If somebody you care about is affected, the best thing to do is acknowledge the addiction and seek professional help. Ignoring the problem or bailing out a meth addict by feeding his habit will only keep him ensnared in the addiction.
Drug recovery clinics concentrate on relieving pain and the emotional response to it. The patient is given the drug in adequate doses to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This aims to detoxify the patient and break the cycle of addiction over time. One problem with this approach is that it was designated for the treatment of heroin; cocaine and other known drug addictions. Meth, a relatively new craze, can last for months and lead to a lot of withdrawal and relapses over the long run.
Unlike the traditional “pharmacological” approach to drug addiction, a number of treatment programs are now tailored specifically to deal with addiction to meth. These programs go beyond detoxification to prepare the addict for long-time recovery. The patients are coached individually or in small therapy groups of 4 to 6. They are taught about their addiction, ways to manage their cravings and how to avoid substances that could trigger a relapse.