Stages of Meth Addiction Recovery

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When it comes to substance use disorder, there are no forms of addiction which can be considered trivial. However, addiction to meth is extremely dangerous because it poses a high risk for your physical and mental wellbeing. Thankfully, you can recover in our substance abuse treatment center in Florida, where our highly trained clinical staff can help you successfully get through all of the stages of meth addiction recovery. At Bright Futures Treatment Center we have created personalized treatment programs to fit the need of every patient. Reach out to us and we can help you recover from your meth addiction.

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine is an artificially created stimulant drug. It is fast acting and can quickly affect the nervous system of users and cause them to experience feelings of euphoria. Meth is part of the amphetamine family of drugs which were initially used to treat asthma, allergies and colds. Meth saw widespread use during World War II, where soldiers used it to combat fatigue and hunger. When compared to amphetamine, meth is much more potent and has longer lasting effects. Although there are potentials for clinical use of methamphetamines, the drugs are considered to be extremely dangerous. This is particularly true for recreational use, since meth passes through the blood brain barrier faster than other similar drugs. The fact that it is so fast acting means that more of the drug can get into the brain. Unfortunately, this also means that the resulting damage to the nervous system can be much greater.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has classified methamphetamine as a Schedule II drug. This means that it has a high potential for abuse, and that it can cause severe dependence. Meth is considered to be a hard drug, which abusers often consume in its powdered form. It appears as a crystalline powder, which is where the name crystal meth comes from. The powder is odorless, has a bitter taste and can be dissolved in water. Uncontrolled consumption can result in an overdose which could prove to be fatal for the users. Once the rush of euphoria has subsided, users are typically left in a state of depression and fatigue. After the initial high, the subsequent period is referred to as a ‘crash,’ and it could even last for several days.

Picture of crystal meth, which is an illegal stimulant.
Meth often comes in crystal form.

Can You Recover From Meth Addiction?

Sadly, long term abuse of meth can lead to brain damage. Individuals are often left with memory problems, as well as a difficulty to regulate their emotions. Depending on the duration of use and the severity of the effects on the brain, the damage could be reversible through abstinence and therapy. We strongly advise that you reach out for help before you cause irreversible damage to your body and your mind.

Individuals can quickly get addicted to meth, and the cravings it causes are intense. Withdrawal can also be particularly taxing since meth use reduces the natural dopamine levels. This leaves those who are suffering from meth addiction in a state where it’s hard to feel pleasure or experience joy. Depression is also common for patients who are recovering from meth. Thankfully, through proper therapy, the mood swings and the natural chemistry of the brain can be rebalanced.

Recovery from meth is definitely possible, and the sooner you enter rehab the greater your chances for a successful recovery will be. However, you should keep in mind that your recovery should be supervised by trained professionals in a fully equipped clinical facility. This is due to the fact that the withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful for the user. Unfortunately, when addicts attempt to go through withdrawal on their own, they often have trouble coping with the symptoms. This can cause them to take more meth to stave off the symptoms and their cravings. Meth consumption at this stage will only cause users to spiral out of control and repeat the cycle. However, there is no need for you to go through the process of recovery and withdrawal alone. At our Bright Futures Treatment Center in Florida, we have the resources and the staff to help you.

How to know you have a meth addiction

Due to its extremely addictive properties, most recreational meth users quickly increase their use. As with many addictive substances, individuals soon require greater and greater quantities to achieve the same high. On the other hand, over time the lows become much more pronounced and last longer. A colloquial term for these cycles is often ‘binge and crash’ which denotes the severity of the lows. This typically causes individuals to intake larger quantities, and to do so more frequently. Unlike with some other substances which can take longer to cause a state of addiction, there is very little room for doubt when meth is concerned. Addiction takes place quickly and spirals out of control just as fast.

Individuals that are addicted to meth often continue using just so that they could stave off cravings and function normally. However, at this stage, their addiction starts to seep into their work and everyday life.  Very soon, the concept of functioning normally becomes practically impossible. For most individuals who are struggling with substance use disorder, it is plainly obvious that they have developed an addiction. Sadly, most of them will deny that they have a problem, which is somewhat understandable. Individuals may fear the judgment of others, and may be experiencing guilt and shame. Coming to terms with the fact that a problem exists takes a lot of courage. However, it is necessary if you with to recover from your meth addiction and get better.

Skinny man turned away from the camera.
Meth addicts often experience sudden weight loss.

How to Determine If a Loved One is Struggling with Meth Addiction

On the other hand, you may be unsure if a loved one or family member is addicted to meth. We have put together a list of signs you can look out for. During the early stages of their addiction, your loved one may be able to hide the fact that they are abusing meth. However, as their addiction progresses, the signs that they are using will become more pronounced. Soon it will be almost impossible for them to hide their addiction from you.

In the most extreme cases, the physical signs of meth addiction become obviously visible and impossible to hide. Some of the more visible symptoms include: acne and sores on the skin (which may cause the addicted individual to constantly scratch), rotten or decaying teeth, sagging of facial skin and rapid weight loss. Another common side effect that accompanies meth use is frequent bouts of insomnia. These periods of insomnia are sometimes referred to as ‘tweaking’ and they may last several days.

