Help for meth withdrawal

Meth withdrawal is treated mainly with behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions. Learn more about what to expect and where to find help during meth withdrawal here.

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Meth is highly addictive.

So, what can you do when you ready to stop using? Where can you get help? We review here. And, we also invite you to check out our detailed GUIDE on methamphetamine withdrawal and detox to get ready for detox and quit meth for good. Then, we invite your questions in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt response.

Is meth withdrawal dangerous?

Sometimes. Although the withdrawal from some drugs can be life threatening (like alcohol or benzodiazepines) methamphetamine withdrawal, on its own, is rarely dangerous. However, in some extreme cases, the way methamphetamine withdrawal makes you think or feel can lead you to hurt yourself or others. Specifically, methamphetamine withdrawal can be dangerous if:

1. You experience strong psychosis and are a danger to yourself or to others
2. You become very depressed and have suicidal thoughts
3. You experience underlying psychological or health issues which complicate withdrawal

More on when to seek emergency help for meth withdrawal here.

Is meth withdrawal hard?

Like other drugs, meth withdrawal can be hard. What is meth withdrawal like? Abrupt discontinuation of meth can produce extreme fatigue, mental depression, apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, and disorientation. The most noted symptoms of meth withdrawal – cravings and dysphoria (an extreme dissatisfaction with life) usually resolve in the weeks after last use. Still, some symptoms of mood and sleep disorders can continue for weeks to months later. These symptoms are called protracted or post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) and should be assessed after initial detox.

The length of time it takes to withdraw from meth dependence on how you have been using meth (amount, frequency, duration) and your physical health. However, the most common signals of meth withdrawal are:

  • anxiety
  • depressed mood
  • drug craving
  • fatigue
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • increased appetite
  • increased need for sleep
  • insomnia
  • loss of interest in life
  • psychomotor slowing or agitation
  • vivid and unpleasant dreams

Meth withdrawal methods: Help for meth withdrawal symptoms

How can you withdraw from meth? There are currently no medications used during meth withdrawal. Researchers are looking into prescription medications that can counteract the specific effects of methamphetamine or that prolong abstinence from and reduce the abuse of methamphetamine by an individual addicted to the drug…but nothing is on the market yet.

The most effective treatments for methamphetamine withdrawal at this point are behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions. For example, the following methods have been shown to be effective in reducing methamphetamine abuse:

  1. Behavioral therapy
  2. Contingency management interventions and drug testing
  3. Family education
  4. Individual counseling
  5. Motivational incentives
  6. 12-Step support

Natural help for meth withdrawal

Meth can provoke intense memories and thoughts about what life is like when you’re high. These memories and thoughts are called triggers. Triggers can lead to craving, an intense need or feeling that you want to use. Much of the work of quitting meth is learning how to deal with triggers and cravings. They are automatic, natural and inevitable. But you can learn new ways to deal with triggers and reduce your cravings. Acupuncture, nutritional supplements and some herbal remedies can be very helpful for reducing cravings, balancing moods and regulating sleep. Health food stores and natural health clinics are good sources for information.

Furthermore, quitting or cutting back can be hard on your body. See your doctor or local community clinic to make sure you don’t have any untreated health problems. Exercise helps produce endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals in your body. It also stimulates your immune system, relieves boredom and improves energy. Try walking, working out, roller-blading, yoga, or other gentle exercise to help improve mood and balance out your adrenal and nervous systems.

How to ease meth withdrawal?

To ease meth withdrawal, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION when you detox from meth. Preferrably, seek inpatient treatment followed by several months or years in a halfway house.
During acute withdrawal, supportive medical interventions can address symptoms as they occur. Part of treatment is teaching the user how to feel good without drugs. So, ongoing psychiatric care with antidepressant therapy is effective in early recovery.

Keep in mind that help for methamphetamine problems is not entirely different from that of other drugs. What seems to make a difference in meth treatment is time. This is because meth can stay in the body from 6-12 months. Treatment is difficult and uncertain due to the unusually intense cravings the substance induces.

Help with meth withdrawal

So, who can you turn to for help with meth withdrawal? Seek help from any of the following:

  • addiction counselor/psychologist
  • addiction doctor (MD specialist)
  • addiction treatment center
  • drug detox clinic
  • family doctor
  • psychiatrist

Helping meth withdrawal questions

Meth addiction is very real, and many health risks are associated with both short-and long-term use of the drug. If you or someone you know is a meth user, you can stop the cycle of drug abuse today. It is never too late to seek help for any type of addiction.

Please leave your questions or comments in the section below. We are eager to hear your experience during meth withdrawal.

