Strategies for the treatment of methamphetamine use disorders among gay and bisexual men

TitleStrategies for the treatment of methamphetamine use disorders among gay and bisexual men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsIrwin, TW
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy
PublisherHaworth Press
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0891-71401540-7128
Accession Number2006-22141-012. First Author & Affiliation: Irwin, Thomas W.
Keywordsbisexual men, Bisexuality, cognitive behavior therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, community reinforcement, Contingency management, Drug abuse, Drug Rehabilitation, gay men, interviewing, Male Homosexuality, Methamphetamine, methamphetamine use disorders, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Reinforcement, treatment strategies

There is a growing need for treatment services that specifically target methamphetamine for gay and bisexual men. There may be significant barriers for the client in engaging in a treatment program, including thought disturbances and paranoia. A high level of ambivalence in spite of extreme adverse consequences from use is also relatively common among those presenting for treatment. Many people do recover if they are willing to commit to a structured treatment plan. Models of treatment that have been shown to be successful include motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and community reinforcement with contingency management. The Matrix Model was developed specifically for stimulant use disorders and includes many of these components as well as 12-step facilitation. Although it has been suggested that methamphetamine dependence may be more difficult to treat than other drug use dependence, empirical evidence suggests that success for methamphetamine treatment has not been shown to be different than for other stimulants, such as cocaine. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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