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A Look at Drugs Used to Treat Meth Use, Abuse and Addiction

1-800-315-2391  |  July 11th

A Look at Drugs Used to Treat Meth Use, Abuse and Addiction

The scourge of meth addiction has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country, and that is definitely a cause for concern.

Meth is one of the most highly addictive substances known to man, and even casual users can get hooked in a surprisingly short period of time.

If someone you care about has been struggling with an addiction to the drug, it is important to intervene and help them get the rehabilitation services they need to recover and arrest the downward spiral meth so quickly creates.

There are a number of treatment options available, and many effective approaches to treating the addict and breaking the addiction.

Some of these approaches to treating meth addiction are psychological in nature, including cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling and family support. Others incorporate the same kind of 12-step program used so effectively by groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Still others use pharmaceutical support to break the addiction cycle and make dangerous relapses less likely.

In fact, a number of drugs are currently under consideration for treating meth addiction, and other pharmaceuticals have already proven their worth at breaking the cycle of addiction and relapse. Supportive medications, for instance, are often used in conjunction with traditional therapy. These supportive medications are designed to reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms while the drug clears the addict's system. These withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety and fatigue, an intense desire for meth, depression and withdrawn behavior. By reducing these symptoms, the counselors at the rehab center can improve the odds of long term recovery and make the process more comfortable for the meth addict.

There are a number of drugs being studied that promise to reduce the cravings for meth and reduce the amount of the drug used by the addict. These drugs include buproprion, which is most effective with light meth users, modafinil, which is often used in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy, naltrexone, which has potential for reducing meth use and decreasing relapse rates, and mitrazapine, which may reduce meth use in both longtime addicts and light users.

There are also a number of drugs that promise to reduce cravings for meth. A key part of the long term recovery process and a vital part of successful addiction treatment. These craving reducing pharmaceuticals include dextroamphetamine, available as a prescription tablet, rivastigmine, shown to reduce cravings in meth addicts, and naltexone, which has been shown to reduce meth-seeking behaviors in even long term addicts.

Nicotine is also being studied as a possible treatment for methamphetamine. While the research is still underway, the results of some preliminary studies have been quite impressive. It seems that nicotine can have a positive contribution in the form of successful treatment for meth addicts.

If you would like to learn more about the medications used to treat meth addiction or discuss your own struggles with the drug, just call us at 800-807-0951. We can help you or a loved one get the addiction treatment they need to recover and take back control of their life.

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