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How long does meth last?

Meth’s effects on the human body are serious can cause long-term, negative health effects.

Here, we explain more about how meth works in the brain and body. At the end of the article, we invite you to ask questions about meth long-term effects on the brain and body. We do our best to respond to all legitimate inquiries personally and promptly.

Meth effects on the body and brain

Methamphetamine is a very strong synthetic drug that stimulates sections in our brain responsible for pleasure. Meth stimulates the release of neurotransmitters. At the same time it prohibits their reuptake, effectively blocking their return to the nerve cells. More specifically, it affects:

  1. The norepinephrine system in the peripheral nervous system.
  2. The dopamine system in the central nervous system.

Q: But, which neurotransmitters does meth affect exactly?

1. DOPAMINE. Alterations in the dopamine system lead to impaired brain activity in individuals who use meth. Dopamine is responsible for basic functions of the body, and taking the drug can alter:

  • emotions
  • feelings of pleasure
  • motivation
  • movement

2. SEROTONIN. Meth also alters the function of serotonin in the body. This neurotransmitter plays an important role in regulating:

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  • affection
  • appetite
  • body temperature
  • mood
  • motor function
  • personality
  • sexual activity
  • sleep induction

Meth duration of action

The duration of action for meth varies depending on the dose administered and the history of drug use. Furthermore, each individual has the potential to develop a level of tolerance as a unique way to handle the presence of drugs in the system – which also influences the duration of action. In addition, the route of administration can change onset of action, as well as duration of action.

  1. Injecting meth. The fastest way to get meth into your bloodstream and brain through injection, almost instantly causing effects.
  2. Smoking meth. Smoking, on the other hand, is method of ingestion used by people who chronically take meth.
  3. Snorting meth. Snorting meth produces euphoria – an intense sense of well-being, or a high –  but not an intense rush. Effects after snorting are usually felt within 3 to 5 minutes of ingestion.
  4. Oral route of administration. After an oral dose of meth, peak concentrations are detected in the bloodstream in about 3 hours after dosing.  However, peak levels of the metabolites of methamphetamine are reached 12 hours later.
  5. Transdermal route of administration. Meth even has the potential to be absorbed through intact skin in body areas with high surface concentration.

Meth time in the body

Meth stays in the body for a significantly long period of time.

However, there are factors that influence how much time will be needed for methamphetamine to get completely eliminated. Factors include:

  • urine pH levels
  • amount of meth taken
  • how frequently the drug is used
  • user’s body mass
  • rate of metabolism
  • general health state
  • level of hydration

…and other factors.

Meth peak blood concentrations differ depending on mode of administration. Although the half-life of meth can range greatly depending on mode of administration, it’s half-life generally stays in the range between 10 to 12 hours. But, meth and its active metabolites (amphetamine, p-OH-amphetamine and norephedrine) can be detected on drug tests way longer.

In urine-based drug tests, meth is present up to 4 days, and this period could be extended to a week with heavy and chronic use. Meth stays detectable in the blood from 24 hours and up to 48 hours. The drug can be found in hair the longest, and time periods range from months to a year depending on the level of meth usage and the length of your hair. It can also be detected in your saliva for approximately 1-2 days after the last use.

How long do meth effects last?

General effects of meth are often compared to those of cocaine. However, meth effects can last for up to 12 hours after administration.

How long does a meth high last?

A meth high tends to be progressive, meaning that it can peak over time. This prolonged euphoric effect is extremely sought out in meth users. Binge use is also very common as users try to expand the duration of effects.

Here is what the phases of meth high look and feel like:

The Rush – Lasts for 5 minutes and causes intense euphoria, fast brainstorming, sexual stimulation, hyper energetic, occupied with details, thought blending, pupils are dilated etc.

The Shoulder – Lasts for about 1 hour, during which euphoria is less tense, otherwise the remaining effects are the same.

Binge use – Lasts for 1 to 5 days, when meth is taken in order to regain or maintain euphoria. Can lead you to become dependent on meth after repeated binge episodes.

Tweaking – Lasts for 4 to 24 hours, characterized by dysphoria (extreme dissatisfaction), pupils are back to normal, scattered thoughts, strong psychological craving for meth, paranoia, anxiety and irritability, auditory hallucinations, delusions.

The Crash – Lasts for 1 to 3 days, during which you feel tired, constantly falling asleep, but still craving for meth.

Normalizing – Lasts for 2 to 7 days, when you kind of return to back to normal but still face cravings. Withdrawal , after 7 days where you have lack of energy and sudden waves of intense craving, depression, extreme tiredness and exhaustion.

Meth high effects

New methods of producing meth in the 1990’s enabled the psychogenic isomer d-methamphetamine to cause more extreme effects and enhance the experience of being high.

While a meth high gives the user a feeling of euphoria and well-being, the desirable effects are accompanied by many unwanted effects of meth use. Side effect of methamphetamine use include:

  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • diarrhea
  • dryness of the mouth
  • headache
  • hyperthermia
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • long periods of no sleep
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic-like taste
  • paranoia
  • problems breathing
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Not to forget that meth is highly addictive! In fact, meth addiction and physical dependence are almost unavoidable, especially with chronic use, the percentage of meth addicts seeking professional help is increasing every day.

Meth duration questions

Keep in mind that when you are aware of the specific signs and symptoms of meth addiction, you can address the mental health issue sooner, and have a better chance at successful recovery.

