Meth Addiction Treatment In Ohio

Kimberly Langdon, M.D.

Medically Reviewed By: Kimberly Langdon, M.D.

on December 10, 2022

While methamphetamine addiction is difficult to treat, a variety of effective treatment options help support those working through this process. These options include the Matrix model, meth detox, inpatient treatment, dual diagnosis care, behavioral therapy, and aftercare support.

As of 2022, yearly meth-related overdose deaths in Ohio (many of which also involve a combination of methamphetamine with opioid drugs) are expected to climb to the highest-ever level recorded by almost 40%, totaling between 1,300-1,500 individuals lost annually.

However, these figures do not capture the large number of others who continue to live with chronic methamphetamine abuse. Thankfully, effective addiction treatment programs are available in Ohio—including Ohio Recovery Center.

Meth Addiction Treatment Programs

Healthcare specialists have been working for generations to develop effective treatment options to assist in long-term recovery from substance use disorders, including stimulant and methamphetamine use disorders. 

This has led to the development of an integrated treatment approach known as the Matrix model.

The Matrix Model

The Matrix model is a personalized approach in which a therapist functions as both a teacher and a coach, reinforcing an individual’s dignity and self-worth while also providing honest and authentic information. Treatment elements included in the Matrix model include:

  • relapse prevention
  • individual, family, and group therapy
  • drug education
  • self-help participation
  • urine testing

Other key steps and elements in personalized addiction treatment programs include medical detox, inpatient care, behavioral therapy, mental health counseling for dual diagnosis, and ongoing aftercare support.

Medical Detox

Crystal meth is known for promoting a high degree of physical dependence in those who use it. 

This means that when an individual stops taking methamphetamine, they will likely experience a short-term crash as the drug’s effects wear off, followed by a longer period of withdrawal symptoms as the body adjusts to the drug’s absence.

Medical detoxification is designed to help those attempting methamphetamine detox by providing a safe, secure, supportive, and comfortable detox center where participants can deal with their symptoms with the help of qualified medical professionals.

This process may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, with the duration and severity of meth determined by how often a person used meth, how much they took, how they took it, and if they took it with other drugs or alcohol.

Inpatient Care

While outpatient treatment, especially partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP), are useful for treating methamphetamine addiction, inpatient rehab programs are generally considered the best and most effective setting for meth rehab.

Also known as residential treatment, inpatient programs offer intensive, extended, and distraction-free care that frees participants to truly focus on their recovery, temporarily removing themselves from the triggers, distractions, and habits associated with their usual living spaces.

Inpatient programs hosted in professional recovery centers are also an ideal setting for nutritional support, dual diagnosis treatment programs, behavioral therapy, contingency management, group therapy, and other intensive treatment services.

Behavioral Therapy

Also known as psychotherapy, behavioral therapies are a wide range of professional treatments to help those struggling with behavioral disorders in different ways.

Common behavioral therapies used for treating methamphetamine addiction include:

  • motivational enhancement therapy/motivational interviewing (MET): a conversational therapy that can help draw out a participant’s meaning, importance and capacity to follow through on their recovery
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): a therapeutic approach that helps individuals identify, understand, and counter the harmful thought patterns and habits that contribute to addiction and ingrained patterns of drug use
  • contingency management: this approach provides participants with tangible rewards for avoiding drug use and reinforces positive behaviors
  • family behavior therapy: a treatment option that brings family members and loved ones into the drug rehab process so they can understand and support the participant’s new behavioral goals and strategies

Dual Diagnosis Care

Drug abuse tends to occur, at least in part, because a person has an untreated mental health disorder like PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and others. 

Meth abuse can also intensify or even trigger many of these same conditions, leaving an individual with serious mental health concerns that won’t be addressed through drug addiction treatment alone.

Dual diagnosis treatment exists to support individuals suffering from these comorbidities, increasing the effectiveness of their recovery treatment through personalized programs that blend substance abuse treatment with other proven psychiatric treatments.


The long-term effects of meth use on a person’s relationships, employment prospects, behavioral health, and physical health can be severe, and relapses are common. So, it’s important to understand that recovery doesn’t end when one graduates from a meth addiction treatment center.

Instead, individuals are provided with an ongoing treatment plan that includes elements like:

  • sober living housing
  • employment counseling
  • outpatient therapy
  • a medical treatment plan
  • relapse prevention
  • peer support groups
  • case management

At Ohio Recovery Center, our professional rehab center services in Ohio offer residents and others from around the nation with leading, individualized care and support for a wide range of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Please contact us today to learn more.

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Behavioral Therapies
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — What treatments are effective for people who misuse methamphetamine?
  3. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Dual Diagnosis
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — Know the Risks of Meth

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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