An addiction to methamphetamine (meth) can rapidly take over an individual’s life. Due to the immediate, intensive, and long-lasting euphoria that meth induces, it is easy to become hooked on the substance. Once that addiction develops, it can be exceptionally difficult to overcome. People who are dependent on meth will unavoidably find that their use has begun to significantly impact most, if not all, areas of their lives in a negative way. These individuals may find that they are isolating themselves, putting a strain on relationships that they once held important. They may discover that they are unable to function appropriately in occupational or academic settings and, as a result, lose their jobs or get expelled from school. The use of methamphetamine also puts an individual’s health at great risk. While it can be hard to do, with proper treatment you can beat your addiction to meth. The staff at Red River wants to help.
Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have remained steadfast in our diligence to help improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the highly trained and qualified staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. By separating our hospital into four distinct units, we are able to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we recognize how destructive an addiction to meth and we want to guide you as you develop the tools you need to rebuild your life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is battling the demon of meth addiction, you are likely to be feeling an array of emotions. You might be feeling frustrated or angry at the fact that your loved continues to use this substance despite all of its negative consequences. You might also feel fearful as to what the future holds for your loved one if he or she does not stop using this dangerous drug. While you know that your loved one needs professional help, you may feel hesitant to broach the subject with him or her out of fear as to how he or she will react. It is very possible that your loved one will initially become angry and defensive, or he or she may even deny that a problem exists. Do not let this deter you. Remain persistent because, without treatment, the long-term effects of meth use can be fatal.
Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching your loved one with the idea of getting treatment:
- Refrain from being accusatory
- Remember that addiction is a disease and not something that is easily overcome
- Refrain from lecturing because it will most likely only cause your loved one to become defensive
- Enlist help and support from other people in your loved one’s life so that you do not have to manage the intervention on your own
- Offer to research treatment options and accompany him or her on any appointments that are set up
- Provide your unconditional support throughout the entire process
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
Being addicted to methamphetamine can cause significant disruption in a person’s ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. These people will likely watch their world begin to crumble around them and feel helpless to make it stop. They may even begin to believe that there is no point to trying to change because it seems as though life has become an endless downward spiral, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With proper treatment, individuals can overcome their addiction to meth and move towards a happy, sober life.
Inpatient treatment programs are an extremely valuable way to successfully treat addictions. As part of the therapeutic process, people will be provided with the opportunity to confront the underlying emotions that surround their continued drug use, as well as begin treating any co-occurring mental disorders that may be present. By temporarily stepping away from their everyday home lives, these individuals are also being secluded from the triggers that lead to their use. In this setting, people are able to safely and effectively work towards a full recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life feels as though it is spiraling out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital is here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that those who comes to us for care leave our center with the confidence they need to continue on their path to a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Red River Hospital provides assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. These assessments are conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by another licensed team member or a supervisor. If it is determined that we will be able to fully meet the patient’s needs, one of our physicians will be contacted and the admissions process will begin. Our dedicated psychiatric staff and multidisciplinary treatment team provide medical management and various therapies designed to encompass all of the needs of all of our patients. We utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques as part of our inpatient program, including the following:
Medication management: Medications may be used as part of the treatment process for a meth addiction, especially when the person is suffering from a co-occurring mental illness. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure that the medications that have been prescribed are working properly and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Red River’s inpatient programs are group-focused, with a variety of groups being held daily. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups include effective communication skills, appropriate assertive behavior skills, anger management, conflict resolution, relapse prevention, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses not only impact the life of the individual who has the disorder, but the lives of each patient’s family members as well. We believe that if the family is not involved, then the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment. As a result, we encourage family sessions to occur on a regular basis in all units and can be done via telephone if necessary. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities such as physical therapy and yoga.
Daily school is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school room and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, we begin planning for discharge the moment patients enter the hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that, when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. We believe that aftercare is a major part of treatment, so we ensure that the unique needs of each individual will be cared for, whether that be a step down into our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or being provided with referrals for traditional outpatient services. For patients who require a structured plan in order to return to life’s daily routines, Red River also provides onsite therapy through our Pathways program which includes coping skills training and supervised medication management. Whatever your needs may be, our caring and compassionate staff will make sure that you are comfortable and confident as you embark on your next stage of recovery.