Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Life Center of Galax to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Leading Meth Detox Center in Virginia

Life Center of Galax helps individuals struggling with meth addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Located in Virginia, Life Center of Galax will help you start your recovery journey with detoxification and transition to residential rehabilitation.

Understanding Meth Withdrawal

What happens during meth withdrawal

When an individual becomes dependent upon methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, he or she risks considerable damage to his or her physical and mental health. The drug is both highly addictive and incredibly toxic, and meth users who have developed a substance use disorder will likely be unable to cease their meth use without help from a reputable addiction treatment center. As the cycle of addiction builds momentum, men and women who are addicted to meth will soon face damaging consequences to their ability to function and care for themselves.

Meth use takes its toll on the mind and body, and can result in a host of physiological damages, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Body sores
  • Significant tooth decay
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Poor judgement and risky behavior

The consequences listed above are but a brief list of the many ways that meth use erodes health and well-being. But one of the most concerning results of chronic meth use is the way the toxic chemicals found in the drug affect the brain’s pleasure sensors. In this way, meth robs individuals of the ability to feel pleasure, and compounds mental and physical consequences with emotional dysfunction.

While the risks involved with meth use cannot be overlooked or understated, there is still hope for recovery for the men and women, in Virginia, whose lives have been overtaken by this harmful drug. With the help of a supervised detox program, individuals can safely rid their bodies of meth and other substances of abuse so that they can begin treatment with a sound body and clear mind.

When a person stops his or her meth use, painful symptoms of withdrawal will soon set in. These physiological experiences make it difficult to sustain the withdrawal, and often prompt individuals to resume their meth use in order to end to their discomfort. While each person’s withdrawal experience is different, some of the common symptoms of a withdrawal from meth are listed below:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings for meth
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Inability to experience pleasure

The severity of the symptoms listed above will be more intense the longer one has been abusing meth, and can be nearly impossible to endure without support from a detox program at a licensed addiction rehab center. Multiple failed attempts at withdrawal can exacerbate one’s dependence on the drug, and can serve to make achieving sobriety more difficult over time.

Many individuals who truly wish to overcome their battle with meth addiction feel afraid and overwhelmed at the prospect of enduring a withdrawal.  This fear understandably acts as a significant barrier to accessing the care the individual needs to potentially save his or her life and end the cycle of drug abuse.

But with the right supports, sobriety and recovery are indeed possible. A supervised detox program at a quality meth addiction treatment center can help men and women navigate withdrawal without the harmful and painful side effects that may be preventing them from taking the first step toward achieving sustained sobriety.

Meth Detox

The importance of meth detox

When it is determined that an individual would benefit from a supervised detox program, he or she will have access to a comprehensive menu of supports that are designed to assist him or her as harmful substances exit the body. While detoxing at Life Center of Galax, patients will be afforded the following:

  • Our nursing staff is available 24/7 to monitor each patient’s health and well-being in each step of the detox process.
  • If necessary, our physician can prescribe medications to alleviate or remove painful withdrawal symptoms. These prescriptions are heavily monitored, and only dispensed by qualified personnel.
  • As patients gain strength, they can access additional support from our team of mental health and addictions specialists, and begin to set goals for treatment after detox.
Benefits of Meth Detox

Benefits of detoxing from meth at Life Center of Galax in Virginia

While it is not possible to resolve a substance use disorder after one successful detox, the experience can serve to support lifelong sobriety in a myriad of ways. Having cleansed the mind and body of substances of abuse, individuals who progress through detox are able to access the next phase of their treatment program unencumbered by the effects of drugs or alcohol. Having moved past the first and critical step of achieving sobriety, these men and women are empowered with the knowledge that they can, in fact, function without their drug of choice.

By partnering with detox staff to create a pathway to next steps on the continuum of care, individuals can exit their detox program knowing exactly what the next phase of treatment will consist of. This type of transition can serve to prevent relapse, and ensure that each individual gets the support he or she needs to continue successfully on his or her journey to sobriety.

Life Center of Galax is proud to provide a healing respite in which to embark on the journey to recovery from chemical dependence of all kinds. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about options for care at our addiction treatment center, including our detox services, we hope that you will contact us today.

I came to Galax addicted to meth, but I left Galax as a brand new person.

– Kristin
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