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What is meth withdrawal?

Using meth is dangerous an addictive.  In fact, smoking, injecting, or snorting methamphetamine is one of the most difficult habits to kick. One of the worst parts of this journey is surviving the withdrawal. However, making it through meth withdrawal without a relapse can be a great start to helping meth addiction.

Here, we review what are symptoms of meth withdrawal and how to get through the period of acute detox. Then, we invite your questions about meth withdrawal at the end. We respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt response.

What is meth withdrawal syndrome?

Meth withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms which occur after meth use, binge, or addiction. Meth withdrawal syndrome is a set of physical and psychological symptoms that manifest themselves after you stop using meth. Although you don’t need to be chemically dependent on meth to experience withdrawal, dependency can cause more severe symptoms. Why does withdrawal happen?

Methamphetamines are powerful stimulants. People who abuse these drugs regularly have high levels of dopamine flood the central nervous system, neurotransmitters that control the pleasure centers of our brains. Spikes in this chemical leads to euphoric feelings, which changes the natural balance, or homeostasis, that the brain struggles to maintain. Over a period of extended meth use, the brain compensates for this and creates a new homeostasis. When the body is denied the drug, the levels of dopamine in the brain come crashing down.

What is withdrawal from meth like?

Withdrawal from meth is like the opposite of feeling really good and is likened to a deep clinical depression. It is like a general dissatisfaction with life, accompanied by physical symptoms that can be very uncomfortable. The drastic drop in dopamine in the brain during meth withdrawal syndrome is the biggest reason that withdrawal from meth is so difficult. Since the levels of dopamine drop so quickly, this has a dramatic effect on the pleasure centers of the brain.

What does meth withdrawal feel like?

Meth withdrawal symptoms feel like a severe mood disorder combined with fatigue and hunger. Symptoms generally present themselves within several hours to a day after use. This starts with the initial dopamine crash and you may feel suicidal at times. The worst of the symptoms are usually felt around a day or two after the drug was last taken, and the intensity of the symptoms will gradually diminish over time. Overall, it can take several days to a few weeks for meth withdrawal symptoms to completely diminish.

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During the first week or two after last using meth, meth users will often be very lethargic and may sleep quite a bit as their bodies catch up on the rest they missed during their drug use. Meth is also a powerful appetite suppressant, and another common symptom of meth withdrawal is an intense hunger. For many, this often leads to weight gain. Throughout the entire meth withdrawal process, users will often have a strong craving for the drug, which is reinforced by the knowledge that the withdrawal symptoms will disappear if the drug is taken.

What helps meth withdrawal?

Meth withdrawal is difficult, to say the least. However, there are a number of ways to help address meth withdrawal symptoms.

Tapering off the drug

Quitting meth cold turkey is often very difficult for many, and may even seem impossible. Gradually weaning off of meth, however, may be a better option. Since gradually tapering drug use can help the body slowly adjust to the change, it can also help make meth withdrawal symptoms less intense.

Detoxification off meth

Meth detox is an important step toward recovering from this addiction. Detox is a period of time in which a person’s body totally breaks down the remaining drugs and rids them from the body. Because meth withdrawal often leads to severe depression and sometimes suicidal tendencies, individuals looking to detox from it should strongly consider doing so under in a medical setting under strict supervision. Detoxing from meth under medical supervision can also greatly decrease the likelihood that a person will relapse just to relieve the withdrawal symptoms.

Medications for meth withdrawal

There are no medications that are used to treat meth withdrawal specifically. However, doctors may prescribe medications to alleviate meth withdrawal symptoms in some cases. For instance, antidepressants can be subscribed to meth users who are severely depressed or suicidal.

Home remedies for meth withdrawal

Although it’s not recommended to go through meth withdrawal alone, it is possible in some cases. Get as much rest as possible during the initial days of meth withdrawal and drink plenty of fluids to help speed the detoxification process. Depressed mood may be helped by talking through your feelings with a trusted loved one, staying busy, or participating in fun activities. Joining a support group, online or otherwise, can also be very helpful when trying to work through meth withdrawal.

Questions about meth withdrawal

Are you or is one of your loved ones struggling with meth withdrawal? Do you have an experience or advice you’d like to share? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. We’ll do what we can to help you through your ordeal or even just provide you with a little positive support.

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: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment

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89 Responses to “What is meth withdrawal?
Amy
4:27 pm July 5th, 2013

I am new to this site. I have been trying to find a support group for wives who are married to a drug addict (specifically pain pills). Please, someone, direct me to the correct forum or somewhere. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have no one to talk to because no one else knows. His parents don’t believe it or don’t care and I can’t tell my friends or family because it would ruin our relationships. Please?

Andy
5:02 pm July 7th, 2013

I just can’t seem to stop. I’ve tried and tried but always end up high. Please pray for me

11:17 am July 17th, 2013

Hello Andy. I will pray for you. Also, call 1-800-662-HELP to learn more about local treatment centers that offer low cost treatment. You don’t have to quit meth alone! Once you’re past the first 2-3 weeks of cravings, things get a little easier.

