May 2, 2008, Newsletter Issue #181: Inpatient Treatment for Meth Addiction

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Most health insurance policies cover only 30 days of inpatient drug treatment, but those who work with meth addicts say that may not be enough. One reason is that meth addicts spend months or years without getting enough sleep. In the initial phases of drug detox all the patient wants to do is sleep, an impulse that gets in the way of putting time into therapy and self-help that can lay the foundations for recovery.

There are no known medical treatments for meth addiction. The best known treatments involve a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and 12-step groups, including the rapidly growing Crystal Meth Anonymous. Inpatient treatment will include behavioral therapy to encourage drug-free patterns, and self-help groups can introduce a spiritual approach to healing and put the addict in touch with a community of recovering addicts.

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