After reading this article, is there still something that is not quite clear? Please ask us your questions about meth and its duration in the comments section and we will respond personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: Utah Department of Health: Methamphetamine
National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration: Methamphetamines (Amphetamines)
Hazardous Substances Data Bank TOXNET: Amphetamine

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92 Responses to “How long does meth last?
melissa
9:17 pm October 1st, 2014

When doing a drug screen for methamphetamines should I be testing for it alone or also the metabolic amphetamine?

Marcy
11:15 pm October 10th, 2014

I have a freind who used 40 grams of meth, he smoked it. He currently does not use daily more like once a mo. My question is he is still tweaking and not himself, sweating, is it possible for him to still be in this stage 8 days later?

10:41 am October 13th, 2014

Hi Melissa. If you are being tested for meth, it will show for about a week or so. But, if you are testing for amphetamines too, you may come out positive if you are using other medications, for example-Adderall.

Christopher
7:23 am January 13th, 2015

I know someone that first tried Crystal meth and smoked it out of a glass pipe. He took 5 lung hits and the next day took 3 more lung hits. He went 56hrs without sleep and has only sleep 4 hours since. It has been 41 hours since they did the last hit and he still doesn’t feel right. He has stomach cramps and minor chest pains. He get other pains around the body but only when he thinks about them. He is 17 years old 5’7″ and weighs 180lbs. What should he do?

4:08 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Christopher. How is he feeling now? I wouldn’t risk by waiting, so please take him to the hospital as soon as possible. He needs to be examined and medically assisted to eliminate any potential dangers.

vera
5:43 am March 10th, 2015

can you tell us how long meths lasts in a persons system…..if a drug test is needed…we are currently fighting for custody of my grand children as the father is a meths user…thanks

5:06 pm March 16th, 2015

Hello Vera. In this article http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-meth-stay-in-your-system/ you can read specific information about the half-life of meth and how long it generally stays detectable in blood, urine, hair, saliva and sweat tests. Hope you can find the answer there. Good luck with the custody.

Sister
9:45 pm April 27th, 2015

My brother recently went on a binge with meth. During what I think was the end, he was having a lot of hallucinations and think he is being followed, phone tapped and that everyone is out to get him. This is his 4th day off of it and he is back to eating and going about his day but he says he is still being followed and he will call me to tell me that they are setting up getting ready to get him. It is completely exhausting trying to convince him that nobody is there but he cannot be convinced otherwise. Is this something permanent or still the effects of the meth.
Thank you in advance.

2:09 pm April 28th, 2015

Hi Sister. Meth has many side effects and messes with the brain by changing it’s structure and function. Paranoia is one of meth’s withdrawal symptoms. It’s advised that you seek medical help, since these hallucinations may lead your brother to take risky actions, or harm himself or someone else. You need to seek effective therapies that include ongoing psychiatric help, professional support and community-based therapy sessions.

concerned mom and nana
2:39 am April 29th, 2015

hi my daughter \s boyfriend is a self admitted meth user, they have a 4 1/2 mo old baby. Dss was called due to psychical violence & suspected drug use, I had the baby at the time due to their power being cutoff, they had to be drug tested and my daughters came back positive at 15000 I dont know what that means, she was told from dss that if meth had been done in their house that both her & the baby would test positive, she admits to using pot the night before the drug test but denies using meth since baby was born, i know she wasnt doing any kind of drugs while she was pregnant and want to know if there is anything else that could cause her level to come back so high? i know nothe hing about drugs and am desperate for help DSS is convinced shes an addict, if the joints she smoked were laced with something could that be an explanation of her results? thanks, Mom & Nana very very worried

4:37 pm April 29th, 2015

Hi concerned mom and nana. Thank you for caring for your grand/daughter so much! She’s lucky to have you. Now, one way she may have ingested meth is as you suspected, if the joint was laced. Also, methamphetamine vapes tend to stick to clothes and can also be inhaled unconsciously. I hope you get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible.

Es Kalibre
5:23 am April 30th, 2015

I have a friend who shows all the characteristics that are mentioned above. But his financial situation hasn’t been affected in a negative way. But other people that I know that actually use, have lost almost everything. So my question is, could this behaviour be normal or are there drugs involved.

ericab3211
9:06 am May 23rd, 2015

sister… It’s been a bit since your post. I hope all is well and he’s staying away from it. Meth has no real physical withdrawal symptoms. You mostly just sleep for a day or two, depending on how long you had been up before. Being that psrinoid could be a couple things… Normally if you stay up for 24 + hours you can become parinoid. The longer you’re awake the worst it gets. Also you start to hallucinate after 24 + hours from being sleep deprived. He could have still been using wo you knowing. There is also a possibility its a mental illness. Drugs bring that out quickly. If he’s sober and you know it for sure look into mental illnesses. You can read about them on line. Sometimes it can cause it, but if you have a history of it in your family at all he’s at risk. And
ES- it’s pretty rare for someone not to start losing crazy money while doing it. If your friend is only acting like it but still taking care of things and keeping money I doubt he’s doing meth. Just watch him. You can see it in people faces. You can tell their high. Good luck!!

dumb
6:28 pm May 26th, 2015

I took a huge line of it The other day three days ago Sunday around five in the morning. It was my first time. I final fell asleep last night for 5 hours and able to eat today a little bit. My pupils are no longer dilated. But how long till I can actually get back to normal. I’m jerky still and have panic attacks still. Please help… I was dumb I was ready to go to the hospital yesterday but had fear of getting into trouble.

Kay
10:13 pm June 5th, 2015

What happens to the body when someone is taking steroids & meth.

