Methamphetamine is a strong, addictive stimulant, which causes a quick, enjoyable, powerful rush. These feelings include a sense of euphoria, alertness, increased energy, loss of inhibition, increased sex drive, and sense of well-being, which can make you wanting more and more of the drug. You can snort, inhale, smoke, inject, or eat meth; the route of administration affects the timing and intensity of the rush and the speed by which meth crosses the blood-brain barrier. Upon reaching the brain, the physiological changes produced by meth involve increased blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate. If you’re struggling with meth addiction, you may feel you’ve become a slave to your addiction and not sure how to approach getting sober. Withdrawal symptoms may keep you using and you may see your life spiraling out of control. As the leading meth addiction treatment center in Tampa, we can help you work through your addiction to meth and provide you with support throughout your stay. Our staff is available to meet your needs and support you around the clock. It’s time to get clean and stay clean. Your life depends upon it.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Methamphetamine addiction affects the whole family. Addiction increases family discord and disrupts the family dynamic. The behavior of the person with the addiction negatively impacts the emotional and physical health of loved ones and alters the stability of relationships.
If your loved one struggles with meth addiction, you likely have noticed it gets worse over time without treatment. Your focus on trying to help your loved one while dealing with your own feelings may prevent you from noticing that the effects on family and friends.
To successfully help someone who is addicted to meth seek inpatient treatment and begin their voyage toward recovery, you must first handle your own feelings regarding your loved one. You may be plagued by shame, guilt, anger, and frustration by their addiction. One of the first steps you should take is to learn more about methamphetamine addiction and the disease of addiction. This will allow you to fully engage as your loved one’s advocate during this time.
Be sure that you’re seeking the emotional support you so desperately need during this time. Find a support group, such as Nar-Anon, and speak to a therapist to understand your emotions and be able to vent them in a positive manner. Talk to your therapist about ways you can help your loved one enter an inpatient addiction treatment center.
Keep the lines of communication open between you and your loved one. Sit down and have a conversation about meth with your loved one. Take the time to really listen to what your loved one has to say and approach him or her in a non-judgmental manner. Use “I” statements rather than “you” statements which may come across as judgmental.
Take the time to research addiction treatment centers in Tampa that are equipped to handle detox and the medical complications associated with chronic meth usage. Call the centers and discuss your options with intake personnel. See if you can arrange a tour with your loved one to reduce some of the fear they may feel about entering rehab for meth.
Why Should You Consider Inpatient Treatment at North Tampa
When you become addicted to methamphetamine, you require more and greater amounts of meth to achieve the same high. You may notice that your relationships with others has become strained as you fell deeper and deeper into your addiction. You may be unable to hold down a job or find employment as all of your time is spent getting high from meth. You may notice withdrawal symptoms when you stop using, which makes you continue to use despite the consequences. Meth is a toxic drug and you’re probably experiencing many of the negative consequences to your health, but you may be so addicted, your health is the last of your concerns.
An inpatient treatment center will help you address your meth addiction and other challenges in a safe environment. We’ll work to minimize any physical discomfort during medical detox. Treatment staff will assist and encourage you as you start to restore your life. An inpatient facility provides around the clock care to promote safety and security for all of its clients.
Rehab Philosophy and Benefits
As the leading meth addiction treatment center in Tampa, we take a personalized approach to meth addiction treatment. Despite the fact that those who are addicted to meth have certain characteristics in common due to the nature of the drug, there are many differences based on the facets of each person. Therefore, we understand the importance of focusing on each individual as a unified whole and spend time throughout the rehab process getting to know you. While the type of drug you are using will affect treatment decisions, we will never see you as a diagnosis or drug of choice. We see each person as someone who brings a variety of strengths and abilities and who needs help learning to use those qualities to utilize them in the battle against addiction. At North Tampa, we will help ease your suffering through compassionate care and skillful intervention to help you feel hopeful about the future.
Types of Treatment Offered at North Tampa
At North Tampa Behavioral Health, we use a variety of intervention techniques to help you as you begin your fight against meth addiction. From the time you enter our treatment center, we will provide guidance so you can develop new coping skills and enhance your competencies to better enable you to remain strong in the face of the difficult battle you are fighting. While you may be just beginning this journey, we are committed to making certain that when you leave rehab, you will feel confident in your ability to overcome addiction and any related problems.
After a comprehensive assessment, your treatment team will work with you to ascertain the most effective treatment plan for your individual needs. This may include the use of medications to help you through detox or to aid in controlling anxiety or other symptoms inhibiting your ability to engage in the therapeutic process.
Our detox services are offered to those who come to us still addicted to methamphetamines. Medication management and medical monitoring are provided 24 hours a day.
Group therapy is a mainstay at our inpatient treatment center as it has proven essential in the rehab of addictions. We offer psycho-educational and skills building groups as well as process oriented groups which allow you to share your experiences with those who have firsthand knowledge of your struggles.
We know that an addiction affects the entire family and therefore we encourage family involvement. Your treatment plan will likely include a family consultation aimed at ascertaining any existing family issues related to your difficulties. We can offer suggestions and support to improve the quality of life for the entire family. We also provide family members with community-based referrals so they can continue to work on their own issues, learn more about your condition, and know what to expect after you complete rehab at our treatment center.
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
At North Tampa, we are committed to ensuring that when you approach the time to leave our treatment center, a complete plan for your next step will already be worked out. Some men and women feel a continued need to remain in a highly structured environment and may prefer a residential center. Others may be prepared to return home to sleep but still feel that a structured outpatient treatment plan is important for them to maintain their progress and continue to move forward. Depending on the number of hours of services they feel they need weekly, they may transition to a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Rarely certain individuals may be able to continue therapy on a traditional outpatient basis and those cases, North Tampa will assist by providing referrals to counselors in the community.
North Tampa has designed several levels of treatment for varied needs including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, substance abuse and co-occurring intervention programs. Our outpatient programs include a Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for ages 18 and older. Transportation is provided as needed for our outpatient programs.