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The ATTC Network proudly presents a core curriculum training package to provide information about central nervous system stimulants and their impact on brain, body, and behavior. View the training and related resources here.



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Behavioral Therapies for Methamphetamine Use
A presentation on Behavioral Therapies for Methamphetamine Use, presented by Will M. Aklin, PhD of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences on June 27, 2017.
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Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and HIV: What Clinicians Need to Know
An introductory training to provide HIV clinicians (including, but not limited to physicians, dentists, nurses, and other allied medical staff, therapists and social workers, and counselors, specialists, and case managers) with a detailed overview of cocaine, methamphetamine, and HIV. View All Resources Links Here:
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Stimulants and HIV PowerPoint Presentation
Stimulants and HIV Trainer Guide
Stimulants and HIV Fact Sheet
Video File #1 – Dopamine - Normal
Video File #2 – Dopamine - Cocaine
Video File #3 – Dopamine - Methamphetamine


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Recorded Webinars, Online Courses, Toolkits and Other Resources



Contingency Management for Healthcare Settings
This online course, developed by the Northwest ATTC, features separate modules for each of the three common personnel roles in healthcare organizations: decision-makers, clinical supervisors, and direct care staff. Organizations can use this training as a bridge to more intensive technical assistance. All three modules include an introduction to contingency management (CM) describing:

  • its core elements,
  • 3 scientifically-supported systems,
  • how it can be used in healthcare settings to have a positive impact on clients.

Each module also offers unique content on how each role can successfully integrate CM into their program.
CEU Available! 1.0 Decision Makers, 2.5 Clinical Supervisors, 2.0 Direct Care Staff
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Substance Use Treatment Perceptions and Experiences Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Use Crystal Methamphetamine Webinar
Crystal methamphetamine use is growing increasingly common among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the northeastern U.S. and is an important public health concern. This webinar, presented by Adam Viera, PhD student (Yale University), shares preliminary themes emerging from a qualitative study of MSM who use crystal methamphetamine. These themes present important lessons for treatment organizations looking to address crystal meth use among MSM. This webinar is offered by the Northwest ATTC.

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Women and Stimulant Use Project ECHO Series
This series, hosted by the Mountain Plains ATTC, utilized a Project ECHO format to provide case-based learning and consultation for substance use and other health care providers working with women who use stimulants. Each 90-minute session included a brief didactic presentation and an interactive discussion on two de-identified client cases.

View Project Page to download slides and didactic recordings.


Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 1: Strategies to Address Methamphetamine and Cocaine
The first presentation in a three-part webinar series offered by the Great Lakes ATTC and the Northwest ATTC. Part 1 of the series provides an overview of stimulant (cocaine and methamphetamine) use in the U.S. Presenter Rick Rawson, PhD will discuss:              

  • The extent and geography of stimulant use
  • Clinical syndromes produced by acute and chronic stimulant use
  • Strategies for addressing acute intoxication, withdrawal, and stimulant-induced psychosis
  • Effective behavioral treatments for stimulant use disorders
  • The status of pharmacotherapy research on treatments for stimulant use disorders
  • A discussion of vulnerable populations, including the problem of stimulant use by individuals in medication treatment for opioid use disorder.

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Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 2: Provider Perspectives on Effective Strategies for Treating Individuals with Stimulant Use Disorders
The second presentation in a three-part webinar series offered by the Great Lakes ATTC and the Northwest ATTC. This second installment of the Great Lakes ATTC/Northwest ATTC Stimulant Use Disorder webinar series will feature a panel of providers presenting their experiences with effective treatment strategies and evidence-based practices for working with individuals with stimulant use disorders. Presenters include:

  • Michelle Peavy, PhD, of Evergreen Treatment Services in Seattle, WA, will address challenges and strategies of working with individuals with comorbid opioid use and stimulant use disorders.
  • Dominick DePhilippis, PhD, of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, will present on use of contingency management with this population in the VA system.
  • Regina Fox, BS, CSAC, from North Lakes Community Clinic in Ashland, WI, will discuss use of the Matrix Model of treatment in a community-based treatment organization.

