Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.
Meth, or methamphetamine, is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. Those who have a meth addiction will have difficulty quitting on their own and should not attempt to quit without the help of qualified medical professionals. At Soul Sanctuary, we provide evidence-based programs that effectively treat substance abuse and mental health disorders. Our Laguna Beach rehab offers individualized treatment programs that address the specific needs of each patient. By choosing to enter our treatment facility, you are taking the first step towards recovery.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines methamphetamine as “a stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill.” It is a highly addictive stimulant that targets the central nervous system and increases the amount of dopamine released into the brain. This affects a person’s body movements and motivations. Dopamine is a natural brain chemical used to reward the body for good decisions such as exercising. This reinforces drug-taking behavior as the person wants to experience the feeling repeatedly.
Meth creates a relatively short “high,” it starts almost immediately and fades just as quickly. Because of this, addicts will repeat the doses in what’s known as a “binge and crash” pattern. They give up food and sleep for several days, living solely on meth and taking it every few hours. This binging is what’s known as a “run.”
Several short-term effects of meth can cause the same health issues as other addictive stimulants, such as cocaine. These can include:
Several negative consequences occur if someone uses meth over a long period. It can contract an infection or other diseases, worsen the progression and symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cause altered thinking, and increase risky behaviors. Other consequences can include:
The best chance of achieving a successful recovery from meth addiction is to use a qualified rehab center’s services. Once admitted, the patient will go through an assessment process with the administrative team and medical staff, who will develop a comprehensive treatment plan. As the patient progresses through treatment, the plan can be adjusted as needed to benefit the patient’s changing needs. The first phase of any rehab program is the detoxification process.
Detox is the process of removing a substance safely from the patient’s body. Detox allows the patient to go through withdrawal while being monitored 24/7 by clinicians or other medical professionals. Medical staff must be present during this time; if a patient shows signs of distress, they can administer medication to help lessen the painful withdrawal symptoms.
One of the most significant causes of relapse is the desire to avoid painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Relapse prevention has been linked to medication-assisted treatment, as it keeps patients stable and comfortable. Utilizing medically-assisted detox provides safety and an easier transition on the body.
How long the detoxification process takes is determined by the severity of the addiction and how long the patient used meth. Generally, withdrawal symptoms can last up to a month; however, they can last much longer if the addiction was more severe.
Common withdrawal symptoms for methamphetamine can include:
Once the patient has completed the detox process, they can transition into an inpatient rehab program. Inpatient rehab allows patients to learn new coping strategies that will help them to manage situations without falling back to relying on drugs. By remaining in a safe and secure environment, they will not be tempted or triggered to relapse. Inpatient programs provide a variety of activities and treatment options that can improve the chances of long-term sobriety.
Inpatient rehab programs can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days, depending on the patient’s addiction severity. Researchers claim that the longer a person remains in treatment, the higher chance they will stay sober.
Therapy is a vital aspect of the treatment process as it helps meth users understand the underlying reasons for their abuse. Therapists will use a variety of therapeutic techniques to help patients overcome their addictive behaviors. During a patient’s stay at an inpatient facility, they will be given individual and group therapy sessions.
Patients will work one-on-one with a therapist to discover what caused their addiction to meth. They will learn how to identify negative or false beliefs about themselves and the world. Once these have been identified, the therapist can help the patient change their thinking to be more positive. This will keep the patient from falling into a spiral of depression and turning back to meth to cope. Patients will also learn how to manage situational and environmental triggers in a healthy and productive way.
Group therapy is a useful treatment tool; it develops a community by bringing a group of people with similar experiences together. Also known as a support group, this form of therapy is lead by two or more therapists; however, their involvement is minimal. Instead, they let the members of the group guide the conversation. Group therapy allows for healthy relationships to form as well as teach social skills. It gives those who have been in treatment longer to take on leadership roles and provide hope for patients who are new to the program.
At Soul Sanctuary, we understand how meth addiction can ruin lives. We provide a safe and secure environment for people to recover from their abuse. At the same time, we teach them new coping strategies that will give them the tools they need to prevent relapse once they leave rehab.
Our Laguna Beach addiction treatment center is dedicated to helping those who have struggled to quit meth.
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