3:47 pm June 9th, 2015

Hi Kay. If you are already taking meth and have lost a lot of weight as a result, going on steroids is not the solution to help you gain weight. Serious heart damage is the first thing that comes into mind, since steroids will raise your BP and cholesterol-straining your heart, adding methamphetamine will only make things worse. And, I’m guessing you are planning on training and lifting some weights, which will cause even more damage to your heart tissue. Results can be as fatal as a stroke, heart attack and death.

boiidave
9:25 am June 11th, 2015

I know this is a blog about meth but I’m here because I now believe meth was put into one of the spice/kush bags me and my friends like to smoke. Now in my circle all kinds of drugs are done but usually just kush, weed and alcohol.we got ahold of a bag called gumbo that was stupid strong I mean one hit had me stuck there for a good minute everyonewas just so jhigh off it I remember we were all like wtf is in this shit !!! One of my friends who been to jail a lot said immediately he thought there was meth in there from the way he was feeling (he done it before) but i guess we were so impresses with the high that we been smoking it for a month now and so yesterday I started suffering all the symptoms from a meth comedown fir the first time.the whole month I had been smoking but like I didn’t abuse it.I woukd say I shared about 3gs with 2-6 ppl about 3-5 times a week for a month and I have been smoking weed amd kush this way for two years now and NEVER have I ever felt anyrhing like this.I never felt like I was hooked I never had a problem going to school and work or not having it for a couple days.I would be fine. ..june 7 was my last gumbo high…june 8 I got something else that was super shitty I didmt even get high off it…that june 8th night I crashed horribly and got no sleep whatsoever and I didn’t eat from my last gumbo high june 8 until early morning on june 10…june 10 I think I was already past the serious symptoms of kush but I decided to smoke the gumbo again because remember I said june 8 I got some real shityy stuff ? I guess I smoked the gumbo again hoping and praying that if my pain dididn’t go away completely afyer a couple hits it was most likely the other shitty bag that had the meth…but my pain didgo away after hitting…I ended up smoking 3blunts wirh 2 other dudes…that june 10th night I slept fine.but knowing for sure I wouldn’t touch kush ever again.june 9 I slept fine and june 10 I ate fine and drank a lot and was feeling better overall but I feel its only that way cus I just smoked it on the 9th because this june 11night I find that I cannot sleep again afyer not smoking it again all day…my quesrion is am I in for another night of crashing since I used it again any time soon ? When can I expect sleep again? As of right now its 2am and I feel wide awake and no pain but my hands are clammy and every now and then it kind feels like my body wants to start having those bi polar temperature changes…evwn tho I feel strong enough to quit I really hated the comedown and would lije the best advise possible with dealing with it if does return ?

Mindy
9:03 am July 26th, 2015

I used for the first time tonite and I am 42. I did a 1/3 of a quaternary of a gram. I feel ASHAMED. MY FRIEND TOLD ME THAT IT MADE HER FEEL ALIVE. I feel shame and regret. Please share this message so so maybe someone will HEAR it. Your site has wonderful information.. it helped me understand better, thank youand GOD BLESS

Joy
11:18 am August 4th, 2015

I am 55 and care for a woman that is 65. she rented her top floor to a couple. Almost right away they had lots of visitors and soon it became obvious that there was a lot of meth use going on.
the couple has taken over the main house and refuses to leave. My client is afraid to report them and fears retaliation if she calls the police.
I take care of her several days a week spending as much as 3 hours in the home. On occassion I have slept in the guest room.
My client is not a well woman and has recently been showing signs of fatique and confusion to a much higher degree than normal for her. I came yesterday to care for her and she was just waking up and very confused. There were several people besides the couple milling about the house. I am so worried that she is being affected by the second hand smoke and if she is then it stands to reason I might be also.
She is a fraid to tell her medical provider that she is exposed to meth on a daily basis aw whe does not want to be taken off her own medications.
I need advice on what to do. I feel my health may be at risk but I must make sure she is safe.

11:33 am August 7th, 2015

Hello Joy. I’d suggest that you call your state’s Department of Health and Social Services and seek a consult with a community liaison or social worker. You need professional advice and help in order to sort out what’s best.

pat
4:07 pm August 7th, 2015

I am a chronic meth smoker.my last hit was at 8:30am friday.i have a drug test monday at 10:00am.im not sure i will pass it.im 5’4 and weigh 140 age is 51.do you think i can pass it

Nella
12:11 am August 12th, 2015

Hi, I was at a friend s place last night ? Contorting my self with period pain , was about to have my sweet Mary Jane, as my pain went and opened my eyes turning my head forward , my friend put in my face quickly and suddenly a sheet of aluminium where she was burning some stuff which I had to inhale /smoke for a couple of times and she told me it was opium and something else and period pain would have gone .
Then soon after that my body started
overheating and cold sweat started , must have lost loads of body liquid , I puked 4 times two of the which my friend made a burger but rejected it afterward and then my friend saw I was pale and sweating and puking and gave me some water and black currant natural for whatever , I drank it but puked the 4th time . Felt really really sick when I was standing up, could barely walk. 4 hrs later I was trying to get fresh air. Was still awake this morning at 10.

I now found out IT was meth. Am I now addicted ? Should I need to go to gp in case one of my organs started failing ?

What test should I do? Has my brain risked damage? Has meth started to burn my inside ? Should I sue the person ? I got already gastrointestinal problems had this meth made worse my ulcer? Took breakfast today and puked It all afterward as if my body just rejected it and had a big sweat again like last night .

