Knoxville Meth Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine Addiction Rehab in Tennessee
Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive, stimulating substance that primarily affects the body’s central nervous system. Those struggling with meth addiction typically experience complex cravings, leaving them feeling powerless to control the urge to use meth, despite the destructive impact doing so has on their lives.
If you or someone you love is struggling with meth addiction, you are not alone. While recognizing the problem and seeking help is not easy, healing is possible. With the right support, including a whole-person, family-oriented approach, it is possible to make a full recovery and lead a healthy, happy, and productive life.
We provide the tools you need to address the addiction and any underlying issues, including co-occurring behavioral and mental health conditions, as well as heal familial relationships so that you can move forward in a healthy, meaningful, and supported way.
Take the first step in your recovery today; call (865) 205-2770 or submit an online contact form to speak to a member of the Tennessee Wellness Center family about our meth addiction treatment program in Knoxville.
On This Page:
- How Methamphetamine Abuse Starts
- How to Tell If Someone Is Addicted to Meth
- Signs Your Meth Use May Be Out of Control
- How to Help Someone Struggling with Meth Addiction
- How We Treat Methamphetamine Addiction
- Paying for Meth Addiction Treatment
- Dedicated to You at Every Stage of Recovery
How Methamphetamine Abuse Starts
Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is only legally available in the U.S. through non-refillable prescriptions for very few medical reasons. Even though methamphetamine is rarely prescribed or used by medical professionals, it is still widely available in the U.S. According to the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 2 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. reportedly used methamphetamine in 2019 alone. Roughly 1 million people met the clinical requirements of having methamphetamine use disorder this same year.
Most meth users obtain and begin using the drug unlawfully. Because the effects of meth often wear off before it has left the bloodstream, users typically develop a heightened tolerance relatively quickly. As one’s tolerance increases, the individual requires higher amounts of the substance to achieve the same effects.
This can be particularly dangerous with meth, as users already tend to ingest it in a “binge and crash” cycle. As the euphoric effects of the drug wear off, users continue ingesting it to maintain the high. This can lead to dangerously elevated meth levels in the bloodstream, which may ultimately result in toxicity and fatal overdose.
With increased tolerance comes dependency. At this stage, the user will likely experience withdrawal symptoms when they are not actively ingesting methamphetamine. These symptoms may be severe and, in most cases, drive the user to seek out more meth to help ease their effects.
How to Tell If Someone Is Addicted to Meth
Drug addiction affects everyone differently. However, there are some common signs that an individual is struggling with meth dependency, abuse, or addiction.
These signs include:
- Erratic behavior
- Mood swings
- Unexplained weight loss
- Rapid eye movements
- Dilated (enlarged) pupils
- Facial tics
- Burns on lips and/or fingers
- Poor hygiene
- Physical changes to the face (especially near the mouth)
Meth users often experience two separate periods: “tweaking” and “crashing.” Signs of drug abuse may be more pronounced during either of these two periods. Tweaking is generally characterized by a prolonged period (days to weeks) of intense and noticeable paranoia, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and confusion. A person who is crashing, on the other hand, will usually appear extremely exhausted, fatigued, depressed, and “low.”
Signs Your Meth Use May Be Out of Control
It can be incredibly difficult to recognize or admit when your own drug use has spiraled beyond your control. However, acknowledging that you may be headed down a bad path is a critical first step in your recovery.
Below are some signs that you may be developing or experiencing an addiction to meth:
- Needing more meth to achieve the same effect (increased tolerance)
- Spending a significant amount of time thinking about, obtaining, or using meth
- Using meth for longer periods or in higher doses than before
- Lying to family members and loved ones about your meth use
- Prioritizing meth above other things, such as going to work or maintaining financial stability
- Neglecting important responsibilities (working, caring for children, etc.)
- Losing interest in activities, hobbies, and relationships you once enjoyed
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings when not using meth
- Telling yourself you will stop using meth but being unable to do so
If you feel powerless to control your cravings and overwhelmed by the thought of quitting, know that you are not alone. With Tennessee Wellness Center, recovery and healing are possible.
How to Help Someone Struggling with Meth Addiction
Seeing someone struggling with meth addiction is often a long and heartbreaking journey. While it may be difficult and oftentimes uncomfortable to confront a loved one about their struggles, it is important to know that doing so can potentially save their life. Your words of encouragement and concern could be the catalyst they need to finally seek help.
If your son, daughter, parent, friend, or loved one is abusing meth:
- Educate yourself as much as possible about addiction before you speak to them so you can better understand what they are experiencing.
- Be careful of your tone. Focus on compassion rather than being judgmental.
- Tell them about your concerns and offer your support in their journey to recovery. Do not wait for them to hit "rock bottom" before speaking up.
- Urge them to seek professional help. Be persistent about the importance of seeking treatment, but do not make them feel ashamed.
- If they enter treatment, stay involved and follow up with them regularly. Continue supporting them throughout every step of recovery.
- If your loved one refuses to acknowledge an obvious problem, consider staging an intervention with the help of a licensed professional.
How We Treat Methamphetamine Addiction
Meth addiction is a disease and, like any other disease, people who are suffering from meth addiction nearly always need professional help getting better. At Tennessee Wellness Center, we understand the complex nature of methamphetamine addiction. Our family of drug addiction treatment specialists provides personalized, whole-person meth treatment in Knoxville in a safe, supportive, and stigma-free setting. We address both the addiction and the underlying trauma and mental health conditions, such as depression or bipolar disorder, that often co-occur alongside drug abuse.
We tailor our approach to each of our clients, but in most cases, our treatments involve the following:
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Individual and group therapy
- Physical and mental wellness
- Family/relationship healing
- Aftercare and sober living
- Ongoing support after treatment
With our programs, you do not live full-time at our facility; rather, you continue living at home and visit our center daily or several times a week to receive treatment. If necessary, we can provide recommendations for safe, supervised detoxing at 24-hour facilities in the area. This may be appropriate when someone’s meth addiction is severe enough that detoxing without medical supervision could be potentially dangerous.
We assess each of our new client’s needs during the initial intake process and provide a personalized plan for moving forward and healing. Throughout the process, the Tennessee Wellness Center family will be there to provide you with the continuous support you need to succeed.
Paying for Meth Addiction Treatment
Tennessee Wellness Center proudly accepts most major insurance plans ensure those struggling with meth addiction have access to the treatment they need at an affordable cost. We encourage you to reach out to our admissions staff to confirm your insurance coverage and find out if our treatment center is right for you.
We work with a wide range of insurance providers, including:
- BlueCross BlueShield
Dedicated to You at Every Stage of Recovery
Many of our founding staff members have dealt with addiction themselves. We understand that recovery is a process, not just a destination. When you turn to our team, we will be with you throughout every stage of your recovery.
Whether you are concerned about a loved one or family member, or you feel that you may need professional addiction treatment help yourself, you have already taken an important first step in visiting this website. We encourage you to reach out to us today to learn more about the admissions process and how we can help you or your loved one begin healing.