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Meth Withdrawal Treatment: How to Treat Meth Withdrawal


ARTICLE OVERVIEW: If you’ve used meth regularly for more than a few weeks, your brain chemistry changes. Have you wondered how to quit meth and reverse this damage? We review what causes these brain changes and how you can treat meth withdrawal here.


Table of Contents:


Meth and the Brain

Methamphetamine (commonly known as meth) is a stimulant psychoactive drug that comes in the form of a powder, pill, or glass fragments known as “crystal meth”. Meth’s main effects are comparable to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How does it work?

Just like other stimulant drugs, meth elevates the amount of natural dopamine being released in the brain. At low doses, methamphetamine both blocks the re-uptake of dopamine AND increases the release of dopamine, leading to much higher concentrations in the gap between nerve cells, which can be toxic.

Meth is very effective and can get you high for 4-8 hours, or more. But with this euphoric effect and high feelings of satisfaction and motivation…comes a darker side.

Meth also increases wakefulness and the need for physical activity. The relationship between meth and addiction is also centered in the brain: meth triggers the reward system within the user’s brain so that you feel extremely good.

How People Take Meth

People take meth a few ways. The main routes of administration include:

  • Injection
  • Smoking
  • Snorting
  • Swallowing (pill)

The way that you take meth, however, can influence how addictive it is. People who inject or smoke meth are at a higher risk of addiction than those who snort or orally ingest it. Why?

Basically this…

The more effective the high, the likelier you are to crave and repeat the behavior.

This National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Report on Meth states that the most popular way to take meth is to smoke it. This is because smoking meth delivers the drug quickly to the brain. Snorting or oral ingestion produces a high, but not an intense rush. What are the relative onset of effects by mode of administration?

Injecting and smoking meth = Nearly instant effects.
Snorting = Effects within 3 to 5 minutes.
Oral ingestion = Effects within 15 to 20 minutes.

Short-Term Effects

Upon one’s first use of meth, most effects are indistinguishable with other substances, such as cocaine and amphetamine. For example, meth causes euphoria, a sense of extreme well-being. But compared with coke and amphetamine, the high is quick, effective, and lasts for a relatively long time.

In terms of short-term physical effects, one can expect the following:

  • A loss of appetite
  • A large amount of energy and necessity for physical activity
  • A rise in blood pressure/body temperature
  • Heavy breathing
  • Increased heart rate

Expect personality and behavior changes after a period of daily dosing… even when you aren’t high on meth.


Long-Term Effects

The long-term effects of meth can be seen as an accumulation of toxicity in the brain. Meth can cause any or all of the following:

  • Aggressive conduct
  • Anxiety
  • Complications with sleep
  • Confusion
  • Extreme dental problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Itching sensations on the skin
  • Paranoia
  • Severe weight loss
  • Violent behavior

Over time, most meth users begin to lose sense of judgement and make poor decisions. When a person continuously takes meth, the chemicals restructure the brain in a way that decreases coordination and damages verbal learning. Emotions and memories can also be impaired. For example, experts have studied negative emotions such as anxiety and depression and identify them as possible triggers for compulsive intake of meth.

The risky behaviors associated with these traits are often just as destructive as the effects from the drug itself. People who inject meth put themselves at risk for diseases such as HIV and hepatitis A and B due to the sharing of needles. NIDA reports that parents who intake meth put their newborns at high risks on body abnormalities.

Much of the damage meth does on the brain can be reversed. However, there are certain areas in which the nerves can be permanently damaged. A recent study in the medical journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, has found that people who use meth are much more at risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Tolerance and Dependence

Over time, two major brain changes happen when you take meth:.

1. Tolerance. The more the brain becomes accustomed to the drug, the higher the dose required to get high. This need for more meth keeps people hooked.

2. Drug dependence. Drug dependence is the brain’s ways of adapting to the constant stimulation…it “slows down” certain processes in order to continue to function. But take away meth from someone who’s dependent on it… and a person goes through withdrawal. Because most people don’t want to go through withdrawal, dependence can keep them hooked.

Symptoms

Withdrawal occurs in the first 24 hours after your last dose. The main symptoms of meth withdrawal include:

  • Anhedonia, an extreme dissatisfaction with life
  • Anxiety
  • Craving methamphetamines
  • Decreased energy
  • Deep, dark depression
  • Decreased sexual pleasure
  • Emotional liability
  • Increased sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Paranoid ideation
  • Night sweats
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Resumption of eating, leading to weight gain
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Suicidal ideation

Detox is best managed under the careful eye of trained medical professionals, as inpatient detox can boost the chances of successful withdrawal.


Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawing from methamphetamine is not a pleasant process. It can bring on hallucinations and suicidal thinking. Most people are extremely tried and experience VERY STRONG CRAVINGS. This is why successful meth withdrawal requires planning. Sometimes, meth users experience withdrawal symptoms for months after they quit.

So, what happens during withdrawal?

The first phase of withdrawal is most intense and occurs during the first 24 hours after you last use meth. Withdrawal gradually gets less intense over the course of about two weeks. In fact, depressive and psychotic symptoms accompany acute withdrawal (especially if you go cold turkey off methamphetamine) but usually resolve within a week.

The second phase of withdrawal is less intense, and lasts for about another two to three weeks. Craving is also present and lasts at least 5 weeks. You can find an infographic on the duration of meth withdrawal here…but here’s a general idea of what happens.

Days 1-3 of Withdrawal

Mixed emotions and out of control behavior are most common during the initial stage of methamphetamine Expect symptoms of depression and exhaustion. Many people report suicidal thoughts during their first two days of being without meth.

The main goal of doctors and nurses at this point will be to stabilize your condition and calm you down. Doctors will also assess you for major issues related to psychosis. If you are violent, you might even get tied to your bed to make sure you don’t escape or hurt the staff at the clinic.

Days 4-7 of Withdrawal

The first week of withdrawal is critical! You’re likely to feel very inactive, tired, and sleepy. This usually peaks around the fifth day of withdrawal, when people sleep an average of 11 hours per day. This is a phenomenon known as hypersomnia.

You can also expect initial symptoms to continue, although they may become only slightly less intense at this time. Mood swings, aches and pains, intense cravings for the drug, profound hunger and agitation are common.

Days 8-14 of Withdrawal

You can expect frequent sleep irregularities, cravings and depression. Mood swings become more intense and users are constantly bothered by thoughts of reaching for meth again.

Days 15-30 of Withdrawal

This is the period during which many people begin to stabilize. However, anxiety and depression may still be an issue. During this period, you may begin to feel your energy return. Improvements in sleep, increased appetite and mood stabilization slowly begin to improve.

How Treatment Works

STEP 1: Seek medical supervision.

The first step in treating symptoms of withdrawal is to seek medical help at a local detox clinic. Everyone’s experience of meth withdrawal is different, but there are certain common features and you can potentially be dangerous to yourself or others. If symptoms feel severe, see your doctor as soon as possible, and tell him/her that you are withdrawing from meth.

STEP 2: Address withdrawal symptoms as they occur.

The second step during withdrawal is the administration of effective therapies. Staff members at detox clinics typically help monitor, supervise, and manage your withdrawal without the use of medications. Instead, most detox clinics offer supportive care in the form of talk therapy or emotional support. There is an emphasis on peer and social support, so 12 step or support group meetings may be scheduled throughout the day.

Staff will administer anti-psychotic or antidepressant medications in accordance with physician orders. Furthermore, nursing care and daily physician care is available for severe, unstable problems.

STEP 3: Continue treatment in a residential treatment center.

Most people, especially those addicted to meth for a long period of time, need extra help. Rehab and residential treatment provide the talk therapy, routines, and counseling you may need. The urge to relapse may be strong, but with the right support system and goals in mind, you can beat a craving with proper guidance. This is why long-term stays of 90 days or more in a rehab may be recommended after the first week of detox.

Medications

You might wonder what kind of medications you’ll receive during withdrawal. While no medication is officially used or approved by the FDA for meth withdrawal, two types of medicines can help. The first group of medicines aims to reduce meth use. The second is for minimizing cravings after physical withdrawal.

Medicines to reduce use:

  • Bupropion, generally only given to individuals with light meth use.
  • Modafinil , which is still in clincial trial. One study suggests it works well when combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Naltrexone, which decreases meth use and promoted restraint against meth.
  • Topiramate, an aid in reducing overall meth use.

Medicines to minimize cravings:

  • Bupropion, a medicine that may also be used to address cravings.
  • Dextroamphetamine, which comes with some risks, as it can also be an addictive substance. However, it has been proven to help prior meth addicts to cope with cravings and avoid relapse.
  • Naltrexone, still being studied, but has proven to reduce meth-seeking behavior.
  • Nicotine, the drug has shown promise in managing craving for certain individuals.
  • Rivastigmine, potentially reduces crabbings and the desire to relapse.

