Commonly known as “Meth”, Methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance that can wreak havoc on the lives of those struggling with this addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that more than six percent of Americans have used meth at least once in their lifetime. The first step in confronting meth addiction is detox, which is the process of ridding the body of an addictive substance. Detoxing from meth can mean experiencing some pretty tough withdrawal symptoms, but the benefits of overcoming meth addiction can far outweigh the negative side effects of the actual detox itself.
Symptoms of meth detox can include:
- intense cravings
Experts explain that symptoms from meth detox begin around 24 hours after the last dose. It is stated that fatigue may set in initially, followed by mild to extreme feelings of depression and anxiety. On average, it is stated that Meth detox can generally take about 50 hours, Withdrawal symptoms can persist for two weeks or even months for more experienced users.
What happens if you Use Meth?
Addicts like to smoke, snort, swallow or inject powder-like methamphetamine. It races activity in certain areas of your brain and the central nervous system. This increases your body temperature, heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing rate. Still, people use it. Because it also enhances excitement, attention, focus, and your energy. You feel ‘high’ and more attentive under the influence of meth.
What makes it highly addictive is the desire to feel ‘high’ again and again.
How Professional Treatment Helps
While there are no medications that have been proven effective in removing meth from the body, medications targeting withdrawal symptoms could help with getting through detox and maintaining long term sobriety. Treating meth withdrawal symptoms might include medications that help regulate sleep, decrease anxiety and provide overall relief with withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one are suffering from meth addiction, we strongly recommend seeking professional help. Medical supervision is highly important for those struggling with meth addiction in order to cope with the withdrawal symptoms and also to take you or your loved one out of the current using environment. Professionals working in a meth detox setting will begin treating the symptoms of withdrawal and help patients regulate their sleep cycle, appetite, and assist with medication to offset feelings of depression and anxiety. At Divinity Recovery, our goal is to provide a safe and healthy setting by combining traditional medicine with holistic modalities in order to realign the mind, body and spirit.