Once individuals develop an addiction to, or a dependency on, drugs or alcohol, they can rapidly begin to feel as though they have lost control over all areas of their lives. Battling an addiction can seem like an uphill battle with no end in sight, leaving those plagued by it feeling overpowered by a sense of helplessness to change and hopelessness about their futures. The staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington recognizes the challenges that accompany the presence of an addiction to substances like methamphetamine and understands how intimidating the fight to overcome it can seem. For this reason, we offer specialized treatment options that are designed to help individuals who are struggling with an addiction to meth overcome the debilitating mental, behavioral, and emotional effects that have occurred as a result of their use. Keeping in mind the devastation that drug addiction can wreak onto the lives of those afflicted by it, MeadowWood’s addiction center offers comprehensive care that not only aims to help individuals overcome their addiction, but to help them develop the coping skills needed to find true healing and lasting sobriety.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized treatment options that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each population that we serve, we are proud of the compassionate care that we are able to afford to everyone who enters our doors. Our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern that we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for the patients we treat and we take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. We believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family; everyone helps everyone. And from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to meth and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is caught in the grips of an addiction to methamphetamine can lead you to experience a multitude of different emotions. You are likely to feel angry at your loved one for what he or she is doing to his or her health, frustrated that he or she does not just simply drop the habit, sad at the consequences that may have resulted from his or her use, and scared for what his or her future holds if the use does not cease. While it can be intimidating to think about confronting your loved one about his or her addiction to meth, it is imperative that you do so in order to prevent further devastation. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Learn about the drug itself. The more knowledge that you have regarding methamphetamine, including its symptoms and effects, the better gauge you will have on the severity of your loved one’s addiction. Such knowledge can also guide you as seek out ways in which you can best be of help to him or her.
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction. Gaining such an understanding can ultimately help to quell feelings of anger that you may have at your loved one by coming to recognize that his or her behaviors are no longer under his or her control. This can also assist in helping you develop a sense of empathy towards what your loved one is going through.
- Refrain from lecturing your loved one. Keep in mind that your loved one is likely already aware of the detrimental consequences that can potentially result from the use of meth and will therefore probably respond to such confrontation in an argumentative or defensive way. This can heighten feelings of resistance and ultimately push your loved one away from you.
- Do not throw away any drugs or drug paraphernalia that you may find in your loved one’s possession. While this may seem like a simple solution, the fact of the matter is that it will not stop your loved one from using. He or she will not only just go to whatever lengths are necessary to obtain more of the substance, but he or she will also likely respond with a great deal of anger.
- Research treatment options that may be of most benefit to your loved one.
- Anticipate denial or defensiveness when you initially confront your loved one. Recognizing that such reactions are more than likely going to occur can help you remain calm and collected throughout the discussion.
- Offer your loved one the treatment options that you have researched and offer to go with him or her to any appointments or evaluations that may be scheduled.
- Once your loved one engages in treatment, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. The involvement of family and loved ones when a person is going through recovery for an addiction can elicit more successful treatment outcomes.
- Offer your unconditional support and encouragement throughout the entire treatment process. Remember that the road to recovery can be a long one, frequently tainted by various setbacks. But do not give up on your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
When individuals are addicted to meth, they will inevitably experience extreme disturbances in most, if not all, areas of their lives. The power that this drug has over an individual can be all-consuming, leading to an inability to function appropriately in school or at work, experiencing difficulty engaging in social settings, and struggling to adhere to daily responsibilities and take care of obligations. Once drug use has started, it can seem like one has stepped onto a downward spiral of wayward actions and devastating repercussions. Yet, there is help available. By receiving proper treatment, individuals can overcome their addiction and regain a life of sobriety.
The severe physiological and emotional consequences that can result from prolonged meth abuse can be so detrimental on an individual’s overall well-being that intensive therapeutic interventions are typically required in order to help one safely recover. Inpatient treatment programs can be one of the most beneficial options for receiving treatment when people are struggling with an addiction to methamphetamines because they offer the around-the-clock support and monitoring that these individuals require in order to successfully achieve recovery. Inpatient treatment affords individuals the opportunity to go through a medical detoxification process whereupon all toxic substances are safely removed from one’s body while under the consistent supervision of medical and mental health professionals. Once this detox process has completed, the next phase of treatment can fully begin. Inpatient programs offer a wide variety of therapeutic interventions, all of which can be individualized to meet each person’s unique set of needs. Additionally, in this setting, patients are able to find comfort and support from peers who are facing similar struggles. Furthermore, by engaging in an inpatient treatment program, individuals are entering a safe environment where they are sheltered from having access to substances while having the opportunity to step away from their lives and place all of their energy onto obtaining sobriety.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s addiction treatment center, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things, because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood
At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are being afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, of which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to us dependent on methamphetamines or other types of substances, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if drugs are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: In cases where a mental health condition exists in conjunction with a meth addiction, psychotropic medication may be implemented in order to alleviate any distressing symptoms that one might be experiencing. Medication needs, however, will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to treatment at MeadowWood is heavily group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps out patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues that he or she wishes to keep confidential, and to track one’s progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand their loved one’s illness, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent services incorporate schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Medication education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood’s treatment clinic is to help them stabilize so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood’s addiction clinic, we offer partial hospitalization for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This program provides structured programming between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in this program, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this program works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.