Along with these medications, mental health disorders related to anxiety, depression, or mood disorder can appear alongside withdrawal. In some cases, short-term prescription of antidepressants can help.

At Home Detox

So, should you go through meth withdrawal at home or on your own?

No, most experts agree that you should not attempt to withdraw from meth at home on your own. The primary reason is that symptoms can be so intense, most people end up going back to the drug to ease the pain. Additionally, meth withdrawal can provoke psychotic episodes of extreme paranoia, hallucinations, or even violence. Under a medical professional, you can ensure lack of access to meth as well as protection.

Still, there are some individuals who have successfully withdrawn from meth through outpatient programs. These are usually individuals who have had a short-term relationship with the drug. But the number one reason for their success is that the home environment is supportive. Surrounding yourself with a strong link to support is key!

Dangers

The main dangers of meth withdrawal include:

1. Relapse
2. Violence episodes
3. Suicidal ideation
4. Psychosis

During withdrawal, it is normal that you feel disoriented, depressed, and very fatigued. However, know that withdrawal can also be dangerous. Very explicit direction is required during this period, which is why inpatient detox and rehab are recommended. Learn more about Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox Programs and Help GUIDE for safe and successful tips on quitting.

If you don’t feel you have somewhere you can go or you are worried about what will happen when you are in withdrawal, seek out a medical detox facilities. Detox units provide a safe, supervised environment. You can find help for withdrawal here: SAMHSA Find Help.

Who Needs Help

Anyone who is struggling to quit meth can benefit from professional help. If you are:

  • Using meth on weekends
  • Using meth almost every day
  • Using meth every day

…you may need help quitting.

But know that you are not alone.

In 2016, approximately 667,000 Americans aged 12 or older were current users of methamphetamine, and an estimated 684,000 people had a methamphetamine use disorder (2016 NSDUH). In total, these people needed help for meth addiction:

  • 10,000 adolescents
  • 135,000 young adults aged 18 to 25
  • 539,000 adults aged 26

These numbers represent the real face of meth addiction. And if you are one of them…don’t wait for the situation to get worse. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) methamphetamine accounted for about 103,000 ED visits in 2011; it was the fourth most mentioned illicit drug in ED visits following cocaine, marijuana, and heroin.

Don’t be a statistic!

Get help today.

Final Tips

Before you actually stop using meth, it is a good idea to make sure your environment supports you. This will mean distancing yourself from people who use meth, places that remind you of using and surrounding yourself with people who will support you during your withdrawal.

And to repeat our message from above: getting help also includes seeking medical advice. In fact, the best way to withdraw from meth (with the best outcomes for long term sobriety) are to seek medical help and 24-7 supervision to help you cope with cravings, depression, and symptoms.

Your Questions

Did you find this article useful?

Still have questions?

If you have any questions about meth withdrawal or treatment, please send them to us via the comments section at the end of the page. We love hearing from our readers! And we try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt reply. So, reach out.

We’re here to help.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Withdrawal symptoms in abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects
NCBI: Meth withdrawal
State of North Dakota: Meth Summit
Acadiana Addiction:Meth Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms
Addictions: What To Expect From Meth Withdrawal

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64 Responses to “Meth Withdrawal Treatment: How to Treat Meth Withdrawal
Donna
9:13 pm February 18th, 2015

Hi im Donna, i have suffered with meth addiction since i was thirteen. Now im 38yrs old. i cant seem to stay off it for longer than a month at most. would it be worth going into a inpatients detox for myself ? as my body cannot handle it much longer. i break out in sores over my whole body and all over my face. It looks worse than measles or chicken pox. i try to hide it all, but just possibly cant. Also having a stricked father, and very scared and worried mother.Please tell me if that would be the best option for me at this stage in my life ? I would greatly appreciate some advice from someone to help me decide which are better options for me. thank u all.

5:50 pm March 2nd, 2015

Hello Donna. Inpatient rehab is a good place to start. The medical personnel can help you detox in the most comfortable way. But, the most important thing is the treatment after the detox. You can start searching for adequate addiction treatment center in your area here https://addictionblog.org/find-treatment/ and here https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Scott
3:08 pm October 1st, 2015

Very helpful thanks, all most certain my 24 yr old son is addicted to meth, looking for help. Not sure of the right approach, going to call my doctor

The Hills
8:55 am October 14th, 2015

This article sounds really good and helpful for meth addiction treatment, thanks for posting; everyone should get rid of meth.

