Methamphetamines (meth) are dangerously addictive illegal drugs that stimulate the central nervous system of the body, causing increases in energy and alertness that last up to 12 hours. If you’re struggling with a meth addiction, you may have been up for days at this point, strung out and unable to relax. You may notice that meth is slowly taking over your life, ruining your relationships with other people, and causing trouble in fulfilling your responsibilities at work, home, or school. You know that stopping the drug is hard, but you know that living as a meth addict, or tweaker, is not the life you want.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we’ve worked for over 25 years treating people in our community who struggle with substance addiction and dependency. We’ve helped countless people learn the skills to get – and stay – sober. It’s time to let go of the meth and get back to living the life you know you deserve.
How to Help A Loved One Seek Treatment
If your loved one is addicted to methamphetamines, you may be petrified of losing him or her to the drug. You’ve probably read the shocking complications of meth abuse and you may realize you’re losing more and more of your loved one to the drug. You may not know how to stop this horrible drug addiction or what to say to your loved one. You know that something needs to be done. Here are some tips for helping your loved one seek treatment for meth addiction:
Research addiction: You’ve probably learned a bit about the drug methamphetamine, but you may not be fully aware of the way in which addiction works. Addiction, like heart disease, is a disease that requires chronic, long-term therapy and maintenance. To fully understand what your loved one is going through, you need to understand the way that addiction affects the mind.
Practice self-care: While you may want to pour all of your energy into helping your loved one get help, this is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to save some of the energy for yourself. Make some time each day to do something you love. Join a support group and speak with a therapist about your loved one’s addiction so that you are able to process your feelings.
Find treatment centers: It’s likely that your loved one will be resistant to treatment at first, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t call treatment centers and see what their meth addiction recovery program looks like. Arrange a tour of the facility and ask the intake coordinators about what to expect during a stay with them. This can reduce your anxiety and help you feel better about sending your loved one there for addiction recovery.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction?
If you’re addicted to methamphetamines, you’re probably beginning to notice the effects that these toxic drugs have on you. You may start to see the health consequences of your addiction as you lose weight, develop dental problems, and notice that you’re getting sicker more often. As meth is a habit, you may be in financial problems trying to support it, and engaging in illegal activities to supply it. You may notice that your interpersonal relationships have dwindled to nothing as the addiction took over your life.
An inpatient treatment program for methamphetamine addiction is one of the most effective ways to help people recover from meth addiction. Entering into an inpatient program allows you to get away from the stresses of daily life and focus solely upon what matters most – recovery. In an inpatient program, you’ll have a variety of medications, therapies, and activities all designed to help you kick addiction and learn to live life as a sober person. An inpatient program will give you the chance to lead the life you’ve always wanted.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we provide competent, compassionate care to each person who comes to us for help. For over 25 years, we’ve been a community leader for addiction recovery and are ready to use the knowledge we’ve gained from our experience to help you recover from meth addiction. We only use empirically-validated, scientifically-supported treatment approaches in a treatment plan that is designed specifically for your needs.
Treatment Options at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you come to us for help, you’ll first undergo a series of evaluations that are designed to give us better insight into your treatment needs and goals. Our medical evaluation will determine if you are currently struggling with any medical complications from meth usage. The psychiatric evaluation will let us see if you have any co-occurring disorders you’re struggling with that need to be addressed in treatment. We’ll take the results of your evaluations and create a plan of care especially designed to meet all of your treatment needs.
Detox may be the first step in your treatment at Highland Ridge Hospital. Through detox, we’ll safely and effectively remove drugs and alcohol from your body in order to allow you to best participate in your rehab.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to manage the unpleasant symptoms of meth withdrawal or to manage any other symptoms you may be experiencing. After you develop more adaptive coping skills, you may be weaned slowly off the medication. Other people may require more long-term medication management to treat any co-occurring disorder.
Individual therapy is a great way for recovering addicts to work alongside a therapist in a private setting so that they can unearth the reasons for their addiction, develop more appropriate coping skills, and discuss any co-occurring disorders.
Group therapy is one of the best ways for recovering addicts to maintain sobriety. Through N.A. and A.A. meetings, alongside our process-based and psychoeducational groups, you’ll meet and work with other people who have struggled with addiction. Together, you’ll be able to grow, learn, and heal.
Family therapy is very important to your long-term, continued recovery. Addiction is a family disease and has impacted your loved ones in different ways. We’ll provide you the space to work with your loved ones, allowing them to share the ways in which addiction has impacted their lives and helping you to mend any broken bonds. Our staff will also connect your loved ones with community resources such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon.
As a holistic treatment center, Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer a variety of experiential therapies to complement traditional therapeutic techniques. These include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
When you come to us, you’ll go through a series of evaluations to allow us to determine how best to approach your care. We offer a spectrum of care across the lifespan designed to meet the needs of everyone who comes to us. Highland Ridge offers both intensive outpatient programs (PHP and IOP) and an inpatient program for children, teens, adults, and older adults.
As the time for discharge approaches, you’ll work closely with our discharge coordinator to determine the next best steps for your recovery. Some people transition from our inpatient rehab program to one of our intensive outpatient programs, which allow you to focus on your recovery during the day while returning home in the evenings. Others have made enough progress with us that they’re ready to discharge to home with referrals to community support groups like N.A. and traditional outpatient therapy.
Serving The Greater Salt Lake City Area
Our location in Midvale, Utah, allows residents of the greater SLC area to get help with meth addiction and related health issues. Call our counselors today for a confidential screening and take a step on the road to recovery.