Beyond the tip of the iceberg: treatment approaches for people who use crystalline methamphetamine
Have you noticed an increase in Ice presentations lately? Numerous reports suggest that Ice use is on the rise again. Methamphetamine has strong effects on the brain that mean regular users can become dependent quickly and often experience difficulty quitting. Relapse is common.
Many practitioners find Ice users complex to treat, and can become frustrated. While some issues are common across all drug types, understanding the specific needs of methamphetamine users can help practitioners respond more effectively.
This practical workshop is suitable for frontline workers and specialist ATOD workers.
Part 1: What do we know about Ice and the people who use ice?
- The effect of Ice on the body and brain
- Who is a typical Ice user?
- Patterns of use and what this means for treatment
- How to spot psychotic symptoms in an Ice user and what to do about it
Part 2: How to help people who use Ice
- Engaging people who use ice into treatment
- Assessment for Ice users
- Ice dependence and withdrawal
- What works with Ice users – psychological and pharmacological interventions
- How to use stepped care to assist Ice users’ recovery
At the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of:
- What we know about Ice and Ice users and what this means for treatment
- How ice works in the brain and body and how that impacts on treatment outcomes
- Why regular Ice users struggle to meet treatment goals and why relapse rates are high
- How to respond to people with psychotic symptoms and emotional dysregulation
- What works in treatment of Ice users
We are currently taking expressions of interest to host this training in the south and north of Tasmania. Please register your interest and preferred area with: Penny Glover at The Salvation Army Bridge Centre by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainers – LeeJenn Health Consultants
A/Prof Nicole Lee PhD, BSc (Hons), GradCertEd(Tert), MAPS
A/Prof Nicole Lee, a registered psychologist, has a PhD and 23 years’ experience in research, training and clinical practice. She is Associate Professor at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University and holds adjunct appointments at Curtin University and Monash University. Nicole has extensive experience in the area of stimulant treatment and is one of the leading Australian researchers and practitioners in this area. She has been involved the first survey of ecstasy users in Australia (with Nadia Solowij & Wayne Hall), the first RCT of brief intervention for amphetamine users (with Amanda Baker), the establishment of one of the first specialist stimulant treatment clinics in Australia, the development of an online self-help site for methamphetamine users, and the first Australian pilot trial of modafinil for methamphetamine withdrawal. She has written numerous clinical guidelines on treatment for methamphetamine users and more recently edited a book with Steve Allop, Perspectives on Amphetamine Type Stimulants, and contributed chapters to other Australian and International books. She has also been an advisor to state and commonwealth governments and published numerous articles on this topic.
Linda Jenner MAppSc(Research,) BHSc, RN
Linda is a registered nurse and holds a Masters in Applied Science (Research). She has worked as a clinician, researcher, educator and consultant in the AOD and mental health fields since 1978. She was recently Senior Research Fellow at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Eastern Health and was Clinical Nurse Consultant for Dual Diagnosis for Queensland Health from 1997-2000, the first position of its kind in ATODS in Australia. Linda has extensive experience in research and training in the area of methamphetamine treatment, particularly in the translation of research to practice. She was involved in a trial of the use of midazolam for severe behavioural disturbance among methamphetamine users in emergency settings, developed a clinical guide and the facilitation of a series of national train-the-trainer workshops of the first brief intervention for methamphetamine users, and the developed an innovative self-help website for methamphetamine users (www.meth.org.au). She has also written numerous guidelines on the topic of methamphetamine responses, including for frontline workers, GPs, ambulance workers and emergency departments, and has contributed chapters to several key publications including most recently ‘Perspectives on Amphetamine Type Stimulants’ and ‘Models of Care for Psychostimulant Users’ Monograph for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.