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AbstractMethamphetamine use, especially in rural populations, has vast implications on the community and the individuals that comprise it. It has been found that men and women display diverse methamphetamine habits as well as varied effectiveness in treatment. Due to the higher intake and drug-seeking behavior of female methamphetamine users, this qualitative study focused on the relapse and quitting cycles of women in rural Wyoming. Through analysis of forty five semi-structured interviews, it was found that the five major themes of relationships, health, treatment, Department of Corrections, and lifestyle were the most prevalent indicators of becoming clean or relapsing for female methamphetamine users. Furthermore, it was found that women who were pregnant or who had moved away from their home displayed extensive periods of staying clean. By targeting triggers and understanding the reasons behind chronic quitting behaviors, a more comprehensive and individualized treatment plan can be implemented for women struggling with methamphetamine addiction.
Degree ProgramHonors College