Ang
1:49 am August 9th, 2013

Don’t give up Andy! My father is back in the hospital tonight trying to

deal with the cravings he has. He has been sober for over 40 days

but it is still like day one. I was reading this to see how I could help

him more when he gets out. I also am reading this to better

understand the illness. I will pray for you Andy <3 The mind is so

much more powerful than anyone will ever know. The anxiety and

sadness of what he has done to his family really bothers him. He

cries now frequently, rarely does he laugh. He has ongoing treatment

intense treatment too, the meth is still a struggle. Thank you to

whoever made this site. This has allowed me to look to finding some

additional resources for myself and my dad. God be with you Andy <3

Ang
12:30 pm August 17th, 2013

http://addictionblog.org/tag/family-addiction-support/

Try this Amy-Good luck to you friend. I am also new to this site so I hope I am leading you in the right direction.

tyson
9:12 am June 6th, 2014

I have been using meth for two months and I must say that I am , so I think, very different from the average meth user. By this I mean that no one knows or suspects I am a user. I eat plenty of food and drink lots of water. I have a full-time job which is physically demanding and I have a decent social network. Now , that being said , I understand meth isn’t good for you and I would like to stop. A lot of research on what are the symptoms had me worried but so farbi have experimented a few times by stopping abfay or two to see how bad I would feel. I was able to go to work and I sorta felt very much ok , kinda like if I had a short sleep but could easily maneuver through the day. Is it posssible that my body isn’t that damaged because of the food intake and the 6 hours of sleep every day? What I am asking is, is it possible to be somewhat immune from withdrawals from certain drugs. Feel free to ask more questions about my daily routine as I am planning to stop using soon, like this coming Monday. Thanx for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

10:40 am June 6th, 2014

Hello Tyson. Withdrawal is caused by physical dependence – if you’re not dependent, you won’t go through withdrawal.

SJ
7:41 pm July 11th, 2014

Can someone quit cold turkey if they only smoked on the weekends and a some during the week, for several months. Where they are able to still function and go to work and people can’t tell thay are smoking and they aren’t picking at their face?

1:54 pm July 24th, 2014

Hi SJ. Every case of meth withdrawal is unique to the individual. It can help to plan withdrawal with the help of a licensed clinical psychologist or family doctor who can refer you to outpatient services in your area to address physical and mental symptoms during the week or so of acute withdrawal.

Myka
3:27 am July 27th, 2014

My husband has been smoking meth for about 4 months. I don’t know much about this drug consumption as he hid it for most of the time but he says he smoked “pretty heavy”. For the past 3-4 weeks he says he cut down his consumption by about half. His plan was to wean off from it but now, from consuming half his normal intake, he really hasn’t cut it down any further. Recently, he’s had no money to support his addiction so it’s now day 4 since he hasn’t used. He’s been sleeping 16-18 hrs a day. At times can be aggressive, emotional and be in a flat mood. When will this period end & where to from here? He also quit his job. When can I start encouraging him to look for work as money is real tight now. Or even encourage him to see his friends, as he’s avoided them for months. I’ve just been feeding him, letting him sleep & pretty much doing everything for our family now. What can I expect from here & how else can I help him? Please help me!

11:25 am July 29th, 2014

Hello Myka. After someone quits meth, sleeping a lot and consuming larger amounts of food are about the only activities a user will be able to do for some time. Once he gets through detox and his body starts to stabilize, he’ll need psychological and behavioral therapy so he doesn’t relapse. Meth has the biggest relapse rate out of all illicit drugs. It’s an addiction that’s very hard to deal with. Both of you will need help and support.

jason
6:10 pm September 23rd, 2014

It’s been 4 days since I last used and I think it’s getting worse
My head feels like it’s floating and I don’t have the strength to get up or go on I’m trying to make it through but I don’t know how much longer I can last is there anything I can do to help

1:51 pm September 25th, 2014

Hi Jason. Meth is not easy to quit, but living with meth addiction has far worse consequences, in many cases it’s fatal. It’s going to be hard at first, so gather all your will power and strength. But, don’t give up! Plus, see if you can get into an addiction treatment program. Sharing the same experience with others really helps.

Sandra
2:50 am October 13th, 2014

I am begging for help for my 38 year old precious son…I buried my first born son when he was 31 and that’s been 10 years ago…Eric, our second born son feels it should have been him to die in the accident wreck and not his brother. Eric is a precious son but is addicted to meth…WE NEED HELP WITH HIM…HE NEEDS HELP, GUIDANCE, AND LOVES OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…PLEASE HELP HIM HE HAS MEDICARE A…DISABILITY,

Anon
7:23 am November 5th, 2014

This is the best article to date (11.2014) about the subject. It’s difficult to quit, it’s best not to touch the drug. But it can have medicinal benefits if made pure in a lab and used in conjunction with your spirituality.

temple
9:41 am January 12th, 2015

I really wish i could get off dis damn METH

sue
8:40 pm January 26th, 2015

Im going through withdrawls. Its been two weeks and im sick have no energy

AJ
10:05 pm January 28th, 2015

After reading these comments, it hurts me to even think of the struggle that many of the people on this site are going through. Meth is a very strong drug and can take lives very quickly. I myself am a recovering meth addict who used to use everyday for the last 15 years. It has been a struggle to stay clean and sober, but with the help of the right people and the right support group. I have been able to manage a good life today. I have over a year clean and sober and things are looking up. It was definitely very hard in the beginning not to have the urge and not to return back to the lifestyle that I had so easily become accustom to. I began using infrequently for the first couple of years, smoking a little here, snorting a little there. Soon after, my body became dependent on Meth and I needed to do it everyday, just to function. It wasn’t too long after that, that I had found other means of using. I found the needle and became and IV drug user. At first, dealing with the idea that I had become an IV drug user caused depression and anxiety because I thought I was too the point of no return. This was it, how I was going to die. Using meth just to stay alive. So i thought, then I came across a fellow who was part of a company that took people like me, that were stuck in a rut, down and out, that didn’t have a chance and guided me to a life of joy and happiness.

sue
12:30 pm January 29th, 2015

Its all around me and im struggling not to be sucked in

12:48 pm January 29th, 2015

Hi Sue. Do you have anywhere else to go where you’ll be out of the circles? You need to get away from met as possible.

