Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, central nervous system stimulant that alters the level of dopamine in the body and increases reward-seeking behavior. Chronic and long-term use of methamphetamine can alter brain functioning, leading to memory loss, poor decision-making, altered moods, and impulsivity, and can potentially damage the central nervous system. Methamphetamine use disorder is a complex brain disease that affects an individual’s well-being and can also affect their entire family. Treatment for methamphetamine use disorders is possible with active engagement, incentive-based approaches, and timely access to appropriate and structured treatment, including family-centered treatment.

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    • Methamphetamine Tip Sheets

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2021

      Supporting Children Affected by Parental Methamphetamine Use (PDF 1.4 MB) This tip sheet explores the effects that parental methamphetamine use can have on a child’s health and well-being. It includes strategies for child welfare staff and other professionals who work with families affected by parental methamphetamine use.

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2021

      Strategies To Support Parents With Methamphetamine Use Disorder And Their Families (PDF 3.2 MB)This tip sheet provides facts about methamphetamine use and the effectiveness of treatment and offers strategies for child welfare workers and other professionals to improve outcomes for parents who use methamphetamine and their children and families.

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