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What to Know About Meth Inpatient Treatment

What to know about meth inpatient treatment

Individuals struggling with compulsive meth use need urgent intervention and support. Methamphetamine (meth), a highly addictive substance, is commonly ingested, snorted, or smoked for an intense, short-lived feeling of euphoria known as a “rush.” Prolonged misuse often leads to dependence, addiction, and a range of psychological and behavioral challenges, including insomnia, anxiety, and mood disturbances.

In 2021, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration reported that roughly 2.5 million people used meth in the past year, with 1.6 million struggling with a meth use disorder. As alarming as that may sound, meth addiction is manageable and treatable. For those struggling to quit meth, Nirvana Recovery offers a range of treatment programs that have proven useful to Arizona residents.

One of these programs is inpatient treatment, which takes place inside a facility known as a residential center. Participants enjoy a structured, trigger-free environment and round-the-clock support and supervision during treatment for better treatment outcomes. Let’s find out how the Nirvana Recovery inpatient treatment program helps with meth addiction and why it’s worth considering.

Understanding Meth Inpatient Treatment in Phoenix

Before focusing on our main topic of discussion, we wish to give you a brief overview of meth addiction and help you understand the challenges meth users face in their daily lives.

The Nature of Meth Addiction in Adults

Arizona is heavily affected by meth owing to, among others, easy accessibility of cheap methamphetamine and inadequate substance abuse education and awareness. The Arizona High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area once indicated that meth is Arizona’s number one drug threat. How does meth addiction occur? Here is a simple explanation:

Methamphetamine affects the central nervous system profoundly owing to its potency and psychostimulating properties. Upon intake, it rapidly releases high amounts of dopamine in several brain reward areas. Users are likely to develop physical and psychological dependence with repeated usage, ultimately leading to a substance use disorder. 

Individuals addicted to meth normally experience a range of physical issues, including cardiovascular problems, dental issues, sleep disturbances, and significant weight loss. Compulsive meth use can also lead to negative psychological impacts, such as mood swings, irritability, cognitive impairment, and psychosis.

Challenges Faced by Adults

The following challenges are common among the adult population addicted to meth: 

  • Shame and stigma surrounding meth addiction. 
  • Constant denial or rationalization of meth use out of fear of judgment. 
  • Intense cravings or withdrawal symptoms from meth
  • Lack of awareness or access to treatment. 
  • Obstacles and barriers to treatment, such as limited access to quality healthcare.

Adults in recovery from meth addiction may also face relapse triggers, which can be challenging to manage without the right support.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment for Meth Addiction

Here is why we highly recommend inpatient treatment for meth addiction: 

  • It offers a safe, distraction-free treatment environment with minimal to no exposure to external influences and triggers. 
  • Patients enjoy a safe and supervised detox environment for better management of withdrawal symptoms. 
  • It guarantees round-the-clock medical support and supervision, helping prevent, mitigate, or manage the risks associated with meth withdrawal. 
  • Inpatient treatment programs have a structured daily routine. 
  • It offers individuals unfettered access to several therapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapies. 
  • Participants can interact with others facing similar challenges for enhanced support and understanding. 
  • Therapists administer regular counseling sessions during inpatient treatment, helping participants address underlying issues. 
  • Inpatient treatment programs offer tailored, comprehensive care for enhanced overall well-being and recovery. They address patients’ mental, emotional, and physical aspects. 
  • It takes a relatively longer duration, allowing participants to develop and reinforce new coping mechanisms and habits. This increases their likelihood of recovery.

Above all, inpatient facilities offer personalized treatment. Interventions are tailored to patients’ specific needs, challenges, preferences, and experiences, leading to individualized care. Let’s now explore the eligibility criteria for meth inpatient programs.

Eligibility Criteria for Meth Inpatient Programs

Meth inpatient programs mainly address severe cases of meth use or addiction. Before admission, patients are comprehensively assessed to determine the severity of their addiction, underlying issues, and their specific needs.