Bea
12:12 am December 8th, 2015

Help I’m an everyday ice user for three years now,every time I’m on meth I feel the very strong determinations to stop but after a day I feel a very strong craving and begin to be confuse about stopping and end up having it again, I live with a denial meth addict husband as well and would get us to use it as soon as I said so, I don’t know what to do I want to stop for the sake of my son whom I’ve finished his trust fund for this drug, what would be my first step not to crave and be confuse after my first sleep. Thank you and hoping for an elightenment.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:21 pm December 11th, 2015

Hello, Bea. I suggest you consult a professional, who can help you end your addiction. Also, you may consider counseling sessions, and group therapies.

cindy
8:50 am July 1st, 2016

hi I’ve tried many times to quit ice and am finding it extremely hard. I’ve been using regularly for 2 years, I get too week 2 and the cravings and withdrawals get very intense. I’m on Prozac to help with depression but am finding my anxiety levels higher than usual. I sometimes take Valium or smoke pot to help curb these horrible intense feelings.
I’ve been taking vitamin b tablets too as I’ve read that they help with depression. my question is what can I do to help my brain to produce the right amounts of dopamine and return to normal. or is the damage I’ve cause my brain permanent. I am determined to beat this demon so any advice would be helpful.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:45 pm July 14th, 2016

Hi Cindy. If you’re looking for treatment program, call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Jasmine
4:22 pm August 22nd, 2016

My18 year old boyfriend recently stopped smoking weed hes used it for a wholr 7 months every single day he started meth for 4 days and quit a day or two ago . he feels rib lung and chest pains on the back of his head hurts out of no were gis ears get weird pains and his legs feel weak . What wrong ?

1:46 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Jasmine. He is most likely going through withdrawal from the two drugs he used. You can get some over-the-counter medications to help treat his body aches and pains. Also, make sure he drinks plenty of fluids and eats good, whole food to help his body and brain recover.

Please remember that you can always seek medical assistance should his symptoms worsen.

Deborah
9:56 am August 31st, 2016

My husband is trying to get off meth. He is very angry psychotic and itchy. He is scratching till he bleeds. Trying to kick in the wall and screaming. He has been on meth for 7yrs. How much does a rehab facility cost and what if any is the success rate?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:03 pm September 9th, 2016

Hi Deborah. The cost of rehabs varies from many factors such as conditions, place, what addiction is treated there, etc. I suggest that you call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help your husband find a treatment program that fits his needs.

Jackie
8:26 am September 3rd, 2016

I have dated, lived with and now back to dating this man. He would binge about every 3 to 6 months on Crack…. somewhere along the way someone told him they got off Crack by doing meth….. he told me this after he started doing meth…. I have tried to support him and told him I would stand by him if he commits to fighting this addiction…. my concern is that he would stay with me for a few days….. sleep, have sweats, tremors … i would makes sure he was drinking and eating… get him to feel better to even see that spark come back.He then basically would leave and I would not hear from him again for a day or two…. he breathes so strange when he sleeps…. he has complained about pain when urinating and has blamed it on bladder infection. He gets the shakes (tremors)bad when he is in bed…. he says he hasn’t been doing meth for a couple weeks….my question is …. if he hasn’t done meth in the last couple weeks would he still have the shakes? I mean he gets so depressed, and will argue about anything….he says he has to do this on his own..I said he needs professional help…he is in denial…. I am not sure what steps to help him…. as I don’t recognize the person I knew … I don’t want to walk away but have told him I refuse to watch him do this to himself….what does a person do who wants to help….when is it time to walk away from someone you love😕

