Treatment Options for Stimulant Use Disorder


Evidence-based therapy approaches proven to be successful in treating Stimulant Use Disorder

​There are still very few pharmaceutical options to block the effects of stimulants on the body. However, there are more and more therapy options showing encouraging results in treating addiction to stimulants such as crack cocaine and cocaine, methamphetamines, amphetamines and prescription stimulants. Follow the links for extensive information about each type of therapy.

► Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): an individual or group therapy used at many outpatient and residential treatment programs where individuals learn to identify triggering thoughts and feelings which may have led them to use drugs problematically in the past; the individual learns to develop new coping strategies. This may involve learning new, constructive ways to deal with cravings, high-risk situations, and negative thoughts, which would otherwise lead them back to drug use.


► Contingency Management (CM): therapeutic approach used in different types of treatment settings. In this approach, individuals get rewards for not using drugs. This is done to help them develop the skills they need and to deal with what triggers their drug use, especially in the early days of their recovery. Studies show that this is a feasible and promising treatment option.


► Harm Reduction Therapy: therapy option combining traditional psychotherapy with interventions that aim to reduce substance use and/or the problematic effects of dependence to substances. Focus may be placed on reduced use, moderation, reduced risky practices and/or abstinence.


► Matrix Model Therapy: an abstinence-based therapy option which includes aspects of several different treatment approaches, including CBT, contingency management and 12-step programs, among others. It involves support, family education and individual counseling.



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