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How is Methamphetamine Addiction Treated?
Researchers are looking for medications that may counter the changes that methamphetamine makes in the brain or that will alleviate some of the cognitive impairments caused by chronic methamphetamine use.
In addition to drug-based therapies, behavioral or group-based psychotherapies are also commonly used to treat methamphetamine addiction. In general, drug-treatment organizations recommend that dependent users enter a treatment program that lasts at least 90 days.
- Medications. The antidepressant bupropion (brand name Wellbutrin) has shown the ability to improve the drug-use behavior of patients who are low-to-moderate users of methamphetamine. Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy, has shown promise in helping methamphetamine users to avoid relapse once they have begun a treatment program.
- Contingency Management Therapy (CM). This type of therapy, also called motivational therapy, rewards patients for successfully abstaining from drug use. The rewards, monetary or otherwise, are given to patients when they successfully reach milestones of abstinence. This approach is also used to treat cocaine dependence, and it’s especially useful as the first step in a broader treatment plan.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This type of psychotherapy helps drug users to recognize the triggers that prompt their drug use. The therapy also focuses on developing strategies and techniques for dealing with those triggers when they occur. CBT is effective at preventing relapses once the patient has begun to abstain from drug use.
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