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Meth Addiction Treatment

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What Are Methamphetamines?

Methamphetamines are in a class of drugs that act as central nervous system stimulants, altering a person’s behavior over time. The street drug “crystal meth” or “meth” is illegal, but some methamphetamine medications are lawfully manufactured and distributed. Meth can seriously affect a person’s physical health and appearance. It is highly addictive.

Meth Addiction Treatment Program

Presently, there are two main treatment methods available to treat addiction: pharmacology (approved prescription medications) and therapy. Unfortunately, no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) approved medications are available to treat meth abuse or addiction. This means, no medication can be used to help with withdrawal symptoms or reduce the risk of addiction or help recovering addicts avoid relapse. Research is ongoing to discover what can help, but meanwhile, a person has to go through detox under a doctor’s supervision to remain safe throughout the process.

After detox, the treatment program for meth addiction includes behavioral therapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy). The Matrix Model and contingency management interventions are also used, along with techniques to help the person change their behavior and attitude.

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) takes the idea that the learning process plays a key role in the development of maladaptive behaviors that includes meth abuse. Therapy sessions frequently involve learning new and tools to handle stress and life’s challenges without drugs. 

When one recognizes their reaction to emotional or environmental cues that may act as triggers to suing meth, they can introduce a healthy behavior. This may mean when stress becomes too much, they can meditate, go for a walk, or do other active things. It also can mean leaving a party or situation where the person knows there will be drugs. Sessions can be short or long-term, depending on the person and if any mental health issues are present, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or behavioral disorder.

The Matrix Model

This type of behavioral treatment approach involves a 16-week program that includes a comprehensive program such as:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Family education
  • Support of the 12-step philosophy
  • Drug testing
  • Motivation in seeking non-drug-related activities

Contingency Management Intervention

Based on a reward system, contingency management intervention is based on motivation. The therapist uses incentives in the program for recovering individuals in exchange for them accepting treatment and staying sober. One such application involves motivational incentives (Motivational Incentives for Enhancing Drug Abuse Recovery or MEDAR), which has proven effective for helping meth users recover.

Depending on the severity of someone’s meth addiction, a doctor may recommend an inpatient treatment center for a month or longer, or an outpatient treatment program for at least three months, 3-5 times weekly.

An effective treatment center for the recovery of meth addiction includes one responsive to the effects meth can have on the mind and body. It helps build a treatment program around this information.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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