The experience of methamphetamine use disorder and the negative consequences of relapse – a qualitative study

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Klein, Talia, Terry, Daniel and Peck, Blake. 2024. "The experience of methamphetamine use disorder and the negative consequences of relapse – a qualitative study." Journal of Addictive Diseases. 42 (2), pp. 147-153. https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2023.2165870
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The experience of methamphetamine use disorder and the negative consequences of relapse – a qualitative study

ERA Journal ID13613
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKlein, Talia, Terry, Daniel and Peck, Blake
Journal TitleJournal of Addictive Diseases
Journal Citation42 (2), pp. 147-153
Number of Pages7
Year2024
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1055-0887
1545-0848
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2023.2165870
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10550887.2023.2165870
Abstract

Background: The rate of relapse for people in recovery for substance use disorder is as high as 85% within the first 12months of recovery, however, research on the lived experience of relapse is limited.

Objective: The present qualitative study investigated the experience of relapse with people who have Methamphetamine use disorder and the reasons why they returned to recovery.

Methods: The exploratory study recruited five (n = 5) adults who identified as having Methamphetamine use disorder. All participants had sought treatment for more than 12 months, they were attending an addiction support service, and had experienced a relapse within the past 15months. Interviews were conducted in which participants were asked an open-ended question about their most recent relapse and the negative consequences associated with their drug use. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.

Results: A return to daily drug use led to negative consequences such as relationship breakdowns, poor mental health and acting in ways that went against the participant’s morals and values. This study provides an insight into the types of experiences people who relapse after seeking treatment for Methamphetamine use disorder may have and how these experiences can influence their decision to return to recovery.

Conclusions: People who regularly attend a recovery program are still susceptible to relapse. Those who have maintained abstinence for a period of time prior to relapse may be able to assess the negative consequences of their drug use more easily. This prior experience of recovery might influence their decision to stop using again.

KeywordsMethamphetamine use disorder; relapse; substance misuse; recovery; lived experience
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420199. Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsFederation University
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