Meth Addiction and Treatment at Our Detox and Rehab Center

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that directly affects the central nervous system. It comes as a pill, in powder form, or can be cooked with over-the-counter drugs to create crystal meth which resembles glass fragments. Meth can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected. The short-term effects are typically felt quickly and include heightened attention, wakefulness, and intense happiness. According to the results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an average of 560 people, aged 12 and older, begin using meth every single day. In 2018, approximately 1.9 million people, 12 and older, used meth that year (the study does not include those under 12 years old.)

Common street names are:

  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Shards
  • Bikers Coffee
  • Stove Top
  • Tweak
  • Yaba
  • Trash
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Shabu

Methamphetamine addiction has serious implications for the long term. The sooner you or your loved one can get into a treatment program with the right type of care and support, the better your odds of beating your addiction and staying sober.

Meth Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Meth addiction is typically treated with behavioral therapies as there are currently no approved medications to treat it. Behavioral therapies are designed to help change your brain’s thinking patterns and teach you how to avoid your triggers. Continuing individual therapy and support groups after your rehab is vital in helping to maintain your new mindset and avoid relapsing.

At St. John’s Recovery Place, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to your treatment and rehab. We intend to keep you as comfortable as possible and still allow you to feel in control, thereby building a stronger foundation for you once you complete your rehab program.

How Long Does Meth Rehab Take?

The length of time for rehab is different for each individual as it depends on a variety of things including the person’s abilities, level of addiction and scope of drug use, and the presence of any co-occurring disorders. Some people may complete treatment at a rehab center within 6 months while others may require much longer. Many individuals will begin with detox as their first step then move into residential / inpatient treatment. In the end, it doesn’t matter how long it ends up taking as long as you set your mind to living a healthier, happier life.

Treatment Options for Meth Abuse

Typically rehab treatment plans follow a common order beginning with a detox period and ending in sober living. However, there are several treatment programs to consider depending on how they may fit your personal needs.

Medical Detox

Withdrawal from any drug can be very uncomfortable and symptoms vary depending on the person and the level of addiction. Medical detox helps to alleviate some of the symptoms and effects of the process, making the prospect of recovery more attainable. Quitting meth cold turkey is not recommended as it could result in serious side effects and is especially prone to relapse. Going through detox at a meth addiction treatment center, such as St. John’s Recovery Place, allows the individual to receive 24/7 medically supervised care and support through the process.

Residential and Inpatient Rehab

Residential or inpatient rehab, also referred to as long-term treatment, is one of the most common forms of substance abuse treatment options. It is also considered to be one of the best choices for methamphetamine addiction as it allows for participation in many different kinds of behavioral therapies in a focused environment, along with relapse prevention opportunities.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a general name for different interventions and therapies that focus on involvement with actual experiences – hence, “experiential” therapy. These therapies go beyond traditional “talk therapy” and can include emotional processing, human interaction, creativity, and reflection. The interaction and creation involved allow for individuals to develop insights into their inner thoughts allowing them to understand their nature and needs and address them in a positive way.

At St. John’s Recovery Place, we offer a variety of experiential therapy options such as:

  • Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Massage Therapy

Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) allow for a client to remain at a hospital or a facility for an additional short amount of time as they transition from inpatient to outpatient rehab. PHPs are not typically used in standard treatment plans as they are a special case situation. They are more intensive than a normal outpatient recovery program and typically used for a very specific type of client, especially one that has struggled with severe mental illness but is still expected to get better as they progress through to outpatient rehab.

Outpatient Rehab

Once you complete your inpatient rehab program, you will move on to an outpatient recovery treatment plan. Outpatient rehab is similar to inpatient, but more flexible allowing you to return to work or school and live at home. Clients return to the facility for treatment sessions which average 10 to 30 hours per week, depending on the specific needs. The main focus of the outpatient treatment program is helping the client build a strong support system in a safe and conducive environment that will help them stay sober as they learn to adjust back to “normal” life.

Sober Living

A sober living home is not a rehab center or treatment program. Instead, it is a group home that allows the individual to live in a drug and alcohol-free environment where they can feel safe and supported after they’ve completed their rehab program and as they continue to work towards their recovery goals. Sober living homes vary greatly, but they all generally have strict rules that must be maintained including no drugs and alcohol whatsoever, curfews, keeping up with treatment plans, paying rent consistently, participating in upkeep of the home, and of course, residents must stay sober.

Aftercare and Support Groups

It takes a lifelong effort to maintain one’s sobriety and as such, aftercare treatment and support groups are critical and highly recommended to help an individual stay sober and not relapse into substance abuse. Aftercare treatment at St. John’s Recovery Place is offered to individuals who complete their inpatient and outpatient treatment. Clients can participate in group therapy, counseling, and even career-building classes. Individuals are also encouraged to join outside support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Why You Should Consider Treatment for Meth Addiction

Meth addiction can be multifaceted, often happening alongside mental health issues and other types of drug abuse. As a result, it can be difficult to control and treat this particular substance abuse. However, overcoming and recovering from methamphetamine addiction is entirely possible; it just takes a little extra specialized care and support.

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Abuse and Addiction

Methamphetamine is neurotoxic, meaning it is poisonous to the nervous system and thereby, damages dopamine and serotonin neurons in the brain. Besides addiction itself, meth abuse can lead to many short term and long term side effects on your health including:

  • Tremors
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Dry Mouth and Bad Breath
  • Nausea
  • Increased Distractibility
  • Fast Breathing and Heart Rate
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Loss of Appetite, Leading to Extreme Weight Loss
  • Serious Dental Problems (“Meth Mouth”)
  • Itching and Skin Sores From Scratching
  • Sleeping Problems and Fatigue
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Violent Behavior and Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

Besides the physical and mental effects, meth abuse can also have permanent neurological effects. For example, research has shown that there is an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, substance abuse is linked to higher frequencies of unprotected sexual intercourse, and therefore an increased risk of HIV. Among those who inject meth, there is also an increased risk of contracting hepatitis.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Seeking professional treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab center will ensure your best chance of combatting your meth/crystal meth addiction. Withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse vary in both type and severity. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms of a methamphetamine addiction include:

  • Severe Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme Cravings for the Drug
  • Trouble Sleeping and Vivid Unpleasant Dreams
  • Psychosis

At St. John’s Recovery Place (SJRP), our meth addiction treatment center offers 24/7 medically supervised detox to provide a safe and effective environment for our clients.

It is important to take your time and research your options for rehab centers and treatment programs. Not all rehab programs are created equally and luxury or high cost does not always equate to quality of care. You must feel comfortable with the center, the location, the people, as you will be spending a good amount of time there over the next few months or more. At SJRP our greatest concern is your healing and we are dedicated to your recovery. Our greatest measure of success is seeing our clients become alumni who fulfill their goal of a happy and healthy life.