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Why no MAT for Meth?

Those struggling with methamphetamine often ask whether medication-assisted treatment is available to help them recover. 

What is medication-assisted treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications together with counseling and behavioral therapies in the treatment of substance use disorders. This combination is the gold standard of care, and it is guided by strict regulations. The medications must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of the substance use disorder, and MAT programs and providers must follow guidelines and certification processes.

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Is there medication-assisted treatment for meth addiction?

Not yet. Several studies in recent years have suggested possible medications for people struggling with methamphetamine use, but these studies have not been definitive. At this time, no medication or course of treatment has been approved by the FDA. Further research is necessary before clinicians will be able to prescribe MAT for those who use meth.

Medications that have been approved to treat other addictions (like opioids or alcohol) are not approved to treat methamphetamine use.

What treatment options are available, then?

As MAT is not available, counseling and behavioral support are the most effective options for many people seeking treatment for methamphetamine use.

Workit online counselors are licensed and trained in harm reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based techniques proven to help you recover.

Those seeking 12-step support and fellowship can also look to Crystal Meth Anonymous, which has in-person and online meetings worldwide. 

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