Should I worry ? Have I got damages in my kidney , brain , heart and psychotic ? I am really worried. She should have at least asked or informed me why it was she was dishonest making me believe that was something else .

Nella
1:35 am August 12th, 2015

Hi, I was at a friend s place last night ? Contorting my self with period pain , was about to have my sweet Mary Jane, as my pain went and opened my eyes turning my head forward, my friend put in my face quickly and suddenly a sheet of aluminium where she was burning some stuff which She said have some of this and your pain will go , so had to inhale /smoke for a couple of times and she made me think it was opium and something else like coke . soon after that my body started overheating and cold sweat started , must have lost loads of body liquid , I puked 4 times two of the which my friend made a burger but rejected it afterward and then my friend saw I was pale and sweating and puking and gave me some water and black currant natural for whatever , I drank it but puked the 4th time . Felt really really sick confused , sweat for 4 hrs , and when I was standing up could barely walk. 4 hrs later I was trying to get fresh air. Was still awake this morning at 10.I now found out IT was meth. Am I now addicted ? Should I need to go to gp or hospital in case one of my organs started failing ?

What test should I do? Has my brain risked damage? Has meth started to burn my inside ? Should I sue the person ? I got already gastrointestinal problems had this meth made worse my ulcer? Took breakfast today and puked It all afterward as if my body just rejected it and had a big sweat again like last night .

Should I worry ? I am already extremely worried as my lombar area hurts , I am 40 need my brain for work so I have been avoiding drugs all my life, but sometimes I smoke for back pain or period pain .

Kim
6:42 am August 12th, 2015

My bf tried meth recently and has been doing every now and then, he cheated on me with a older women while on it. He said he was hot on the spot but couldn’t get it up,he eventually did but didnt last longer than 5mins, said he realized he was with the wrong person at the wrong time amd stopped. Is it true that this drug controls you and you cant help but fall for it. Is it that strong? Why so? We are briken up btw im just curious!

kelly
3:18 pm August 30th, 2015

I accidentally swallowed crystal meth. I went to hospital for treatment and I was OK. After some weeks after my treatment I feel high every morning after breakfast and sometimes before breakfast.is it possible that I get this high from that meth I swallowed . its over one month and some weeks since I accidentally swallows it. Pls what is making me high everyday and is over 3 weeks now.pls I need ur help thanks.

2:01 pm August 31st, 2015

Hi Kelly. This is a strange symptom that I suggest you speak about with your doctor. The crystal meth should be out of your system by now.

brittany
3:54 pm September 1st, 2015

I caught my bf smoking ice on his own in our bathroom a year ago ever since then things have gone down hill. He says his not addicted to it but he with out a doubt smokes it at least once every 2 weeks at one stage he was smoking it nearly every day but now it is once every 2 weeks. He says his not addicted he just likes it occasionally. . Is he addicted? Please help I dont know what to do he is only 21 :(

Raj
11:58 pm September 20th, 2015

Recorevery period of a chronic meth user addiction from the day of last taken. ( back to norma asl un user of meth / no any adiction at a level to think twice of good and bad of meth.

Foxy
9:49 am October 1st, 2015

Smoking meth in very small intervals meaning 3 hits maybe 2 a day for 4 days and I just started feeling my legs arms and hands keep feeling numb and tingly and experiencing tension on the right side of my head & face muscles…I didn’t read any of these symptoms in the article. Should o be concerned? What could it be?

Jack
4:00 pm October 17th, 2015

Is there any way u get rid of the high quicker

Franchesca
5:08 am November 11th, 2015

My question is I have a foster child who is 10 months who old was exposed to meth. When a hair folical was done the results came back as 13,000 if meth in his system, now how long does meth stay in a system and what are the side effects of it he has lots of diarrhea and keeps a bad cough and consistent runny nose could this be some side effects of prolonged exposure

casper
6:35 pm November 14th, 2015

Hey i took meth yesterday and i couldnt sleep it was my fifth time ever using it and i was scared when i saw fuzz in my salaiva i had a headache and couldn’t sleep my stomach also hurt alot

I dont want to feel this way no more how much time does it take to go away and my normal self again?

7:26 pm November 16th, 2015

Hi Casper. The duration of meth action varies depending on the dosage administered and the history of drug use. If you aren’t getting better, I’d suggest you seek help from a doctor.

worried mom
3:55 am November 17th, 2015

son did some meth like 2 days ago. not very much according to him. Will he be impaired to drive and if so, how long would he be impaired?

12:25 pm November 20th, 2015

Hello worried mom. When methapmphetamine is smoked, the effects of the drug can last 10 to 12 hours. After that he should have no trouble driving consciously.

Munozzz
4:46 am November 24th, 2015

i triedd meth for the first time this saturdayyy and i lovedd how it was at first …. then ewwww!! a whole week w/o sleeping fckk no..

George
6:51 pm November 30th, 2015

My flatmate smokes meth and her window is next to my back door and when I opened my door I just saw lots of smoke in the air but it smelled like nothing and the smoke was in the air for a while, can It be meth and if so could it be that its in my body? I never actually saw her using it but the smell is normal and the smoke was in the air for a while.