Sandra
8:26 pm January 29th, 2015

How long does it take the voices in the head to stop. My son is 38 and has been clean since November 2014 but still has many voices in head. He is seeing a psychologist 2 x’s a month and is taking adevan for depression. Will he ever be normal again?

10:49 pm January 30th, 2015

Hello Sandra. It sounds like you son may need a psychiatrist’s diagnosis for possible schizophrenia. I’d suggest that you get a referral and seek more immediate care from a psychiatrist (a doctor who can prescribe medications for such conditions) ASAP; the psychologist should have done this already!

sue
12:23 am January 31st, 2015

I saw shadow people..heard voices..all kinda weird shit

Vickie
7:19 pm March 2nd, 2015

My 34 yr. old daughter has quit her meth addiction on her own. Now she is clinching her toes and legs and this is causing a lot of pain, so she lays in bed. I told her to do the opposite, to get up and walk, run, or climb the set of stairs she has to her apartment. I told her to run those stairs several times a day. Am I right??

12:55 pm March 3rd, 2015

Hello Vickie. Meth detox is very uncomfortable, but it’s rarely a dangerous process for the person who’s detoxing. You can go to the pharmacy and get some OTCs that can help your daughter. Medications like acetaminophen can be used to relieve aches and pains. These acute withdrawal symptoms will be done in a week or two. Make sure she has enough fluid intake, and also give her smaller portions of good and healthy food, several times a day. When this part is over, she will need to get addiction treatment help. Meth cravings can last quite a long time, and she needs the support and professional help to be able to stay clean and build a drug-free life.

Eduardo
11:38 am March 15th, 2015

I havent started the withrawal, in a week im going to live far from home into the mountains i got a job there and there are no drugs there witch means no cigarrets too, i been planing to quit for some time now and i feel like this is going to be the moment in many ways, i know its going to be hard, may be the hardest thing ever but i feel confidence, i made a search on natural charboard activated and last time i smoked a lot and wanted to come down to sleep i took 4 pills ( they are natural ashes from plants) and in les than 2 hours i felt better to go to bed, iveeen thinking in treat my self with that to detox, im going to go there 3 weaks before so i can rest in that period o detox, and in a hard moment may be taking a quarter of lsd to face the dopamine down and the anxiety, eat green exercise and keep ocupied in that nature scene, thats my plan, i would like your advice. Sorry my english writting its not so good i hope i express my self to be understood. Thank you God Bless

k
10:44 pm March 17th, 2015

will someone please help me. tell me it’s going to get better. eight weeks off meth. used daily for two years, prior to that slamming cocaine. boyfriend dumped me because i have these weird rages, which i did NOT have while using. please anyone out there?

1:04 pm March 19th, 2015

Hi K. It’s a common thing to be moody and have anger spurs while withdrawing from drugs. Your brain’s chemistry has changed significantly and now things are tending to stabilize, but the process is stressful. Are you getting any kind of professional help? Talk therapy, psychotherapy or group counseling sessions can help you learn new positive behaviors and how to control your cravings and emotions.

imtheman
11:45 pm March 30th, 2015

hi guys.. i am a regular meth user for 8 years str8. i stoped last year without any withdrawal stuffs whatsoever. but the last 4 days ago i was on meth and yesterday for some reason i ended up in front of my house i coundnt remember how i got there, i woke up i cant move and the ambulance is there. after 3 hours i was alright. but i remembered i used a bit to much in the morning of that day and probably overdosed. now i am experiencing bad mental disorder on my withdrawal its just been a day but i dont seem to see any improvements.. any advice will be very helpful. thank you

Lynn
12:08 pm April 2nd, 2015

they need to spend more money to get it out of our lives. Its hurting family’s children, husband & wives. They need to start working harder to get the people who make it and sell it. They need put these people away for life. That’s the only way something will ever change.But let it keep going on .And family’s will be destoryed. People will die because of this stupid drug I am so against this sh….We all need to fight this

Jaye
6:13 pm April 26th, 2015

Well after months of try my boyfriend and is quitting… I guess his body is tired because he is always sick, all he does is sleep and Idk what to do to make him feel better.. Does anyone have some advice??

jasmin
2:58 am June 19th, 2015

I regularly used meth for a year.I have been sober since march of 2013 but i recently relapsed. How do i keep myself from falling into the addiction once again?

Aileen
2:57 pm July 3rd, 2015

I have been clean from meth now for 7 weeks. I will be honest the first 2 weeks were HELL. It was the depression (I felt suicidal at times), sleeping for 14 hours a day+ and lots of eating. To get clean I knew I had to remove myself from the situation (drug environment) and no longer be around people who used. It was so hard (putting it lightly), but I feel so good in myself now and when I look at meth…all I can think is WHY!! I am feeling happy, healthy, sleeping normally and have been offered the best career job of my life. Please don’t give up, it will be worth it! Remove yourself from everyone who does meth/ice and surround yourself around positive people. Xo

Lynn
6:21 pm July 3rd, 2015

Hi ! My husband is addicted to meth. He tells me he isn’t using. But in my heart I know different. As he left a year ago I august. And was gone til Nov. He has been kind of home. He spends all his time away from home. He says I hate everyone, but I don’t like people that us, As I am retired so I’m home all the time .I do not allow these people to use at my house. That’s why he says I hate everyone. This week he has been gone for 7 days. He won’t answer my phone calls. Or he won’t answer my texts. He has made me feel there is another woman. He acts like this is ok and I shouldn’t be upset. I have been married to him for 25 years and he has never treated me like this before. I don’t know what to do. I am beside myself. He will not get help .and he keeps saying there is no one else. Please HELP!!!!!!!!!!

ellen
7:15 pm July 8th, 2015

My son is in rehab was in acute care then medical floor, to mental hospital. He is bipolar and several other mental illness. He has warrant for arresst, due to another med in with his meds. The pills found were not prescribed to him. Now he is getting self straight to go do his time. Can’ t they leave him in rehap? More helpful.

