Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous substances that people abuse today. Highly addictive and illegal across the United States, this illicit drug can cause users to become addicted even after just one use. With a high that causes feelings of euphoria and detachment from one’s surroundings, methamphetamine, also known as meth, is an enticing substance that has the reputation of causing insurmountable damage to a person’s life. When a person is entrapped in the clutches of a meth addiction, that individual’s health will likely deteriorate and the people, possessions, and activities that were once enjoyed and held dear will be of no importance any longer. Attempting to break free from an addiction of this kind without the help of knowledgeable professionals often results in failure and the resumption of meth abuse.
However, when a person is ready to end his or her addiction to methamphetamine, he or she can engage in treatment so as to garner the best chance of successfully combatting his or her chemical dependency problem. There are many options for care that exist that have helped countless men and women break the powerful ties of a meth addiction.
At Life Healing Center, we recognize the trials and tribulations that lie in front of individuals who are battling an addiction to meth, and we understand how intimidating the journey to recovery can seem. For over 20 years, we have provided a safe, serene, and supportive environment for those who need help, encouragement, and guidance in overcoming their chemical dependency concerns, including concerns relating to an addiction to methamphetamine. With specialized programming that is also catered to meet the needs of individuals who may be warring against additional struggles, such as healing from a traumatic past or struggling with a psychiatric condition, Life Healing Center is proud to be a place of personal transformation wherein each individual is fully supported as he or she taps into the natural process of healing that we believe is inherent in everyone. Let the skilled, caring, and empathetic staff at Life Healing Center help you start your life anew.
The Connection between Meth Abuse and Trauma
There is a substantial amount of research that proves a strong connection between the abuse of substances, such as meth, and trauma. The occurrence of a trauma can impact an individual’s life to such an extent that a person may resort to drastic and life-threatening measures to numb the emotional pain that results from enduring a trauma. Depending on the amount of healthy coping skills a person has, along with the degree of support from others that is readily available to an individual, the resulting means of coping with trauma-related distress can include the abuse of meth or other substances.
When taken, meth can offer sufferers of trauma the emotional reprieve that is often desperately desired. However, the abuse of meth can quickly turn into an addiction and cause further disruption to a person’s life. Any existing trauma-related distress could become amplified and lead to a person engaging in additional harmful endeavors, such as polysubstance abuse or self-harm, if the symptoms of addiction and trauma become even more cumbersome.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
An addiction to methamphetamine causes devastation in the lives of those addicted to it and can cause a great deal of distress for close friends and family members. The powerful clutches of a meth addiction often supersedes things that were once important, making any helpful efforts to end this type of addiction by friends and family members futile. Rest assured, however, as there are things that friends and family members can do to help a loved one enter rehab to receive treatment. Consider doing the following:
- Learn about meth addiction and educate yourself on the health risks involved.
- Establish a safety plan for seeking medical attention on behalf of your loved one in the event it is apparent that the person you care about is experiencing a methamphetamine overdose.
- Look into rehab centers that care for meth addiction and other mental health concerns.
- Talk with your loved one about his or her addiction and discuss your worries and concerns with him or her.
- Offer to assist your loved one in reaching out to treatment providers to gather more information.
- Suggest that you accompany your loved one to any scheduled assessments for admission to rehab.
Once your loved one has made the brave choice to enter treatment, there are some additional things that you can do to help him or her be successful while in treatment. Consider doing the following as well:
- Remain in contact with your loved one.
- Be supportive and offer encouragement.
- Urge your loved one to adhere to treatment recommendations set forth by his or her treatment providers.
- Be open to hearing about your loved one’s experience with treatment.
Lastly, it is a good idea to learn what you can do to help your loved one remain sober once he or she has completed rehab. Your loved one’s treatment providers can offer insight into this and supply you with referrals and references for how you can be of most help to your loved one when he or she returns home.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premiere rehab center that provides treatment for substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, and trauma-related distresses. We strive to offer patients a therapeutic environment wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect. With specific residential treatment programming options, designed for men and women, aged 18 and older, Life Healing Center is proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who is entrusted into our care.
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to methamphetamine, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with meth and/or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to meth, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like meth, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
- Creative Recovery
- Substance use
- Mood disorders
- Elemental Integration
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Conflict resolution
- Healing shame
- Trauma resolution
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Preparing for discharge
- Relapse prevention
- Living in balance
- Healthy lifestyles
- Emotion regulation
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Massage therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Shamanic drumming
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- EMDR practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Reiki practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Art therapists
- Native American Shamans
- Breathwork practitioners
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to meth, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.