Detoxing from Meth: What Is Withdrawal Like?
What Is Meth Withdrawal Like?
- Blood pressure changes
- Irregular heartbeat
- Stomach issues
- Muscle or joint pain
- Meth cravings
- Increased appetite
- Sleep problems
- Poor concentration
- Suicidal thoughts
How Long Is Meth Withdrawal?
- How long you’ve been abusing meth.
- If you’re abusing other drugs and alcohol as well.
- The amount of meth you abuse regularly.
- Your physical health.
- If you have co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
First Phase of Meth WithdrawalTypically, the worst meth withdrawal symptoms begin within 24 hours of last use. The below symptoms of initial withdrawal may peak within 24 hours and then gradually taper off over several days. The first seven to 10 days of meth withdrawal are considered post-acute withdrawal. Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms during this phase may include:
- Drug cravings
- Increased sleeping and eating
Second Phase of Meth WithdrawalMany meth withdrawal symptoms subside after the acute phase, but some stick around at lower levels. The second sub-acute phase generally lasts a minimum of two weeks. Most withdrawal symptoms from meth addiction during this phase are psychological. That’s because frequent meth abuse causes an imbalance in brain chemicals. This imbalance can impact:
- Mood regulation
- Cognitive performance
- Psychological stress
Why Does Meth Withdrawal Happen?
Meth effects dopamine, which is a chemical in your brain that’s tied to reward and important functions like memory, motivation, mood, and movement. When you take meth, it tells your brain to produce an excessive amount of dopamine. In excess, dopamine can cause you to feel euphoric, alert, aware, and relaxed. With continued meth abuse, your brain’s resources of dopamine are depleted. It begins relying on meth to produce dopamine. You become physically dependent on meth.
When you stop taking meth, your central nervous system goes into shock trying to rebalance itself without the presence of the drug it’s now reliant on. This is what sends you into crystal meth withdrawal. Essentially, your systems go into overdrive to re-establish homeostasis. The result is physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Can Meth Withdrawal Be Fatal?
- Cardiovascular disease
Do You Need Medical Detox for Meth Withdrawal?
- Reduce adherence to drug treatment
- Increase the likelihood of relapse
- Elevate the risk of suicide
- Aggressive, violent behavior
- Homicidal or suicidal thoughts
- Heart problems
- Infections from abscess and burns
- Damaged blood vessels
- Mental health disorder symptoms
- Diseases like cancer and HIV
What Is Meth Detox Like at Vogue?
AssessmentWe’ll assess your physical and mental health. We’ll ask you questions about your meth abuse and any other substance abuse. Our substance abuse and mental health assessments help us determine the best approach to meth detox.
Medically Supervised DetoxYou’ll undergo meth withdrawal and detox in the care of our 24/7 nursing staff. We’re with you around the clock to attend to any discomfort. We’ll monitor your vital signs and make sure you’re safe and as comfortable as possible.
Research-Backed MedicationsCertain medications can ease meth withdrawal symptoms. We’ll administer medications to help any physical or psychological distress.
Home-Like ComfortOur detox centers and drug rehabs are warm and welcoming. You’ll enjoy comfortable furniture, gathering areas, and pleasing decor.
Inividualized Treatment PlansAfter you’ve detoxed from meth, we’ll discuss next steps. Meth detox is the first leg of your recovery journey. People with substance use disorders need drug addiction treatment to stay sober. Vogue Recovery Center offers both inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab. Many methamphetamine users find residential treatment to be most effective. It provides space and time away from triggers to focus on getting better. Inpatient rehab is often followed by outpatient treatment to help you transition back into everyday life. Our treatment programs draw on therapies and recovery activities backed by science. We use a blend of traditional and holistic approaches so you can heal wholly. Your treatment plan may include approaches like:
Does Insurance Cover Meth Detox?
Paying for treatment is a concern for many people. The good news is that today most insurances cover rehab in the same ways they do other medical conditions. Typically, insurance plans have a behavioral health component that may cover medical detox and drug or alcohol rehab at least partially. Depending on your insurance plan, you may need to meet a deductible or obtain preauthorization from your physician. Vogue Recovery Center works with several insurance companies. Call us today to see if your insurance covers detox and addiction treatment.
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