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Meth withdrawal signs

Treatment for dependence on meth is possible. People do recover and learn to live drug-free. Treatments during withdrawal include supportive medical interventions during acute detoxification. Furthermore, ongoing psychiatric care with antidepressant therapy has been shown to be effective in early recovery. But in order to stay off meth, issues that need to be addressed in treatment settings include modifying thinking, expectations, and behavior to increase skills in coping with life.

But are the signs that manifest during acute meth withdrawal? And how are these treated in order to have better chances at a longer term recovery? We review what meth withdrawal is like here. Then, we invite your questions or concerns in the comments section at the end.

Signs of meth withdrawal

Signs develop within a few hours to several days after cessation of or reduction in heavy and prolonged use of meth. In most cases it takes between 24-48 hours for the drug to process through a person’s system after the last dose is taken.

While meth withdrawal symptoms can be very intense, they are generally psychological in nature. Withdrawal requires several days of rest and recuperation. Evidence of weight loss may be juxtaposed with a marked increase in appetite and rapid weight gain. Depressive signs may last several days to weeks and may be accompanied by suicidal ideation and feelings of hopelessness.

Meth withdrawal signs may include:

  • anhedonia (loss of interest or joy in life)
  • confusion
  • difficulty in concentration
  • drug craving
  • feeling paranoid
  • hearing voices
  • hunger
  • jaw clenching
  • memory loss
  • night sweats
  • sleepiness
  • teeth grinding
  • vivid and unpleasant dreams

First signs of meth withdrawal

Some of the early signs of meth withdrawal are:

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  • “crashing”
  • fatigue
  • increased appetite
  • insomnia or hypersomnia
  • intense and unpleasant feelings of lassitude and depression
  • psychomotor retardation or agitation

Early signs of meth withdrawal

One of the hardest parts of meth withdrawal is what’s called “the crash.” Emotionally, it’s characterized by a very dark mood. Crashing after meth is like depression characterized by sadness and hopelessness, on the one hand, and rising anxiety or panic, on the other. Most likely, you haven’t slept in many days. Most likely, you haven’t been eating or hydrating properly, so it’s no surprise your body craves rest and nutrition.

Late signs of meth withdrawal

A meth addict going through the withdrawal process will experience symptoms of anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, and intense cravings for the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can be addressed through the use of various vitamins, talk therapy, rest, daily exercise, and a healthy nutritional program. While the actual symptoms associated with acute withdrawal usually subside within about a week, or so, the addict will still experience periods of emotional upheaval and cravings for the drug LONG AFTER their last use.

Signs and symptoms of meth withdrawal treatment

Methamphetamine withdrawal causes you to have very low energy, depression, a lack of motivation, and eat more than usual. While there are currently no pharmacological treatments for dependence on methamphetamine, you can withdraw from meth safely with medical supervision. Currently, the most effective treatments for methamphetamine dependence is cognitive behavioral interventions. These approaches are designed to:

  1. help modify thinking
  2. help address expectancies
  3. teach behaviors and to increase
  4. skills in coping with various life stressors

Methamphetamine recovery support groups also appear to be effective supplements to behavioral interventions that can lead to long-term drug-free recovery.

Still, the best way to address signs of withdrawal is to receive medical help during detox. Doctors recommend that you check in to a drug detox center as you rid your body of meth and related toxins to help you stay safe and comfortable. Additionally, Antidepressant medications are helpful in treating depressive symptoms frequently
seen in methamphetamine users who recently have become abstinent.

Signals of meth withdrawal

Are you ready to get off meth? Please leave us your questions or comments in the section below. We’ll try to respond to you personally and promptly, or refer you to help.

Reference Sources: Office of Veteran’s Affairs: Methamphetamine Abuse
State of North Dakota Meth Summit: Meth Treatment Handout
Medline Plus: Meth
NIDA: Mind over Matter: Meth

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14 Responses to “Meth withdrawal signs
layla
12:03 pm October 13th, 2014

i wld like to talk with someone abt an addictiuon asap

8:03 am October 14th, 2014

Hi Layla. How can we help?!

Jane
2:51 am January 24th, 2015

hi, my sibling is withdrawing from meth.. I don’t know if it’s still being used or not, but he is not himself.. Very agitated and defensive. I know he needs help.. But how do I get him to want to get the help.

Janice
7:46 pm March 3rd, 2015

Is it possible for a person to be hot for meth when they had physical contact or when they were in the same room when others smoked it. And they didn’t touch it?

1:12 am March 12th, 2015

Hi Janice. Meth smoke can get easily dispersed through closed spaces, and you may have passively ingested some. But, there is no way you have formed addiction to it, and are now feeling “hot for meth”. That’s called curiosity and it can lead you to serious trouble.

Rob
11:37 pm July 4th, 2015

How will I balance my meth withdrawal and managing people at work?

3:15 pm July 21st, 2015

Hello Rob. Can you maybe take some time off from work and focus on recovery? If you must continue working, I’d suggest you rely on the lessons and advises given to you during your psychotherapy and counseling sessions.

Ken
12:40 pm September 29th, 2015

Hi i need help im almost in my 5th week of meth withdrawal and im experiencing chest pains. is it part of the witdrawal symptoms. how can i cure it? pls help.

3:42 pm October 9th, 2015

Hi Ken. If the chest pains are very worrisome to you, I suggest you seek help from your doctor. Maybe there is something that can be done to prevent this symptom. And, yes, it is possible that the chest pains are a side-effect from withdrawal.

Joseph
6:39 am March 17th, 2016

Hi, I was using meth for 1 year now I quit meth for 1 year and 5 months I still have teeth clenching and confusion and poor concentration what can I do with that please is there a cure I’m tired

Mechelle
2:43 am July 24th, 2016

Hello my son needs help he 33 years an has an addiction to meth and heroin and today he been up for three days in a row hearing voices talking to people that’s not there Its been a rough hard day he needs to sleep but what can i do to make him sleep this nightmare off so I can have my son back ! we tried out pt.programs In pt.wont take him because he has Med.and Medicare they wanted us to bill both insurance and pay out of pocket to ! What should I do?
Thanks Mechelle

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm July 29th, 2016

Hi Mechelle. Call the number you see on our website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help your son find a program that fits his needs.

Joan
3:26 pm October 10th, 2016

My son who was recently incarcerated for 90days came out and began using meth after 2 days. He has done both crack cocaine and heroin previously but is afraid and will not use heroin due to many overdoses in our area. Is it possible for him to detox on his own. He would like to go to intensive out patient counseling program. What are your thoughts.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:34 am October 21st, 2016

Hi Joan. Your son should find the best rehab that fits his needs. I believe that our free e-book on how to chose the right rehab will answer all questions he has on addiction treatments. Download it here: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-rehab/

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