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Stimulant Use Disorder Webinar Series Part 3:Implementing EBPs to address Stimulant Use Disorders
During this last installment of the webinar series three presenters will discuss change management strategies for successfully implementing these evidence-based practices.The first two installments of the series focused on effective treatment strategies and models for addressing stimulant use disorders. During this webinar, three presenters will discuss change management strategies for successfully implementing these evidence-based practices. Todd Molfenter, Ph.D. will provide an overview on how implementation science informs successful uptake of EBPs. Bryan Hartzler, PhD. will present tips for community-based implementation of contingency management. Denna Vandersloot, M.Ed will share lessons learned from implementation efforts involving the Matrix Model of treatment.
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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention Among People Who Use Substances (Webinar)
A webinar, presented by Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH, and Vanessa McMahan, MS, PhDc, that defined pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and summarized the evidence of PrEP’s safety and efficacy for preventing HIV infection, focusing on populations who use substances. It also described research aimed at increasing access and adherence to PrEP among individuals who use methamphetamine in Seattle, Washington. Link to resource in products database:


Adolescent Conference 2015 - Using Contingency Management with Adolescents
The purpose of this conference handout is to describe how to monitor substance use in adolescents.

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Drug Use Patterns and Trends 2018
A report to present highlights on 2018 drug use patterns and trends in Texas. The findings describe that Methamphetamine is the #1 drug threat ranked by the Dallas, El Paso, and Houston Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) field divisions. Indicators of drug use (poison control calls, treatment admissions, deaths, and toxicology reports on substances seized and identified) all show methamphetamine is a larger problem than heroin. Methamphetamine continues to be made using phenyl-2-propanone, not cold medicines, and major drug seizures of large quantities imported from Mexico are more commonly reported.
Link to resource in products database: 2018 Texas Drug Trends Report


Naltrexone + buproprion potentially effective for methamphetamine disorder
This study, CTN-0054, “Accelerated Development of Additive Pharmacotherapy Treatment (ADAPT) for Methamphetamine Use Disorder,” was the first investigation of the combination of extended-release bupropion and long-acting injectable naltrexone as a potential pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine use disorder utilizing a video-based strategy to improve and monitor medication adherence.


CTN Research Brief: Web-based interventions for SUD: Effective for Stimulants, Promising for Alcohol & Marijuana, Not Helpful for Opioids
The National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network study, “Web-Delivery of Evidence-Based, Psychosocial Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” (CTN-0044) examined the effectiveness of a web-based behavioral treatment intervention called the Therapeutic Education System (TES) as an adjunct to treatment-as-usual (TAU) for substance use disorders (SUD).


Re-emergence of Cocaine and Methamphetamine Use in the 21st Century
The current opioid crisis is arguably the most deadly public health epidemic since the 1918, influenza pandemic in the US. However, as historians and epidemiologists, including the late David Musto from Yale and Jim Hall from Nova University in Miami have noted, specific categories of drug problems in the US tend to cycle over time and there are signs a new cycle is on the horizon. There is clear evidence that we are seeing the rise of, or the continuing serious levels of, psycho-stimulant (cocaine and methamphetamine) use.


Motivational Incentives-A Proven Approach to Treatment
Motivational Incentives-A Proven Approach to Treatment is a collection of products which offer tools needed to learn about and use Motivational Incentives. Also, referred to as Contingency Management, Motivational Incentives has been subject to decades of research in the addiction treatment field; beginning in the 1960s. This collection of products assists organizations along a continuum from raising awareness about Motivational Incentives through dissemination and implementation activities.
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TTC Recommended Resources



Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Girls' abuse of substances has been increasing. Among youth ages 12-17, girls' non-medical use of prescription painkillers, alcohol, methamphetamine, and most other illicit drugs matches or exceeds that of boys. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss current trends in adolescent girls' substance use as well as effective strategies for intervention, treatment, and support for girls to age 18. Developed by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number 283-07-3807.
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Motivational Incentives: Positive Reinforcers to Enhance Successful Treatment Outcomes
The purpose of this is 5-hour, self-paced course, designed to assist clinical supervisors in designing and customizing a Motivational Incentives program within the context of their community-based treatment organization. Developed by the NIDA/SAMHSA MI: PRESTO Blending Team.
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SAMHSA Methamphetamine Resources