Assessment Process

Here is an overview of our Nirvana Recovery assessment process:  

  • Our medical team conducts extensive medical examinations to assess the patient’s physical health and identify any meth-related complications. 
  • Our psychiatrists perform extensive psychiatric evaluations to identify co-occurring disorders. 
  • Our psychologists and counselors interview patients for more information on their environment and social life. 
  • We explore the patient’s meth use patterns, duration, frequency, and administration routes to determine the level of severity. 
  • We evaluate the patient’s withdrawal symptoms to determine the right level of care, intervention, and support when detox begins. 
  • We interview family members to obtain necessary information on the family’s history and environment. This helps us gain insight into any genetic predispositions and the patient’s family dynamics and patterns.

Additionally, we assess the patient’s cognitive abilities to identify cognitive challenges or impairments we should address during treatment. We then collaborate with the patient, their family members, and any other relevant party for tailored treatment planning, considering the issues identified during the assessment.

Ideal Candidates

The following are most likely to benefit from inpatient treatment for meth addiction: 

  • Individuals with severe addiction or a long history of meth use. 
  • Patients with co-occurring meth use and mental health disorders
  • Individuals with a history of failed outpatient treatments or multiple relapses. 
  • Individuals living in enabling environments. 
  • Individuals without a stable support system. 
  • Individuals with meth-related medical complications. 
  • Individuals in need of supervised meth detoxification. 

Inpatient treatment offers structure, 24/7 monitoring, and support for the above individuals, which are essential ingredients in successful meth addiction treatment and recovery. This is especially important when dealing with severe meth use.

Cost and Financing of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs are relatively costly due to the care level provided for the individual. However, a good insurance treatment plan should save you from any overwhelming out-of-pocket expenses. Here is a treatment cost breakdown and everything worth knowing about insurance and financial aid for inpatient meth addiction treatment:

Understanding the Costs

The cost of inpatient meth addiction treatment usually varies depending on the treatment center’s location, services offered, treatment duration, and amenities. However, the following costs are standard in most programs: 

  • Initial assessments and evaluations. 
  • Detox-related medical supervision, medications, and services.
  • Therapeutic services, including individual, group, and family therapies. 
  • Medications used during treatment.
  • Additional amenities.
  • Aftercare planning and execution. 
  • Additional services, such as specialized counseling or holistic therapies for meth addiction.
  • Follow-up care and ongoing post-treatment therapy. 

For more information regarding the cost of meth addiction treatment, contact us.

Insurance and Financial Aid

As we mentioned, you can use your health insurance to pay for meth addiction treatment. A good plan can cover up to 100% of your treatment costs. We have partnered with several insurance providers in Arizona at Nirvana Recovery to give you an easy time paying for treatment. 

You can verify your insurance with us to learn more about your coverage. Alternatively, you can explore the following financial aid options: 

  • Medicaid and Medicare: Medicaid and Medicare are state-funded healthcare programs meant for low-income households and individuals. Feel free to check with your local Medicaid office to learn more about your benefits and eligibility. 
  • Scholarship and Grants: Certain non-profit organizations and treatment centers provide grants and scholarships to individuals needing financial assistance for addiction and mental health issues. 
  • Family and Friends: You can turn to your family and friends for treatment-related financial assistance. 
  • Personal Loans and Financing: You can arrange for financing or a personal loan to fund your treatment. Some centers have in-house financing options.
  • Crowdfunding: You can ask for donations from well-wishers towards your treatment costs. Online platforms such as Cash App and GoFundMe have been very helpful in helping people obtain financial stability and support from online well-wishers.

Choosing the Right Inpatient Program For Meth Addiction in Phoenix

Although Arizona has several inpatient programs for meth addiction, not all can cater sufficiently to your needs. You need to be careful when choosing a good residential treatment program. Here are a few factors worth considering:

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Program


Consider programs offered in safe and proximate locations. A treatment center closer to your residence makes it easier for family members to participate in treatment. On the other hand, you can choose a faraway program or facility if you need a break from your current or normal environment.

Program Reputation

Find out more about a program’s merits and success rates before enrollment. We also encourage you to choose licensed and accredited programs with experienced treatment professionals.

