What are meth withdrawal symptoms?
Quitting meth can be very difficult. This is mostly due to the intense and uncomfortable meth withdrawal symptoms that most people experience when they try to quit. So whether you snort meth, smoke it, or inject it…meth is one of the hardest drugs to quit. But getting help for meth addiction is possible!!!
What can you expect when you withdraw from meth? Learn more about meth withdrawal symptoms, how long they last, and what you can do about them here. Then, ask us your questions about withdrawal at the end. We do our best to respond to all legitimate questions personally and promptly.
Why do meth withdrawal symptoms occur?
In order to understand why meth withdrawal symptoms occur, you must first understand homeostasis, which is the process that helps keep all of the body’s functions balanced. The body has trouble functioning properly with extremes, such as the extreme dopamine rushes that occur with meth use. After regular use of meth, the body’s functions actually begin to change in order to compensate for the extreme changes brought on by the drug. When a person stops taking meth, the body is still trying to function at this altered homeostasis. It is this disruption in the internal environment that causes meth withdrawal symptoms and it takes time for these “rebound” symptoms of hunger, fatigue, and mood to even out.
What are symptoms of meth withdrawal?
The three main symptoms of meth withdrawal include:
2. Extreme fatigue
3. Increased appetite
Meth affects the brain by flooding it with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that directly stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers. When a person who is physically dependent on meth stops taking it, this causes a drastic drop in the levels of dopamine in the brain. Therefore, one of the main symptoms of meth withdrawal is depression. In some cases, depression caused by meth withdrawal can even result in suicidal thoughts or actions.
Meth is also a very strong stimulant, and many users suffer from sleep deprivation without even knowing it until they quit. It is also an appetite suppressant as well. Because of this, symptoms of meth withdrawal also usually include excessive sleepiness and increased appetite. Weight gain can also occur during meth withdrawal.
Meth withdrawal symptoms: How long?
For most people, meth withdrawal symptoms begin shortly after the last use of the drug, usually withing a few hours to a day later. These symptoms typically peak roughly a few days later before they start to decrease in intensity. Meth symptoms may last anywhere from a week to several weeks, depending on the severity of the dependency.
Meth withdrawal symptom treatment
The best way to get meth withdrawal symptom treatment is to withdraw under medical supervision. For many, it’s very difficult to quit using meth and deal with the withdrawal symptoms without professional help. A meth detox facility, or other drug detox facility, can help individuals detox from this drug safely. Because of the depression during meth withdrawal, some individuals may also benefit from antidepressants as well as mental health counseling.
Questions about meth withdrawal symptoms
Whether you’re dealing with meth withdrawal yourself or you’re looking for help for a loved ones, there’s a good chance you have a few questions. Don’t hesitate to ask your questions in the comments below, and we’ll try to answer them as soon as we can. Also, feel free to comment if you have any advice of your own or would like to share your experience.
Reference Sources: NIDA: Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction
SAMHSA Tip 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment
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