If you’re addicted to meth, you know the problems this illegal, powerfully addictive drug has caused in your life. You probably experimented with meth as a way to get high and see what the drug would do. Addiction happens fairly quickly with methamphetamine use, and soon, you began to do whatever it took to get more meth. You may have lied to your loved ones about your drug use, hidden meth in lots of stashes around your house, and slowly began to neglect the responsibilities you had at home, work, or school. Perhaps your mental state began slowly to deteriorate as meth took its toll on you. You know that you can’t possibly live like this forever and you may not know how to get out of the vicious cycle of abuse meth has trapped you in. There is a way.
Pacific Grove Hospital has helped countless women and men successfully detoxify from chronic meth use and learn the skills needed to lead a sober, happy life. Our staff has had many years of experience teaching those who come to us chemically dependent upon meth and struggling with mental health disorders begin recovery and become productive members of society. We can help you overcome your methamphetamine addiction once and for all.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Help
If your loved one has been struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, your life may seem like a roller coaster. You’ve watched helplessly as meth took control of your loved one’s life and began to slowly erode all that made your loved one unique. You may have had to deal with long nights worrying, wondering where your loved one was and if he or she was safe. You may have dealt with the legal problems he or she has gotten into and tried to cope with the symptoms such as mood swings and violence associated with chronic meth use. You know your loved one needs help, but you may not know how to help. Here are some tips for helping your loved one seek treatment for methamphetamine addiction:
Develop a plan: work with an addiction specialist to develop a plan for helping your loved one into treatment. Meth is often considered one of the most dangerous drugs in the world as it is both incredibly dangerous and addictive. An addiction specialist will help you to develop a plan to get your loved one the help he or she needs.
Create boundaries: If you don’t enact emotional boundaries, the meth may claim you as another victim, as you helplessly watch your loved one struggle. You need to ensure you have proper boundaries in place to make certain you’re receiving the support you need. Your addiction specialist or therapist can help you set appropriate boundaries.
Provide options: Your addiction specialist will help you determine possible options for your loved one’s recovery. When you approach the topic of treatment, an inpatient treatment center is the most appropriate level of care for your loved one. Be gentle but firm. Have your addiction specialist help you develop a plan for approaching the subject of treatment.
Why Seek Inpatient Care at Pacific Grove Hospital
If you’ve been abusing meth, the consequences of this very dangerous drug are vast and terrible. Meth damages all organ systems in the body, slowly causing major problems in your life if you continue using. You may have developed meth mouth, which causes your teeth to rot in their sockets. Your body may have developed sores all over your face, arms, and chest. You may feel “meth bugs” crawling on top and inside your skin, which may have led you to dig holes into your flesh. You may realize that your mind is slowly degrading with each hit of meth you take. It’s time for you to regain your life.
An inpatient treatment center is the ideal place for a person who is addicted to meth to begin their recovery. An inpatient treatment center provides 24-hour supervision and support to assure your safety during your withdrawal and recovery. You’ll be medically-monitored to ease any medical complications and have the support of others to guide you on the pathway to recovery. One of the major benefits of an inpatient program is that it allows you to escape the pressures and triggers of daily life so that you can focus upon what matters most – your recovery from methamphetamines.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Pacific Grove Hospital, we understand that addiction is a complex disease and we aim to treat all aspects of addiction for those who come to us chemically dependent upon meth and other drugs. Addiction affects the mind, body, and spirit of those who succumb to it and we know that with timely interventions, individualized plans of treatment, and an addiction recovery program based upon the 12-step model, addiction can be successfully overcome. We work to empower our clients and their families in order to allow our clients the ability to spearhead his or her own recovery from methamphetamine addiction.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you first come to Pacific Grove Hospital struggling with meth addiction, you’ll undergo several assessments to allow us best to help you recover. Your physical assessment will allow us to diagnose any medically related complications caused by meth and determine the presence of any other drugs in your system. The psychological evaluation will let us determine if you’re suffering any co-occurring mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder or depression. We’ll take the results of the evaluations and sit down with you and your loved ones to create a plan of care for your stay with us.
Detox is generally the first step in recovery for those who are addicted to meth as it allows you to safely and effectively rid your body of the toxic meth in a supervised manner. We will use medication to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms which will allow you to fully participate in our 12-step addiction recovery program.
Medication may be used only during the detox process in order to manage symptoms of withdrawal and help you focus your attention on recovery and slowly tapered down as you learn the coping skills needed. Some people may need long-term medication management to address co-occurring mental health disorders. Medication will be closely monitored by your treatment team and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy is a common strategy for addiction recovery. You’ll work with a therapist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help identify negative patterns of thought and how they cause negative behaviors. You’ll work to replace these negative thoughts with more adaptive ways of viewing the world as you move forward in your recovery.
Group therapy is often considered the cornerstone for addiction recovery. During your stay, you’ll participate in a number of groups, including N.A. groups so that you can bond with others struggling with addiction and you can collectively work to grow, learn, and heal. Groups will include topics such as dealing with triggers, relapse prevention, and the development of social skills needed to function in society.
Family therapy is important during your recovery as family support is critical for those recovering from addiction. Family sessions will focus upon education of your loved ones about addiction, the 12-steps of recovery, and help mend bonds with loved ones caused by methamphetamine abuse.
Pacific Grove Hospital offers a number of experiential methods designed to treat the whole person. These additional therapeutic methods include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge draws to a close, we’ll work with you and your family to create an appropriate plan of care that meets your continuing treatment needs before you leave our program. We’ll work with you and your loved ones to make certain that you have appropriate, safe housing, access to available community resources, and we’ll work with you to find gainful employment, should you need it. Pacific Grove Hospital is proud to offer two continuing care options: our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both our IOP and PHP offer you the chance to work on your recovery on an outpatient basis while slowly reintegrating back into your community in the evenings and on weekends. We’ve even found that some clients have made enough progress during their inpatient stay with us that they feel ready to discharge with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and appropriate community resources.