Amphetamine addiction is more common than many people may think. This class of drugs includes many commonly abused medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse and abuse is common in all age groups, but particularly in college-aged adolescents. Treatment and recovery from amphetamines can be a difficult process, and at The Summit Wellness Group, we use an integrated treatment approach to utilize all of the available tools to help our clients out of the depths of addiction and into a new life free from amphetamines.
How We Treat Amphetamine Addiction
Our integrated approach to treatment is aimed to provide our clients with relief and support while our clients develop new, healthier habits and coping skills. We leverage all of the most effective therapies and treatment methods including medications, psychiatric care, clinical therapy, and holistic approaches to treatment.
While effective on their own, these treatment methods can be extremely powerful and beneficial when used in concert. The staff at The Summit Wellness Group includes trained nurses, psychiatrists, clinical therapists, and holistic therapy practitioners whose sole occupation is to provide a healing environment for those recovering from amphetamine addiction.
Customized Treatment Plans
The treatment programs that we offer at The Summit Wellness Group are highly customizable and can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual client. We work with our clients to determine the level of care they require and how best to offer this care within their schedule and work or family responsibilities. With cost being a large factor as well, we look at someone’s insurance coverage, or lack thereof, and which options provide the highest level of care while staying within their means.
Some of the other factors that we use to tailor an individualized treatment plan include:
- Which amphetamine someone used
- The amounts of amphetamine used, and duration of use
- Pre-existing physical or mental health issues
- Which other drugs were used
- Insurance coverage, if any
- Someone’s commitment to recovery
- Their current living situation
Our Georgia Amphetamine Detox Program
We are a treatment center and not a detox center, although we do have relationships with several trustworthy and professional detox centers in the Atlanta area. While amphetamine withdrawal does not produce direct, physical symptoms it can still be a psychologically difficult experience. If someone has used amphetamines in large amounts or for long periods, then we can refer them to a detox center to undergo the process in a safe setting. Once detox has been completed, proper treatment and recovery can then begin.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Medication Management
The symptoms are strictly psychological, but they may still present challenges. Since amphetamine withdrawal does not produce physical symptoms, there are currently no FDA approved medications for treating amphetamine withdrawal. That being said, there are medications that can help relieve some of the psychological discomforts that commonly result from amphetamine withdrawal. These medications will be used to treat individual symptoms as they arise, as psychological symptoms can vary between people, sometimes greatly.
Some of the general classes of medications that are commonly used to treat the psychological symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal include:
- Atypical Antidepressants
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Sleep Aids
Cravings for amphetamines can be quite strong in the few weeks immediately after someone ceases using the drug. There are currently no reliable and effective medications for reducing amphetamine cravings.
Therapy At Our Georgia Amphetamine Rehab
Medications may only provide minimal relief from the symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal, but therapy and adherence to treatment are one of the most reliable routes to recovery where amphetamines are concerned. With this in mind, The Summit Wellness Group provides an assortment of integrative therapies that can help someone find relief, and begin building a new life free from amphetamines. This therapeutic approach can help reduce stress and anxiety and will lay the groundwork for healthier habits moving forward.
Some of the integrative talk therapies that we offer include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Group Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma-Informed Care
CBT is an approach to therapy that aims to help someone perceive and change the way that their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can influence each other. Once an awareness of this interplay is gained, someone can begin work on identifying and interrupting unhealthy patterns and developing newer, healthier ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Group therapy and motivational interviewing are both effective on their own and are quite potent when used in tandem. Motivational interviewing can help someone to identify and communicate their own desire to recover from amphetamine addiction. Being able to communicate this to others can be a very powerful tool for motivation. Group therapy is beneficial in a complementary way, as others who are in treatment can share their experiences and desire for recovery with each other. This can also build motivation, a sense of community, and hope for finding a new way of life.
Trauma-informed care is an overall attitude and approach that we apply to all of our interactions, therapies, and treatment programs at The Summit Wellness Group. Trauma is, unfortunately, very common in the lives of those who struggle with addiction. We understand the unique challenges and struggles that come from living with trauma. We hope to provide a safe, compassionate, and healing environment for all of our clients so that they can devote their full energy to their recovery.
Psychiatric Amphetamine Treatment
There is a strong connection between addiction and mental illness, and while the exact relationship is currently unclear, they often occur together. Treating an amphetamine addiction, but failing to treat a co-occurring mental health issue can be ineffective as the mental health symptoms can encourage a relapse of the amphetamine addiction. The most effective treatment solution is to receive dual diagnosis addiction and mental health treatment simultaneously. This will provide the best chance of long-term recovery from amphetamine addiction and remission of the mental health symptoms as well. 1, 2, 3, 4
Some of the most common mental health issues that occur alongside addiction include:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
These issues may be extremely disruptive to someone’s chances of recovery, and receiving comprehensive treatment is critical if someone hopes to achieve long-term sobriety. The above mental health conditions are just a few of the most common mental health issues that co-occur with addiction but there are many more that may be present. Getting an accurate diagnosis is necessary to determine the best course of action, as certain medications and therapies may be more or less effective depending on the specific condition.
Some of the general classes of medication that may be used to treat these disorders include:
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Certain Anticonvulsants 5
- Mood Stabilizers
Holistic Georgia Amphetamine Rehab Services
Aside from the more conventional medical, therapeutic, and psychiatric approaches, there are holistic treatment techniques that can be very beneficial as well. Our holistic treatments aim to complement the more traditional, medical aspects of treatment and provide additional benefits as well.
Some of the holistic treatment components that we use include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Art Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Guided Meditation
- Adventure Therapy
- Therapeutic Fitness
The goal of these techniques is to complement the medical and clinical aspects of treatment and to encourage the natural healing capabilities of the body and mind. Some holistic therapies such as yoga, art therapy, massage therapy, and guided meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety. The more physical therapies such as chiropractic care, adventure therapy, and fitness therapy are aimed at restoring healthy neurotransmitter levels and signaling by putting healthy levels of stress on these systems through exercise. Getting enough physical activity each day can help to promote more restful, deeper sleep which can also aid the healing and recovery process.
Our Aftercare Program
The commitment we make to our clients does not end at the completion of their treatment program. Our aftercare program lasts as long as is necessary to make sure that our clients have the support and care that they need to continue building a solid foundation in recovery. We also have many close ties to multiple different recovery fellowships in the Atlanta area and can leverage these ties to help connect our clients with a fellowship of their choice. This could mean helping them find a sponsor or a good meeting near their home. The road to recovery can be a long road, but we are determined to walk this path alongside our clients, doing all that we can to encourage, support, and guide them along the way.
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