Methamphetamines, or meth, are powerful and highly-addictive stimulants that produce intense bursts of energy by affecting the central nervous system of the body. Also known as “ice,” “chalk,” and “crystal,” methamphetamine users often report that they were hooked after the first time they smoked meth. Individuals who abuse meth may snort it, smoke it, or inject it intravenously into the body. Each method of abuse leads to the drug quickly crossing the blood-brain barrier to produce a euphoric state described as a “rush,” or “high” that lasts for up to 12 hours. To continue this euphoric rush, many users will abuse the drug in a binge-crash manner, staying awake for days without eating before finally crashing and sleeping.
While once considered a rural west coast phenomenon, methamphetamine abuse is a growing problem in the United States and worldwide. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that about 1.2 million people in the United States had used meth in the previous year. That number is growing exponentially and spreading throughout the entire country at an alarming rate.
One of the reasons that meth use is growing so rapidly is that it is created by “cooking” a number of over-the-counter household items in home kitchens. The ingredients in meth, however easy to “cook,” are potent toxins that can lead to explosions, death, and accidental poisoning. Chronic meth users quickly feel the health consequences of meth abuse. They may lose their hair, develop “meth mouth,” and may feel “meth bugs” crawling under their skin, causing skin picking and open sores. Unable to hold down a job or maintain relationships, many meth “tweakers” find themselves alone, malnourished, and scared.
It doesn’t have to be this way. There is hope. Let us help you recover from meth addiction.
Why You Should Consider Meth Treatment At Park Royal Hospital
Located in gorgeous, sunny Fort Myers, Florida, Park Royal Hospital is like no other. From our state-of-the-art treatment center to your amazing team of dedicated health professionals, you’ll find that when you’ve come to Park Royal, you’ve come home. We’ll tirelessly work alongside you as you battle your addiction and come out the other side victorious.
Methamphetamines are powerfully addictive neurotoxins that quickly decimate the lives of the users. Negative health consequences are practically synonymous with methamphetamine abuse and the interpersonal social consequences are just as severe. The penalties of risk-taking behaviors performed while on meth range from silly pranks to very dangerous sexual behaviors and can last a lifetime. Addiction is a cruel disease that leaves no part of an addict’s life intact.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
From the moment you come to us for meth treatment and rehab, you’ll see that our approach to treating addiction is like no other. We’re a holistic treatment center that aims to treat the whole person – mind, body, and soul. Methamphetamine addiction can be overcome with the right treatments and therapeutic approaches. We’ve helped many men and women just like you overcome meth addiction and return to their community a productive member of society.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At Park Royal we are committed to providing a continuum of care for individuals in our community who are in need of mental health services. We make sure that our staff is fully trained on the most current treatment methods and are fully equipped to handle patients who present with multiple conditions. The staff treats every individual with the dignity and respect they reserve; you will never be looked down upon for your substance abuse problem. You are so much more than your addiction. Our holistic approach to treatment allows us to get to know all about you as a whole person so that we can help heal all aspects that make you a unique individual.
At Park Royal we offer life-changing care to all those who come to us for help. Our goal is to help patients return to a life of productivity in their home and community as soon as possible. From the initial assessment to the last part of discharge, we will be right there with you the whole time to give you the support you need.
Treatment for Meth at Park Royal
The main focus of our inpatient programs here at Park Royal is to get those who are struggling with addiction problems to get to a point of stabilization so that they can start the recovery process. During the stabilization process, individuals will be involved in a variety of treatment methods including individual sessions, group meetings, and experiential activities.
For many individuals that are addicted to meth, the first part of stabilization will be detox. We provide chemically dependent individuals medically monitored detoxification services that ensure patient safety as well as management of unpleasant withdrawal effects. Once the toxic substances have been removed from your body, you are then able to fully engage in your recovery where you will learn more appropriate coping mechanisms.
It has previously been shown that group work is extremely effective for helping individuals struggling with addiction problems. Groups create an environment that encourages the practice of newly developed social skills allows individuals to learn to work together. Process groups will be held to allow patients to work through emotions related to addiction. Psycho-educational groups are geared toward providing education on a variety of topics that relate to substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy encourages individuals to take more active approach to their recovery.
Individuals who need more specific attention will have individual sessions as needed. There are times when group sessions are not enough to resolve personal issues and will need more time to process surrounding emotions. Sessions will be devoted to working on specific concerns and getting at the underlying reason for their addiction. Individual sessions will help you to work through problems in private and help you to be more engaged in group therapy.
Family support is vital to the recovery process of individuals working to beat addiction, as they need all of the support that they can get. Extended support networks are important to help those individuals become successfully with maintaining sobriety. Family members are encouraged to visit on weekends and to take part in the therapeutic process whenever possible. Our staff can help you and your family work through any issues that may have been caused by your addiction and to help you learn how to support each other once again.
In addition to our established therapeutic modalities, we provide several experiential opportunities. These include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Leisure time
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Park Royal, ensuring continuity of care is just as important as the rest of the recovery process. When it comes time to discharge, you will work with your discharge team to determine the best next step in your recovery journey. For some this may mean returning home with referrals to an outpatient therapist and connections to community services. Others may still need more structured care and may be enrolled in one of our outpatient programs.
Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are designed for individuals who have completed inpatient treatment, but still require more time to work on their recovery. This program provides structured care, but is for individuals who no longer require 24-hour supervision. Throughout your participation in this program you will be involved in group sessions, individual therapy, and educational programs. Focus will be placed on improving mood, socialization skills, support systems, and relationships. This program provides therapeutic activities for 3 hours a day in addition to individualized treatment regimens.