Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug that has had a devastating impact on American families, individuals, and communities. This synthetic drug can be dangerous to make and to consume. Methamphetamine works by triggering the central nervous system to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that provides feelings of pleasure. This offers the meth user a very brief and intense high, which is often followed by a crash of depression, anxiety, and physical discomfort that makes the user crave this drug over and over. Addiction to methamphetamine often takes hold very quickly, and dependence on this drug often requires professional intervention.
At Serenity Knolls, we understand the impact that methamphetamine use disorder has on individuals and families, and our program offers personalized treatment plans to help individuals overcome this often deadly addiction. We use evidence-based methods that include counseling, group therapy, a family program, and extensive aftercare to help men and women discontinue methamphetamine use and begin healthier, happier lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The knowledge that a family member or friend has been abusing methamphetamine can create anxiety, disappointment, and sometimes even a feeling of helplessness. If someone you care about has been struggling with meth use, then you may already be aware of the impact of this terrible drug. Fortunately, meth addiction can be treated. If you would like to help your loved one, please consider the following:
- Educate yourself on the symptoms, signs, and effects of methamphetamine abuse and addiction. When you know as much as possible about this addiction, you will be better able to understand and help your loved one.
- Be familiar with the symptoms of a meth overdose, and be prepared if an emergency may arise. If you have an emergency plan in place, you will be able to react quickly with the location and phone number of the nearest hospital or poison control center. Hopefully, this will not be needed, but it is better to be prepared and able to help your loved one if necessary.
- Enlist the support of family and friends. Support from others will help you remain strong and able to better deal with this difficult situation.
- Research types of methamphetamine addiction treatment, and make a list of a few programs that you think may be ideal for your loved one. Consider the type and level of care that your loved one may need while making this list.
- Talk with your loved one when he or she is not high. Consider safety first, as this drug may lead an individual to become easily angered or violent. If appropriate, ask another friend or family member to talk to your loved one at the same time. Listen to your loved one’s concerns. You may encounter resistance or hostility from your loved one, but be prepared for these reactions and remain calm. If your loved one is willing, share the information you found about treatment.
- If your loved one is willing to accept treatment, help him or her remove all barriers from treatment. Consider offering transportation to treatment, or make an initial appointment for your loved one. You may even offer assistance with childcare or pet care.
- Once your loved one begins treatment, remain involved. Consider attending family counseling or seek a treatment program that offers family support programming. If your loved one experiences a relapse or setback, remain calm and steady.
You will be better able to do all of these things if you take good care of yourself. Consider counseling as you deal with this situation, and remember to give yourself needed breaks and set healthy boundaries. With the right foundation in place, your help may go a long way to help the person you care about begin a successful recovery.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Methamphetamines can destroy an individual’s health and way of life. This drug can impact entire families. Children and significant others are greatly impacted when a parent or spouse is battling a math addiction. School and work failures may result from erratic behavior caused by this drug. Meth is an expensive habit, and finances are often ruined by this substance. Medical bills may pile up from the many physical effects of meth use including dental decay, lowered immunity, organ damage, cognitive damage, and heart attack or stroke. Mental illnesses such as anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, delusions, or depression may worsen or begin during meth use. This substance is truly toxic to every part of an individual’s life.
Fortunately, treatment can help break the cycle. Serenity Knolls has an experienced clinical team who understands the importance of dedicated, informed treatment. With a positive support network and personalized care, families and individuals can rebuild their lives again.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to methamphetamine and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with experienced and knowledgeable alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to methamphetamine.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to meth. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to methamphetamine and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
- Process groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as the work towards overcoming an addiction to meth.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to methamphetamine. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to meth and would like to partake in top-notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.