Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Matrix Models

The Matrix Model uses coaching, support, therapy, and other measures to help people complete treatment by rewarding small goals and supporting individuals as they work towards gaining employment. Positive supports have been shown to prevent relapse.

Pharmacological Treatment

Medication during treatment has demonstrated success in supporting recovery, as the prolonged use of meth can affect brain functioning. Psychostimulant medications can regulate some of those changes and prevent relapse.

Medical Cannabis

Early research on medical cannabis shows a positive benefit in reducing the impact of environmental triggers for those recovering from stimulant use.

(Opioid and Meth toolkit)

Supporting and Helping Those Using meth

Some suggestions when engaging with individuals using meth:[1]

  • Close movement may be threatening
  • Bright lights can provoke a need for self defense
  • Use slow speech and a lowered tone
  • Use slow movements
  • Visible hand movements
  • Connecting with others to process emotions and experiences may reduce risk of suicide
  • Do not block or physically restrain individuals
[1]   Dejarlais, C. (2015). Meth Reference Guide: Remember your Spirit. Vancouver, BC: Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia. Retrieved from https://nccabc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RememberingOurSpirit_crystalmethguide.pdf

Intense emotions, heightened aggression and destroyed relationships can cause meth users to be isolated, paranoid, and at high risk of attempted and successful suicide. When we value life, we know it is is to keep people who use drugs ALIVE and do what we can to help them retain their life:

  • Engage in a calm way to reduce agitation and paranoia
  • Be aware of underlying trauma and emotional issues
  • Be careful for self and others, as people who use meth can be physically aggressive during the high

Cultural Connections Create Wellness

Support from family, peer networks and friends, as well as access to housing, education, work and opportunities to celebrate cultural identity, helps support a person to be productive and connected to their community. (HOS, 2011)

A cultural lens and framework provides an understanding of meth that is grounded in culture and supported by connections to the Indigenous social determinants of health, clan, kinship, community and Elders.

[1]   Dejarlais, C. (2015). Meth Reference Guide: Remember your Spirit. Vancouver, BC: Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia. Retrieved from https://nccabc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/

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