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Meth Addicts: Where Can the Crystal Meth Addict Get Help?

While many meth addicts are homeless and jobless when they seek meth addiction treatment, there are still many meth addiction treatment options available.

Meth addicts are often isolated from their friends and families after long periods of crystal meth addiction. However, no matter what a meth addict's circumstances, a crystal meth addict can get help from a variety of places in many forms. Some meth addiction treatment methodologies like those found at the Matrix Institute (or the matrix model) have been developed specifically for meth addicts. More information on evidence-based meth addiction treatments can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Meth Addicts: Help for Meth Addiction

The first and easiest step to make when a meth addict wishes to get treatment for a meth addiction is to go to the doctor. Meth addiction, like all addictions, is a medical and mental health issue and should always be handled by professionals. Meth addiction is serious and the health effects of meth addiction and meth addiction treatment should not be taken lightly.

A doctor can assess a meth addict's health and whether they require an inpatient or outpatient setting for meth addiction treatment. A doctor can also provide the crystal meth addict with meth addiction resources and meth addiction treatment information.

Meth Addicts: Help for Meth Addiction - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Meth addiction is known to be a huge problem, particularly in urban areas, so the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has built a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator provides information on where a crystal meth addict can get help, also where people suffering from other addictions can get help. There are more than 11,000 treatment programs listed and they include:

  • Residential treatment centers
  • Outpatient treatment programs
  • Hospital inpatient programs

Treatment centers listed typically help any drug addiction, meth addiction included. These treatment facilities also typically handle mental health issues as well as meth addiction treatment. The benefit of SAMHSA facilities to a meth addict is that these facilities must meet guidelines such as:

  • Are included on SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Services (I-SATS)
  • Are approved by the State Alcohol and Drug Abuse authority as a substance abuse treatment facility
  • Have responded to the most recent annual National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (This information is not collected on an individual basis, only on a statistical one.)

More detailed information on meth rehab centers.

Meth Addicts: Paying for Meth Addiction Treatment

Many meth addicts are homeless or jobless by the time they seek addiction. Many of the programs listed in the SAMHSA's facility locator work on something called a sliding scale. A sliding scale means that facility charges based on how much a client can pay. Individual meth addiction facilities should be contacted regarding specific policies.

For low or no-cost meth addiction treatment, crystal meth addicts may also contact the State Substance Abuse Agency or call a SAMHSA help line for further details on meth addiction services.

Meth Addict: Resources for Finding Meth Addiction Treatment

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samhsa.gov/

SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/

State Substance Abuse Agencies: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ufds/abusedirectors

SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment help lines:

  • 1-800-662-HELP
  • 1-800-228-0427 (TDD)

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/Search.aspx

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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2012, January 13). Meth Addicts: Where Can the Crystal Meth Addict Get Help?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/meth-addiction/meth-addicts-where-can-the-crystal-meth-addict-get-help

Last Updated: April 24, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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