Treatment Modalities

Which interventions and therapeutic approaches does the facility use for meth addiction treatment? Join a program that offers behavioral therapies and a range of other useful interventions, including family, group, and individual therapies.

Evaluating Programs

Common tools and resources for evaluating a treatment program include online search engines, databases, directories, and online reviews and ratings. You can also seek referrals or recommendations from treatment professionals, family members, and peers or contact and communicate with the program directly.

We’d like to point out that the Nirvana Recovery residential treatment program for meth addiction ticks all the boxes above. It has engaged qualified, licensed, and experienced mental health and addiction specialists. Patients are treated using a range of evidence-based interventions, such as behavioral and group therapies. Family members can also participate in treatment through regular family therapy sessions.

Phoenix-Specific Resources for Finding Treatment

If you are a Phoenix resident looking for a quality meth addiction treatment program, consider reaching out to Nirvana Recovery at (480) 764-2335. The treatment center has several professionals on standby, ready to give you all the help you need.

Nirvana Recovery Inpatient Treatment Process Explained

Here is everything you should know about Nirvana Recovery’s inpatient treatment process:

How Long Does Meth Detox Typically Take?

The duration of meth detox usually depends on several factors, such as the patient’s overall health, meth use severity, and metabolism. While withdrawal symptoms peak in just 7-10 days, they may last a few weeks. It’s, therefore, safe to say that meth detox can last 2-3 weeks. However, some withdrawal symptoms may persist for months; therefore, post-detox support is necessary.

How Our Meth Inpatient Programs Work

Here is how our meth inpatient program works, right from the beginning to the end:


We conduct thorough assessments and evaluations during intake to determine meth addiction severity, co-occurring disorders, and the patient’s needs. The results obtained during this first stage help us tailor treatment plans to the teenager’s needs and challenges.


The first step in meth inpatient treatment is detox, where a patient undergoes supervised and monitored withdrawal aimed at safely eliminating meth residues and other toxins from their bodies. Medically supervised detox is important during meth inpatient treatment as it helps prevent and address common risks associated with meth withdrawal.

Medical and Psychological Support

We have qualified and highly experienced professionals who offer medical supervision and intervention to address complications that may arise during a patient’s withdrawal or treatment.  

Our mental health professionals also help individuals address underlying issues contributing to their addiction patterns and behaviors.

Educational Programs

Besides medical and therapeutic interventions, we educate patients on addiction, relapse prevention, and coping mechanisms. Our psychoeducation sessions also cover the physical and mental health effects of meth to help participants understand the severity of meth use and empower them to make informed recovery decisions.

Individual and Group Therapy

We administer individual therapy during inpatient meth addiction treatment to allow patients to explore personal issues through one-on-one discussions with therapists. We also incorporate group therapy into our treatment plans to foster a sense of community and shared understanding.

Family Involvement

We allow family members to get involved in patients’ treatment through family therapy and psychoeducation. Family therapy offers a safe environment for participants to identify, understand, and explore issues within their family dynamics, leading to improved communication and interpersonal relationships.

Aftercare Planning

Our main aim is to help individuals achieve lasting recovery. Therefore, we engage patients and their support systems in aftercare planning at the end of treatment for better outcomes. 

Note that all our aftercare plans are tailored to patients’ recovery needs. Although there can be variations, common components include:

  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Medication management
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Regular check-ups
  • Crisis intervention planning
  • Vocational and educational support

Daily Schedules

Here is how our inpatient program runs: 

  • Participants have a routine wake-up time. After waking up, they attend to their hygiene and have breakfast together for a sense of community. 
  • After breakfast, patients engage in morning activities, such as individual or group mindfulness or meditation sessions. 
  • Participants attend group and individual therapy sessions before breaking for lunch. 
  • After lunch, treatment professionals organize recreational activities or administer alternative therapies for healthy emotional expression and enhanced overall well-being. 
  • Participants then engage in psychoeducation sessions where they learn more about addiction, relapse triggers, and coping strategies. 
  • After educational sessions, we give patients personal time to reflect, journal, or meditate, after which dinner is served. 
  • After dinner, participants attend support group meetings briefly for enhanced support and accountability. They then engage in wind-down activities such as reading and relaxation exercises in preparation for bed.
  • Lights out. Lights go out at the same time every day. 