12:04 pm December 1st, 2015

Hello George. It could be meth, but not to judge too quickly, I suggest you talk with your flatmate, and find out what’s going on. At any rate, I did some research on second-hand meth smoking, and there are no empirical studies to date the impact and risk on this. You can do the same by searching using these keywords: site:.gov meth second hand smoking risk

Worried Sister
3:19 pm December 8th, 2015

Hey,my younger brother smoked meth,according to him he didn’t smoked a lot rather regularly. He said he smoked twice in last week and the quantity is not too high added that he is not fully addicted on meth. The thing is in text week he had a drug test. I already read the info that the blog is providing regarding the meth duration in human system. According to the info the drug suppose to be out his system. Still i want to clarify what should be his treatment or food habit for next one week??? Since his health is not good and i don’t think his body metabolic system will be good as well. I am looking for a advice like what sort of food or routine he may follow to get himself clean from ment before that test as well as in the long run.

Mark
2:13 am December 9th, 2015

I have lupus and was prescribed adderall to help with fatigue. When the dr quit writing the script. A friend gave me what he said was the same thing “speed” which I took 3 hits over 5 days and then a couple weeks later I took 5 hits over a 7 day period. I starting investigating the internet and I feel sure he is giving me crystal meth. I’ve read so much That I won’t be able to feel pleasure again because of taking this awful drug I am in panic. I have not taken a hit in 5 days but feel really down.

4:28 pm December 9th, 2015

Hi Mark. Just take it easy and focus on getting your organism back on track. Eat good, whole foods, drink fluids to keep you hydrated, try light exercises to stimulate serotonin and endorphins release. It doesn’t have to mean that you will not be able to feel pleasure ever again. But, it may take some time for the brain to get back to homeostasis and heal.

Queen B
1:25 pm December 12th, 2015

Just curious as to how long the crappy side effects of meth last? The headache, the cramps and dry mouth are horrible. I’ve never experienced this before, could it have been laced with something else?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:18 pm December 14th, 2015

Hi, Queen B. Meth withdrawal usually lasts from 1-2 weeks, but it can last upwards of 4 weeks. In some extreme cases, meth withdrawal can last longer.

Tyler
6:03 am January 7th, 2016

Im 17 years old and was tricked into snorting it 3 nights ago when i thought it was coke witch isnt any better and they did it to me to teach me a lesson not to do drugs and that i should stick to weed ..but its been 3 days and ive only gotten 3 hours of sleep and im trying to eat but my body wont let me. I forced down 2 bites of cereal and a glass of milk witch was hell and 3 bites of noodles and a cup of sleeping aid tea that also sucked….i dont feel like im craving meth at all i just cant sleep nor eat and im starting to get more and more tired but still cant sleep can anyone help? Ive learned my lesson to stay away from drugs im not liking this at all.

Nickola
10:32 am January 24th, 2016

Yes ma’am,I am prescribed adderall xray 25mg one time daily suncee 2009 when my 20yr old son passed. I have been suffering from 9parasites and malaria infection since 2014,untreated until August 2016. The treatment for the parasites and malaria is a homeopathic treatment of a product called Vermatox and Vermatox plus which has turpentine as one of the ingredients. I suffered extensive damage to my muscles,tissues,liver abscesses,kidneys,urinary tract and intestinal infections due to this. Which has made me attend a pain clinic for the severe pain I am suffering with. I took a urine test on Dec.23 2016 and the lab received the sample and tested it inDec 29 and it tested positive reading amphetamine »5000.0 ng/ ‘ll methamphetamine 1 431.9 ng/ml d methamphetamine 99% ng/ml and I methamphetamine 1% ng/ml. They informed me that I tested positive for methamphetamine,which is impossible because I don’t use these types of substances. I am very hurt and confused over this and the Dr has released me as his patient,which highly upsets me more than a positive test,because I completely thought he would believe my input and looked at the 1000pages of hospital and Dr office drug testing records that I went to for almost 2years an averaged every month and a half or two,and never and I mean never have I ever tested positive for methamphetamine. Can you please try to ease this burden I’m carrying due to the fact that it has to be a false positive or my urine was mixed up somehow. The Lord knows that don’t mingle in street recreational drugs as methamphetamine and I really thought I’d finally found a Dr who believes in me and has Faith and confidence in my honestly. I don’t understand that if my urine was taken on Dec 23 and not tested until Dec 29…7 days later and methamphetamine stays in system 2 to 4days for a non chronic user(u have hospital records over two yrs to prove never tested dirty for this) how could the test be positive?PLEASE help me understand this I would be extremely grateful for any support and information that you could offer me. Thanks you so much and may God bless you and yours.

Jasmine
6:10 am January 25th, 2016

My girlfriend just did meth for the first time and she’s out walking around she said she’s okay tho but shes been saying how she feels weird and how she scared im very worried also she is smoking a lot of cigarettes right after she did it. Is this a type of drug u think she will do again?

Tasmiya
9:12 pm January 29th, 2016

Hey! I’ve a friend who’s been consuming 10grams of meth every alternate day for more than 40 days. I’m worried about him. What can i do to stop him? I’m sure he’s addicted to it! Please help!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:49 pm February 1st, 2016

Hi, Tasmiya. I first suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/

bubba
2:51 pm February 7th, 2016

hi. i used meth for one day… why is it that i am high 3 days later when it was supposed to last 12 to 16 hours?

Snoopy
5:00 am February 10th, 2016

Is it common for someone to use meth, and turn around within 24 yo 48 hours later and use again? I feel like this is happening to a friend but they keep saying they haven’t used again. That their eyes are dilated again and their voice seems different like they’ve done it again. I know that my friend has done it 8 times in the past 35 days and has done it off and on for 4 years. Thank you for any info you can give me.