Mo
8:38 pm August 11th, 2015

Hello; I started dating a women – she is starting to be sober from having been addicted to meth for a year. I’ve had my share of depression, bad experience in life but none of course can releate to being off drugs.I personally never smoked, drink or did drugs. My question would be; what can I do to help on days when she doesn’t feel good? Like would for example help to talk with her, hold her – give her a shoulder to lean on orperhaps is it better to give her space to be alone but let her know that I am there for her.

Farid
4:07 am August 28th, 2015

I consumed methamphetamine only for 2 days with a gap of 3 days. I don’t want to continue it fearing its adverse affects on body and mind. Have I come into risky zone havingmethamphetamine only for 2 days.

Terri
3:23 am September 17th, 2015

Starting today, I’m off the drug. I have to be. Its my choice. I choose to take control. I kicked cigarettes and alcohol, I so want to kick this. It isn’t any fun any more, I spend my free time looking for a good deal and waiting. Please, any words of wisdom? Encouragement? I deleted all the numbers in my phone so I cant call them. Good step one? I work full time, am i going to be able to do this and keep my job? I’m honestly scared.

5:26 pm September 17th, 2015

Hello Terri. You don’t need to do it alone! Yes, it’s a good step to delete your phone contacts, but you’ll need help coping with the carvings, as they are very difficult. At the least, seek out a support group like NA, or talk to a psychotherapist who has experience with addictions. Professional help can really help.

Carlo
1:24 am September 24th, 2015

Can you please help me? Why I am asking other users if they experience what I am experiencing after using meth, There’s always crystals on my tongue, and I noticed that crystals usually stay at the edge of my teeth reason why my teeth are getting damage. I also got soars and my body is getting itchy. But my friends who are consuming more meth than me are not experiencing this. Please advice. Thanks

melissa
3:41 am December 10th, 2015

I have been a long time user of meth and hopefully I have commenced my final cessation of it almost 6 months ago. however this time, I fear a lot of damage has been done. I have always regarded myself as an articulate and somewhat intelligent person. What i am finding along with the usual lethargy, ravenous hunger and ridiculous mood swings are uncontrollable itching(especially my face), often-times unintelligible speech, spelling difficulties and a general feeling of okay bear with me cause im finding myself at a loss of words (this doesn’t normally happen) . it’s discouragement, i cant seem to get any where in my life. this pisses me off because i feel i quit for nothing. at least when i was using i “knew” what was going on. i used it for maintenance not recreationalsand i never stole for it or effed anybody over any deals. i know i need some help but everywhere i turn i get dead end streets and now ive turned to alcohol which gets me nowhere! i hate it more than meth. enough said my question is, is face itching normal after this much time of being clean or might it be a symptom of another problem?

TERTIA
9:54 am December 20th, 2015

Hi My son Used chrystal Meth. Until He was arrested tuesday Night. He IS Know AT Home and keeping a close eye On Him As Not To Walk around alone As we stay in The Area where It IS füll of Drugs But sinces his Arrest He IS quite eats normal But slaaps alot IS It normal

Kayla
5:32 am December 29th, 2015

Hi, I’m 17 years old an i was a regular Meth user everytime i went to my sisters house..I’ve been 30 days clean, Can i still go through withdrawal symptoms? i’ve been having random shakes an seeing shit that isn’t there…

AW81215
7:54 am January 10th, 2016

Hubby and I started using in mid Aug 2015 then stopped late Sept early Oct 2015 we did it 2-4 days a week and .25 bag would last both of us about 4 days using together. We quit til early/mid DEC 2015 I take 2 multivitamins a day eat small snacks (trail mix, beef jerk ect) and drink LOTS of fluids. So my question is, will my detox and withdrawal last very long? I used today (1-9-15) I got 2 hits and was sick of it and decided I didn’t want to do it anymore, I don’t like the taste, the feeling I get or the crash once it wears off. I had mild withdrawals when we quit before but our usage after we started back up became a using everyday kind of thing not just a few days a week kind of thing so I’m nervous about the withdrawal this time. Can OTC pain relievers and caffeine help curb some of the discomfort?

P newcomer
1:20 pm January 15th, 2016

I didn’t gain any weight and I still get accused of being on dope after being clean now for a year in a half. What’s the deal with all that. I’ve seen everyone around me who have quit and now they look to be at least an extra hundred pounds heavier and here I sit the same weight level or lower if I don’t keep up a high food intake.

Belinda
2:17 am January 17th, 2016

Hi,my name is belinda ,in cape town ,i32 years old,and im slowly comitting suicide-killing myself- via spiking crystal meth. I so badly want to stop!! But…i dont want to feel my pain.. Only reason why im not dead yet is because i created this world (thats only inhabitat by myself.)in my mind,where i m not able to feel how deeply the roots of my pain runs straight into the very core of my being ,… My soul… And numbing my pain,and escaping my reality ,…this i have mastered too well. But pain is not the only emotion i numb.i also numb other parts of me…my jou,my faith,my determination,my ..everything. I find myself on the verge of replacing the meth with herroine..enough of it ,so that i never wake up again….i dont know which way to turn,or who i cld trust ..and each time that i use my poison ivy…THe thought goea rheough my mind:”what if rhis one,….what if this one last spike is all it takes ti keep me down forever more. What is twre that i would regret,that i would have done diffirently. Bottom line:my time is runnig out,and ive got nothing to lose in sending these words that most probably wont get read or noticed by anyone. But at least iVe placed it out there.so ,thanks for at least listening. Belinda

jennifer
10:58 am February 3rd, 2016

My girlfriend and i went on a month long binge and have decided to stop. At first we both snorted and shot it. I decided to start smoking because my nose and veins couldnt take it. The withdrawl is hard and we both have mental health issues as well. What can i do to help her get past this as well as myself. She is also an alcoholic and im lost as what i can do for her..