jason
3:17 pm September 8th, 2016

This is one drug where unlike opiates as someone said anyone can get addicted (for the sake of this story) with ice/meth you will become addicted, don’t care who you think you are, you will. You will suffer the same and just as severe side effects as everyone else simply because of how its designed to work, you will lose everything for the sake of feeling, ultimately, normal and fail to see or acknowledge any of it. If you would steal and sell your grandmas tv for a hit of heroin, you would do the poor woman in and sell her body parts plus throw in her worldly possession’s and your own left testicle all for 50 bucks to get your next hit of meth. Then start planning your next way of finding another 50 bucks for the next one. That’s your whole life then. Nothing decreases the value of a possession like a meth addiction. $10000.00 car, $500.00, $3000.00 TV, $100.00, Your $3000.00 wedding ring, $50.00. Your fathers prized collection of anything, swapped for 1 hit, oh, and hes not dead yet, you broke in and stole it while he was away and seeing hes recognised you on his security camera you just never talk to him again but you will ask him for money with the promise to pay him back until he has none as well. You will ask epole and relatives you only see at christmass to loan you money which you will never repay because simply if you ever have any money you buy meth with it not pay people back so you slowly owe everyone you have ever known who now hate you because you lied to them and owe them money and they haven’t seen you since. You get up and do nothing but search for the money and then a source and don’t stop till your sorted then masturbate or have sex for 5 hrs then come down and do it all over again. that’s now your whole life…….alone.
eality.

I heard an er doctor quoted as saying “give me a regular old heroin addict any day, theyd get a bit annoyed that youd ruined their fix and they would leave. Meth turns people into temporarily insane individuals that are capable of anything including the harm and worse of others at certain stages of use and or withdrawal. If you can swat an irritating fly you are capable of hurting even those you love or worse if they don’t seem to share or inhibit your potential access to your next fix. Once you get on, you wonder what all the fuss was about because to you its perfectly rational and normal behaviour.
Yep, it will get millions before the damage it can do is truly addressed and understood let alone researched enough to find a treatment or control its supply in any way.
To me the only successful treatment which is currently dismissed in most of my experience in favour of antidepressants etc (band aids on axe wounds) is the same as for opiates etc and the use of methadone. Replacement and gradual reduction with medical supervision and the research needs to be done to work out the effective dosage of prescription medication to do this. Use Adderall or some other amphet based medication, the stigma and strict control of this medication means doctors wont use it for this purpose (but they will give it to 5 yr olds). There is still the potential for abuse relating to the replacement itself but I would assume the percentage of non genuine patients would be low. I would suggest use the same statistics as opiate patients who use methadone as part of their continued heroin habit never intending to give up either one.
Most users I have come across would take up that opportunity even if it meant a safer cheaper option for them that allowed a consistent state of mind and mood to function in every other aspect of life so they could pause, concentrate and think clearly and rationally long enough to gradually just be themselves again. How long that takes if ever without any substance or medication is probably the only individual variable.
Its completely taken the lives of everyone I know that has used it in the same way for each one and ive seen so many in just my tiny spec of the world its everywhere and the people who should be all over it are literally 10 steps behind a meth user.

Honestly, any other suggestion or advice that claims to assist or be a treatment for meth or ice withdrawal is well known by users to be powerless to stop you using. You may stop and withdrawal once a week every week or two, only because you are broke or cant find any but even once you suffer the withdrawal and actually get out of bed after 3 – 5 days and feel, well…. ok, you will go straight back to the cycle of obtaining, using and withdrawal again. After all, that’s the only reason you eventually got out of bed. It is truly an evil thing that a person who has never used it could never understand. Consider yourself lucky, very wise and in an ever diminishing minority if you have managed to avoid or not used this drug.

jason
3:58 pm September 8th, 2016

Jackie, leave, walk away, meth users don’t want help no matter what they say, they might mean it ? but deep down they know the only thing they want and will help is more meth. He will only get help for himself once he hits rock bottom if at all and anyone that tries to help is just enabling a never ending cycle of deception and use. If a meth user tells you they haven’t used for a month cold turkey they are a liar. They tell people that love and trust them what they need to hear so they don’t leave. He doesn’t know he is not the same, he isn’t the person you knew and that will get worse but to him he has not changed a bit from who he was before. Its not denial, eventually you see the damage, you sort of were always still you on the inside, in your mind, you sort of wake up one day and people you love are crying and looking at you funny, or gone, people hate you or are scared of you and you cant for the life of you reason why ? You feel hurt and abandoned by their distance from you, you will realise one day that it was you and the drugs that caused the whole situation your in……….. but you will still use. Unless you are shipwrecked on a tiny desert island for 12 months you will always want to and continue using meth. Anyone that says im wrong is a user deceiving himself and others that he is in control or the true extent of his habit.
Warning, never leave cash or small valuable items within reach of a meth addict and blink. Seriously.