However, slight alterations can occur during the weekend or on select occasions and days. Contact us to learn more about what to expect during our inpatient treatment program.

Role of Behavioral Therapies in In-Patient Treatment

Behavioral therapies are premised on the idea that all behaviors are learned and can be changed. They help individuals identify and change unhealthy behaviors or potentially self-destructive patterns. We offer a range of behavioral therapies at Nirvana Recovery, such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Here is a quick overview:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected; therefore, we can change our behaviors by challenging our thought patterns. During CBT for meth addiction, treatment professionals use a range of techniques, including cognitive restructuring, journaling, and exposure therapy, to identify and address distorted cognitive patterns and maladaptive behaviors related to meth addiction. 

CBT therapists also incorporate relapse prevention techniques during sessions to help participants recognize and manage relapse triggers and high-risk situations for sustained recovery.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Unlike CBT, dialectical behavior therapy believes that two opposing thoughts/ideas can exist and both be true. While participants are taught to accept their experiences and behaviors, they are also encouraged to make positive life changes. 

We use DBT during our inpatient treatment program to help patients achieve enhanced distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based treatment approach used to inspire behavioral change. Therapists use a goal-oriented language and communication style to strengthen the patient’s motivation and change commitment. It usually comes in handy in the following situations: 

  • Where a patient has mixed feelings about change. 
  • Where an individual doubts their ability to change.
  • Where patients are uncertain about whether they want to change. 
  • Where a patient doesn’t understand the benefits of change and the drawbacks of their current situation.

Alternative Treatments and Approaches

We also administer various alternative treatments to complement the above behavioral and evidence-based therapies. Our integrated treatment approach enhances patients’ overall well-being and improves recovery outcomes. 

For those exploring alternative therapies in Phoenix, here is what is included in our packages:

Art Therapy

Art therapy is premised on the idea that individuals can achieve healing and mental well-being through creative expression. It is administered through different techniques, such as coloring, photography, collage-making, doodling, drawing, scribbling, and sculpting. 

This therapeutic technique can improve interpersonal relationships, emotional expression, and overall well-being.

Music Therapy

Like art therapy, music therapy is a creative intervention that uses music to help patients manage different conditions and improve their quality of life. Sessions are tailored to participants’ needs for enhanced outcomes. 

Common activities during music therapy include listening to music, playing instruments, singing, and discussing lyrics. Music therapy benefits include enhanced relaxation, emotional exploration, reduced anxiety/depression, strengthened communication skills, and improved social skills.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga therapy combines body movements, mindfulness, relaxation, and breathing exercises to promote relaxation and stress relief and help individuals manage underlying conditions and symptoms. 

Meditation is a grounding technique that fosters present-moment awareness. It can help individuals relieve stress and manage triggers for successful relapse prevention.

How Does Meth Addiction Treatment Differ from Other Substance Abuse Treatments?

Meth addiction treatment is quite different from other substance abuse treatments owing to the risks and challenges associated with methamphetamine withdrawals. This explains why it is usually comprehensive, often incorporating several therapies, interventions, and contingency management plans.  

Therapeutic strategies are also tailored during treatment as symptoms may persist for weeks to months and cause severe cognitive deficits. Luckily, we offer specialized medical and psychiatric interventions to address such and many other challenges at Nirvana Recovery.

The Role of Family and Community Support

The family unit plays an important role in meth addiction treatment and recovery. It is a crucial source of emotional and practical support. Here is how we involve family members in the recovery process:

Involving Family in the Recovery Process

We allow family members to participate in patients’ recovery through family therapy. During sessions, our family therapists work with participants to help them understand and explore issues within their patterns. They are also educated on meth addiction and co-occurring disorders for improved empathy and informed support. Benefits associated with family therapy for meth addiction include:

  • Improved communication
  • Development of healthy family boundaries 
  • Better family relationships
  • Improved conflict resolution skills 
  • Increased empathy
  • Clarified family roles

Phoenix Support Groups

Besides family therapy, family members can join family support groups and regularly attend scheduled meetings. These support groups bring together families facing similar issues, fostering enhanced support and a sense of community. Here is a list of some of the most common family support groups in Phoenix: 

  • Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) 
  • Nar-Anon family groups 
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness Valley of the Sun

Aftercare and Continuing Support in Phoenix

As mentioned before, we offer aftercare and continuing support after inpatient treatment for meth addiction. Aftercare refers to the treatment, supervision, help, or care given to individuals once they are discharged from a treatment facility. 

