Methamphetamine is a highly potent substance that is extremely addictive and can be so dangerous that it can lead to death. This illegal substance, which is typically referred to as crystal meth or meth, produces a sense of euphoria, increased alertness, and peaceful detachment, as well as a jolt in energy and a lack of need for sleep when it is consumed. When these effects are occurring, the user can suffer from impaired judgment and lack of reasoning. In many instances, those who abuse meth will find themselves addicted to it. Once a meth addiction has developed, and the user is dependent on it, he or she will no longer be able to manage how much he or she is consuming, which can make it so that he or she grapples with a number of severe side effects. Without the help of professionals, many individuals can stay trapped within the deadly cycle of meth abuse and addiction.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we know just how destructive and painful a meth addiction can be to a user and his or her loved ones. We can help by offering specialized treatment programming that has been proven time and time again to be effective in helping individuals put a stop to their meth addictions. At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, our team of professionals is experienced and committed when it comes to helping treat each one of our patients so they can achieve lasting recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your loved one is addicted to meth, it is likely that you are struggling with a series of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and heartbreak. While all of these emotions are valid and expected, it is imperative that you take action so that you can help your loved one at this trying time. Instead of feeling drowned in hopelessness, there are numerous things that you can be doing to help your loved one, including the following:
- Gather information about meth abuse and addiction, including how it affects the user. Find out what the signs and symptoms of this type of drug abuse are, and educate yourself on addiction as a disease. By doing so, you will provide yourself with a more solid understanding of what your loved one is experiencing.
- Utilize your resources to locate treatment programs that specialize in treating meth addiction.
- Develop a support system. It is imperative that you do not go through this process alone. Have others help you conduct research or develop a plan regarding how to handle your loved one if overdose occurs, or if he or she harms him or herself while under the influence. Allow others to help support you, and be supportive to them when needed.
- Sit down and have a conversation with your loved one. Let your loved one know that you support him or her, yet you are concerned about his or her health and wellbeing. In many cases, a conversation like this can be impossible with someone who is deep in their meth addiction. If necessary, contact a professional interventionist who can help make this conversation happen.
- Be sure that you listen to your loved one. While you might not agree with what he or she says, it is critical that you continue to communicate with him or her. Allowing negative interactions and emotions to get in between the two of you can hinder your efforts in getting him or her to accept the need for treatment.
- When your loved one decides to obtain treatment, do everything you can to remain involved and supportive. If your loved one’s treatment program offers therapy sessions or a family component to his or her treatment plan, be sure to participate. Stay in communication with your loved one, and let him or her know that you love him or her and support his or her journey.
It is important to know that recovery can be filled with many obstacles. Your loved one will experience just as many accomplishments as he or she will setbacks, and that is normal. Adjust your expectations if necessary, and make sure that you are practicing good self-care at this time by addressing your own physical and psychological needs. Doing so will allow you to be supportive to your loved one during this process and beyond.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
The continual abuse of meth can affect an individual’s life to the point of destruction. Abusing this substance can cause a series of negative effects, such as kidney, liver, and heart damage, as well as damage to one’s teeth and gums. Meth abuse can also cause sores and abscesses to develop. The continued use of this substance has also be connected to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, viral infections, and injuries that come at the hands of falling, slipping, and other physical accidents. Not only do those who abuse meth struggle with physical side effects, but they can also battle psychological impacts, too. For example, someone who abuses meth can experience psychosis, delusions, hallucinations, and disorientation. Those who have been deeply impacted on a psychological and physical level from their meth abuse will also have trouble upholding responsibilities at work, carrying out positive relationships with others, or being productive in other areas of their lives. Homelessness, ostracization, financial problems, unemployment, separation, and divorce are all possible when meth is in the picture. And, as always, death remains the most costly of all potential side effects of meth abuse. However, those who have found themselves addicted to meth can obtain the treatment they need to prevent each and every one of these side effects before they occur, or limit the amount of effects they experience by stopping their use once and for all.
Types of Treatment Offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Individuals who are looking for a new way of life that is free from the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can choose Pocono Mountain Recovery Center as the place to begin the incredible journey towards sobriety. This center, which is located in Henryville, Pennsylvania, is situated amidst picturesque mountains and is specifically designed to help men and women, aged 18 and older, recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health concerns.
