Treatment for Meth Addiction at Northpoint Nebraska
The use of methamphetamine, better known as meth, appears to be on the rise in Nebraska.
A study released in July 2021 by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that “methamphetamines are involved in more deaths than synthetic opioids in Nebraska. From 2018 to 2019, Nebraska experienced a 58.8% increase in psychostimulant-involved overdose deaths.”
The report also suggests evidence-based treatments, such as those offered by Northpoint Nebraska, may be needed to address the rising health problems in the state related to meth use.
Northpoint Nebraska offers individualized and integrated treatment plans that address the physical and psychological aspects of meth addiction, as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Northpoint Nebraska believes in treating the whole person, both physically and mentally.
What Is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that can give the people who take it an intensely energized feeling. Meth can come in the form of a pill or a white powder. Meth can be snorted, injected, or consumed orally (in pill form).
There’s also a different type of meth often referred to as crystal meth. Crystal meth typically will be a light or pale blue color. Crystal meth looks almost like crystals or shards of glass and is usually smoked out of a pipe.
Meth produces an intense “high” that doesn’t last very long. This can cause people to ingest it much more often to maintain that high. When someone is coming down off of meth, they can experience some pretty uncomfortable side effects.
Because the high of meth disappears so quickly, many people will use meth in a binging manner. It is not uncommon to see people taking meth for a few days at a time and then crashing. During a “crash,” the person may sleep for extended lengths of time because when they are experiencing the “high” they are unable to sleep.
Side Effects Of Meth Use
The side effects of meth use are similar to those of other stimulating drugs, like cocaine. The side effects of meth use can include:
Physical side effects:
- Increased attention and decreased fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
- Hypothermia (very low body temperature)
- Decreased appetite
Behavioral side effects:
- Feeling exhilarated (overjoyed)
- Feeling constantly agitated (upset)
- Being overly talkative
- Suddenly social
- Increasingly aggressive
- Lacking social awareness
Psychological side effects:
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
- Delirium (extreme confusion)
- Paranoia (fear someone wants to hurt you)
Recognizing Meth Addiction
You may find that a loved one is trying to hide their meth addiction from you.
Any of these changes in a loved one you suspect is addicted to meth may mean they are in fact struggling with the substance.
- Behavioral changes – paranoid, agitated, or more aggressive
- Physical changes – itchy eyes, sudden and drastic weight loss or gain, caring less about their appearance
- Mood changes – drastic mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Health issues – exhibit bad sleeping habits or lack energy
- Social withdrawal – isolate themselves from friends and family. They could begin to have relationship problems or could make friends with other people who are also struggling with meth use.
- Poor work performance or grades – become less interested in work or school. They may lose their job or start to show poor performance.
- Legal or money problems – begin asking friends or family for money without explaining what the money is for. They may also start to steal money or items from those around them to buy meth. They could also resort to illegal actions such as burglary, stealing, or breaking and entering.
Meth Addiction Treatments
The recovery process for meth addiction is similar to that for other substance use disorders. Meth will typically require a detox program and then inpatient treatment that will involve a personally tailored treatment plan. Detox is a process used to cleanse the body of meth and help the person return to a more stable and safer physical state.
Therapies will be used to address any mental health issues the person may have already had and also the damage created by the meth use itself. Therapies are used to help educate those in recovery on how to resist cravings and maintain a life of sobriety.
It can be difficult to overcome an addiction to meth, especially if you are trying to do it alone. This is why it is so important for people to seek a professional meth treatment program like what we offer here at Northpoint Nebraska.
Detoxing From Meth
The first step in meth addiction treatment is the detox process, during which the drug is safely removed from the body. A meth detox can be performed as part of either an inpatient program or an outpatient program, but medical professionals must always be present to monitor the detox process.
A medically supervised detox will ensure a safer and more successful treatment plan as doctors can observe vital signs 24 hours a day and prescribe medications to keep the patient comfortable and stable during the withdrawal.
Once the detox process has been completed, the patient will receive counseling and other services that will educate them on how to maintain long-term sobriety.
Inpatient Meth Rehab
The route of an inpatient rehab program might be the best option if the person has been ingesting meth for a long time and suffers from severe withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient rehab, also known as residential treatment, will provide a safe place free of triggers and temptations where patients can regain control of their life without risking relapse. The typical stay in inpatient rehab will be from 30 to 90 days, depending on the patient’s needs.
Outpatient Meth Rehab
An outpatient rehab program might be a better option for someone with a weaker addiction or if they have duties that can’t be abandoned, such as work or someone who depends on them. Outpatient programs will be part-time and will allow the patient to continue with school or work and regular daily activities. Outpatient rehab usually takes 10 to 12 hours a week spent at the treatment center for professional counseling and group therapy.
The decision to attend either an inpatient or an outpatient treatment program for meth addiction will depend on a variety of personal factors. Here at Northpoint Nebraska, we will work with you to determine the best treatment approach to successfully tackle your meth addiction.
Meth Addiction Treatment: What To Expect
There are many different treatment options available for meth addiction. Sometimes, multiple options will be used at the same time. Some of the common types of treatment include behavioral therapy and teaching relapse prevention strategies.
Behavioral therapy treatment will begin once the detox period ends. The mission of this type of therapy is to help you learn how to live a happy life without using meth. Therapy will also address any underlying mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Behavioral therapy is a highly effective treatment for meth addiction. There are two main types of behavioral therapy: cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will address the negative thinking patterns that may be underlying the addiction and other harmful behaviors. It will involve working with a therapist and developing a set of healthy coping strategies. Studies have found that CBT is highly effective at reducing meth use, even after just a few sessions.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teaches people how to live in the moment rather than thinking about the past or the future. It also teaches healthy ways to cope with stress, how to control emotions, and how to improve relationships with others.
Other conventional behavioral therapies include:
- Family counseling
- Family education
- A 12-step program
- Support groups
How To Lower the Chances Of Relapse
Practicing ways to avoid relapse can increase the chances of maintaining recovery for the long term.
Here are some of the strategies that may help reduce the risk of relapse over time:
- Avoid triggers that bring meth cravings
- Build a support network that may include friends, family, and healthcare providers
- Participate in meaningful activities
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, a balanced diet, and regular sleep
- Remember self-care is vital, especially when it comes to your mental health
- Change the way you think
- Develop self-confidence and positive self-image
- Consistently write goals and plans for the future
Depending on the situation, other ways to reduce the risk of relapse may include:
- Treating other health conditions
- Attending therapy sessions regularly
- Practicing mindful techniques, such as meditation
Get Treatment For Meth Addiction at Northpoint Nebraska
The idea of overcoming meth addiction may seem like more than you can manage, but recovery is possible with treatment from a highly trained and experienced staff.
At Northpoint Nebraska, personalized treatment plans are developed to give each individual exactly what they need to not only succeed in overcoming meth addiction, but also to succeed in living a life of long-term recovery.
Call us today at (402) 275-4333 and allow our dedicated team to help get you started on the road to a happier and healthier life.