If you notice any of these symptoms in the behavior or appearance of a friend or family member they may be struggling with meth addiction.  Keep in mind that confronting your loved ones about their substance use disorder is not going to be easy. Depending on your relationship with them, you could talk to them privately or maybe even stage an intervention. Addiction to meth should be treated seriously, and if you suspect a loved one is using you need to get them into rehab immediately.

How to Enter Rehab for Meth?

We understand how difficult it is to ask for help. This issue can be even more complicated if you are also dealing with the symptoms of meth addiction which can lead to a health crisis. For this reason, we have made entering rehab simple, fast and easy. You can contact our admissions team, and they can explain everything over the phone. In our Boynton Beach facility, the admission process is broken up into several stages. The first stage is establishing a line of communication, and it’s up to you to give us a call.

During your initial call, our admissions coordinators will perform a free initial assessment and ask you a series of questions. They will determine which type of therapy would be best suited to your current situation. Our staff is highly trained, but also kind, compassionate and eager to help. They can answer all of your questions regarding meth addiction recovery and explain how our admissions process works. You should know that all of the information you provide us with is strictly confidential, and will be kept private.

However, if you want to find out more about our facility or treatment programs for meth addiction recovery, feel free to visit our FAQ section or browse our website. Keep in mind that it is also possible to call in place of a loved one and schedule treatment on their behalf. Sometimes persons who are struggling with addiction find it hard to make the call for help themselves.

Man calling Bright Futures for meth treatment.
Reaching out for help is the first step in your recovery from meth.

How to Pay For Meth Addiction Recovery

During your call, our admissions team can check your insurance information and explain the benefits that are covered. You will probably be glad to hear that the Bright Futures Treatment Center accepts health insurance from most major providers, and that you can use your insurance to cover up to all of your costs of treatment. Here is list where you can find which insurance providers are accepted, along with more information on coverage and benefits.

Your insurance coverage can differ based on several factors such as who your provider is, which plan you have or even the state in which you live. We understand that during times of stress, you probably won’t be able to figure out the details of your insurance coverage by yourself. For this reason, our staff can verify your insurance for you. In case that not all of your treatment is covered by insurance, you can cover the difference in cost out of pocket. Bright Futures accepts several payment options, such as: credit card, bank transfer, cash or check. Additionally, we can work with you to come up with a flexible payment plan which is suitable for your financial situation. It can also be comforting to know that you can pay for the recovery of a loved one.

At Bright Futures, we create an individualized treatment plan for each of our patients. Therefore it is hard to give a universal answer to how much your treatment will cost. If you require more information, contact us and we can give you an assessment after talking to you. It’s important that you don’t delay entering rehab out of fear of how much it will cost. If your condition is left untreated, it could end up costing you much more in the long run.

How Meth Addiction Recovery Functions in Bright Futures

Once you have dealt with the administrative details and gone through the process of admission, you will be welcomed to our meth rehab Palm Beach program. Dealing with any form of addiction is a complex issue; however, we have experience with treating patients who are struggling with meth addiction. Although the prospect of entering rehab and facing your substance abuse can be scary, we always advise our patients to have a positive outlook on their recovery.

The first steps are usually the hardest, but as you go through your recovery programs things will get progressively easier. Some patients have a difficult time dealing with the symptoms of withdrawal. In those instances we administer medically assisted therapy, with medications such as Suboxone. Our master’s level clinicians staff can prescribe medications which will block the effects of opioids, reduce your cravings for meth, and reduce your chance for relapse. Medically assisted therapy is always paired with counseling and therapy with licensed professionals.

Due to the psychological effects which meth addiction can cause, some patients need to undergo dual diagnosis therapy. Addiction can have many adverse effects on an individual. Sometimes the cause which led a person to start their substance abuse is an underlying mental condition. For other patients mood disorders can develop as a result of their substance use. Regardless of the cause, many patients who are struggling with addiction also have mood or personality disorders which also need to be treated. Although dual diagnosis is a relatively new concept, we have found that patients have a better recovery if they treat their mental health and substance use disorder at the same time. We have been achieving great results when applying dual diagnosis in our rehabilitation therapy for meth addiction.

How Long Does Meth Addiction Recovery Take?

Each of our patients is dealing with a unique set of personal struggles. Therefore, we adjust the therapy we administer to the specific needs of our clients. It would be practically impossible to give an exact timeframe for how recovery will last. Besides the fact that treatment is individualized, the duration of your recovery can also depend on several other factors.

One of the key determining factors which will influence how long you will need to be in rehab is the severity of your addiction. The sooner you ask for help and enter rehab, the easier and smoother your recovery will go. Patients whose addiction has totally overtaken their lives will obviously need to spend more time in rehab. The duration of your stay will also be influenced by your personal progress through our programs. As patients complete certain programs, they will be moved on to the next stage in their therapy. In case patients aren’t dealing well with the new program, they can always take a step back and spend more time in a previous treatment program.