Michelle
10:45 am February 8th, 2016

I have been using meth for over 16 years. I’m the perfect example of a functioning addict. I’m responsible, I work and going to school , I would never steal from anyone and looking at me you would never I use. Beleive me if i could stop i would. I wouldnt wish this on anyone. I use everyday to function to be normal not ti get high. I sleep every night and im about 50lbs overweight. Most people and doctors are really clueless. I have tried stopping several times. I couldn’t even think straight. I couldn’t sleep but couldnt do anything either. I felt like I was coming out if my skin, going crazy. TheRe has to be something that can help but when doctors and everyone else seem to be clueless I fear there is no hope.

teresa
11:37 am February 24th, 2016

what is the best way to support someone who wants to go cold turkey to leave methamphetamines and doesn’t want to go to rehab?

Linda
6:59 pm February 27th, 2016

My son-in-law has been on drugs for over 15 years which I believe started on pot then to other street drugs finally ending on Meth. For 10 of those 15 years my daughter has raised her girls one is now 19 not living at home then still living at home is a 14 and 11 year old. I have watched my daughter who incidentally has Crones disease, during the period of her finally learning he had been on drugs she met a man who paid attention to her, I knew about this and told her this is not right and if you play you pay, in turn without any intimately involvement she broke it off. In the meantime her husband found out about this and this is what happened. He is blaming her now for being unfaithful, he of course has no explanation for his not only taking meth but also was unfaithful to her, I personally found this out, told daughter but for some reason she either has been left with a guilt complex and believe me she has been through HELL here on earth.
This Hell has continued up to yesterday when she got her income tax return which should have been over $10,000.00. The Criminal courts put a lean on it to pay off his fines and court cost plus his lawyer. Oh he did get caught by police with something to take drugs with and also due to that the police totally tore up my daughters trailer ( I purchased for her) looking for stolen property and she could not recover any reimbursement for the damages. She has stood by him through thick and thin and says she wants back the man she married, and I don’t believe her husband will ever become the man she married. I know you have told a person what to look for from a person in withdrawal, but I am not around him that much and my daughter tries to keep as much from my husband and me as she can. When he is here he sleeps alot, and seems very distant but not sure of his everyday life. When we were at her house for Christmas he woke up first day early but disappeared for most of time. The day after Christmas he slept until noon or after. Maybe you don’t know how, but what can I say to daughter to help her see he will never be the man she married. I am a believer and I do not judge him as far as heaven or hell that is Gods job but I can judge the fruits of a person and his fruits don’t look very good to me. Oh my Oh God what can I do if anything. She was brought up in a church but don’t reallt know were she is in her spiritual life. I have told her to read 1James 58 and 2 Thessolians 3 va 10 to no avail. He is a good big equiptment operator and has his DSL for truck driving but when background check is made no work for him. He has no job, she is on disability and weights 115 lbs looks like a skeleton and tries to baby sit but can only have 3 children according to state law here in missosuri she has tried to get a license but they run background check on husband and comes back with criminal record for doing Meth. I have tried everything and we cannot help daughter financially much longer and she now has no car it was re-posses. Can you help me or not
thank you in advances
Linda

trezor
9:30 pm February 27th, 2016

Im 6 weeks into stopping. I dont feel better at all. Im tired all the time. Dont want to do anything. I wake early always feeling hot and sweaty and i feel like im getting fatter and fatter. The only reason im continuing to be clean is because i have to do drug screens/give random urine samples twice a week. I have a pain in my stomach all the time too. I dont know if i can get better

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:31 pm March 2nd, 2016

Hi, Teresa. Experts don’t recommend going cold turkey meth, since it may trigger very harsh withdrawal symptoms. First, I suggest you read as much as you can, and get familiar with nformation connected to meth use. Then, talk with your friend to reconsider his/her decision. Just be there for him/her. You may find more info on meth withdrawal here: http://addictionblog.org/?s=meth+withdrawal

melissa
12:45 am March 28th, 2016

My is struggling with meth withdraw. He doesnt want people to know because he doesnt want to lose his children. Is there anything i can do to help him. It breaks my heart that he is going through this.

Belinda
12:38 am April 8th, 2016

Hi ,my name is Belinda,currently living in cape town and im spiking meth now for 2years. I want to stop,and really need all the advice anyone might have for me as tge do’s and dont’s as well as what will help me in this process,for example is there anything that a doctor may prescribe ti me to help me as i get off it slowly?please help .b

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:01 pm April 12th, 2016

Hi Belinda. If you are looking for addiction treatment, call our trusted treatment hotline, our consultants can help you make the best decision for you. Also, you may search treatment facility on SAMHSA’s treatment locator:
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David
4:30 pm April 18th, 2016

I made the stupid and poor desicion to shoot meth last week. Was my first and only time and I regret it a lot. 5 days later I am still not able to have a clear thinking, and I do not know if I will get my normal mind again.
I do not feel the need to shoot it again, I just detest it, and want my mind back. How long it will be till I feel nomal again?

Dave
9:27 pm April 24th, 2016

Just pray for me….trying to quit….again. been two days I’m very dizzy and lightheaded when i get out of bed, puking a little hands shaking and just feel like crap overall, head ache, depressed. My mind keeps saying if i do just a little I’ll feel better but i KNOW better…..It’s very hard.