Reference Sources: NIDA: What treatments are effective for methamphetamine users?
NCBI: Withdrawal symptoms in abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects
ND Meth Summit: Methamphetamine
NHTSA: Methamphetamine (And Amphetamine)
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Methamphetamine treatment
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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    1. Hi Earvey M. Successful meth withdrawal includes detox, physical stabilization and psychological treatment. It is possible to withdraw from meth at home, but probably the easier and safer option is in a medical facility under medical supervision.You can get more info on our blog. Check out these articles:
      Also, I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab for your husband.

  1. My boyfriend and I did it for a day and a half. After reading this article im more scared now then when we were doing it. What herbs or vitamins can we take for help with our withdrawls.

  2. Yes i just quit using meth im on my second day and im having problems with breathing and im having anxiety attacks consistently and i cant do a impatient program i have a job please tell me what i can do its really scaring me

    1. Hi Jeremy. Meth withdrawal can be hard to overcome and dangerous to your health. You may need a medical assistance. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.


  4. I started using meth when I 19 I used for about 15 years then I stopped thanks to my wife who gave me the my family or drugs choice I didn’t quit all at once I tried to sneak it by here and there but she always New I was on it I would deny it so she started drug testing me I would try to find ways to beat the test but never did. I finally got tired of that life iand quit for about 7 years. I started using again about 4 years ago I tapered off some it just seems like when I think I got it beat something triggers it. How can I stop the triggers if I don’t know what they are? I should be the happiest man in the world I have a beautiful wife who loves me and Two beautiful daughters 1 of which is old enough to tell something is not right with me if my addiction made her start doing drugs that would kill me. It does seem like smoking weed helps a little. Do you think smoking weed could help or am I just being delusional?

  5. I’ve used meth on and off since I was 16 in now 47 in was on subtext 8 mg 4 times a day for 8 years started using meth about a year ago andd eventually stopped taking my subtext all together about 7 months ago
    Started shooting meth about 3 months ago and I have tried to quit meth and i swear its the fucking hardest thing I have ever tried to quit, i get to about 5 or 8 days and I’m raging all i can think about is shooting up meth , there is got to be something to help meth withdrawal i mean the withdrawal is worse than anything i ever did
    Including opiates , my body aches my mind is constantly thinking how will I ever get away from this shit i love the rush so much . I wish i never started shooting. I’m going to eat some suboxin or smoke some heroine just so i can get some fucking drug relief help in detox
    Because they won’t give you shit for meth withdrawal in detox . When will they recognize we need some drug help for meth withdrawal thats not bullshit therapy ?

    1. Hi Garrett. The best way to detox from meth is under medical supervision. I suggest that you call the number you on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you. The helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

  6. My boyfriend of 11 years has been doing meth for that I k ow of 2 years and he said he stopped now he has a hard time even careing about things I can tell he wants to but he can’t he has been real depressed lately is there any thing he can do without having to go to the DR ?

  7. my son who is 31 has been a meth user for several years through the time he has on his own detox himself but then he starts to use again. this time i feel he wants to completety stop but i feel he cant do this alone any longer, he is struggling. if yu have any advice please send me any information i would surely appreciate it.

    1. Hi Liz. Call the number you see on the website to consult with a trusted treatment consultant.

  8. What can help minor meth intake withdraw? If it’s done for a couple days and withdraws are taken place at home and can’t do nothing but something at home.! Like over the Counter meds or foods whatever?

    1. Hi Jessica. Yes, over the counter medications will be able to lower the intensity and treat some of the withdrawal symptoms. Ask your pharmacist about what OTC’s can best treat your withdrawal effects as they occur.

  9. My fiancee and I have been use in for about three yrs we had quit for about a yr previous to this start up I’m scared I’m gonna loose her if we go through b the withdrawal s cause it get down right nasty with the argument s when we are going through withdrawal any suggestions?

    1. Hi Curt. Seek medical help and ask your families for support. If you are serious about getting clean do it with fill commitment and dedication, and make a true effort to set things straight.

  10. hi i would like to know, my husband has been using chrystal methe for three months now. he has left it abruptly . will recovery be damaging or should he see a doctor. when I asked him to see a doctor, he had refused. it is now a week that he hasn’t had it. please help..

    1. Hi Bongi. I don’t understand your question about recovery being damaging? I’d recommend that he sees a doctor. Also, you can help him by finding an outpatient rehab program in your area or counseling meetings that he can attend to prevent relapse and receive the needed support to stay sober.

  11. I was just wondering which over the counter products and vitamins help with the withdrall symptoms and what else helps that is natural

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