Treatment for amphetamines users

Treatment for amphetamines users

Amphetamines dependence is associated with compulsive behaviours, chronic and episodic usage, and development of tolerance and thus a substantial rise in doses.

What works?

  • Psychosocial interventions improve treatment adherence and can increase abstinence at the end of treatment, however effects may not be maintained  in the long term
  • For pregnant women, medications to assist detoxification from stimulants can be used but should be reserved when specific symptoms emerge

What's unclear?

  • There are no data supporting a single treatment approach that can tackle the multidimensional facets of amphetamine addiction patterns
  • There are indications from one study that contingency management may help to reduce use but further evidence is needed

What doesn't work?

  • Pharmacotherapies based on psychostimulants are probably of little value in the treatment of amphetamine dependence
  • Pharmacotherapy for routine treatment of dependent pregnant women is not recommended

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