Olivia
5:36 am May 2nd, 2016

Hi. I need some advice in regards to my 13 yr old sons father. He has been an ice addict all his life( I left him when I found out. My son was two at the time)
After many court cases and $75,000 spent on lawyers, he has still managed to retain 35% custody.
It is so detrimental to my son and to me as I react to his horrible moods when he’s coming down and fear for my sons life. Any advice on how to manage his horrible come downs would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, Olivia

Angie
8:31 pm May 15th, 2016

I’m coming off the needle is there hope. I have serions phycoligical issues and major seizer disorder.I have several misses.I will not see a doc any help

CJ
1:33 am May 17th, 2016

I’ve been on meth daily for the past 4 months, and I now have to quit cause I got caught by the cops who told my parents (even though I’m 19, which I’m not sure is legal…). I’m living with my parents, and they don’t understand that withdrawal will lead to me sleeping a lot, so I’ve been getting yelled at every time I do because they assume I’m just “lazy”. Any thoughts on what to do about this? It’s taking a serious toll on my emotional state.

Dejan
2:59 am May 17th, 2016

I’m on it for a 4 years,started using heavy about 6 months ago,my problem is I had a psychotic episode in 2007, back then I was not using,never had relapse of psychosys because I was taking antipsychotics each and every day,took me around 4 years to recover and start to work but as you know antipsychotics reducing levels of dopamin in the brain,olazapine (zyprexa) around 60 % plus negative symptoms part of my disorder wich is most likley schizophrenia makes you not depressed but apathetic,now i’m not scared of depression or aphaty my problem is when chrushing I’m agressive and mad,I’m scared that I could hurt someone,is it crush more intense in my case because of biger reduce of dopamine caused by zyprexa? I must acting cold turkey,so I rented place on the beach for two weeks i will take my medication and temazepam my phone with two numbers and lots of food,my mate will check me couple times a day,and I planning to go back full on zyprexa,when using I’m not on medication,payed off all my debts,saved around three grand i have enough christal for next two weeks just to go thru the work until I get medical certificate from doctor,gonna try keep my job and then hell i guess,well I been in hell already so it’s only two weeks,i’m chronic alcohlic,stop drinking when started with meth,can’t go to rehab I’m to agressive,will keep you posted..

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:10 pm May 17th, 2016

Hi Angie. Call the number you see on the site to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:37 pm May 20th, 2016

Hi CJ. I suggest you explain your parents what meth withdrawal is, and even show them some studies on the topic.

Mari
6:38 pm May 24th, 2016

Hi my name is mari I’ve been an addict for 10 months now and i want to stop using i have opened up to my husbend witch was really hard because I was keepin it from him this whole time. I have two children no bolder then 3 years old and I was wondering what can i do to quit with out going to treatments and having a willing husbend to help in anyway so that our marrgaie can become what it once was

Alexis
9:26 am May 29th, 2016

I’ve only ever smoked weed and drank beer occasionally, not even once every month. I’ve recently discovered crystal meth. I know what it is and what it is capable of doing. I’ve been using for going on two months. This is wrong and I know in my heart but I feel like it isn’t affecting me like it does most people. I tell myself I’m addicted because I know should quit. I don’t honestly believe I’m addicted. Sometimes I’ll go without for a couple of days and get very ill and irritable with everyone and everything. Other times I won’t use for a couple of days and I will not have any desire to use again, even if I have some. Then I won’t use until I’m bored and around someone who wants to. Ive always been disgusted hearing about the drug. I began using to lose weight before bikini season. The reason for posting is I need opinions. It’s there anyone who is or has been in the same situation? I would like advice on what to do and how to do it. I don’t want to let myself go and be an addict or very hard user who depends on meth to get through the day and/or to have a good day. My main issue is I want to want to quit, but right now I really do not want to quit. I know I should. I grew up in a clean strict home and im truly embarrassed. I also grew up in church with a very close relationship to God and I’ve become so lost to who I was then, and thats who I’d like to be again. Meth isn’t the reason of my changing, personal family issues were the beginning cause. I’m not trying to give a sob story because I don’t feel sorry for myself, it’s life. I’m just trying to give more information to be able to get a more direct answer specified to me and my situation. Any advice or story’s of someone going through a similar situation would be very much appreciated. I simply do not want to get so far gone without realizing it that I can’t become who I want to be. I don’t want it to be too late. Sorry for the novel ya’ll, just wanting a little help, comfort, support, advice, etc. Prayers also are needed, thank you in advance.

Cam
12:47 am May 31st, 2016

I smoked ice for the first time and I only did it for four days before I knew I’d had enough of it and didn’t like the way I felt. Now it’s only been 2 days since the last small hit I took, I’m not craving it by any means but I am going through the depressed/anxiety stage,and all I want it to do is to stop and I want to feel like myself again. I know I could easily deny any invites to do it again bc this drug is scary. I shouldn’t feel this bad ever. I want know how many more days I have to go through before these symptoms lesson. Also I can eat and sleep now, but I haven’t over done either of them like I keep reading about. Is this normal?

Adam
9:52 am June 1st, 2016

Today I am going to stop abusing meth and stop smoking cigarettes. I’m trying to read as much as I can to find anything that is going to help the pain. I just hope I don’t go absolutely crazy or drive anyone else to hate me I can’t tell anybody cause no one knows how bad I become I have no family within 3000 miles and don’t associate with people that abuse my girlfriend knows very little cause she has her pill addictions which when I see her messed up and it is often it is a trigger for me . Don’t know why I wrote this I guess I just wanted to share my story with someone. Thanks for listening wish me luck. Bye

Sarah
8:42 pm June 6th, 2016

I would say as a recovering addict, meth is the hardest to kick because even after you pass the physical part of detox you have to retrain your brain in all aspects because it didn’t have to process or deal with anything while your drug abuse was taking place meth has more of a mental hold than physical. it takes some serious self discipline to silence your mind when it’s screaming to just be numb. As an IV meth user for four years I was able to get clean and stay clean for three years I have relapsed two times since then but I am fighting and I know I can beat it. Addiction is something that will be a part of you for the rest of your life but it doesnt have to be you. Balancing your thoughts and feelings is crucial to sobriety, you need to get in tune with yourself and you will be amazed at the strength you have to fight your way to sobriety.

