Methamphetamine

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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    • Strategies To Support Parents With Methamphetamine Use Disorder And Their Families (PDF 3.2 MB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2021

      Child welfare staff across the country identify methamphetamine use as a continuing or re-emerging challenge in their communities. 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. This tip sheet is a companion to Supporting Children Affected by Methamphetamine Use.

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