Andy
4:06 am February 12th, 2016

I used meth (injected) twice over a 24 hr period…one point the first and 1and half the second…I got to sleep afterwards okay with the aid of valium, but now, 24 hours later, my heart is racing and with some irregular beat. Will that stop once the meth wears off?

Tim aka extremely worried
2:09 am February 21st, 2016

I am a chronic user of meth that has fooled myself I am afraid. I have said for the llast 6 months I could quit when i wanted too. I typicallly use it to get me through long 12 hour shifts at work but like today I am not working I will use it to get me through the day. le.I snort and smoke depending on the mood and time of day at work Iwill smoke because the extra energy is needed at when I am getting ready to sleep Ill smoke and it mellows me out. I am very functional and do not look at myself and see the stereoty[ical meth head.. I carry on a full time job am never late or lay out of work and am very responsible. I recently started looking for a new job and have an interview on this next tuesday at 2 pm and found out they do the saliva test and now Iam freaking it is saturday afternoon and I don’t think I have enough time if I were to stop now too pass it. I use between an half gram to a gram a day and have for at least the last 6 months how long will it take to be clean and is there any way to pass it tuesday I have heard the listerine thing and a special mouthwash but I need help I do not need to fail this and I do want too quit just a matter of if I can.

Bryant
10:43 pm February 27th, 2016

I have not smoked meth in 3 weeks and yesterday I hit my pipe 4 times. How long will it take to get out of my system

Mychelle
11:58 am March 1st, 2016

First time ever doing meth, I swallowed 1 really small crystal is it really going to effect me all that much. My curiosity got the better of me.

V
12:30 am March 8th, 2016

I haven’t used since dec. 2014 I still get cravings. Is this normal?

David
6:54 am March 9th, 2016

I smoked 3 days ago and I keep getting really dizzy and black version when I walk ? Why

Francisco
12:25 am March 29th, 2016

I was doing some cocaine early Sunday morning, I also snorted 2 key size bumps of meth for the first time, I know Cocaine will stay in my system for up to 3 days, how long with the meth be in my system for?

Antonio
10:57 pm March 29th, 2016

Ok so i did meth for the first time yesterday im 32 i took 4 good big hits out of the pipe an got maybe two hrs of sleep went to work an i felt like shit so took ibprophin an felt better kinda then i took 4 hits a hr ago.. im hungry but nog hungry. What can i do to cancel some of the hi out i dont have pills here ti take but what can i do thank u.

William
1:39 am April 5th, 2016

After taking meth why would I still feel like everyone was out to get me.one week after last use and will that feeling go away

Trace
1:57 pm April 9th, 2016

A few years ago, I snorted, eventually led to injecting it, but I got clean about a year ago. Never smoked it before, but did so for the first time ever and I’m in love again. I wanted to know if I need to respect the first time as being fresh, or if I can use the same amount I became used to. I sure wanna! I’m in LOVE. Smoking it is just not satisfying enough so, I can use it like a boss, like I used to, right? I’m currently just chugging along, but may (maybe) stop if well-enough convinced. But I just met a new lover…

Brenda
3:57 am April 15th, 2016

Our son told us today that he has been doing meth for a week. He is twitching and can’t control his movements, he has depression and is taking Prozac and abilify . A freind offered it to him a week ago and he hasn’t stopped smoking it all week now. What should we do to help him come down safely ? I thought a treatment center , the hospital I’m told will just put him in the sych ward. Please please help us understand what to do to help him he says he never wants to do this again. Thankyou Brenda

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:48 pm April 15th, 2016

Hi Brenda. There is a lot going on for you and your family. First, I suggest you take a look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:
http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
You may find answers to your questions in some meth articles here:
http://drug.addictionblog.org/tag/meth/

Elsa
10:01 am April 28th, 2016

im 32 weeks into my pregnancy, i smoked a li rock tonite, will it show up when im due in june?

Chris
3:21 am May 6th, 2016

I have never tried meth, but I did cocaine for a year straight. Started out just on weekends, then it became a 24/7 thing.
I’m more into napping, benzos and the occasional opiod.

jennifer
12:46 am May 23rd, 2016

Hi, so I snorted meth for the first time friday. Honestly I enjoyed the high. I wasn’t aware of the effects till Saturday morning that i realize i was still awake. I was hallucinating, totally freaked, nothing like that has ever happened to me. Later that morning I had to call the ambulance, my heart was racing pounding so hard and I couldn’t breath. Paramedics said it was an anxiety attack. But I’ve never felt like this. Well I finally took a nap and I woke up feeling better. Happy it was over with. … no it wasn’t , I started seeing things like shadows rats and clear gel like bugs. Scares me… So what does this mean? Did I screw my self forevrr or will this pass?

Tony
7:18 am May 24th, 2016

Hi, a friend of mine snorted (glass tube) meths for about 6 times and did not sleep in a 30 hours duration. He then slept for about 12 hours and continued it the next day for another 16 hours without sleeping. He took very small amounts every time he snorted. It’s been more than 3 days now since he stopped it.

He contantly wants to sleep often now, yawns often and even though he is not feeling tired, his eyes look like he his tired.

How long does he have to wait before he is back to normal?
Will jogging help?

Sarah
5:56 am May 26th, 2016

I’m not a user but got meth on my tongue on accident will I test positive

Frank
12:26 am July 1st, 2016

I have started using methamphetamine orally (smoked) about a week ago. It gets me a rush of pleasure at the beginning with a very calming effect later. I am also schizophrenic and mildly autistic. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 11 yrs old and I guess I outgrew it. But now am facing a storm due to the high potential of addiction…I need help what can I do?