Phoebe
9:00 am June 8th, 2016

Hi there, I have used on and off for nearly 5 years now. I have long periods of continual daily use (my longest being 18 months) followed by detox and anywhere from 4 – 8 months of abstinence. So I have gone through withdrawal 5 times now and every time has been different. The first was following 6 months on. It was pretty bad, slept most of the day for a week, felt nauseous for 3 weeks, insatiable hunger, major lack of coordination etc. However the second time, which was after my longest period on, I hardly noticed withdrawal symptoms. In fact I was actually happier than I’d been for a year and I put this down to two reasons: 1) towards the end of my use I was using large amounts but I was sleeping every night and eating regularly aswell. 2) I was physically active everyday. I decided to take my dog for a walk to cure my boredom and it gave me a boost of energy and some much needed endorphins. It’s like you retrain your brain to reward itself, I don’t know, but it works wonders.
The third and fourth times I detoxed I had the flu. Meth wasn’t doing anything to help and smoking a pipe wasn’t enjoyable. It was the perfect cover up too as work understands why you’re sick, and family and friends understand why you’re a bit irritable and recluse. The fifth time was because I knew I had to. I was depressed, my anxiety was through the roof, and it was taking a toll on my relationships. The withdrawal was a cross between the first two. I went to work every day but didn’t have the energy for anything else for a couple of weeks.
Every time I quit cold turkey. Tapering off does not work (I have tried) because your mind has a way of justifying spikes in your use. You end up back where you started very fast. I hope that one day I’ll be able to quit for good and that life will be such that I am satisfied without having to turn to meth again. Addressing the underlying issues of why you started using in the first place is really important and on-going counselling and participation in a support group etc is also really important. I know addicts that have been clean for years who still crave the drug and have to work hard to stay clean.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:08 pm June 9th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Sarah! Hope your message will help others.

Doug
6:29 pm June 10th, 2016

I started using meth 6 months ago. My boyfriend introduced it to me. I have been using it every weekend, so always a two day bender. I’ve always been able to kick a habit, but meth has its hold on me and I don’t know where to turn. My life is upside down right now, emotionally and psychologically. I hold a full time salaried job, but meth makes me so negative and unhappy during my five days away from it. I need advice, a friendly voice to guide me. I feel so lost.

Gado
12:44 pm June 15th, 2016

Hi there I first smoked ice on a Friday an a Saturday,it’s Wednesday today.im Wats going on in ma mind I’m a little depress bt I don’t know what to think.thank you.

Mike
7:36 pm July 9th, 2016

Ive never been more than 2 weeks clean since i was 16 and im 30 now. Ive always had a job and never stole anything etc…but I have a depency…it sucks. It seems i get less and less energy each im off and my job perfomance is horrble. I use it like a medication now days

Miss K
11:10 am August 4th, 2016

I would like to tell all of you who are using right now and want to quit, YOU CAN GET SOBER. I have 11 years of sobriety and would just like to offer some words of encouragement. I have not forgotten for 1 second what it felt like to be high. I also remember vividly what it felt like to come down and think about nothing else but getting my next fix. I remember detox as well. After 4 yrs of using and 11 yrs sober here is what I have learned. You have to hit the bottom of the barrel. That means something different for everyone. You have to get to the point where you know you have to quit or tell someone you need help because there is no other option except death. When you hit that point go to the person or people who you know will help you. Wheather that be family or walking into an emergency room. Will your family and true friends be angry and hurt? Yes because they love you and know you are better than the person you are now. Will they forgive you? Yes because they love you and know the person you are now is not the real you. The amount of time it will take for your body to detox and the severity of it depends on how much, how often, and how long you have used. And each person is different so it will never be the exact same as someone else. Does it hurt? Yes and in every way, physically, emotionally, and mentally. My parents let me detox at their house. They knew nothing about meth, detox, the life I had been living, or the hollow shell of a person that I had become. I spent nights just sitting in the dark rocking back and forth. I hallucinated to the point I couldnt tell what was real or fake. I was paranoid to go to the bathroom because what if someone thought I was using. I was scared of being in public and one time had a huge anxiety attack while grocery shopping with my mom. Meth numbs your emotions. You may not laugh or smile a lot when your high but you dont cry and have to deal with reality either. When you quit all of a sudden your emotions come back. But you have been numb for so long you forgot what it feels like to feel. For those of you wanting to know how to help someone who is detoxing you need to realize a few things. #1 They have no control over their emotions. They will cry anywhere, anytime and for no reason. #2 They have forgotten how to laugh or have fun. #3 They will sleep more than they are awake because their body is sick. Think of having the flue from hell x a million. #4 They will eat and eat and then sleep some more. They need to do this to get better. #5 There is not one negative thing you can say that they are not already chanting to themselves every waking minute. If you want to be helpful and supportive be kind, loving, patient, and ready for the unexpected outbursts of tears and anger. #6 Do not expect them to live in the reality that you do. They need for very little to be expected from them. #7 Never give up and never let them feel like they are worthless or dont deserve to be treated well. Getting sober is a long, hard, terrifying road to walk down but you CAN do it. As hard as you worked to get your next fix, you have to work just as hard to not get it. Do not make any major decisions for the first year. This means focus on helping yourself stay sober. Do not focus on starting a new relationship, moving across the country, or joining the Olympics. The first five years are the hardest. The hallucinations will slowly get better and the voices will get quieter. Taking it one day at a time was too big for me, I took it 5 minutes at a time and worked my way up. Cut all contact with your dealers and the people you used with, this is non negotiable. Keep a journal for when the voices are screaming. Never be awake and alone in the same place, meaning have your own room but not your own house, not at first. Have goals like small chores or going for a short walk. Every week will be different some better than others. You will feel better and you will be happy it takes time. About a year ago I had a dream that someone handed me a loaded pipe and I got angry and said no. That was the first dream I have ever had where I didnt use. I called my mom crying and felt like I was no longer a junkie. I hate who I was and where I was, but I love who I am now. I wouldnt be this person if I hadnt made the mistakes I made. I forgive myself for those mistakes because I have fought to repair the destruction I caused to myself and others. I have fought to become a good woman, daughter, mother, wife, sister and friend. And I promise you waking up sober, enjoying my morning cup of coffee while talking to my mom and watching my kids play is better than any drug I have ever taken. You can do this, if you are supporting somone getting sober they need you more than you or they realize. I hope this isnt too long of a message but I care so much for people who battle sobriety. To you all, my heart goes out to you and I hope somone reads this and can use it in any way to help themselves or someone they love.

