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Treatment for Meth Addiction

Meth addiction is a terrible condition that almost always needs medical intervention to be treated. Methamphetamine — also known as meth, speed, tina, or crystal — is an illegal stimulant. Every year, about 1.6 million people in the US use methamphetamines, and a significant number develop an addiction.


If you're battling meth use disorder, you could be asking what treatment alternatives are accessible to you. Continue reading to learn a little more about most therapeutic approaches for meth use disorder and the best ways to start your journey to recovery.

Treatment Options for Meth Addiction

Physical withdrawal, chronic or escalating usage, and inability to fulfill essential duties at school, work, and home are signs of problematic meth use.


Because drug dependence and behavioral and mental health illnesses often co-occur, therapy must address both problems simultaneously and comprehensively. Nevertheless, programs that integrate behavioral treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and contingency management intervention have shown promising outcomes in treating meth use disorder.

Meth Detox

Medical detoxification is generally the first step in treating drug addiction. Excessive and abusive use of meth increases your tolerance, which may lead to physical dependency, and if you decide to stop using, some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may ensue. Your healthcare professional will most likely propose a medically assisted detoxification followed by talk therapy.


MAT, widely regarded as the gold standard of addiction therapy, entails administering meds to patients to assist them in overcoming drug use problems. It is often used in conjunction with counseling. Sadly, MAT has not traditionally been a choice for meth addicts. Currently, there are no FDA-approved drugs for meth addiction.


However, new studies show that things will change soon. It is just a matter of time before science offers SUD treatment clinicians another weapon at their disposal to aid those battling with addictions to methamphetamine, a notoriously hard-to-kick stimulant.


According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, conducted in the United Kingdom, we will soon have a MAT for meth addiction. This study looked at the effectiveness of two medications, naltrexone and bupropion when given simultaneously to people addicted to meth over two years.


A set of participants who received the dual medication treatment were evaluated twice over six weeks. The researchers compared results to those who received placebos. After both periods, the participants were tested. Statistically significant differences appeared.


Among those who took bupropion and naltrexone after the first six weeks, 16.5 percent had at least three negative urine tests for meth, indicating they were clean. Meanwhile, just 3.4 percent of individuals given placebos showed similar results as those given the real thing.


After the second follow-up interval, 11.4 percent of the MAT group had negative test responses, but only 1.8 percent of the control group had negative urine results. The therapy group also reported fewer cravings for meth and a higher quality of life among the patients. Participants in the study were more than 400. With the success of this pharmaceutical combination, researchers are making strides in bettering the treatment of this addiction.


Meth detox may be completed as an inpatient (residential) or outpatient program. However, at least one medical expert must be present to supervise a meth detox.

Medically Reviewed:

Dr. Carl Williams Ph.D., LCADC


Rolling Hills Recovery Center

Expert Contributor

Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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Outpatient vs. Inpatient (Residential) Meth Rehab

For patients with chronic or long-term meth addiction, inpatient therapy may be the most suitable recovery option. Inpatient treatment programs demand that the recovering person resides at the meth treatment facility for the treatment program's length. While in residential rehab, the patient will get a mix of therapies, including:



Inpatient treatment programs may be beneficial for those who:


  • Battle with a stimulant use problem and a co-occurring mental health condition.

  • Lack of a solid support system at home.

  • They don't have access to dependable transportation to treatment facilities.

  • Have previously dropped out of outpatient treatment programs.

  • Have a somewhat severe meth dependency.

  • Abuse a variety of drugs.

  • Suicidal ideation or severe depression is present.


Outpatient treatment programs may be beneficial if you suffer from a less severe meth addiction disorder. This program requires you to get therapy during the day but return home after the treatment sessions. In addition, an outpatient program provides you the flexibility to continue working, going to school, or taking care of the family while recovering from addiction. 


However, an outpatient program will only offer good results if you:


  • Have a strong desire to overcome your addiction.

  • Have less severe methamphetamine addictions. 

  • Have dependable transportation to and from therapy.

  • Have a solid network of people to lean on.

  • Have fewer or no relapse episodes. 


There is more to treating addiction than removing addictive chemicals from the patient's system, whether in an inpatient or an outpatient facility. It's also essential to learn how to stay sober. It's in this context that talk therapies come in handy. Here are some of the most popular evidence-based therapies for meth addiction treatment.

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Contingency Management Intervention (CMI)

Motivating patients with positive reinforcement is the cornerstone of this approach to recovering from meth use disorder. CMI encourages sobriety by rewarding any improvement you make towards your recovery. CMI also includes counseling.


Reinforcers in contingency management programs are often in the form of vouchers that can be redeemed for retail products and services or the possibility to win cash or other prizes.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Changes in behavior are the emphasis of this sort of treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to teach you new, drug-free coping mechanisms for everyday stress. When you recognize your particular responses to environmental or emotional stimuli, you can halt the adverse impulsive reactions and adjust to a healthier option.

The Matrix Model (MM)

MM may assist you in conquering your methamphetamine addiction quite successfully. This treatment method generally incorporates drug testing, a 12-step program, and non-drug-related activities to provide you with an all-inclusive and holistic therapy regimen for your condition.


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Like any other drug addiction, you can treat methamphetamine addiction with the right program. To get over your addiction, you need to treat it holistically. Rolling Hills Recovery Center will use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), individual therapy options, and support networks to ensure long-term recovery and effective results.


Recovery from drug addiction like meth requires quick action. There is no time to wait for methamphetamine to take your life. Luckily, with professional help, your life can be back on track sooner than you can imagine. Reach out for help now!

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