Bob
6:19 pm July 2nd, 2016

I have a friend eat a lil meth last night he didnt use for months how long will it take to get out of his pee

Jose
4:50 am July 12th, 2016

I smoked meth for about 5 days not alot just couple of hits a day. I’ve recently stopped, I have 8 days off of it and being drinking plenty of water having good sweety sex. And ivr been moving alot and dropping sweet . How do I no if I still have meth in my system

Amanda
9:29 am July 13th, 2016

I smoke weed for my PDSD but I don’t at all like or want to be associated with meth well my brother-in-law fucked was suppose to have gotten me a quarter of smoke today but Instead he screwed me over and got some meth instead cause that’s what he likes and I was pissed about it it was all the extra money I had left but I didn’t have anything else and I wanted to get high I’ve had bad head trauma and resulted in me having PDSD and smoking weed helps but all I had now was the meth so I did 2 small lines 14hrs ago and I still can’t sleep I have a 2year old what if anything can I do to fall sleep after 14hrs. Please help I need sleep and my baby will be up soon. Plz help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:48 pm July 13th, 2016

Hi Frank. Call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Anthony
12:51 pm July 14th, 2016

Hi. I smoked meth for my first time and continued smoking it over the span of 3 or 4 days. Its been about 36 hours atleast since i last hit the pipe. Im not feeling right my mind is everywhere and its hard to focus. I get tunnel vision and i was seeing people last night. Im also hearing voices and i havent read anyone experience this after its been so long. I also have no appitiate havent eAten in 4 days. I just want this to go away

Shay
9:26 am August 2nd, 2016

So I met this really awesome dude. We have been hanging out a couple times and I noticed he is a total spaz. My friends even call him a
Speedy. So I hang out with him a couple more times and low and behold he confesses his demons and secrets to me. Now I am a 44 year old single parent with two boys in their twenties and two grandbabies. I have been there and either done it or seen it in my life. However, I have never touched a street drug and rarely drink, maybe some wine sometime, but I have a lot of friends that have partaked in illegal drugs and thats their life not mine, never bothered me. Never have I been around Meth or ICE and this is this guys drug of choice. I just looked the other way and let him do his thing. It didnt bother me … Until … That ONE stressful night. I would see how happy he got and relaxed but with loads of energy. I was so stressed out I grabbed it and there it was. Peace in a puff I called it. I had no more stress, I was happy, laughing and all the energy in the world! I felt myself come back… The self I missed because through all the trials and hurts over the years, I have hardened and with my bones weakening I am in pain daily to where some days I don’t want to move out of bed. I shouldn’t feel this way at only 44. I am not depressed, I am stressed and tired. Now I am two months in. First month was maybe one night a week doing it just to lift my spirits and give me the energy, it was nice. The second month was the same accept he gave me some. Thats where my guilt started in knowing it was wrong but my whole family says wow your in such good spirits, you look wonderful and happy again. I went out with the kids, painted the house, cleaned the garage, you name it, I was me again. So I am still not a heavy user but I have gone to one night a week to three nights a week whwn I am actually off work. I don’t do it at work, it never leaves my house and two or three puffs in the morning … Im good. I don’t even think about it all day. Its like my morning miracle that not a sole in my life knows about. I don’t do it to get high or for the euphoria … I do a little to be happy and have energy to do what I gotto do but I also in the back of my mind with my morals KNOW that I cant keep doing this, its damaging, dangerous, illegal and eventually a hazzard to my health. ITS ALL WRONG and I know it but doctors have filled me with pain pills i wont take and antideppressants that dont work. I want me back and I know that if I stop I lose me again and go back to hurting. I am adult enough to lay this down now and never look back but now I am scared of what will happen. Will I be sick from not having it now? I have read all these horror stories. And my question is if it is so bad for you why has it helped me? They say drugs give you a false sense of happiness. No … This small amount has brought me back and helped me focus and laugh again. I don’t know what to do cause it feels good to be back but I know this is the wrong way to go about it … But then no doctor has the answer either. Please help me sort this out. I know your gonna say put it down so morally yes I need to but then what… How do i get me back.

Paloma
9:52 pm August 2nd, 2016

Hi, i was clean for about a year 1/2 but i recently relapsed. On Friday July 15 was the dayi relapse. From that day on i have smoked meth with a friend every other day. My last hit was yesterday at 4pm. I weight 280lbs. My height is 5″ 5. My question is how long would it take so it would get out my system? I will get drug test for a job someday this week. An I would like to know if i would likely pass.!?
Thank you.

Tim
3:06 am August 8th, 2016

While I found the information in the article informative, I found the grammar to be off in some areas. What type of operation are you running here?

Rewrite your article with no grammatical mistakes. Right now, it leaves one wondering what kind of operation you are running. At least do a spell check and check your grammar!

Natalie
8:01 am August 18th, 2016

Hi, my name is Natalie. My girlfriend is on the phone with me saying she just used meth for her first time and she really doesn’t like it. Can you tell me how long the effects will last so I can try to comfort her? She’s 5’10 and 150 pounds if that helps, she says she smoked it and only did a few hits. Please let me know, she’s really scared.
Thank you,
Natalie

6:37 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Tim. Thank you for reporting this. I read through the article and it was, indeed, ready for a re-touch.
Now it’s edited and without any funky mistakes, I hope.