Ongoing support encompasses several techniques that help individuals achieve sustained recovery. They include relapse prevention planning, therapy, and support groups.

Importance of Aftercare in Meth Recovery

Here is why aftercare plays an important role in meth addiction recovery: 

  • It reduces the risk of relapse by guaranteeing ongoing support. 
  • Aftercare programs such as outpatient therapy and sober living arrangements offer structured post-rehab support, helping individuals navigate triggers and challenges. 
  • Most aftercare programs incorporate ongoing counseling, helping individuals address emerging issues for long-term well-being. 
  • It helps individuals reinforce the coping skills and strategies learned during therapy. 
  • It can help individuals stay on track with their recovery goals and commitments. 
  • Most aftercare programs involve family members, fostering enhanced support and understanding for individuals in recovery. 
  • It allows treatment professionals to monitor progress, identify potential issues, and make necessary adjustments. 
  • Aftercare programs offer education on relapse prevention, helping individuals make informed choices.

Aftercare Planning by Nirvana Recovery

At Nirvana Recovery, we offer tailored aftercare planning catering to individuals’ specific needs, challenges, and preferences. Our meth addiction aftercare plans comprise several components aimed at helping patients overcome and manage relapse and triggers. These include the following: 

  • Ongoing individual, group, and family counseling. 
  • Relapse prevention strategies. 
  • Continued medical monitoring. 
  • Aftercare case management. 
  • Vocational and educational support.
  • Enhanced community engagement. 
  • Regular check-ins, assessments, and adjustments.

Contingency Management in Meth Treatment

Here is everything you should know regarding contingency management: 

  • Contingency management, also called motivational incentives, offers rewards for healthy or positive choices. 
  • In meth addiction treatment, contingency management can be achieved by rewarding patients who meet specific treatment goals, such as adherence to a treatment plan. 
  • It acts as an incentive, motivating individuals to stay committed to their treatment and recovery journey. 
  • Rewards are only offered when predetermined goals are achieved. This helps patients understand and appreciate the connection between positive behaviors and outcomes. 
  • Although rewards can range from privileges to vouchers, it’s important to have various options to cater to different patients’ motivations and preferences. 
  • Contingency management is mostly effective at the beginning of treatment as it helps patients build positive momentum.

Several studies have observed that contingency management is important in promoting treatment retention.

Legal Considerations and Support in Phoenix

Meth is illegal in Arizona; therefore, you are likely to get in trouble for possession or usage. Here is how you can obtain legal support for meth-related issues:

Legal Assistance for Meth-Related Issues

Depending on the specific situation and amount of methamphetamine involved, you may get fined, incarcerated, or put on probation for meth use or possession. Consider the following if you ever find yourself in such a situation: 

  • Find out more about Arizona drug laws, especially when it comes to meth. Understand the charges and potential penalties you are likely to face. 
  • Seek the counsel of a defense attorney who specializes in drug offenses. Let them help you understand your charges and liaise with them to build a defense strategy. 
  • Consider mitigating factors such as constitutional violations and lack of intent. These can reduce charges or penalties. 

Above all, consider seeking support, resources, and useful contacts from legal advocacy and support groups in Arizona, such as: 

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona- Criminal Justice Reform 
  • Arizona Public Defender Association (APDA)
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ)
  • Drug Policy Alliance, Arizona


Dealing with meth addiction can be challenging. It attracts social and economic problems and predisposes you to various legal issues, especially in Arizona. At Nirvana Recovery, we understand the challenges associated with meth use. We have an inpatient treatment program that offers a safe, structured, and distraction-free environment for meth treatment and recovery. 

