Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that works by affecting the central nervous system. Meth, also called chalk or ice, comes in the form of a white odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that can be dissolved in water or alcohol. When used, meth causes increased activity and talkativeness, decreased appetite, and a pleasurable sense of well-being. This illegal substance has the ability to destroy lives, families, and cause irreversible physical damage.
Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital is a 72-bed acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in Tucson designed to provide optimal treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with behavioral health and/or chemical dependency issues. We strive to stand out from our competitors by being the only inpatient treatment center in Tucson, Arizona that accepts children as young as 5. The staff at our treatment center recognizes the hold that meth can have on a person and how much devastation it can cause. However, we want you to know that success and life-long recovery is possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you’re concerned that someone close to you is abusing meth, the time to act is now. Do not wait until you begin to see severe and advanced signs of meth abuse. Your concern and immediate action may be the only thing that can save your loved one from ultimate self-destruction. By recognizing the behavioral changes and other signs of meth abuse you can confront your loved one about their addiction so that they can get the professional help they need. Here are some signs that your loved one may be addicted to meth:
- Drastic weight loss
- Absences from work or school
- Wakefulness that lasts for days
- Obsessive, fidgety behavior
- Skin lesions or sores
- Frequent sweating
- Sleeping for long periods of time
If you have noticed these symptoms in your loved one, the next critical step is getting them the rehab at a treatment center that they need. By taking the time to understand the challenges that your loved one is facing can make it easier to find the type of treatment that may be most beneficial.
Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
When meth is abused it creates a false sense of wellbeing and energy causing a person to push themselves much further than the body can handle, which can lead to a mental and/or physical breakdown once the high has worn off. Individuals who continue to use will most likely have difficulty sleeping, experience delusions, have increased irritability, and aggressive behaviors. They can have periods of extreme confusion, suffer from hallucinations, anxiety, or paranoia, and in severe cases can have seizures that result in death.
When struggling with an addiction to meth, most individuals will be unable to stop using without the help of a traditional treatment center. Rehab at an inpatient treatment center will be able to provide an addict with access to professional mental health staff that have the training needed to treat this specific addiction. An inpatient center will not only be able to end addiction, but can also treat the symptoms of other disorders that may be present. Through this type of treatment an individual can get to the underlying causes that lead them to begin using in the first place. Through a combination of group, individual, and family therapies, as well as a number of other therapeutic methods, individuals can build life skills and coping techniques that can guide a meth addict towards a new life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
As the leading meth addiction treatment center in Tucson, we have made it our sole mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, hospitals, and communities that we serve. By employing an evidenced-based treatment protocol that teaches effective coping skills, we are able to enhance our patients’ ability to remain successful after they are discharged from our care. Our highly trained and qualified staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and thorough treatment. By caring for patients who are struggling with acute illnesses in a sensitive and caring manner, the staff at our treatment center is able to assist those who come to us for help regain and maintain their highest level of functioning.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arrival at our treatment center, each patient will complete an initial assessment including a physical examination, collection of medical history, a psychiatric evaluation, and a psychological assessment. During this time, we will also identify a person’s social skills, any cultural and family issues, and determine any other needs a patient may have. We use a multidisciplinary approach and our experienced clinical team is composed of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, internists, therapists, social workers, and expressive art therapists, all of whom are trained in treating individuals who are struggling with emotional health and substance abuse concerns. All treatment plans are individualized and include the following methods:
Medication management: While there is no medication used to specifically treat meth addiction, medication may be used to help relieve some of the symptoms of withdrawal as well as the symptoms from the presence of another mental health disorder. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist to ensure the effectiveness of any medications prescribed, as well as to make any changes that might be necessary. Additionally, all patients receive individual medication education in order to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
Group therapy: At our treatment center, the main form of treatment is daily group therapy sessions. Rather than using process groups like many other treatment centers, we choose to use solution-focused groups that teach patients a variety of skills needed to overcome their meth addiction. Some of our group topics include: sleep, hygiene, coping skills, stress management, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-help skills training.
Family meetings: Family members are encouraged to be actively involved in all aspects of the treatment process. Education about their loved one’s addiction is provided and family members are in constant communication with case managers throughout their loved one’s stay.
Additional treatment methods may include the following:
- Daily meetings with a social worker
- Recreation therapy
- Expressive therapy, including art therapy
- Weekly dietary groups
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The discharge planning process begins as soon as a patient is admitted to our hospital. Within 48 hours of admission, a social worker will evaluate each patient for available resources that can be implemented once he or she has left our center, including placement, transportation, and aftercare treatment. When the time comes for the patient to be discharged, the social worker will coordinate placement with the patient, the patient’s family members, any outside community agencies in Tucson or elsewhere, or private insurance. If needed, social workers will also coordinate transportation from the hospital to the patient’s next placement on the day of discharge, as well as ensure that transportation needs for aftercare treatment appointments are met.
For adult patients that no longer require the intensive level of psychiatric care provided by inpatient treatment, our rehab center offers outpatient treatment that consist of nine to twelve hours of group therapy each week. These groups allow participants to process real-life scenarios as they happen, while also receiving the support they need as they practice the new techniques that they are learning. This eight to twelve week period of intensive treatment gives participants the chance to use a group setting to work through emotional and psychological issues that keep them locked in a state of distress. Through our outpatient treatment, patients will learn techniques that they will continue to use for the rest of their lives.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP) allow patients to live at home and attend school or go back to work while still receiving the treatment that they need. PHP is held 5 days a week for 6 hours a day, while IOP is held 3 days a week for 3 hours a day. Both programs have a mental health and chemical dependency track. In addition to PHP and IOP, we have an aftercare program for alumni held monthly for as long as the patient needs.
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