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New research is showing that successful meth treatment needs to last three months to a year, including both inpatient and outpatient components. One program currently being studied, the Matrix Model, is a framework for behavioral therapy that positions the therapist as teacher and coach in a positive, encouraging relationship, and includes elements of family therapy to involve supportive relatives in the patient's recovery.
Because meth addiction can virtually destroy the addict's life, research shows that effective treatment programs often include access to educational, vocational, and employment opportunities so that the addict has a chance to establish a stable existence.
Several medications for meth addiction are currently in the clinical trial phase, but none has yet been demonstrated to be effective.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|