German Federal Ministry of Health "Crystal Project"
Brief report on the BMG-funded research project
Due to the increasing prevalence of Methamphetamine in Germany, a comparative study of two inpatient treatment methods was carried out from 2016 to 2020, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Health. The study was directed and coordinated by Prof. Dr. M. Soyka and PD Dr. G. Koller in the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the hospital of the LMU Munich.
The control group (MEDIAN Klinik Mecklenburg) offered a treatment program according to treatment as usual and the test group (District Clinic Hochstadt) offered a program based on an adapted, psychotherapeutic group manual specially designed for methamphetamine-consuming patients. The aim was to compare the two therapy concepts with regard to the dropout rate and the relapse rate at two follow-up times and to use the sociodemographic parameters to describe the Methamphetamine cohort being treated as well as the comparability of the two centers.
The two addiction therapy centers achieved comparable results in all follow-up surveys, although the average duration of treatment in Hochstadt was significantly shorter. The manual of the Hochstadt District Clinic is published below (in German only).