Defining Meth Withdrawal
In the whole country, Meth may is the hardest substance to quit. A physical and psychological addiction to the drug can develop in some users just after a single use.
Severe withdrawal is to be expected when Meth enthusiasts stop using the drug. Professional assistance during this period is crucial.
Reactions to Meth withdrawal range from mild to severe and in some cases result in death if not treated. The withdrawal can be quite challenging for users and calls for professional management.
Meth alters the way the brain and central nervous system work. Soon, the body is unable to function naturally without Meth. The reactions the body goes through as the user tries to stop using Meth are called withdrawal symptoms.
Signs Of Quitting
Quitting the drug can be as hard of the drug itself. Both the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal will be experienced by the users. Even the process of quitting the drug can be dangerous to the addict. The hardest quitting period regularly is for those who have been injecting the drug for a long time. During the first month of withdrawal most users experience the harshest symptoms.
Following symptoms are included in the common withdrawal
- Excessive tiredness
- Increased appetite
- Severe depression
- Unstable mood
- Incapability to focus
- Body aches
- Meth cravings
Polydrug users, that are addicted to others drugs too as well as Meth, will have a more hard withdrawal process.
Length Of Withdrawal
Typically, after one or two days of quitting, the withdrawal symptoms will start to appear and can last up to three months. This period, however, depends largely on the user's drug habit, how much they took and for how long.
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Some of the factors that influence the length of the withdrawal process are the user's
- Ingestion Method, e.g. Swallowing, snorting, smoking or injecting. Those who inject Meth end up having the most difficult withdrawal symptoms.
- Metabolism (How swiftly the drug is eliminated from the body)
- Overall health
- Severity of addiction
- Length of addiction
Afterwards the withdrawal symptoms are generally milder however depression and cravings may persist.
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Meth Withdrawal Timeline
A person going through withdrawal will normally experience serious tiredness and will sleep too much. They also feel dejected.
Strong cravings to use start appearing again after the first few days. Mood swings may be experienced by the users and it may appear hard for to concentrate or remain motivated. The whole body hurts, and falling asleep is difficult. Stress, delusion, and psychosis can be seen in the most difficult addicts. Strong sense of mistrust and hallucinations are expected to begin to drop after a week or so.
The experience of sleeping problems and lack of motivation may continue over the next few weeks. Meth cravings and depression usually continue.
Most users start feeling better about a month after quitting. Most of the symptoms stop except feeling hopeless. During this period cravings may appear once in awhile.
Cleansing Body Of Meth
The first step in the treatment of Meth addiction is Detox. Through it, the person gets rid of the drug of his body. Inpatient rehabilitation programs are of more use to addicts during detox, as it helps them manage withdrawal and cravings which are strongest during the process. The programs that manage detox take care of the patient making sure they are secure from harming themselves and others, keep them comfortable and watch for reactions that need medical intervention.
There are no specific medicines for reducing or stopping Meth withdrawal symptoms. Still, scientists are testing the efficacy of specific medication for that purpose. An example of such drug that could be effective in treating Meth addiction in the future, is Bupropion; which is currently used for treating depression and termination of smoking cigarettes.
Treatment For Meth Addiction
For a successful recovery inpatient rehabs offer the greatest chance to those struggling with Meth addiction. Inpatient treatment offered to patients in these centres is personalized to cater for each patient's requirements. An important aspect of the treatment is the medically supervised detox.
Outpatient is another choice for some Meth addicts including outpatient medical detox. To figure out the best treatment option for you it is best to consult a medical professional or addiction treatment specialist.