Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Meth was originally developed from amphetamine to be used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. Today this substance can be found in powder form, which can be dissolved in water or alcohol. Most of the meth found on the streets is made with over the counter ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine, and easily obtained, hazardous chemicals such as acetone or ammonia.
Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or orally ingested. Smoking or injecting meth leads to the fastest high, since these methods allow the drug to get into the bloodstream quickly, resulting in an immediate intense rush that lasts for only a few minutes. Snorting and orally taking this drug also produce a rush, though it is not nearly as intense. Methamphetamine is used in a “binge and crash” pattern because the pleasurable effects disappear before the drug concentration in the blood significantly decreases, causing the user to take more of the drug.
Methamphetamine use results in tolerance to the pleasurable effects of this substance, causing an abuser to need higher doses of the drug in order to get the desired effect. After a prolonged period of time, an individual will become addicted and perhaps dependent on this substance. Everything in their life now revolves around their next high.
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we have helped many men and women, like yourself, overcome their addiction problems and go on to live a sober life. You no longer have to suffer alone, we can help you get your life back on track.
Why Seek Methamphetamine Treatment at Cascade Behavioral Health?
Methamphetamines will not only adversely affect your health, but will cause destruction in every area of your life. Meth can cause a number of cardiovascular problems such as irregular heartbeat and increased blood pressure. Chronic abusers may experience anxiety, insomnia, confusion, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. There can also be a number of psychotic symptoms that develop, such as paranoia, hallucinations, or delusions. These can last for months or years after an individual has quit using. Meth can be a dangerous, unpredictable, and lethal drug. Without proper treatment the effects will only get worse over time.
At Cascade, we understand how scared you may be about deciding to enter a rehab program. We know that the idea of facing withdrawal symptoms or opening up about the feelings you have been masking with your addiction can be overwhelming. Additionally, you may feel as if you are going to be judged for your addiction behavior and looked down upon for letting this get so out of hand. The compassionate staff at Cascade is not here to judge you, we are here to make you feel safe and understood while you work to get your life back.
Our substance abuse programs offer a variety of treatment options that will allow us to design a care plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Your entire treatment team will make it a priority to get to know you and your family on a personal level. Our leading healthcare experts are truly dedicated to your overall wellbeing and your recovery process.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
We take a holistic approach to the treatment process because we firmly believe that in order for addiction treatment to be successful, the entire individual needs to be focused on, not just the signs of addiction. Meth addiction will not only affect you physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well. Our innovative programs are designed to provide you with comfort and education, as well as empower you to take an active approach in your recovery.
Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction at Cascade Behavioral Health
At Cascade, we work hard to provide every man and woman who walks through our doors with optimized mental health treatment. Our substance abuse programs provide each patient with initial stabilization, a variety of therapeutic methods, and a number of experiential programs designed to treat the whole person. Upon arrival at our rehab program you will first undergo a comprehensive medical and psychological assessment, which will help our staff determine your treatment needs. The results of this assessment will be used to create your treatment plan. Some additional methods we use may include:
Detoxification: If needed, your first stop in the recovery process will be our detoxification program, which is designed to effectively and safely remove all toxins from your body. Throughout this process you will be monitored on a 24 hour basis to ensure for your safety. Medication may be used throughout this process in order to help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms that you may experience. We want to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This technique is used to help patients identify their negative thoughts that may have in some way added to the development of their meth addiction. Once these thoughts have been identified, you can then work on replacing them with more positive ways of thinking, which can in turn help alter your behavior for the better.
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: This is a common technique used to help patients learn how to accept past experiences that are no longer under their control. This allows you to move on with your life instead of dwelling on the past.
Individual Therapy: Individual sessions allow individuals to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss in depth any concerns they may have. This is also a time where an individual can unearth the underlying problems that may have caused the methamphetamine abuse.
Group Therapy: Our group sessions are designed to provide our patients with education about addiction and allow them the time to process emotions surrounding their own addiction. Through groups patients can support each other while at the same time learning from the experiences of others.
Family Therapy: Family is a huge part of the recovery process for individuals who are struggling with an addiction. Through family sessions the family can learn more about their loved one’s addictions and can have a chance to express how the addiction has affected them. These sessions can help mend broken family relationships and allow everyone to get on the same page about the treatment process. On Wednesdays family members can meet without the patient, which allows them more time to process their own emotions and to learn what being addicted to meth means.
We also provide a number of experiential programs that are there to help the healing process. Some of these programs may include:
- Spiritual consultation
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise programs
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
Continuing Care, What Comes Next?
At Cascade, we are dedicated to providing you with continuity of care to make sure that you continue to be successful with your recovery when you move on to the next step of your treatment. Before discharge you will meet with an aftercare planner who will help you determine what is best for your next phase of treatment. If you still need somewhat of a structured environment we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program that allows patients to get treatment, while allowing you to get back to the responsibilities of your daily life. Our IOP is a 12-step program that offers group and individual sessions, as well as family therapy. For those ready to return home, community resources to help them continue the recovery process will be provided.
Getting Help From Us
Our inpatient treatment center for meth addiction and related disorders (like depression and trauma) is located in Tukwila which allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Our treatment center is staffed 24 hours a day by admissions counselors who are standing by to answer your questions. Call us today.