Methamphetamine usage is the most severe drug challenge facing the state of Texas.1 2019 data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicate that meth’s high availability and relatively low cost are major contributors to the problem. West Texas oil field workers, typically young, single men with few social or familial ties in the area, are especially susceptible to meth usage and addiction. The work’s isolation and the accessibility of meth contribute to this problem. Meth addiction outpaces many national trends, including the ongoing opioid crisis.
Given the scale of this issue, you or someone you know may need meth addiction treatment. With locations in Austin and Georgetown, The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers comprehensive meth addiction treatment in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare takes advantage of these beautiful, wide-open spaces with outdoor activities and an equine-assisted therapy program. Additionally, the nearby Lake Georgetown is home to multiple parks and 20 miles of hiking trails—perfect for every outdoor enthusiast. Call The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare today at 844.413.2690; our intake specialists are ready to assist you.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine is a potent, highly addictive stimulant. Its high is characterized by a sense of euphoria, talkativeness, increased activity, and decreased appetite. In the short term, meth use can result in a high or irregular heartbeat, hyperthermia, and increased blood pressure. But, long-term meth use can result in addiction. Meth addiction, and withdrawal when the addiction cannot be satisfied, can result in anxiety, insomnia, and other disturbances in behavior and mood. Psychosis, including delusions and hallucinations, may also result from meth addiction.
Finding Meth Treatment
Unlike other addictions to alcohol or opioids, no medications can assist a person with detox or in handling the symptoms of withdrawal. First, a person must be diagnosed with a stimulant use disorder, which is a recognized mental health disorder. This diagnosis applies to those who have problems with misusing or abusing stimulants, including—but not limited to—meth.
Following a diagnosis and detox, various behavioral therapies are available to clients. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a modality in which clients learn to identify maladaptive behaviors and cope with the stressors that precipitate them. CBT gives clients the tools necessary to avoid a relapse in the face of their stressors. It also helps them better understand the how and why of their behaviors.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another treatment that has successfully treated addiction, including meth addiction. EMDR addresses how the brain processes the trauma that is often the root of the addiction. The underlying theory of EMDR is that when undergoing trauma, the brain stores memories in ways that, when accessed, can be reinforced and deepened by new experiences. Because the brain has not been able to heal correctly from trauma, it does not know that the event is over. Sensations like sight, sound, or smell can “trigger” these memories. This trigger results in feelings of anxiety or panic. EMDR helps the client access and “repair” trauma-related mental injuries. With guidance and specific eye movements, a person can process trauma in a way that won’t result in a sense of reliving the event.
Meth Addiction Treatment for the Whole Person
When looking for meth treatment, it’s important to treat more than a client’s physical dependence. A residential addiction treatment program, followed by intensive outpatient therapy, may offer the best opportunity for recovery. While in residential treatment, a client is given a highly structured program in which they can detox and receive therapy in individual or group settings. Many programs also offer nutrition counseling and fitness training. As recovery progresses, intensive outpatient therapy can help people reintegrate themselves back into their communities. Many programs also provide ongoing support for program alumni and families of clients.
Meth Addiction Treatment in Serenada, Texas at The Arbor
Luxury meth treatment facilities are just a phone call away. With convenient locations in Austin and Georgetown, The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare takes advantage of the rugged beauty of Texas Hill Country. We offer plenty of outdoor activities, nutrition and fitness support, and a variety of treatment modalities—including art therapy and equine therapy—to support your recovery needs. Call The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare today at 844.413.2690 to learn more about our treatment options. Our intake specialists are waiting to hear from you.