Ron
1:25 pm August 31st, 2016

For the people reading and commenting who have just tried meth and are scared: I have been taking meth (and other drugs) recreationally as a party drug for almost 8 years now, all throughout my 20s. I party with my friends Friday through to Sunday non-stop, lots of drugs, sometimes as often as twice a month, or there could be a gap of up to 3 or 4 months before the next session, totally varies.

I know it is important not to promote use, but for the sake of balance I thought it was worth pointing out that I have never had a craving for any drugs outside of those weekends, and that even after 3 solid days on meth, we suffer nothing worse than a depressed and tired day or two at work. I would never take anything to help a comedown (not even a valium or sleeping tablet, I figure my brain doesn’t need new chemicals at this point) and by Wednesday I’ll be back out for dinner or socialising normally etc.

I know it is different for every person, but I just wanted to share my experience – I have fun taking this stuff with my mates and but don’t give it a second thought until there is a reason to celebrate. When I moved to the US for a year for work, no one in my social group did it so neither did I. Drugs are clearly dangerous, especially if used as a means of ignoring problems, to but it is not necessarily a terrifying downward spiral of addiction. We use them when we want to dance/party/talk/have sex all weekend and I’m sure others do too.

I feel like it was worth pointing out that if your environment is healthy and you take it just for fun, it doesn’t always go badly? Does anyone else share this kind of experience?

Ryan
4:55 am September 8th, 2016

Really informative thank you

Sharlyn
6:42 pm September 9th, 2016

Highly educated 40 yr.old son/step son moved into our home 4 mo. ago. Lost wage job, apartment occasionally binges on meth and alcohol. After last episode 3-4 weeks ago, he called 911, concerned he was having heart attack. After several days of testing resulting n negative findings he was released. been Although it was strongly suggested by psychiatrist he go to inpatient long term rehab he is refusing. He has also refused to look for any kind of employment although he is FINALLY attending AA. He spends his days talking on phone, internet, health club, watching tv, eating, occasional doctor visit and AA. We would like him go into rehab but he claims there is no point because he relapsed after being in 2 of the best. We have also suggested he seek employment of any kind or volunteer work believing that there any reason he ?

Boone
4:45 am September 19th, 2016

My best friend used crystal meth for 3 days and his way of using the drug was by shooting up, he started hallucinating on the 2ND day then finally went away after sleeping it off…this is his third day sober and out of nowhere he started hallucinating again, is that normal? Is it something serious?

Taylor
11:06 pm September 30th, 2016

Unfortunately i decided to try some meth to help me through the work day yesterday. I had tried it before but the last time was years ago. This time i thought i had a week batch because i had no uforia and barly felt high at all. Usually i bite my lips and chew alot but had no erge to do so this time. Just kind of felt more awake than usual. Because of this i decided to use more after work to try and get high like i did the last time i used. Probably smoked close to 15 hits throughout the day. Did not work. I did stay awake all night regularly checking my pulse which felt fine till the next day when i stood up. It seems to be normal while im lying down but when i stand up my heart beat gets real faint and extremly rapid. I get a little light headed and week but feal fine other than a head ake. I fell asleep around 9:30am this morning and woke up around 2pm hoping my heart would be back to normal but its still the same thing when i stand up and it really scares me. Is this normal? Will this go away on its own or should i go to the hospital? Could i have done damage to my heart just from one day of use?

anthony
2:22 am October 21st, 2016

if I smoked Sunday like at 1pm and I drug testesd via saliva Thursday at about 3 pm what’s the possibility I will come out dirty ?

Zachary
3:05 pm October 22nd, 2016

Uuh yea all I took was a quarter and I’ve been awake for a couple days

Staci
3:31 am October 30th, 2016

I have a friend who uses this drug it’s already to the point where he is now in jail because of a crime he committed, I’m so worried about him even though he is in jail where he no longer has contact of that eve drug, I’m still worried about all the stages he is going to go through how can I help?

Cindy
9:21 pm November 10th, 2016

I smoked about a half gram of meth the 8 th and 9th I have a urine test test at the pain clinic on the 15th. Will I test positive?

Nick
11:54 am November 11th, 2016

I did a full 20 bag to myself but my eyes are not dilating big they are very small but still can’t sleep or sit still. How long do you think I’ll be high for?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:05 pm November 11th, 2016

Hi Cindy. Meth can stay in the system and be detected in urinalysis drug 1-4 days after use. But chronic use can extended this detection period. If you want to learn more about drug testing, download our e-book: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-testing/
It’s free of charge!

Diana
12:49 am November 15th, 2016

Yesterday I used meth for the first time in the longest I hit the pipe at least 9 times, I’m not on one right now anymore I’ve been drinking plenty of water does anyone know how long the meth will last in my system? I get drug tested on Thursday.

mariah
9:24 am November 16th, 2016

Hey im 18 years old and so this is my first time ever smoking meth last night I didn’t sleep I can’t eat anything I’m shaking all the time I try acting normal because my mom doesn’t know that I do that what should I look out for so I know if I gotta see a doctor but if I don’t have to and I can keep my mom from knowing that would help so much thank you💚💚

Travis
2:31 pm November 16th, 2016

I tried meth for the first time and I didn’t feel anything from it. Everyone else seemed to be feeling the effects so I smoked some more and still nothing. I smoked maybe 6 or 7 bowls in less than a 12 hour period and all I got was cotton mouth. I have no desire to try it again I just want to know why I wasn’t affected. It was the same way when I tried crack as well.

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