    • Minocycline
  • Opioid System: The euphoric effects associated with methamphetamines are normally stimulated by the opioid system / receptors. As a result, some specific types of partial opioid agonists and opioid antagonists can be utilized in meth addiction treatment, including:
    • Naltrexone
    • Bupropion
    • Buprenorphine
  • Hormones: Some very specific hormones have shown promise in reducing the “rewarding” effects of methamphetamine studies. These hormones include:
    • Oxytocin
    • Cholecystokinin-8
  • GABA / Glutamate Systems: There are several medications that target disturbances in the balance of the brain’s excitement and inhibition receptors (also known as / mediated by GABA and glutamate neurotransmitters in the brain).
  • Monoamine (Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine) Targets: Many meth withdrawal symptoms relate back to feelings of depression, which has led researchers to begin investigating the potential use of antidepressants in alleviating the effects of methamphetamine withdrawal and meth medication-assisted treatments.
  • Dopamine Agonist Treatment: Methamphetamine misuse disorder targets and depletes the brain’s store of dopamine, resulting in short, but intense, euphoric highs. As a result, some researchers believe that medications made to stimulate the production of chemicals like dopamine in the brain, can help alleviate some of meth’s withdrawal and long-term recovery effects, by helping the brain to stimulate dopamine (and other naturally occurring) chemical reproduction. Some of these medications include:
    • Risperidone
    • Dextroamphetamine (d-amphetamine)
    • Bupropion
    • Methylphenidate
    • Modafinil

How Long Does Methamphetamine Rehab Treatment Take?

Methamphetamine addiction is a serious public health issue, with many different complexities. Anyone who struggles with a meth misuse issue is subject to experience the problem very differently from someone else. Addiction does not look the same for everyone, and thus addiction recovery and rehab will not look the same for everyone either.

If you or your loved one struggle with only a slight meth misuse issue, and are able to undergo every step of treatment in its minimal time frame, and don’t need to repeat any steps due to not experiencing any relapse, it is possible to undergo all of addiction treatment within 6 months. But addiction recovery is not a race, and more often than not, individuals struggle with severe methamphetamine misuse problems, and treatment complications (like relapse).

This is nothing to be ashamed of, healing takes time. Your successful completion of methamphetamine rehab is dependent on you, your needs, and how hard you work to recover. Some individuals may only need to take 6 months or less, and for others, rehab and recovery is a lifelong journey. Treatment takes as long as you need it to, and at the end of the day, as long as you are taking steps to better yourself and live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling lifestyle, you are on the right track.

How Much Does Meth Rehab and Treatment Cost?

Even though most drug and alcohol rehabs do their best to offer the same types of therapies, support, systems, treatment plans and opportunities, not every rehabilitation center will be the same. Each drug and alcohol rehab, even in Florida, is subject to offer different services, have different time frames, different staffing ratios, and even different costs.

What matters most is that you pick a drug and alcohol rehab center that will work with you, and for you. As a result, it is important to do your research before entering a center before enrolling in their program. A good list of questions to ask / keep in mind are:

  1. How long is their program on average?
  2. Do they accept your insurance?
  3. What are their payment options?
  4. How much will my personal treatment cost here?
  5. Do they have the types of therapy I need / want to try?
  6. Have they been around for a while?
  7. What do past clients say about the facility and staff?
  8. Will they be able to provide medication-assisted treatment for me if I need it?

It is important to remember to never associate the cost of a program, or the luxury of a facility’s grounds, with quality and success. Some of the most expensive programs and beautiful center sites have the lowest retention of abstinence and success, so it is important to do your research, or have a family or friend help you research a program that will work with your budget and give you quality care. The great news is that there are a lot of programs out there for you to look into, and if one does not work, you can always look into another that may be a better fit.

Never be afraid to travel far for treatment, sometimes separating yourself so wholly from your past life and habits helps your recovery journey even more. Cost will vary from program to progra, and will largely depend on you specifically and what types of treatment and therapies you need.

Does Insurance Cover Methamphetamine Rehab?

Yes. Most insurances will cover methamphetamine addiction treatment and rehab, although they may not cover all of the cost. But, each insurance is different, and whether or not your treatment is covered by your insurance depends on your personal policy. Some insurances will only pay for a portion of your rehab treatment, and other types of health coverage may not be accepted by the treatment facility you are looking to enroll in.

It is important to do plenty of research on the facility you are looking to attend before enrolling. You’ll want to be sure to check on your insurance policy as well, this way you know exactly what they will cover for your treatment, and if they are an acceptable method of payment for the facility you are looking to attend. Some research coverage plans change from one state to the next, so if you are attending methamphetamine treatment in another state different from where you live, you’ll want to be sure your insurance will be acceptable to your program over there as well.

Our Nearest Inpatient Meth Rehab

St. John’s Recovery Place

1125 N. Summit St.
Crescent City, FL 32112

St. John’s Recovery Place (SJRP) in Crescent City is our Central Florida drug and alcohol rehab center location that provides inpatient services including several medical detox, residential treatment, and aftercare through our Alumni program.

Choosing A Meth Addiction Rehab Center

It is normal to be nervous about starting a new chapter in your life, especially a chapter that involves your health and lifestyle. You, your family and friends may be nervous about what comes next as you begin drug and alcohol rehab, but you may also be excited to see how much you can accomplish, and what new goals you can set and meet.

It is important that you take your time and do your research on the facility you wish to attend. Not every drug and alcohol rehab in Florida is made equally, and some will allow you to experience more opportunities. Remember to never associate luxury or high cost with quality, and make sure you feel comfortable with the center you are enrolling in. You will spend a considerable amount of time there for the next month, and you want to make sure that your–and their–greatest concern is your healing. At Saint John’s Recovery Place (SJRP) we are dedicated to seeing you recover in a happy, healthy setting, with the quality and personalization of your treatment services being our utmost concern.

Remember, methamphetamine treatment is not a race, it’s a journey towards building yourself a new lifestyle and habits, and we here at SJRP want to be with you through every step of the way. If you would like to know more about SJRP, call our number today, a representative will be glad to speak with you about your options and opportunities with our drug and alcohol facility, and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Don’t wait, take the first step in your recovery journey today.

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