While the national conversation on drug abuse mostly focuses on opioids, other substances are still a significant problem. One such substance is methamphetamine, or meth. Many begin using this stimulant for an energy boost or to lose weight, but use of this drug can quickly spiral out of control. In these situations, people need quality meth addiction treatment.
History of Methamphetamine Addiction
Interestingly enough, methamphetamine was not illegal in the United States until 1970. Before this ban, doctors prescribed meth to treat everything from obesity to nasal congestion to depression. Similar to the current opioid epidemic, the public believed the substance was safe because their doctors were prescribing it.
Indeed, meth appeared to have many benefits. Soldiers fighting in World War II used the substance to stay awake as long as they could. It also seemed to lessen the effects of ADHD and narcolepsy. However, the use of methamphetamine often led to abuse and eventually meth addiction. With addiction came the realization that meth has many concerning and dangerous side effects, including:
- Sleep deprivation
- Dental decay
What Happens at a Meth Addiction Rehab Center?
The first priority during rehab is helping people stabilize. During detox, clients live at the facility and are under close medical supervision. Often, people enter rehab with sleep and nutritional deficiencies. The goal of detox is to correct these deficiencies while helping people feel more comfortable as they experience withdrawal symptoms.
Detox often also incorporates medication assisted treatment. However, MAT medications are only available for addictions to opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. For meth addiction, the detox focuses on treating the symptoms of withdrawal rather than using medication to curb cravings.
Once they complete detox, clients typically move on to residential care. At New Bridge, this means either our Short-Term Residential Rehab (Helios) or our Long-Term Residential Rehab (START) programs. In these programs, clients build a solid foundation for recovery from their methamphetamine addiction. Clients participate in group, family, and individual counseling sessions to develop the skills to develop a solid relapse prevention plan. Our approach is comprehensive and includes holistic therapies as well, such as acupuncture and exercise.
From there, clients often transition into our Short-Term Outpatient Rehab (Helios). This program features all of the benefits of our residential programs, but with added independence. Clients can live at home while addressing their meth addiction in treatment sessions.
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment at New Bridge Foundation
When searching for Bay Area drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, look no further than New Bridge Foundation. In addition to being a meth addiction rehab center, we’re proud to offer high-quality addiction treatment for a variety of substances. A few of our drug rehab services include the following:
- Family education and support groups
- 12-Step meetings
- Chemical dependency education
- Relapse prevention
Meth addiction does not have to destroy everything. With the right intervention and support, recovery is possible. The compassionate team at New Bridge Foundation knows this to be true. For more information about our programs and therapies, give us a call now at 866-772-8491.