Treatment programs listed by the Natonal Institute on Drug Abuse

Find a treatment facility near you

Meth treatment guide (from Calif.)

"Meth Inside Out"
(from UCLA Intigrated Substance Abuse Program)
Film trailer
The website

Clinical trials of meth-related drug therapies

Treatment trends
Abstinence
The basis of most treatment programs today.
Pharmacology
So far, search for a successful treatment aid is unsuccessful.

About the center
NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Recovery / Treatment
Recovery / Treatment
Meth treatment: A unique challenge

The power of methamphetamine's impact on the brain is like
no other  drug and makes recovery from regular meth use
among the most difficult of all addictive drugs.

Meth withdrawal leaves the user with extreme cravings --
particularly in situations or places where the drug was used
earlier. Any thoughts,sights or conversations associated
with the drug will trigger the cravings.

Coming off the drug also virtually removes the ability of the
patient to feel pleasure from normal stimuli such as food or
sex. The brain -- hampered by long-term over-production
of  dopamine -- cannot produce the feelings of pleasure.

"Meth effects can last up to six months for just one use,
and the drug can do greater damage to a person's physical,
behavioral and thinking functions than many other illicit drugs
or alcohol," says James Hall of the University of Iowa. "For
this reason, it takes much longer to treat a person with a meth addiction than it does to treat someone with a cocaine or heroin problem. This time factor is also one reason why so many meth treatments currently fail."
RESOURCES
Trends in treatment
Treatment programs listed by the Natonal Institute on Drug Abuse

Find a treatment facility near you

Meth treatment guide (from Calif.)

"Meth Inside Out"
(from UCLA Intigrated Substance Abuse Program)
Film trailer
The website

Clinical trials of meth-related drug therapies

Treatment trends
Abstinence: Currently almost all regimens involve behavior mod- ification.
Pharmacology: To date, no drug has been found to ease the effects of meth withdrawal.