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What Types of Treatments Are Offered by Meth Rehab Centers?

A meth rehab clinic might offer group therapy sessions.
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There are many different types of treatment offered by meth rehab centers. The first treatment, when necessary, is patient detoxification. Once detoxified, the patient can begin inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation treatment. Counseling and education are the primary types of treatment available at drug rehab facilities.

Detoxification is one of the first treatments a person will receive upon entering a rehabilitation center for methamphetamine. Detox may be administered at the facility, but many meth rehab centers require detox at a separate hospital prior to being admitted to their facility. This process involves abstaining from the drug long enough to allow the body to detoxify itself. It is very hard on the body, which is often in an already deteriorated state from the extended drug use, so medical supervision is usually necessary.

Outpatient treatment is one broad type of treatment offered by some meth rehab centers. The effectiveness of outpatient treatment is much more likely if the addiction is still in the early stages, whereas people with full-blown methamphetamine addictions should seek inpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment primarily consists of weekly or semi-weekly counseling appointments and drug testing to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. Counseling may be available in a group setting or individually, and most treatment plans involve a combination of the two. The patient is then free to return to his or her home and work life between treatments.

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Inpatient is the most common and effective type of treatment offered by meth rehab centers. These facilities serve as a temporary home for patients in recovery, the average stay lasting between 90 days to six months. Group counseling, individual counseling, and educational classes are available at these facilities, which help patients understand their addiction and triggers to help give them the tools they need to remain drug free after they leave the facility. This environment is very helpful because it removes the addict from his or her outside life, which is by nature filled with triggers and temptations to return to using drugs.

Therapy and counseling are treatments that are offered by meth rehab centers. The effectiveness of this treatment is largely dependent on the skill of the counselor, as well as the willingness and determination of the patient. Group counseling provides an environment where people can share and relate their struggles with addiction and can help some people feel less isolated with their problems. Individual therapy is a bit more intensive, but can be incredibly effective in helping the patients empathize with themselves and understand and address the issues they were covering up with drug use.

Education is a key aspect of treatments offered by meth rehab centers. Most inpatient facilities require attendance at once or twice daily classroom sessions that serve to educate the patients about various aspects of their addictions. The counselors may deliver lectures about triggers and alternative options for dealing with stress. The lectures may also include information about the effects methamphetamine and other drugs have on the internal organs of the body.

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