Cj
4:58 am August 28th, 2016

I have been off meth for about 17 days and still severely depressed and feel lonely and have like skin crawling wanna rip my skin off kinda thing along with can’t stand myself. Please tell me what I can do to help with this. Thank you very muchnm. I really need help to know how to handle this

Beverly
8:23 pm September 5th, 2016

I recently learned a family member in my house had been using meth off and on for the past year. It explains so much but I did not know the signs at the time. After being off it for a month there was an episode that made me think they had used again. Awake for the better part of 4 days and then sleeping and sick for 5 days. They keep insisting they have not used again. Is it possible for a meth user to have episodes that simulate taking the drug after stopping?

Michelei
2:32 am September 6th, 2016

I have been using crystal for about 3-4 yrs… Stayed off with a dime…. Lasted about a week.. Eventually I graduated to the pook and the quantity went up of course smoking a teener in 3 days top to myself.. Went cold turkey 2014 for 6 months.. I just want to be myself again.. I don’t want to use but when I don’t I’m so fatigued it’s ridiculous.. In the last month or so I’ve been so depressed but these last 3 weeks I’ve been having massive depression when it’s like do I need to take fluoxetine that I was prescribed back when I got clean in ’14 (THAT I NEVER TOOK) because I didn’t tell doc the reason why I was depressed was of detoxing… But now that I see that without Meth… I can do the bare minimum I’m just 29 ie house chores..Single Mother of twin boys 7.. I just want energy and motivation because my bed is becoming my enemy… The overall question is will fluoxetine help my brain balance back out or will I be messed up more… Any response will help thanks in advance guys…

12:26 pm September 7th, 2016

Hi Michelei. I suggest that you speak with your doctor openly, and tell him/her about your meth use.

Rabal
3:41 pm September 28th, 2016

Hi ? i am using meth with down ( herion ) from almost 2 months .. so now when I try to stop taking it i fall asleep to much. Is there is any medicine or home remedies that help me. Other than that I don’t have any problems. I want to quit it plz help me if u can. Thanks

Slippin
9:55 am October 2nd, 2016

I keep slipping and falling into a vicious cycle, another rock bottom, thoughts and best wishes for those who struggle. I might need to get some help.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:59 pm October 5th, 2016

Hi Slippin. I’d suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

Robert
5:12 am October 19th, 2016

I myself is wanting to get clean
But no-one is wanting to help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:10 pm October 19th, 2016

Hi Robert. If you are looking for addiction treatment and do not know where to start, call our trusted treatment hotline, our consultants can help you make the best decision for you.

Betty
12:33 am October 24th, 2016

I smoked meth for 5 days straight one week and a half ago and I have not sleped when will I finally get some sleep

mark
8:03 pm October 26th, 2016

Lynn,

Putting people in jail for life won’t change anything, there will always be someone to replace them. The Chinese execute drug traffickers and where do you think US meth comes from now? Mostly China and Mexico where precursors are easier to get.

The only thing that has been proven effective here is decriminalization + increased funding for rehabilitation.

Linda
8:57 pm November 3rd, 2016

My son is starting to go thru withdraw from meth and pills but refuses to go get some help he wants to do it here at home how can i help him?

Haunt
8:37 pm November 7th, 2016

I snorted meth regularly from February 2015-march 2016z every day. I I was snorting about 2-3 8 balls a week. I dropped the habbit cold turkey march 6, 2016. I am now 8 months and 1 day sober. For the first week all I wanted to do was sleep. Same for the second week. 8 couldn’t eat. Or drink anything without puking. After the 3rd week or so I felt refreshed. Kept the same job and am now 100x happier with my life. Anybody can do anything you put your mind too. Stay strong. Have faith.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:38 pm November 11th, 2016

Hi Linda. Withdrawing from meth can be hard, but the unpleasant feelings and physical sensations will not last forever. Usually meth withdrawal lasts from 1 to 2 weeks, but it can last upwards of 4 weeks or longer. Read these articles to find more answers: http://addictionblog.org/tag/meth-withdrawal/

RANDY
2:33 am November 23rd, 2016

I’ve been shooting meth for around 3 years now. Have the addiction for 15 years. I don’t really even like it so I don’t understand why I do it. Been trying to quit over the last year and my main problem is after day two my brain has this unsteady pulsating dizzy feeling comparable to coming off anti depressants. Ive been a week clean several times but give in to this strange feeling. Plus I get super high because I’ve not used in a week and I’m back on another one. This is my addiction cycle. This is my life.

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