Treatment and Recovery

When you’re ready to quit meth, help is available.

Harm, Risks,
and Accidental Overdose

If you are using meth, it is important to take steps to keep yourself as healthy and safe as possible.

Types of Treatment

There are several ways to treat substance use disorder, commonly known as “addiction.”
Scroll through to learn more.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapies are the most effective way to treat meth use disorder. They include individual and group counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and contingency management interventions. Peer recovery support programs, like 12 Step programs, are also effective for some.

Medication-Assisted Recovery

There are currently no medications proven to help people abstain from meth longer, help reduce their use of meth, or counteract the effects of meth. However, there is new research on Medication-Assisted Recovery for meth. Read more here.

Other Medications Being Researched

Because of the similarities between meth withdrawal symptoms and depression, researchers are investigating the effectiveness of antidepressants on meth use disorder. Antipsychotic medications may have promise for helping people with meth use disorder.

How To get Help

If you, a loved one, or someone you know needs treatment for methamphetamine, we can help! Call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline at 1-844-804-7500, 24/7. You can also go to the Online Provider Directory here.

When you call
We will ask you questions about your methamphetamine and other drug or alcohol use, to help you decide if you need treatment.2 We will help you learn your options and find a provider that meets your specific needs.

Youth and adults can access no-cost2 substance use treatment services at any provider in the network. Recipients must be a resident of Los Angeles County and eligible for Medi-Cal3, My Health LA, or other select county-funded programs.

Services Available:

Does not require 24-hour care. Treatment is offered during the day, before or after work or school, in the evening, and/or on weekends.

Does not require 24-hour care. Treatment is offered during the day, before or after work or school, in the evening, and/or on weekends. Intensive Outpatient services differ from outpatient by requiring more hours of treatment a week.

Refers to the use of prescribed medications that can help reduce cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal so people can focus on treatment and recovery. MAT is often used with behavior therapies.

Refers to the medical and psychological care of patients who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms as a result of stopping or reducing use of a drug they are dependent on. Services are offered for a short period and may be provided in community setting or in settings with 24-hour care depending on the severity.

Treatment is offered in a short-term living environment and provides 24-hour care and support.

Offers support services and counseling provided after treatment completion to help maintain recovery from substance use disorders.

Does not require 24-hour care. Refers to treatment setting offering medications for addiction treatment for opioid use disorders during the day and on weekends.

SAPC complies with applicable federal and state civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, or in any manner on the basis of sexual orientation.

Language assistance services are available free of charge.

2 A share-of-cost may be required for some Medi-Cal eligible individuals.
3 Some services and treatments require pre-authorization for eligible youth and adults.

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