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Treatments for Meth Addiction

There are a number of ways to approach treatments for meth addiction. Meth is a highly-addictive substance that acts on the pleasure centers in the user's brain. People who use meth try in vain to recreate the first, and most intense high from when they first experimented with it.

In order to be effective, treatments for methamphetamine addiction need to deal with breaking the addict's physical dependency on the drug. Once the person has gone through a medically-supervised detoxification process, he or she needs to deal with the psychological aspects of the addiction. Anyone considering treatments for meth addiction needs to understand that part of the process involves helping the person cope with the fact that being off the drug leads to an inability to feel pleasure.

This feeling of anhedonia can last for several months. As the brain recovers from being off meth, it doesn't produce a normal amount of dopamine. It is the lack of a normal level of dopamine that is responsible for the lack of good feelings, much in the same way that people who are depressed have lower-than-normal levels of this brain chemical. After a few months of feeling lousy, many people who are trying to recover from a meth addiction start using again to feel something good.

Unlike treatment available to heroin addicts who can be given methadone, there are no drugs available to help someone beat meth. Behavioral therapy is used as one of the treatments for meth addiction. During treatment, former meth addicts attend at least three counseling sessions (either one-on-one or in a group). This process helps them to understand their addictions and how to recognize triggers that make them vulnerable to using meth again. Family members benefit from counseling so that they can understand the addiction and offer their support.

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