Methamphetamine, also know meth, is an extremely dangerous substance. With a powerful high that can cause an individual to become addicted after just one use, meth can quickly consume a person’s life. Intense feelings of euphoria and sensations of detachment from one’s surroundings make the use and abuse of this drug appealing to many, but the withdrawal symptoms that emerge when this high wears off are extremely uncomfortable. Professional intervention is most often needed when a person wishes to end his or her addiction to meth. Fortunately, there are numerous options for care available for those want to leave their methamphetamine use disorder in the past.
In existence since 1984, Wilmington Treatment Center has been offering the life-changing and life-saving care needed to defeat an addiction to drugs, such a meth. When a man or woman elects to receive treatment at our center, he or she will soon realize why and how our programming has been able to transform the lives of so many people and can benefit from our more than 30 years of addiction treatment expertise. If you or someone you care about would like to leave an addiction to meth or another substance in the past, look no further than Wilmington. We are here to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Standing by and watching as your loved one succumbs to the perils of a meth addiction can be a heart-wrenching experience. As a concerned friend or family member, you may be unsure as to what role you can plan in helping the person you care about receive the treatment he or she needs during this difficult time in his or her life. Rest assured, however, as there are some things that you can do to make a positive impact in your loved one’s life. Consider the following suggestions:
- Learn about methamphetamine, the symptoms of intoxication, and the warning signs of overdose. It can also be beneficial to formulate a plan with other friends or family members so that you all know what to do in the event your loved one experiences emergency health complications as a result of his or her meth abuse.
- Conduct a search for treatment providers who are able to meet your loved one’s needs. Share your findings with your loved one, and convey the need for treatment.
- Have a conversation about your loved one’s addiction with him or her. Be sure to avoid passing judgment, keep calm, and refrain from turning a productive conversation into a battle of the wills.
Once your loved one has agreed to engage in treatment, do all that you can to make this process as streamlined as possible. Help with scheduling appointments, arrange for transportation to and from the center, and/or assisting with packing. By removing obstacles that could make your loved one resistant to going to treatment, he or she will hopefully be more likely to go willingly.
Finally, it is important that you not only remain a source of support for your loved one but that you also receive support for yourself during this time. It is likely that your life has also been impacted by your loved one’s addiction to meth, which is why it is important to engage in some form of counseling, attend a support group for loved ones of someone battling addiction, or another type of care that helps you process and overcome this time in your life as well.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Seeking treatment for a meth addiction is one of the best things that a person can do for him or herself when it becomes apparent that this form of chemical dependency cannot be defeated alone. Failing to seek care and remaining trapped in the vicious cycle of meth abuse can, unfortunately, lead to several harmful effects over time. In addition to the damage that will likely occur to a person’s relationships with others, being able to maintain steady employment while addicted to meth can often be all but impossible. Being unable to work can lead to financial difficulties that can, in turn, result in homelessness. Frequent interaction with law enforcement is also probable, and incarceration is likely as well. Furthermore, meth can cause irreversible damage to a person’s health, as this long-term abuse of this substance can lead to major organ damage. Lastly, the ever-present risk of overdose remains when a meth addiction goes untreated. Fortunately, these effects can be prevented by seeking treatment as soon as possible.[important position=”none” ] If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.[/important]
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to meth, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as meth, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to meth can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to meth often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington Treatment Center, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we make available to our patients:
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of a methamphetamine addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of meth or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington Treatment Center is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to meth has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program at our treatment center. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to methamphetamine. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat-Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment that will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then to intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington Treatment Center’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care for leave an addiction to meth in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.