First of all, your body will need time to cleanse and recover. Only then can you start actually working on other problems associated with addiction, like the psychological effects and the cravings you can experience even after the initial stages of withdrawal. A rough estimate is that you will need to spent at least 30 days in our clinic; however, certain patients spend upwards of 90 days in our inpatient programs. We will be able to give you a much better estimate for your expected recovery time after we complete our free initial assessment.

Man visiting therapist as part of his meth recovery program.
Counseling and therapy sessions are vital for your recovery.

How to Take Time Off From Work for Meth Addiction Recovery?

Individuals who are suffering from meth addiction might face additional challenges in how to organize time off from work in order for them to get the treatment they need. Fortunately, the law is on your side and you can rely on the ADA and the FMLA to get time for recovery. Keep in mind that there are going to be certain stipulations based on where you work and your employment contract.

  • The ADA or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that you cannot be discriminated against for taking time off work to seek treatment.
  • The FMLA or the Family Medical and Leave Act lets you take up to 12 weeks of unpaid and job-protected leave to seek medical treatment.

We strongly advise talking to the people from your HR department at work. They can help you get the required paperwork sorted out, and inform you of your rights. However, besides just the legal aspects of getting time off from work, you might want to talk to your employer. While you aren’t legally obliged to inform them of the reason for your medical leave, perhaps talking to them might make coming back to work easier. It may take a bit of effort, but it is quite possible to balance your private life and your career while in rehab. After your treatment, you will surely be a more productive member of your work team. It is entirely up to you if you want to disclose the details of your leave.

The Stages of Meth Addiction Recovery

Individuals dealing with meth addiction need to go through several treatment programs if they want to achieve long term sobriety. In the Bright Futures Treatment Center in Palm Beach, Florida, our team of master’s level clinicians have created a treatment program that helps patients deal with their addiction in several stages. Bright Futures also offers its patients several levels of care.

The first step in your treatment is going to be detox, where you will rid your body of toxins. This is necessary before other programs can begin. Bright Futures offers Day/Night care with community housing where your recovery can be overseen by fully trained and professional staff. They will help you get through your withdrawal and teach you how to cope with post-acute withdrawal symptoms. During this time you will be able to take part in our inpatient treatment. Clients in our inpatient program will stay in our upscale Boynton Beach facility. In our various therapeutic programs we will help you recover and rebuild your body and your mind. You will be able to take part in group activities and learn necessary coping skills for real life situations.

Once you have completed your inpatient treatment programs, you can move on to outpatient therapy. Bright Futures has a 12 step program, and you will attend meetings and be granted a sponsor. They will oversee and support you through the remainder of your recovery. At this point in their recovery patients will be encouraged to seek employment and provided with vocational services. Becoming a productive member of society is an integral part of the healing process. Clients in outpatient programs also have weekly individual sessions with a therapist who can monitor their progress.

Man looking at sunrise after overcoming meth addiction.
A sober life full of happiness and joy awaits you.

What Happens After You Finish Your Programs

Unlike what most people think, recovery isn’t something you can simply achieve once and then take it for granted. Sobriety needs to be a lifelong goal, but with our help – long term sobriety is attainable. We provide all our patients with aftercare services which are intended to help you prevent relapse. However, during your time in our treatment center, you will learn how to develop healthy habits, as well as a routine you can always fall back on. We teach patients how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals, but we also help them work on their confidence and social skills.

We also believe that sobriety should be fun, and one of our goals is to help our clients rediscover the joy of a sober lifestyle. For this reason, we often organize meetings which are attended by Bright Futures Alumni, who have completed their programs in our treatment center. We invite them to speak at group meetings and share their insights with other patients. They can offer you guidance and share some of their experiences with Bright Futures clients who are currently in therapy. It can be incredibly inspirational to hear the success stories of our previous clients, and we are always proud to see how far they have progressed.

Why Choose Bright Futures for Your Meth Addiction Recovery

At Bright Futures we provide all of your patients with a nurturing environment where they can feel safe and comfortable. Our upscale facility is located in Southern Florida, just a mile from the beach. This allows us to make the most out of Florida’s natural beauty and great weather – and we host some of our therapeutic activities outdoors. Our clients particularly enjoy beach activities and water sports. Being physically active and spending time outdoors is always a huge benefit for patients in meth addiction recovery. We also have a strong focus on proper nutrition and helping you restore the natural chemical balance in your brain.

For your stay, we have luxurious facilities which are equipped with all of the latest amenities. Our intention is to provide you with an environment where you can feel relaxed, so that you can spend your time focusing on your recovery. Even after your programs are completed, the doors of Bright Futures will always be open for our previous clients if you are ever in need of support. However, we also love keep in touch with the members of our Bright Futures family. We host monthly meetings of our past clients and organize fun activities together, such as cookouts, movie nights or visits to the local paintball arena.

In summary

While addiction to meth should be taken seriously, we always encourage our patients to be hopeful and optimistic. If you are determined to rid yourself of addiction, we can help you succeed. Our experienced staff can guide you through all of the stages of meth addiction recovery. We can teach you the skills necessary to maintain long term sobriety and avoid relapse. You can learn to love your life and be a productive member of society. All you need to do is to give us a call and tell us that you want to get better.



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