With a staff of dedicated and expertly trained professionals that is fully committed to improving the lives of all who come to this center for care, it is no wonder that so many individuals have been able to break free from addiction and chemical dependency problems after having completed programming at Pocono Mountain Recovery. A large part of what makes this center so special is its utilization of the 12-Step philosophy and evidence-based therapeutic interventions that were chosen because of their ability to help individuals reach their treatment goals in a meaningful way.
Upon completion of the streamlined admissions process, each patient will receive a personalized treatment plan that will outline the methods of care that will be included. Briefly described in the following, the listed treatment methods and options for care are among those that may become part of a man or woman’s treatment experience in coming to Pocono Mountain Recovery Center:
Detoxification: Patients who come to Pocono Mountain Recovery addicted to meth are often chemically dependent on this substance and need it cleared from their bodies in order to effectively participate in programming. When this is the case, detoxification, or detox, will be incorporated into those individuals’ care. Detox at Pocono Mountain Recovery is supervised by medical staff to ensure the safety of patients during this process. These staff members can also intervene should an individual need to be made more comfortable as methamphetamine exits his or her system.
Medication management: Men and women who come to Pocono Mountain Recovery battling an addiction to meth at the same time as a co-occurring mental illness have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist on a weekly basis so that their medication needs can be efficiently met. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants also work with patients to ensure that they are benefitting from the medications they are taking and can track each individual’s progress while he or she is engaged in treatment.
Individual therapy: Each patient at Pocono Mountain Recovery is assigned a primary counselor at the start of his or her care. This staff member is available to patients to meet for individual therapy sessions on an as-needed basis to discuss their experiences, feelings, successes, and setbacks while working to overcome an addiction to meth.
Group therapy: Led by Pocono Mountain Recovery’s clinical director, family coordinator, and other clinical staff, group therapy sessions are a big part of the recovery experience at this center. So that patients are able to give and receive support to and from one another as they work toward defeating an addiction to methamphetamine or another harmful substance(s), these sessions are conducted five times per day and allow patients to learn about and discuss the following topics:
- Life skills
- Relapse prevention
- Coping skills development
- Disease education
- Relapse trigger identification
Experiential therapy: Those who are working to overcome a methamphetamine use disorder can greatly benefit from participating in experiential therapies while at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center. These therapy opportunities help patients to heal and recover on a much deeper level, as they enable men and women to incorporate both their minds and bodies in the therapeutic process. Offered five to seven hours per week, the following experiential therapies are those that can be included in a patient’s personalized treatment plan:
- Music therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Art therapy
- Role playing
Family therapy: So as to provide support to the loved ones of those who seek treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery, family therapy sessions are offered on an as-needed basis. A patient’s primary counselor and Pocono Mountain Recovery’s family coordinator guide these sessions, which can be integral in helping friends and family members learn about and heal from the pain brought on by their loved one’s addiction to meth.
Family Program: Each Saturday, Pocono Mountain Recovery offers a family program for the friends and family members of patients. In the morning, participants benefit from an educational group that teaches about the disease of addiction and what it means to be addicted to methamphetamine and other substances. In the afternoon following lunch, loved ones are welcome to participate in another psychoeducational group so that they are able to develop a deeper understanding of addiction and gain the skills needed to help themselves and their loved one going forward.
A blend of the above treatment methods will form a patient’s customized treatment plan when choosing Pocono Mountain Recovery as the place to defeat an addiction to meth. Should the needs of the individual change during the course of care, treatment options can be added or removed from the person’s treatment plan so that the most favorable outcomes result.
Additionally, and as part of the all-encompassing treatment experience offered at this center, detailed discharge planning begins at the start of a person’s treatment and continues until he or she has a carefully devised plan of action that outlines the resources and services that will support lasting recovery. Whether the individual participates in this center’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or other step-down treatment option, this plan ensures that all who complete programming at Pocono Mountain Recovery will be able to live a healthier, methamphetamine-free life.
If you or an important person in your life would like to learn more about how Pocono Mountain Recovery Center can effectively treat an addiction to meth, do not hesitate to contact the dedicated intake team today.
You deserve a better, healthier life; a life without methamphetamine.