Meth Withdrawal and Detox

Meth Withdrawal and DetoxPeople who become addicted to meth will enter a state of withdrawal. As a matter of fact, if they stop consuming the drug or cut their intake by large amounts in a short period of time. During meth withdrawal and detox, you or your loved one may develop symptoms such as an extremely depressed state of mind, severe cravings for more meth, lack of energy, a jumpy or anxious mental state and some degree of psychosis.1

Unless you receive help from an experienced health provider, you may find it difficult or even impossible to endure the symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal and reach a state of drug abstinence. And if you do make it through withdrawal on your own, you still face risks for serious complications. For example, without appropriate care, you have a good chance of relapsing back into meth use. If a relapse occurs, you also have increased odds of developing symptoms of a methamphetamine overdose.

Today, the accepted way to avoid these complications is to enroll in medically supervised detoxification (detox).2 Detox programs provide supportive health care that helps keep you safe throughout the withdrawal process. In so doing, they help you avoid setbacks, establish initial sobriety and make the transition to an inpatient or outpatient substance treatment program.

Symptoms of withdrawal in addicted meth users appear anywhere from several hours to several days after intake of the drug drops or ceases. Once they begin, they will remain in effect for an average of seven to 14 days. It’s important to note that some people will continue to feel the impact of withdrawal for up to a month, or even longer.

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of meth withdrawal will vary from person to person. There are a number of factors that can effect the intensity of your withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, the length of time you’ve used meth, the amount of meth you’ve used, how frequently you’ve used, and lastly whether you’ve abused other substances at the same time.

Signs and symptoms of withdrawal can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Loss of motivation
  • Tremor
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stomach ache
  • Anxiety
  • Severe depression
  • Dehydration

You don’t have to let a meth addiction control your life. Our Transformations Treatment Center addiction professionals can help you get on a path of recovery that could change your life. Call now to talk about your treatment options.

  1. [i] Addiction: Withdrawal Symptoms in Abstinent Methamphetamine-Dependent Subjects
  2. [ii] National Institute on Drug Abuse: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction – What Science Says: Medical Detoxification
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