Finding Meth Treatment

If you or someone you know is addicted to meth and seeking treatment, let me first congratulate you for making the decision to chose life over death. Finding the right treatment program is healthy for your recovery. It is "very important to ask questions" when talking to admissions of treatment centers. Do not go to the first treatment center that sounds good.

I would first attend a few support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or a local church recovery group. You can just sit and listen, you do not need to talk or give anybody any information about you. But remember that closed mouths don't get fed.

Most places offer many forms of meth treatment such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, detox facilities, halfway houses, and sober living homes.

Inpatient treatment is where you can reside at a facility under supervision and counseling from certified professionals.

Outpatient treatment is where you can continue living at home and working while receiving counseling. Treatment may consist of attending individual or group counseling sessions for an hour or two per week and can last 90 days or more.

Sober living homes are where a person in recovery lives in a place that is free from alcohol and drug use, and the residents are free to pursue activities to support their recovery, either alone or with others.

Read more about the different forms of treatment.

Here are some questions to consider when selecting a meth treatment program:

  • Does the program accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?
  • Is the program run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
  • Is the facility clean, organized and well-run?
  • Does the program encompass the full range of needs of the individual (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?
  • Does the meth treatment program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?
  • Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained?
  • Is there ongoing assessment of an individuals treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?
  • Does the program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term meth treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?
  • Does the program offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individuals ability to function in the family/community?
  • Does the program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate?
  • Is there ongoing monitoring of possible meth relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?
  • Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand meth addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) provides a toll-free, 24-hour treatment referral service to help you locate treatment options near you.

For a referral to a treatment center or support group in your area, call : 1-800-662-HELP

1-800-487-4889 (TDD) • 1-877-767-8432 (Espa ñ ol) • http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov