Are Interventions Successful?

If a spouse, child, family member, partner or close friend is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to know what to do to get them the help they so desperately need. If you’ve tried to address the issue with your friend or loved one and they seem to be “in denial” or resistant to seeking help for their addiction, it is time to take some serious steps towards finding a solution. One of the most powerful ways to do this is an intervention. You may have seen this tactic on television, on the popular TV series “Intervention.” Essentially, an intervention is a gathering of close friends, family and colleagues who meet with the addict as a group and express their concerns in a safe and controlled setting. The purpose of an intervention is for an addict to see just how their actions are affecting the people closest to them – and also offer support as they seek treatment for their addictions.

If you're considering holding an intervention, there are a few key steps you can take to increase your chance of success and make the process run more smoothly. Here are some intervention tips from the addiction counseling experts at The Hills Treatment Center, a top drug rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

Tips for a Successful Intervention

1.)   Make sure the right people are involved: Everyone involved in the intervention process should be an important person in the addicts life. Keeping the group small and intimate will help the addict feel at ease and more likely to be comfortable with the message being given to them. It is important that every person involved is not an enabler in the addict’s life – that “great friend” that also goes out drinking with the addict is not a good choice for involvement in the intervention.

 

2.)   Write it down: When participating in an intervention, emotions can get the best of people.  It can be hard to express yourself clearly when you are overtaken by the emotions associated with loving an addict. Writing everything down in a letter and reading it helps you  keep your thoughts clear and allows you to express exactly what you want to say to your loved one

 

3.)   Practice the intervention: Running a practice session before the intervention might be helpful in overcoming nerves and getting feedback from other participants. The more prepared you are, the better the intervention will go.

 

4.)   Enlist the help of a professional: Interventions can quickly go off the rails. Hiring a professional addiction counselor to run the intervention will keep the process on track. A trained interventionist knows how to handle all of the common issues that arise during an intervention and can help keep the addict calm and eliminate feelings of unease and fear.

 

5.)   Choose the right location: An intervention should be private. This is not the time to meet at a restaurant or other public place. A neutral site, such as a home that is not extremely familiar to the addict is a good idea. An intervention in the addict’s own home may make them feel attacked, or as if their personal space is being violated.

 

6.)   Avoid negative words: Try to focus on the positives about the addict and try not to blame. Explaining that they are a wonderful person who is deserving of recovery is much more effective then shouting at them about what they have done wrong. The point of an intervention is to set a person on a new path, not re-hash old hurts.

 

A successful intervention should end with an addict committing to getting help at a drug rehabilitation center. The Hills Treatment Center is one of the nation’s most respected inpatient drug rehab, offering dual diagnosis treatment and a private detox center in a luxury drug rehab setting. To learn more about the private addiction rehab services offered by The Hills, visit their website

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Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Abuse

Meth addiction is one of the most serious addictions one can face – and if you suspect a friend, spouse, partner, family member or friend is dealing with a meth addiction, you need to get them into meth addiction rehab as soon as possible, before the meth addiction spirals out of control.  If you have concerns about a loved one’s possible meth abuse, you need to understand the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine abuse. Meth addiction has some very obvious symptoms, but often these symptoms and signs do not appear until a person has been abusing meth for a while. By the time signs appear, the addiction has likely taken hold –and the longer one waits to take action, the harder the recovery process will be.  Catching meth addiction in its early stages and working with skilled addiction experts at a rehab for meth addiction is key to recovery.

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, can be consumed in a wide variety of ways: injected, smoked, inhaled or can be taken orally.  If you suspect a loved one is using methamphetamine, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

·      Lack of sleep, but showing no signs of fatigue

·      A marked decrease in appetite or showing no interest in food

·      Sudden weight loss, often severe

·      Acting “hyperactive” or too alert

·      Making jittery and quick movements

·      Damaged, corroded teeth and bleeding gums

·      Tooth loss

·      Brittle, dull looking hair or hair loss

·      Skin sores; picking at skin

·      Dull, grey skin pallor

·      Erratic behavior, including severe mood swings

·      Evasive behavior and acting as if they are “hiding something”

·      Keeping an odd schedule or going out at strange hours of the night.

·      Staying out all night or not coming home

·      Having new “friends” that you’ve never met before (who also may show signs of methamphetamine addiction)

·      Noticing money going missing from their bank account – or yours. Always asking for money, with no reasonable explanation.

·      Missing work or failing classes

·      Acts extremely angry and defensive if you bring up addiction concerns.

·      Lashes out frequently at friends or loved ones.   

If you notice several or more of these signs, there is a good chance that you are dealing with a methamphetamine addict. Meth is a very dangerous drug and you cannot attempt to deal with this addiction on your own. You need a meth addiction rehabilitation facility that deals specifically with meth addicts. These meth addiction rehabilitation centers understand the specific challenges that must be overcome when dealing with a meth addiction. There are very few drugs in the world that have as devastating effect on the body as meth does. Without proper meth addiction rehabilitation, an addict is on the fast track to destroying their health, their mind and their life. And remember, when looking to get help for meth addiction, time is of the essence. The average life expectancy of a heavy meth user is just five to seven years from the time they start using.

Los Angeles Meth Rehab Facility

Once you’ve determined that you are dealing with a meth addiction, the next step you must take is finding a meth addiction rehabilitation facility. The Hills Treatments Center is a Los Angeles meth rehab facility with a reputation for treating even the most challenging meth addiction cases and helping addicts get on the path to recovery.  To learn more about the Los Angeles meth rehab facility and powerful recovery options at The Hills, visit their web site today.

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Are Interventions Successful?

If a spouse, child, family member, partner or close friend is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to know what to do to get them the help they so desperately need. If you’ve tried to address the issue with your friend or loved one and they seem to be “in denial” or resistant to seeking help for their addiction, it is time to take some serious steps towards finding a solution. One of the most powerful ways to do this is an intervention. You may have seen this tactic on television, on the popular TV series “Intervention.” Essentially, an intervention is a gathering of close friends, family and colleagues who meet with the addict as a group and express their concerns in a safe and controlled setting. The purpose of an intervention is for an addict to see just how their actions are affecting the people closest to them – and also offer support as they seek treatment for their addictions.

If you're considering holding an intervention, there are a few key steps you can take to increase your chance of success and make the process run more smoothly. Here are some intervention tips from the addiction counseling experts at The Hills Treatment Center, a top drug rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

Tips for a Successful Intervention

1.)   Make sure the right people are involved: Everyone involved in the intervention process should be an important person in the addicts life. Keeping the group small and intimate will help the addict feel at ease and more likely to be comfortable with the message being given to them. It is important that every person involved is not an enabler in the addict’s life – that “great friend” that also goes out drinking with the addict is not a good choice for involvement in the intervention.

 

2.)   Write it down: When participating in an intervention, emotions can get the best of people.  It can be hard to express yourself clearly when you are overtaken by the emotions associated with loving an addict. Writing everything down in a letter and reading it helps you  keep your thoughts clear and allows you to express exactly what you want to say to your loved one

 

3.)   Practice the intervention: Running a practice session before the intervention might be helpful in overcoming nerves and getting feedback from other participants. The more prepared you are, the better the intervention will go.

 

4.)   Enlist the help of a professional: Interventions can quickly go off the rails. Hiring a professional addiction counselor to run the intervention will keep the process on track. A trained interventionist knows how to handle all of the common issues that arise during an intervention and can help keep the addict calm and eliminate feelings of unease and fear.

 

5.)   Choose the right location: An intervention should be private. This is not the time to meet at a restaurant or other public place. A neutral site, such as a home that is not extremely familiar to the addict is a good idea. An intervention in the addict’s own home may make them feel attacked, or as if their personal space is being violated.

 

6.)   Avoid negative words: Try to focus on the positives about the addict and try not to blame. Explaining that they are a wonderful person who is deserving of recovery is much more effective then shouting at them about what they have done wrong. The point of an intervention is to set a person on a new path, not re-hash old hurts.

 

A successful intervention should end with an addict committing to getting help at a drug rehabilitation center. The Hills Treatment Center is one of the nation’s most respected inpatient drug rehab, offering dual diagnosis treatment and a private detox center in a luxury drug rehab setting. To learn more about the private addiction rehab services offered by The Hills, visit their website

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IS HAVING A DRINKING PROBLEM THE SAME AS BEING AN ALCOHOLIC?

Experts at the famous Mayo Clinic report that it is possible to have a problem with alcohol even though it hasn’t progressed to the point of alcoholism.  Having a drinking problem means that at certain times you binge drink, and continue to have these periods of over drinking despite the problems it causes in your life.  However, this form of alcohol addiction or dependence is not yet considered the exact same as the disease of alcoholism.  At this point, there is an important opportunity for intervention,  to seek help before making the final slide down into the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that includes; problem drinking or uncontrolled drinking, preoccupation with alcohol, continuing to drink alcohol even when it’s the cause of many personal and professional problems, and having withdrawal symptoms when you decrease or stop drinking.   It’s not always obvious to the person drinking that they have crossed the line from social drinking to problem drinking, as this can occur slowly over time.  Never the less, they may be on a perilous cliff unless either through their own self-awareness, or guidance from loved ones or a physician, they seek  alcohol treatment.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

If you have concern about problem drinking and the role that alcohol plays in your life, then discuss the matter with somebody your trust, and educate yourself about the signs and symptoms.

  •   Feel guilt or shame about drinking?
  • Have you lied in order to cover-up drinking?
  •   Is your alcohol hidden away in stashes?
  • Do friends and family worry about your drinking habits?
  •   Need a drink in order to relax all the time?
  • Are you skipping out on commitments in order to drink?
  • Has drinking placed you in dangerous circumstances?
  • Are you increasingly depressed?
  • Do you get anxious without a drink?
  • Was there a traumatic event in your life that triggered your drinking?

 

After discussion and evaluation, perhaps it is time to come to terms with problem drinking, its adverse effects,  and the risks of alcohol addiction.

 

Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles

A premier, luxury residential facility like The Hills Treatment Center is an excellent starting point to address your concerns about problem drinking.  At The Hills you will find a unique experience, blending education with treatment, encompassing the finest therapeutic modalities recognized today.  Contact an admissions counselor soon and explore your options.  Partner with this talented, kind staff, allowing them to steward you through the process of alcohol detox, rehab, and recovery.  If you are concerned about your drinking, then don’t let an addiction problem become a disease.

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OUTPATIENT DRUG CARE: AN APPROACH TO CONSIDER

OUTPATIENT DRUG CARE:  AN APPROACH TO CONSIDER

As the National Institute on Drug Abuse   (NIDA)     explains, there are two categories of drug treatment, residential drug treatment and outpatient drug treatment.  While most people are familiar with the care received at residential drug treatment centers, outpatient drug care is an alternate approach to consider. Each type of drug treatment has a set of benefits, but there are distinctions.  In some instances, the benefits offered by an outpatient drug care milieu better suits the client’s lifestyle and the nature of  their drug addiction.

 

 Outpatient Drug Care

Although similar to residential drug treatment, outpatient drug care is structured differently.  Outpatient drug care programs allow much greater freedom and mobility, allowing clients to continue the flow of their everyday lives including; work, school, family commitments, and social responsibilities.  Additionally, there is greater anonymity as residential treatment absences don’t have to be explained away to others.  Returning to your residence at the end of a busy day that includes outpatient drug care, affords clients greater privacy as well.

 

The Hills Approach to Outpatient Drug Care

The Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA ) writes about the newest approach to outpatient drug care, the Intensive Outpatient Treatment model.  The Hills Treatment Center , always forward thinking in all of their drug treatment methodology, offers clients an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program, also known as IOT.

 

  •   Focus on commitment and accountability
  •   Develop problem solving skills
  •   Learn stress reduction techniques
  •   Participate in private and family therapy
  •   Medication compliance
  •  Relapse Prevention
  •   Urinalysis    

 

It’s important to remember when evaluating any outpatient drug care program, that the program is rigorous.  If it’s delivering no more than just drug education, then the program will not meet the clinical standards needed to support drug rehabilitation and recovery.  The IOT program offered by The Hills Treatment Center is highly individual, and a treatment plan will be assessed at intake so that it fully supports drug addiction and recovery while allowing clients the freedom of an outpatient setting.  Contact admissions today and evaluate outpatient drug care at The Hills Treatment Center for yourself.  IOT is an excellent approach.

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The Case for Immediate Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

When an addict or the loved one of an addict is delaying treatment or trying to resolve their personal challenges on their own, they seldom consider the cost to friends and family members, the cost to society, and the potential disastrous consequences that could result from delay.

In their 2012 report, “The Impact of Managed Care on Addiction Treatment: An Analysis,” The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that:

·      There is a significant rise in the number of cases presenting to addiction treatment facilities where opioid dependence is the primary diagnosis.

·      Associated with the increase in cases of abuse and dependence—and, arguably—one of the contributing factors to the recent epidemic—is the dramatic increase of number of prescriptions for opioid analgesics authorized in the past 15 years.

·      According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as highlighted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), there has been a greater than 400 percent increase between 1997 and 2007 in the number of cases of opioid abuse and dependence, which has led to increases in the need for treatment.

·      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental deaths by poisoning and drug overdosing have now exceeded deaths from motor vehicle accidents.

·      Policy changes regarding opiate pain medications have not yet turned around the increases in the number of prescription drug-related deaths.

·      This rampant epidemic of prescription drug-related deaths that has killed more Americans in the past 2 years than died during the entire Vietnam War.

What is particularly telling in the report is the potential harm to the addict and to innocent members of the general population through the possibility that the addict becomes a danger to himself or a danger to others. The categorization of “danger to others” includes not only an event in which the addict commits a physical attack on a person known to him, but also the harm that may come as the result of an accident committed while driving under the influence.

Neither of these events is predictable, thus it is imperative that the addict seek qualified treatment immediately. Treatment is the best protection against harm.

Prescription drug addiction is indeed at epidemic proportions. The immediate treatment option is supported by the ASAM report, which states:

 

“While interventions can be made on many levels to reduce the rates of inappropriate prescribing of opioids, to improve the education of both prescribers and patients about this epidemic, to target overdose deaths directly via the use of overdose reversal medications, to increase the use of safe prescription drug disposal and “take-back” programs for unused opioid pill supplies, no one should ignore the role of addiction treatment services in addressing the epidemics of opioid addiction and opioid overdose deaths.”

And, “In a recent study of inpatient detoxification versus outpatient detoxification for opiate treatment shows that inpatient detoxification for opiate addiction is superior to outpatient detoxification (51.4% versus 36.4%) in terms of completing treatment. (Journal Substance Abuse Treatment. 2011 Jan: 40(1):56-66)”

If you are suffering from addiction, or knows someone who is, please contact The Hills immediately for confidential review. Call today: (800) 705-1909 or click here to contact us online.

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Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting an Inpatient Treatment Center

In 2012, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University published a special report on the state of substance abuse treatment in the U.S.

The results, based on five years of study, provided many insights into the extent of the nation’s substance abusers and the various treatments available to them.

Among the factual findings, the Center disclosed that: 

·      40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.

·      There are more people meeting the clinical criteria for addiction than the number of people with heart conditions, diabetes or cancer.

·      80 million Americans fall into the category of risky substance users, defined as those who are not addicted, but use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that threaten public health and safety.

The methodology used to determine the result is formidable and included:

  • A review of more than 7,000 publications
  • Analyses of 5 national data sets
  • Interviews with and suggestions from 176 leading experts in a broad range of fields relevant to the report
  • Focus groups and a national general population survey of 1,303 adults about their attitudes and beliefs related to addiction and its treatment
  • Two New York State surveys of addiction treatment providers
  • An online survey of 1,142 members of professional associations involved in addiction care
  • An online survey of 360 individuals with a history of addiction
  • Analyses of state and federal governments’ and professional associations’ licensing and certification requirements for treatment providers
  • A case study of addiction treatment in New York State and New York City 

To those who struggle with substance abuse, and to their loved ones, the millions of other people are mere anecdotes to the daily challenges they face. Upon reviewing this report, the staff at The Hills is providing guidance in the form of the Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting an Inpatient Treatment Center:

1)    Is the facility focused on programs for lasting recovery?

2)    Does the staff of the facility include members who have overcome substance abuse and have achieved lasting recovery?

3)    Many of those addicted to drugs are also suffering from an emotional disorder or mental illness. Does the facility have a program to treat those with this “dual diagnosis?”

4)    Is there a program that treats younger adults who may be attending a college or university?

5)    Discretion is extremely important. Does the facility take the necessary steps to protect patient privacy?

6)    Is the facility on the leading edge of substance abuse treatment options?

7)    Does the facility have a 24-hour, fully staffed and supervised program?

8)    Does the facility provide a comprehensive after care program?

9)    Does the facility offer amenities so that the surroundings become supportive instead of a distraction?

10) Is there a family education program to help loved ones understand and cope with what is usually an extremely stressful situation?

 

At The Hills, we are pleased to report that our answer to each of these important questions is “Yes.”

 

If you or a loved one seek confidential, experienced inpatient treatment for addiction treatment, call The Hills today to ask questions or to tour our facility: (800) 705-1909 or click here or click here to contact us online.

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Drug Addiction Trends: The FDA Gets Involved

 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a report in 2015 outlining the emerging trends in drug addiction, and highlighted the case of an Ohio high school senior who died of an overdose of powdered caffeine. This death prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a safety advisory about caffeine powders and their potential for drug addiction and overdose.

Caffeine powder is caffeine in powder form.  Caffeine is naturally found in more than 60 plants including most well known, the coffee bean.  But, man-made caffeine is also added to energy drinks and sols as powder or capsule supplements.  For approximately $10, you can purchase 100,000 milligrams of caffeine powder, which is equivalent to more than 1,000 Red Bull’s worth of caffeine.  As little as two teaspoons of this powder mixed into a drink has the potential to kill. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is quick to point out that caffeine powder is so potent, that safe amounts cannot be measured out with standard kitchen measuring spoons, which is what most purchasers use as their measuring tools.  Chris Holstege, MD, director of toxicology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine concludes that, “The public does not realize the caffeine content present in these products and the risks associated with the ingestion of even small quantities.”

 

FDA Advice on Powdered Caffeine

The FDA has issued warning about powdered pure caffeine that’s being marketed directly to consumers, and recommending avoiding these unregulated products.  Of special concern is powdered caffeine that is sold in large bulk bags over the internet.  These products are 100% caffeine, where just one teaspoon is roughly equal to 25 cups of coffee.  The FDA is especially targeting parent awareness, and these products are attractive to teens and easily and readily available to them for purchase.

 

  •  Caffeine Overdose:
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stupor
  •  disorientation
  •  erratic heartbeat
  •  seizures
  •  death

 

Drug Addiction Trends

Government agencies like NIDA continue to monitor trends in drug addiction and experts in the field of drug addiction treatment also are keenly aware of patterns of drug addiction in the population.   The Hills Treatment Center is a prime example of this proactive approach that their staff takes, let by eminent addiction specialist Dr. Howard C. Samuels.  If you think your teen may be experimenting with pure powdered caffeine, or perhaps you or someone you know has used powdered caffeine in an uncontrolled manner, consult with The Hills about your dilemma.  Be cautious about powdered energy drinks and unregulated supplements, and always consult your physician before ingesting any unprescribed substances.  At The Hills, they care about your health and well being.

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HAVE YOU WONDERED: AM I DRUG ADDICTED?

If you’re asking yourself that question, then you must be using some drug or drugs, with some degree of frequency.  The fact that you wonder is an encouraging, because your awareness is the first sign – post directing you toward drug detoxification, recovery, and eventual rehabilitation.

The use and possible abuse of drugs is a matter of concern, one that shouldn’t be marginalized or ignored.  To count on it just disappearing because you hope it might, is too passive to stop the problem of drug addiction from continuing to grow.  Drug addiction, like all addictions, is an insidious problem that creeps up over time.  If left untreated, use and abuse can blossom into full-form drug dependence. 

 

Drug Addiction Warning Signs

What signs have alerted you, or made you wonder if you’re drug addicted? Have you noticed physical signs, like frequent nosebleeds, changes in your appetite, shakes or tremors?  Or perhaps it’s your behavior; like a loss of attention at work or school,  complaints by family and friends, frequent arguments, or legal or financial difficulties. Are you anxious or withdrawn? Agitated or lethargic?  You may notice a variety of issues that are the cause of your uneasiness.

 

Self Test for Drug Addiction

The National council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, or NCADD  , in an effort to raise awareness and promote drug treatment, has made a self test available on its website.  This very reputable inventory asks you to  consider your activity over the past 12 months when responding to their 20 questions.  You’ll also be able to score you test when complete.  Some sample questions are featured here to encourage you to explore further.

Have you used drugs other than those required for medicinal reasons?

Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?

Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?

Can you get through the week without using drugs?

Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug problem?

 

Experts in the field agree that drug addiction is a disease of the brain, and is fraught with complexities.  If you are wondering whether or not you have a drug addiction, you can self test and gain some insights into your concerns.  Then, take the next step and consult with a premier drug addiction treatment facility like The Hills Treatment Center.  Their staff can guide you through the process, and assist you in transitioning, from wondering, to taking action.  Be proactive and call them today.

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RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF METH ADDICTION

 Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that can be smoked, injected, inhaled, or taken by mouth.  Meth is part of the group of central nervous system stimulants that include amphetamines and cocaine.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that over 12 million people in the United States have tried methamphetamines at least once.

As with other drugs of addiction, meth abuse has serious consequences for the individual user; physically, psychologically, and socially.  The medical community has been studying the effects of meth on the brain, and neuroimaging research has demonstrated alterations in the activity of dopamine levels, which is associated with reduced motor coordination and verbal learning.  Chronic abusers suffer from structural and functional changes in areas of the brain that control emotion, memory, and cognition.  While some may begin experimenting with methamphetamines to enhance a club-lifestyle, it’s clear that there are negative consequences in the long term.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction

Drug knowledge and education is a good thing, whether you seeking answers for yourself or a loved one.  Methamphetamines are often used and abused for those looking to boost energy, improve focus and performance at work or school, control appetite or lose weight, or searching for the ultimate ‘high.’  There are some common red flags associated with recent meth usage.

  •  Feeling of exhilaration
  •   Excess confidence
  •  Increased alertness
  •  Aggression
  •   Impaired judgment
  •   Rapid or rambling speech
  •   Dilated pupils
  •   Irritability
  •   Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting and weight loss
  •   Eventual depression

 

Methamphetamine Addiction and Rehabilitation

The good news is that if you intervene in time, and prevent long-term meth abuse, meth addiction can be treated.  Review the warning signs and think carefully about all of the behaviors of the person in question.  Consult with a physician along with other family members and concerned parties.  Formulate the best plan going forward to address the meth addiction.  Then finally, turn to a trusted partner like The Hills Treatment Center. Speak to an admissions representation and share your impressions and explain your concerns.  The team at The Hills are expert clinicians in the field of meth addiction and will construct an individualized treatment plan for you or your loved one; stewarding the client through detoxification, recovery, and rehabilitation.  Take the first step today; timing is essential.

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