While the national conversation on drug abuse continues to focus primarily on opioids, other substances are still a significant problem. One such substance is methamphetamine, which is sometimes referred to as “meth.” Many begin using this stimulant for an energy boost or to lose weight, but the use of this drug can quickly spiral out of control. In these situations, people need quality meth addiction treatment.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with meth abuse, it is important to get help as soon as possible. At New Bridge Foundation®, we offer comprehensive meth substance abuse treatment programs that can help people get their lives back on track. With over 50 years of experience, we have been ranked as one of America’s “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” for the past three years in a survey conducted by Statista in cooperation with Newsweek. Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each individual, and we provide a wide range of services to support our clients.

A Brief History of Meth Abuse

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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 in large part because their doctors were prescribing it.

Meth appeared to have many benefits. Soldiers fighting in World War II used the substance to stay awake as long as possible. It also seemed to lessen the effects of ADHD and narcolepsy. However, using methamphetamine often led to meth abuse and eventually meth addiction. With addiction came the realization that meth has many concerning and dangerous side effects, including:

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Dental decay
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis

What to Expect at a Meth Rehab Center

The first priority during meth rehab is helping people stabilize. During detox, clients live in our Berkeley, CA treatment center, where they are kept under close supervision. People with a history of meth abuse often 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, the medications utilized in MAT are only available for addictions to opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. In meth rehab, the detox focuses on treating withdrawal symptoms rather than using medication to curb cravings.

Once they complete detox, clients typically move on to residential care. At New Bridge Foundation®, 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. This will include a combination of the following:

  • Individual counseling, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy techniques
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • 12-step programs and 12-step alternatives
  • Relapse prevention
  • Holistic treatments, including meditation, yoga, and art therapy

From there, clients can 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 continuing to address their meth addiction in treatment sessions.

At New Bridge Foundation®, we also offer free aftercare for life. This is an essential part of the recovery process as it provides ongoing support and accountability after people leave treatment.

Learn More About Our Meth Addiction Treatment Program in Berkeley, CA

If you or someone close to you could benefit from meth addiction treatment, 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
  • 12-step meetings and/or 12 step alternatives
  • Chemical dependency education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Free aftercare for life

Meth addiction does not have to destroy your life. 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 affordable, programs, call us today at 866.772.8491.