Dr. Roneet Lev

High Truths on Drugs and Addiction

Dr. Roneet Lev

  • Episode #185 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Thomas Freese and Methamphetamine Use Disorder

Episode #185 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Thomas Freese and Methamphetamine Use Disorder

Monday 8th July 2024

Dr. Roneet Lev and Dr. Thomas Freese discuss methamphetamine use disorder, its impact, and promising treatment strategies in this insightful episode.
64 minutes

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Methamphetamine Use Disorder: Challenges and Hope with Dr. Thomas Freese

Episode Overview

  • Methamphetamine use disorder lacks the resources available for opioid use disorder.
  • Contingency management shows promise as a treatment strategy.
  • Methamphetamine causes severe long-term damage to the brain and body.
  • Emergency departments face significant challenges dealing with violent reactions from meth users.
  • Reward-based treatments can motivate positive behavioural changes.
The single best thing we can do for someone using methamphetamine is use contingency management in their treatment
In this episode of High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Dr. Roneet Lev dives into the challenging topic of methamphetamine use disorder with expert guest Dr. Thomas Freese. Dr. Freese, a seasoned clinical psychologist and co-director at UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, shares his extensive knowledge and experience in treating substance use disorders. The conversation uncovers the stark reality of methamphetamine's impact on individuals and society, highlighting the urgent need for effective treatment strategies. Dr.
Lev opens up about her experiences in the emergency department, dealing with violent and combative patients under the influence of meth, and the dire medical complications they face. The episode delves into the lack of resources available for methamphetamine users compared to those with opioid use disorders, prompting a discussion on contingency management as a potential solution. Dr. Freese explains how this approach, which rewards patients for negative drug tests, has shown promising results in real-world settings.
They also touch on the broader implications of stimulant use, from 'meth mouth' to the long-term damage on the brain and body. The conversation is both eye-opening and hopeful, as it explores practical ways to bridge the gap in treatment for methamphetamine use disorder. If you're looking for an engaging and informative discussion on one of today's most pressing public health issues, this episode is a must-listen.