Monday December 22nd 2014

How to withdraw from meth

How to withdraw from meth

Meth (methamphetamine) is extremely habit forming and it takes persistence and dedication to withdraw from meth. How does meth work in the body?  As a central nervous system stimulant.  But for many, the initial withdrawal from meth is the hardest, and it’s during this time that the risk of relapse is the highest. So what’s the best way to withdraw from meth, how can you find meth addiction help and what can you expect?

Keep reading here for more information on how to withdraw from meth and avoiding meth overdose. Then, ask your questions about meth withdrawal at the end. We respond to all legitimate and earnest questions with a personal and prompt reply.

When do you withdraw from meth?

You can withdraw from meth even after one use. Withdrawal effects, however, typically occur when you stop taking meth after a period of regular or binge use.

Withdrawing from meth is typically a little easier and less stressful for individuals who have not been using the drug for very long. Therefore, it is recommended that anyone looking to withdraw from meth does so as soon as possible, before the drug starts having an impact on their health and lifestyle. However, it’s never too late or too early to withdraw from this dangerous drug, and anyone dealing with an addiction to meth should seek help whenever they can.

Withdraw from meth symptoms

Nearly all individuals trying to withdraw from meth will experience common meth withdrawal symptoms. Methamphetamine causes asevere drop in dopamine in the brain and one of the most common meth withdrawal symptoms is a deep depression. Suicidal thoughts during meth withdrawal are also not uncommon.

When withdrawing from meth, individuals will also want to sleep more than usual and experience an increase in appetite. This decrease in activity and increase in caloric intake can result in a slight weight gain.

How long to withdraw from meth?

Meth withdrawal symptoms typically start several hours to a day after the drug was last used. These symptoms will usually peak a few days after last use and gradually begin to lessen in severity after this peak. Overall, depending on the severity of physical dependency on meth, it can take anywhere from a week to a month or more to completely withdraw from meth.

How to ease withdrawal symptoms from meth

When withdrawing from meth, individuals should get as much rest as they need. In order to avoid gaining weight, they should also eat a healthy well-balanced diet. Some people may also find that anti-depressant medications can help with the severe depression experienced during meth withdrawal. These medications must be prescribed by a doctor, though, and medical supervision may be necessary during meth withdrawal.

Can I withdraw from meth at home?

It is possible to withdraw from meth at home, but most medical professionals recommend withdrawing from meth in a medical facility. Medical supervision typically makes withdrawing from meth slightly easier and safer. Some individuals may even need to be put on suicide watch when withdrawing from meth, since severe depression is a common meth withdrawal symptom.

How to withdraw from meth safely

Although some individuals have been able to successfully withdraw from meth safely on their own, the safest way to withdraw from meth is under the supervision of medical professionals. Meth detox facilities are one option, but there are also other inpatient and outpatient drug detox and programs available as well. Withdrawing from meth under medical supervision may even save some lives, since it can reduce the risk of both suicide attempts, relapses, and overdoses.

The best way to withdraw from meth

There is no one-size-fits-all way to withdraw from meth. Some methods work for some people, while other methods work well for other people. One of the best way to withdraw from meth successfully is under medical supervision or in a drug rehabilitation or detox facility.

Drug rehabilitation and detox facilities aren’t for everyone, though. If this is the case, some individuals may want to attempt to withdraw from this drug on their own. To do this, it’s important to stay away from the drug completely to minimize the chances of a relapse. Individuals trying to withdraw from meth on their own should also surround themselves with supportive non-users and try to stay busy with activities that don’t involve using meth.

How to deal with withdrawal from meth questions

Withdrawal from meth is challenging and often very uncomfortable. If you’re facing meth withdrawal, there’s a good chance you have a few questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment with any questions or concerns you may have, and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible. Also, if you have an experience, tips, or advice you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment as well.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction
PubMed: The nature, time course and severity of methamphetamine withdrawal
Illinois Attorney General: Treatment for Meth Addiction
SAMHSA Tip 45 Clinician Guide: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment

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9 Responses to “How to withdraw from meth
6:39 am April 19th, 2013

You can quit. Find a safe and quiet place. Stockpile plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Also make sure you have food. Get sleep and relax. Have some anti anxiety meds if you can get access. If you get too paranoid call a friend you can trust. You will feel better after a few days. Good luck and God bless.

7:46 am April 19th, 2013

Thanks for spreading the hope and encouragement, dragonfire! We appreciate you sharing your experience about getting off meth. All the best to you!!!

10:16 am September 22nd, 2013

Ive been using meth for over a year.. started snorting.. and smoking about 6 months in.. now injecttion seems to be my only fix tho i will do whatever. I think the biggest issue for me is what other people think.. Withdrawing sucks.. motivation zero. Im glad i have a high metabloism otherwise i would be pretty heafty. I sleep alot also.. stay awake still during the nights and sleep most the day on my 3rd day and your damn right id do it if it was infront of me. wish me luck im going to need it.

8:59 am September 24th, 2013

Hello Vegas. I wish you the best of luck. Have you found a treatment center that can help you during withdrawal and after?

8:59 am January 14th, 2014

Hi. My boyfriend has used for 8 months. He is currently withdrawing, has for about a week at home. He has been experiencing lower back pain and was wondering if it had affected an organ in that area or if its just muscle aches?

12:04 pm August 7th, 2014

How to help my son meth withdrawal symptom? My son is 28 years and living wt me. He hasn’t taken meth for 7 months. I get irritated to see him like this. Should I talk to him or scold him during the withdrawal?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:15 am August 11th, 2014

Hi Lily. Give him multi vitamins, plenty of water since a lot of meth users suffer cronic dehydration and try to get him active and constantly doing things that preferably aren’t drug related. Taking amino acids is also helpful. Eating healthy diet, with lots of proteins, fruits, veggies and fiber is essential.

8:42 am August 11th, 2014

I’m so so depressed. I just want my meth son to get out of my house. Told him to moved out by end of this month. I don’t know whether he will do it or not? He doesn’t seems to care. I’m afraid he doesn’t moved out I don’t know how to chase him out?

4:30 am August 20th, 2014

I have been prescribed Adderall for over 20 years. I just started using meth about 2 & 1/2 months ago. I don’t use every day but almost every day.. several times per day. My question is how do I stop using meth and continue with my prescribed dose ( 70mg ) of Adderall sucessfully? My does of Adderall doesn’t seem to have an effect on me anymore. I am prescribed Adderall for Narcolepsy and A.D.D. I literally can’t function without stimulants because all I do is sleep or lay around with no energy or motivation. I also suffer from severe depression and I have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

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