We also have qualified, experienced staff that guarantees 24/7 patient support and monitoring. Our treatment plans are tailored to your needs and challenges for individualized care. Feel free to contact us for individualized care in Phoenix and its environs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meth addiction is quite popular among adults in Phoenix owing to the easy availability of high-purity, low-cost meth just across the border (in Mexico). A recent study discovered that Phoenix is one of the two cities with the highest rate of meth use in the United States.

Here are the advantages of inpatient meth addiction treatment over outpatient treatment: 

  • It is more immersive and structured. 
  • Patients receive treatment in a controlled environment with minimal triggers. 
  • Participants receive round-the-clock medical and psychological support. 
  • Detoxification occurs under medical supervision for enhanced safety. 

Here are the disadvantages of meth addiction outpatient treatment over inpatient treatment: 

  • It disrupts participants’ daily lives and responsibilities. 
  • It is more expensive. 
  • It carries a higher potential for stigma.

Here are a few ways to cope with withdrawal symptoms or intense cravings associated with meth addiction: 

  • Distract yourself by engaging in healthy activities like hobbies and mindfulness meditation. 
  • Engage in self-care practices. Consider exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and getting sufficient sleep. 
  • Seek guidance from treatment professionals. You can also participate in ongoing therapy sessions to identify underlying issues and develop effective coping skills and strategies. 
  • Seek encouragement and accountability from your support network, which can either be friends, family, or support groups. 
  • Avoid people, situations, and environments associated with meth use to minimize your chances of relapse. 
  • Consider medications but with the guidance and supervision of healthcare professionals.

Here are a few strategies that can help you prevent or manage relapse after inpatient treatment for meth addiction: 

  • Engaging in ongoing therapy. 
  • Learning and practicing coping strategies for effective management of cravings, stress, and triggers. 
  • Maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 
  • Building a strong support network comprising friends and family members. 
  • Attending follow-up appointments as recommended. 
  • Engaging in mindfulness practices for enhanced self-awareness. 
  • Acknowledging progress and celebrating milestones.
  • Having a solid crisis management plan in place. 
  • Immediately seeking help when necessary.

The following can help you deal with the legal issues and challenges you are likely the face due to meth addiction: 

  • Seek guidance from a qualified legal practitioner specializing in drug-related offenses. 
  • Comply with legal authorities and law enforcement. 
  • Learn more about the legal consequences of meth use, including possession and distribution charges. 
  • Join a substance abuse treatment program. Showing your commitment to recovery can lead to reduced penalties or alternative sentences. 

Above all, stay sober and address underlying issues pushing you to meth to avoid constant run-ins with the law.

Here is how you can reintegrate into society smoothly and improve your employment and educational opportunities after recovering from meth addiction: 

  • Enhance your skills and qualifications by pursuing vocational training or further education. 
  • Use community events, online platforms, and industry associations to build professional networks. 
  • Seek help from career counselors, employment services, and vocational rehabilitation programs. 
  • Prepare a detailed, well-written resume. Remember to highlight your skills, accomplishments, and relevant training and education. 
  • Participate in volunteer work or internship to obtain more experience and expand your networks. 
  • Join a recovery support group for guidance, encouragement, and practical advice as you reintegrate into society. 

You should also remember that reintegrating into society and improving your employment and educational prospects may take time. Therefore, as you explore the above strategies, remember to be patient and persistent.

Here is how you can contribute to meth addiction prevention and awareness efforts in Phoenix: 

  • Volunteering with local substance abuse prevention organizations to educate youths and the community at large about the dangers of meth use and addiction. 
  • Joining advocacy groups to champion better substance abuse-related policies and initiatives. 
  • Participating in community-wide addiction prevention and awareness campaigns and events to raise awareness. 
  • Collaborating with local agencies, including the local government, law enforcement, and community organizations, to enhance meth addiction prevention and treatment efforts. 
  • Volunteering your skills, time, and finances to local organizations and initiatives promoting meth addiction prevention and awareness.
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