Methamphetamine, which is also referred to as meth or crystal meth, is a dangerous, illegal, and highly addictive stimulant. Individuals who abuse meth experience an intense rush of euphoria and a sense of serene detachment. This experience results from meth’s ability to trigger the release of a flood of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of pleasure. The drug can also induce a sense of heightened alertness, increased physical activity, and absence of need for sleep. Unfortunately, the initial pleasant effects of methamphetamine are usually followed by a depressing emotional crash, which can prompt the user to abuse the drug again and again in order to re-experience that initial high.
Meth addiction, which is clinically referred to as methamphetamine use disorder, can develop within the first few times that a person abuses the drug, and it can be extremely difficult to overcome without effective professional intervention. Ongoing untreated meth abuse can cause changes in the chemical structure of the brain, which can lead to significant and potentially irreversible damage. The compulsion to abuse methamphetamine can quickly turn into an obsession, causing addicted individuals to sacrifice possessions, relationships, careers, and other elements bring value and meaning to life.
At Mirror Lake, we understand the many ways that methamphetamine use disorder can damage or destroy virtually every aspect of a person’s life. We have developed specialized programming that has proved effective in the effort to help people extricate themselves from the chains of meth addiction and regain control over their lives. At Mirror Lake, dedicated and experienced rehab professionals can guide individuals out of the depths of meth addiction and onto the path of healthy long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone that you care about has become dependent upon meth, then you are well aware that watching a friend or family member struggle with this disease is an exercise in fear, frustration, and feelings of hopelessness. What you may not know, though, is that you can make a positive difference in your loved one’s life. Please consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction in general and the specific ways that methamphetamine abuse can impact an individual. As you increase your understanding of the disease of addiction and the dangers of meth, you will be better prepared to provide meaningful support.
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others to overcome addiction to methamphetamines.
- Identify rehab centers that provide the level and type of care that your loved one needs. Conduct online research, contact program representatives by phone, and, if possible, visit centers in person to help determine if they are best suited to helping your loved one.
- Prepare yourself to have a productive conversation with your loved one. Depending upon factors such as the strength of your relationship, the severity of your loved one’s addiction, and the presence of co-occurring mental health disorders, talking about treatment may best be accomplished via a casual conversation or a more formal intervention. Learn what to say and what not to say, and determine if other loved ones or a professional interventionist should be involved.
- Remember that addiction can impair a person’s cognitive abilities and transform his or her personality. Talking about rehab is not the time for issuing ultimatums or expressing anger. The focus of this conversation must be getting your loved one the help that he or she so desperately needs.
- Participate in rehab and aftercare if possible and appropriate. If your loved one’s treatment program has a family component, participate to the fullest extent that you are able. When your loved one is developing his or her continuing care plan make sure the he or she knows of your desire and ability to provide ongoing support.
It is important to realize that recovery is first step on a path that is neither short nor straightforward. Your loved one will make great strides and experience profound setbacks. Commit to being a consistent, positive, and supportive presence every step of the way.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
It is difficult to overstate the degree to which chronic untreated meth abuse and methamphetamine disorder can damage a person’s life. Meth addiction puts individuals at risk for damage to the heart, lung, liver, and kidneys. Ongoing meth abuse can also cause sores, abscesses, and severe dental problems, and can lead to malnutrition. Individuals who continue to abuse meth are also in danger of developing viral infections, contracting sexually transmitted infections, and suffering injuries related to falls and other accidents.
From a psychological perspective, continued meth abuse can cause hallucinations, delusions, disorientation, and psychosis. The combined effect of continued damage to users’ minds and bodies will undermine their ability to maintain healthy personal relationships, make progress in school, and meet occupational responsibilities. Separation, divorce, expulsion, joblessness, and homelessness are far from uncommon among people who have been ensnared by long-term meth addiction.
However, effective treatment at a rehab center can repair the damage inflicted by chronic meth abuse, prevent future harm, and put the addicted individual on the path to long-term recovery and a healthier drug-free future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake has been providing transformative treatment that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest rehab centers in the state, and has become known as a provider of high quality meth addiction treatment.
The tranquil setting in which treatment occurs at Mirror Lake is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective methods of care to treat our clients. The foundation of our rehab for meth addiction is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of an addiction to methamphetamine. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to heal at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complicated medical histories and offer. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase treatment program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized rehab plan while participating in treatment at Mirror Lake:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to certain substances, such as methamphetamine, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that cause their addictions. Mirror Lake employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While detoxing from meth, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each patient on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and assist them to establish short-term rehab goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as methamphetamine. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission to our rehab center, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our rehab center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our care, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program. This program, which allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women receiving treatment for meth addiction are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the rehab we offer for an addiction to methamphetamine. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in treatment at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method for treating individuals who are battling an addiction to methamphetamine. Part of our holistic approach includes the use of experiential therapies throughout rehab. The following types of experiential therapy may be included in a client’s personalized treatment plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their treatment. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows participants to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most, and will help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time at Mirror Lake, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your rehab and recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to methamphetamine. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their treatment goals, and we a concerted effort to ensure that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving Mirror Lake.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how our rehab center can help you or someone you care about, call us today.