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Title: Methamphetamine Treatment: A Practitioner’s Reference
Corporate Author: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
United States of America

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 84
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
Sacramento, CA 95814
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sale Source: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
1700 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Reference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on research conducted by the foremost medical authorities in the field of methamphetamine addiction, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) provides its first comprehensive compilation of background information and treatment strategies for methamphetamine addiction for use by the State’s medical community and methamphetamine treatment providers.
Abstract: The first of three sections presents an overview of methamphetamine and the effects of methamphetamine addiction. This section reports that the prolonged use of methamphetamine has severe psychological and physical effects on the user. In addition, individuals who produce methamphetamine and others who are exposed to methamphetamine lab sites or toxic waste products can suffer serious health consequences. Psychological effects of prolonged methamphetamine use include paranoia, depression, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, and suicidal ideation. Physical effects include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat. Adverse effects on the brain can produce delusions/hallucinations and reduced mental flexibility. Section II provides guidelines for assessment, treatment, and recovery. Assessment determines the severity of drug use and the status of client functioning in key areas of his/her life. This is done through assessment interviews and biological testing. Regarding treatment, a range of components should be used, particularly those that address cognitive deficits. Social support groups, such as those found in 12-step groups should be encouraged, along with medical and psychiatric care. Individualized treatment components should be tailored to abuse history, the severity of dependence, and mode of administration of the drug. Guidelines also address co-occurring disorder, detoxification, outpatient treatment, engaging clients in treatment, addressing related dental disease, coping with craving for the drug, and recovery and relapse. Section III focuses on the nature and treatment of methamphetamine among special populations (women, adolescents and young adults, Latinos, those with HIV/Hepatitis C, and gay men). Section references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): California; Drug dependence; Drug effects; Methamphetamines; Treatment techniques
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