As one of the most dangerous substances that people use today, methamphetamine is a highly addictive, illicit drug that has trapped many in the grips of addiction. Also known simply as meth, this substance produces an intense high that induces feelings of euphoria and a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. As this pleasurable high wears off, users fall into symptoms of withdrawal that are extremely uncomfortable and can, in some circumstances, even be life threatening. In order to avoid experiencing this state of withdrawal, individuals continue to consume this drug, further perpetuating the devastating cycle of addiction. And, once this deadly addiction has developed, it can seem impossible to overcome.
Knowing how difficult it can be to defeat an addiction to meth, the staff at Wellness Resource Center delivers comprehensive treatment and recovery services that address the specific and unique needs of each client as he or she fights the war against methamphetamine addiction. With warmth and dedication, the staff at Wellness helps clients achieve sobriety and redevelop the confidence and skills they need to maintain it for the long-term.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that a family member or loved one is addicted to meth can be earth shattering. Knowing that someone you care for is putting his or her life and wellbeing at such great risk by using this deadly substance can be terrifying, and you are likely feeling extremely worried about what will happen to your loved one if he or she does not get the help that he or she so desperately needs. While it is impossible to force your loved one to stop using methamphetamine, there are some things that you can do during this troubling time. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on the disease of addiction. Additionally, learn about the signs of meth abuse, intoxication, and overdose so that you are prepared in case of an emergency.
- Become familiar with the effects of prolonged methamphetamine use, as having this knowledge can prepare you for presenting your concerns to your loved one.
- Research treatment centers that offer care for those battling an addiction to meth.
- Sit down with your loved one and have an open conversation, fully expressing your concerns to him or her. Do so in a calm and nonjudgmental manner, anticipating initial defensiveness and denial. Remain patient and allow your loved one to express his or her own fears and concerns as well.
- Offer to assist your loved one in reaching out to various treatment centers, scheduling appointments, etc. Also, offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that may be scheduled as this is a great way to show your support.
- Be an active part of your loved one’s treatment process once he or she engages in treatment.
- Remain a constant source of support and encouragement for your loved one throughout the entire journey, keeping in mind that the road to recovery is often a long and treacherous one.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
Meth abuse can cause individuals to experience a number of devastating effects. Not only does meth cause changes to occur in users’ personalities, temperaments, and physical appearances, but it can also elicit significant damage on their overall physical and mental health. Cognitive impairment, contraction of viruses, weakening of the immune system, organ damage, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis have all been known to occur as the result of meth use. Additionally, as meth abuse is known to rapidly take over all aspects of the lives of those who use it, relationships with friends and family can become disturbed, financial problems can arise, and occupational failure can ensue. Furthermore, those who abuse meth for prolonged periods of time are at risk for overdosing as they continually increase the dosages that they consume. By taking part in treatment interventions, however, these devastating circumstances can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
The staff at Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the adult men and women who are entrusted into our care as they recover from an addiction to methamphetamine. We believe in an abstinent-based approach to treatment and have found that those who suffer from dual diagnosis psychiatric concerns and substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of meth, respond best to treatment interventions that are offered in a holistic and simultaneous manner.
At Wellness Resource Center, we believe that everyone who comes to us for treatment is unique, bringing with them their own history, values, and worldview. For this reason, we offer clients highly individualized treatment that is customized to meet their physical, psychological, family, spiritual, and social needs. All clients take part in an array of assessments so that our staff is able to mutually develop appropriate short- and long-term plans of treatment and recovery as individuals take the first step towards overcoming their addiction to meth.
The first step of the treatment process at Wellness Resource Center begins at Phase I, which includes full-time treatment with housing. This phase of treatment is also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and provides clients with a day-long schedule of treatment activities that meet five days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This program is staff-supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and promotes activities of daily living, while also integrating intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to overcome their addiction to meth. The following may be included into a client’s overall programming during his or her stay at Wellness Resource Center:
Medication management: When clients are suffering from symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to methamphetamine addiction, the use of psychotropic medications may be implemented into their treatment plan in order for them to experience true relief from their distress. The use of medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to manage and monitor any medication needs. Additionally, a client’s primary therapist, the program nurse, and the attending behavioral health technicians are all also available to help monitor medication throughout a client’s time spent in programming.
Individual therapy: Clients have the opportunity to meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy sessions once each week, but additional sessions may be added when needed or deemed clinically appropriate. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to meet privately with their therapist and discuss their progress in treatment, while also addressing any concerns that may have arisen. The relationships between clients and their therapists are built on trust and are central to helping clients successfully heal.
Group therapy: Group therapy is at the core of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, and clients engage in group therapy sessions 5 days per week, with between 3 and 4 different groups meeting each day. While individual assessment and treatment are highly valued, we have found that exploring the commonality among clients is a vital avenue for helping them gain insight and make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Clients can expect to partake in process groups, experiential groups, psychoeducational groups, age-specific groups, and gender-specific groups. The different topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coping skills
- Body image
- Relapse prevention
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members on an as-needed basis throughout their time spent in treatment. These sessions are led by either the client’s primary therapist or by the clinical director. When families cannot be physically present, telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication will be used in order to keep them involved and informed of their loved one’s progress, and to help them find resources for dealing with their own emotional struggles.
Experiential therapy: In order to promote a holistic approach to treatment for meth addiction, experiential therapies are available to clients while they engage in treatment at Wellness. The specific amount of time that a client will spend engaging in experiential therapy will vary, as all treatment is customized to meet each client’s unique needs. The types of experiential therapies that clients may participate in can include the following:
- Communication-based activities
- Social activities
- Adventure activities
- Teamwork activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: Keeping in mind that an addiction to meth does not only affect the individual, but that it will inevitably impact his or her family as well, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer our Family Program at no additional cost to clients. Offered every other month, the Family Program offers psychoeducation for family members and allows them to participate in process groups where they can come to understand how their communication may be a barrier to their loved one’s recovery from an addiction to meth.
Once clients have completed treatment in Phase I of programming at Wellness Resource Center, they may step-down to treatment in Phase II. This extended care option is a form of part-time treatment through our intensive outpatient program (IOP) where clients can continue to reside in our client housing, attend part-time treatment, and receive case management while looking for employment. Phase III is recommended for some clients following the completion of Phase II, which offers clients a transitional style of living with semi-structured support.
Wellness Resource Center truly stands out in our seamless extended care continuum that does not limit clients with a maximum length of stay. In order to ensure that clients receive consistent, continuous care from their time of admission until they leave and beyond, staffing remains consistent throughout the continuum of care.