Methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth,” “chalk,” “ice,” and “crystal” is a very powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the brain and central nervous system. Many individuals report feeling a surge, or rush, almost immediately after consuming methamphetamines. Derived from amphetamine, which is a similar but less potent drug, methamphetamine was developed in the early 20th century as a vasoconstrictor to relieve congestion. However, even at similar doses, meth has longer-acting effects on the central nervous system and a higher neurotoxic potential.
Classified as a Schedule II stimulant, methamphetamine is legally available in the U.S. via non-refillable prescription to manage ADHD, weight loss, and narcolepsy. Most individuals who become hooked on meth become addicted to the illegal street version of the drug which is available in either a white powder or a crystallized rock (a.k.a. “crystal meth”). Both forms of the drug can be orally ingested, snorted, smoked, or injected via needle directly into the bloodstream.
Methamphetamine addiction and abuse is becoming a widespread problem in the United States and worldwide, with about 1.2 million users in the U.S. alone. While initially confined to the Western parts of the U.S., meth is making its way into cities and states across the country, leaving behind it a trail of broken lives and addiction.
One of the biggest factors related to the use and addiction to methamphetamine is the ease of production from ordinary household chemicals “cooked” to create meth. This means that people who can bake cookies are able to cook meth at home. These makeshift meth labs are incredibly dangerous, the vapors of cooking meth being enough to kill a person. The ingredients in meth are over-the-counter items available at any grocery and hardware store.
Once meth addiction has taken over, there is very little in an individual’s life that remains unscathed. Personal relationships suffer and crumble, meth addicts are unable to hold down a job or function in society, and they are unable to do much beyond chasing the next high. With proper rehab and recovery, meth addicts can face life free from the clutches of methamphetamines.
Why Seek Rehab for Meth Abuse at Acadiana Addiction Center
Methamphetamine abuse is a serious problem that worsens over time. The longer the meth abuse is left untreated the more severe the consequences become. The prolonged use of substances can affect an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis. As a result, a path of destruction is left behind leaving the addict wondering how things got so bad and if they can recover.
Acadiana Addiction Center is established as a leading treatment provider offering top of the line chemical dependency treatment for those with addiction problems. Through education, individualized treatment plans, and proven skills of recovery, we can help our patients understand the recovery process. We take a client-centered approach to treatment, which means that we only use what works best for you. We also make sure to include patients in every aspect of the treatment process. We believe that every individual, when given the right tools, has the responsibility for their own recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our mission at Acadiana Addiction Center is to provide excellent care to every patient and their family who reach out to us for substance abuse disorders. We want to provide each individual with the knowledge and skills needed to remain living a life free from chemical dependence. At Acadiana, we firmly believe that you have the ability inside you to overcome your addiction problems and to stop living a life in the shadow of drugs. Having a substance abuse problem does not mean that you are a bad or crazy person, it just means that you are going through a troubling time and need help to get back on track. Addiction does not have to define who you are or who you will become, you have the power to make your life what you want it to be.
We make sure that we provide an environment that offers unconditional support and aids in the restoration of dignity and respect. The programs within our rehab center are designed to take into account every aspect of a person. We take the time to work with the whole person, including family, personality, life experiences, and cultural aspects. We offer recovery that heals the mind, body, and soul.
Acadiana is an addiction recovery center that provides a full spectrum of treatment options for individuals who need recovery from substance abuse problems, such as meth addiction. Upon arrival, each individual will receive a complete assessment, free of charge, to determine their needs and what program would be most effective. Some of the programs and services we offer include individual therapy, group therapy, detoxification, residential treatment, and outpatient therapy. An intake counselor will help you decide which program is more suited to your personal needs.
Detoxification is offered for patients who have become physically and psychologically dependent on a substance, such a meth. This is a program typically lasting for at least 5 days, in which individuals are medically monitored 24 hours of the day. Our treatment center provides around-the-clock monitoring to ensure safe and comfortable management of withdrawal symptoms. Once an individual has completed detox they can move on to the therapeutic portion of their rehabilitation.
The Residential Treatment program is for patients who have completed the detox process and are ready to begin the therapeutic stage of treatment. Patients will undergo treatment in a medically monitored setting with 24-hour supervision in order to ensure safety. The main goal of this program is to help individuals become emotionally stabilized, knowledgeable about addiction, and develop the skills needed to take an active approach in their recovery.
Extended Residential Treatment programs are available for patients who have completed primary care at our addiction treatment center or another health center. Male patients will receive care in the Acadiana Addiction Center, while females in this program will receive treatment at Belle of the Oaks. The extended residential care programs require a minimum of three months commitment, making sure that each individual gains the necessary knowledge to be successful. Both of these programs pick up where primary treatment ended, building upon the already gained skills which will increase chances of a lifetime of sobriety. This program is made up of three phases, with each phase addressing and reinforcing specific skills.
Some of the techniques used within the programs at our rehab may include:
Individual therapy- Individual sessions are held at least once a week and are used to give clients one-on-one time with a therapist. In these sessions, individuals can address issues that are of concern to them that they may not have felt comfortable sharing in a group. Additionally, time will be spent monitoring progress and making any necessary changes to the treatment plan.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy- CBT is often used in addiction treatment to help patients realize certain problems in their ability to manage emotions and an appropriate amount of assertiveness. When problems are identified new strategies to change behavior for the better can be put in place.
Rational-emotive Behavioral therapy- REBT makes individuals identify their negative beliefs and change them into more positive ways of thinking. By changing thought patterns, men and women are more able to change behavioral patterns.
Motivation interviewing- A technique primarily used to get individuals motivated to make a lifestyle change. This type of therapy helps patients to see their future and set goals for how they would like their future to be.
Group Therapy- Group therapy provides the atmosphere where individuals are encouraged to work together in order to learn from one another how to build a healthy community where sobriety is maintained. Initially, individual group members will be asked to compose autobiographies about themselves, starting as far back as they can remember, to share with the group. This exercise is done to promote group cohesion as they learn more personal information about one another. Group sessions are both education and process based.
Family therapy- Family therapy is a place where individuals and loved ones can begin to work through issues that may be a result of the meth addiction. Family members are allowed to share how the addiction has specifically impacted them and ways to work through these problems are identified. Additionally, you and your loved ones will establish boundaries for the addiction and recovery process.
Family workshop- This workshop is a 3-day program, the main focus of which is to educate family members about substance abuse and addiction. These 3 days will work to open lines of communication between the patient and family members as well as to help the family learn how they can be involved in the recovery process.
Depending upon the addiction program you are enrolled in you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential programs. Some of them may include:
- Recreational therapy
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Vocational assistance
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When your rehab at our residential treatment program has come to an end and it has been determined that you are ready to move on to another part of the recovery process you will initiate the aftercare plan that has been put in place. Your aftercare plan will be comprised of recommendations from your treatment staff and your own views of how you would like your treatment to proceed. Continuing care is established so that patients can use the skills they learned during treatment to further strength the success of recovery.
Some individuals have found our Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient Program to be the most acceptable next step following rehab. The partial hospitalization provides patients with medical, psychological, and psychosocial care through a variety of therapeutic techniques. Lodging is provided for participants of this program. The intensive outpatient program is only held in the evenings for a total of 10 hours of therapy a week. This program also offers components such as group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. Patients will be assigned an individual counselor who will help to monitor their progress.
If you feel that you no longer need the structured environment offered by one of our other programs, we will work to set you up with outpatient therapy services. This will provide you additional support where you will be able to process any life issues that should occur upon your return home.