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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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    • Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program: Implementation Progress and Performance Measurement Report
      Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program: Implementation Progress and Performance Measurement Report(PDF 1.7 MB)

      Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2016

      The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded the Children Affected by Methamphetamine grant program to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes of children who are in or at-risk of out-of-home placement as a result of parental methamphetamine or other substance use. The funding was provided over a 4-year period to 12 Family Treatment Drug Courts. This report includes lessons based on an integration of qualitative and quantitative findings, a summary of project design and implementation, and individual grantee performance organized by program priorities.

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