Methamphetamine is a powerful illegal substance that is also highly addictive and extremely dangerous. Also often referred to as meth or crystal meth, methamphetamine elicits an intense rush of euphoria, heightened alertness, a sense of serene detachment, increased energy, and a lack of need for sleep when ingested. These effects can overpower an individual’s sense of reasoning, impair his or her judgment, and quickly transform meth abuse into meth addiction. When a person becomes dependent upon methamphetamine, he or she will lose control over the ability to control the amount and frequency of his or her meth abuse, which can expose him or her to a variety of negative effects and outcomes. Meth addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome without professional help.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we understand the many ways that meth abuse and addiction can damage a person’s life, and we provide specialized programming that has proven to be effective in the effort to help people overcome the urge to abuse meth and regain control over their lives. At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, experienced professionals can guide individuals out of the despair of methamphetamine dependence and lead them onto the path of long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Knowing that a friend or family member is abusing or has become addicted to methamphetamine can be a fearful and frustrating experience. However, you should not let your very legitimate concerns develop into a sense of hopelessness or helplessness. Your willingness to take a few essential steps can have a life-changing, or even life-saving, impact. Please consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the ways that methamphetamine abuse can impact an individual. Learn the signs and symptoms of meth abuse, and get information on the disease of addiction in general. Increasing your understanding of meth abuse and addiction will improve your ability to provide the most beneficial support.
- Look into the types of treatment that have helped others to overcome the compulsion to abuse meth, and research specific programs that provide the level and type of care that your loved one needs. You may accomplish both this and the previous step via online research, contacting experts by phone, and visiting treatment programs and other support services in person.
- Get help. Involve a few family members or close friends in your research and in your effort to support and protect your loved one. Develop a plan for how to best respond if your loved one overdoses, harms or injures him or herself, or gets arrested. In addition to helping your loved one, the members of this small group can also provide support and encouragement to each other.
- Talk to your loved one. Express your concerns and share your research. Reiterate your support and compassion, but be clear about his or her need for professional help. This may best be accomplished via a casual conversation or a more formal intervention. Learn what to say and what not to say, and determine if a professional interventionist should be involved.
- Listen to your loved one. You may not like what he or she says, but it is essential that you keep the lines of communication open and that you do not allow denial, resistance, or even open hostility to sabotage the effort to get him or her the help that he or she needs.
- When your loved one enters treatment, remain as involved as is possible and appropriate. If the treatment program has a family component, participate to the fullest extent that you are able. Get feedback and input from program personnel on how best to support your loved one during and after his or her time in treatment.
Remember that treatment is just one step on a path that is neither short nor straightforward. Your loved one will make great strides and experience profound setbacks on his or her recovery journey. Set realistic expectations, ensure that you are not neglecting your own physical and mental health needs, and continue to be a positive and supportive presence in your loved one’s life.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Ongoing untreated meth abuse and addiction can have an impact on a person’s life that is nothing short of devastating. Meth abuse can result in heart, lung, liver, and kidney damage, in addition to sores, abscesses, and severe harm to one’s teeth and gums. Prolonged meth abuse has also been associated with increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, viral infections, and injuries related to slips, falls, and other accidents. In addition to experiencing grievous physical harm, individuals who continue to abuse meth may also struggle with disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. People whose minds and bodies have been so negatively impacted by their continued abuse of methamphetamine will find it difficult or impossible to establish and maintain healthy personal relationships, perform to expectation at work or in school, and otherwise engage in a productive life. Separation, divorce, chronic unemployment, financial distress, ostracization, homelessness, and death are very real risks for people become dependent upon methamphetamine and fail to get professional help. However, by entering an effective treatment program, individuals who had been dependent upon meth can begin to heal physically and psychologically, avoid future damage, and begin to walk the path of long-term recovery and a healthier drug-free lifestyle.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Overlooking a quiet cove in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a state-of-the-art hospital designed to provide mental and behavioral health care and addiction treatment services for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults over the age of 18. Surrounded by trees, fields, and seasonal flora and fauna, Crestwyn’s setting offers an ideal, tranquil environment where true healing can occur. With safe, comfortable, and bright patient-care rooms for respite, courtyard areas for relaxation, and a large gymnasium for exercise and recreation, Crestwyn prides itself on being a place where patients can regain hope in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
In order to be revered as a world-class hospital, Crestwyn Behavioral Health implements an integrated application of the most current practices of psychotherapy, psychodynamic clinical care, and psychoeducation. In doing so, patients can benefit from receiving the most well-rounded approach to treatment available.
All patients will be provided with individualized treatment plans that will guide them throughout their stay at Crestwyn. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and activity therapists round out the exemplary staff that delivers care at this hospital. In addition to various levels of licensure and certification, many of the staff members have specialized training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR). As such, patients who choose to receive treatment at Crestwyn can rest assured that they will be supplied with a comprehensive approach to care.
The following interventions may be included as part of each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Detoxification: When individuals are battling an addiction to methamphetamine, they may benefit from participation in the detox services that are offered. As part of detox, individuals will have any substances of abuse physiologically removed from their systems in a monitored environment where their comfort and safety are ensured.
Medication management: If an individual is suffering from the symptoms of a mental health disorder in addition to an addiction to meth, certain psychotropic medications may be included in his or her plan of care. Psychiatrists work with patients to determine whether or not medications would benefit them, and nurses and nurse practitioners oversee the administration of any medications that are prescribed. Medication management services, including meetings with a psychiatrist, occur on a daily basis.
Individual therapy: Provided on a daily or as-needed basis, individual therapy sessions offer patients a time to meet one-on-one with their primary counselor in a safe and confidential setting. During these sessions, patients have the opportunity to openly discuss any concerns that they have and to process through their experiences in treatment. Individual therapy can also be an ideal setting for patients to work through how their methamphetamine addictions have impacted their lives, and learn ways that they can prevent future relapse.
Group therapy: Counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians lead the various group therapy sessions that patients can participate in during their time at Crestwyn. Group therapy provides individuals who are battling meth abuse and addiction with an opportunity to come together with others who may be experiencing similar struggles and challenges. In this forum, they can give and receive support to and from their peers, which offers an additional benefit of helping patients come to realize that they are not alone. Group therapy sessions are held daily and can include community groups, psychoeducation groups, and 12-Step recovery groups. The topics covered during the different sessions will vary, but may include the following:
- Anger management
- Medication support
- Suicide prevention
- Treatment options
- Recovery skills
- Healthy relationships
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions can be an optimal setting for patients to process the ways that their meth addiction has impacted those who are closest to them. In this setting, family members can discuss how their loved one’s addiction has affected their lives, which can be an important step in the process of family healing. Additionally, family therapy sessions can provide patients’ loved ones with an opportunity to learn both about addiction and about the ways in which they can support and encourage their loved one during and after treatment. When indicated, family therapy is incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan based on his or her needs and/or the proximity of his or her family members.
With a recognition that inpatient treatment is often only the beginning step towards ongoing recovery from an addiction to methamphetamine, the staff at Crestwyn Behavioral Health work with patients to form thorough discharge plans so that appropriate continuity of care can be assured as patients’ time at Crestwyn comes to an end. Assessment counselors, treatment teams, and patients’ individual therapists will all work in collaboration with each patient to determine which aftercare options are most appropriate for him or her.
If you or an important person in your life is struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out the knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced professionals at Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Your or your loved one’s suffering does not have to continue. Healing is only a phone call away.