Kay
2:04 pm September 30th, 2016

My 30 y.o. Son is addicted to meth. We live 500 miles apart. I’m going to help him get off. He doesn’t have electricity, water or gas. I’m afraid for him and myself. I’m really not sure what to do. He has had some psychotic episodes.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:19 pm September 30th, 2016

Hi Kay. Call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Kevin
1:24 pm November 16th, 2016

Hey there! In a bit of a jam in the midst of Meth use. My girlfriend and I along with another friend spent a day together then at night my girlfriend and I started using it by inhalation in nose and drinking it with water. I believe my friend had drank from the bottle we had mixed with and could be going through severe crashing and my girlfriend is worried and all my tactics have proven wrong. He’s been eating, taken 2 hot showers, he’s tried relaxing and just can’t. Can you suggest and abnormal but fast ways to help him instead of an er trip?

Diane
11:19 am December 7th, 2016

Will weaning off of meth and taking cetain vitamins and drinking water help with withdrawal symptoms?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:36 pm December 23rd, 2016

Hi Diane. I suggest that you consult with a pharmacist to recommend home remedies, teas and vitamins that can help you ease meth withdrawal symptoms.

Jay
1:19 am January 11th, 2017

Day 5 kicking match cold turkey is kicking my ass I can’t afford drhb ND I’m In. A different state where I know no one and am alone and unhappy. I tried using suboxento help me feel better but it’s not working I hurt and am depressed. How much longer must I feel this way

Janis
10:22 pm January 30th, 2017

I am in the second week quitting meth. I quit cold turkey and I have no Cravings or anything whatsoever and that makes me sick to smell it. I need to know do you get sores on your arms and body and will this go away once meth gets out of your system? Because I really don’t feel that bad I hurt real bad my body does I need to know about sores on body thank you

Nana
3:10 am January 31st, 2017

How many hours from last snorted meth can you begin buprenorphine 2mg – naloxone 0.5 mg ?

Kay
9:47 pm February 3rd, 2017

My 31 y.o. Son is living in a tent in Texas (I’m in AL). I believe that he is not only using meth but has mental problems. I don’t know how to help him. He has no insurance and does not work. He survives by selling his belongings or pawning his tools. I just don’t know how to help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:55 pm February 10th, 2017

Hi Kay. Call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Mohamed
5:38 pm February 20th, 2017

Hi I’ve been using meth for about a year like once a month via snorting and recently booty bump. Its been a week that I stopped using and today I am experiencing intense flu like symptoms. Please tell me what should I do now ?

Stacie
12:21 am March 6th, 2017

How do you cope with the sleepless nights how can I sleep better

Zach
4:59 am April 6th, 2017

I been using a minimum of about a quarter gram a day for 3 months. Often more. I’m checking myself into rehab in a few days, is this enough to consider that my withdrawals would be severe? I used intrivaniously

Tan
9:36 am April 6th, 2017

I’ve being using meth for 14yrs! And it’s so hard for me to quit. I have tried so hard and I have all of the effects from withdrawing. What should I do.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:08 pm April 6th, 2017

Hi Tan. I suggest that you call the number displayed on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best options for you. Keep in mind that the helpline is free, trustful, and available 24/7.

Melissa
5:18 am April 8th, 2017

Is there any outpatient methadone clinics around here where I can get help what treatment of getting off methamphetamines

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:12 pm April 10th, 2017

Hi Melissa. I suggest that you call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant. The helpline is free, trustful, and available 24/7.

Gina
8:46 am April 18th, 2017

Are there any anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs that would help get me through the first couple of weeks?

12:29 pm April 19th, 2017

Hi Gina. Absolutely. During medical detox, you can ask about the prescription use of SSRIs for a period of 3-6 weeks. Sometimes, short acting benzobiazepines can be helpful, but you don’t want to substitute one addiction for another! Ask/Find an addiction specialist doctor for details here:

https://www.abam.net/find-a-doctor/

KL
2:32 pm April 19th, 2017

Hello and thank you. I’ve been having all my life and always will be I’ve managed to stop all of the drugs exception of Meth. I was diagnosed at age 15 with manic depressive bipolar and borderline personality disorder so between the two pretty much my family and friends are all gone so I will be doing this alone. I have no insurance and I don’t qualify for programs because the little income that I do get is always too much. I’m 50 years old not presently taking any meds , Diagnoses manic depressive bipolar and borderline personality disorder age 15. I would like to know how best to withdrawal from meth alone but can I expect mentally and physically? And how long it will last? Thank you

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:05 pm May 9th, 2017

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

Chris
6:05 am May 2nd, 2017

Ive tried meth now almost maybe 4-5 times over a 2 week period of a total amout of maybe a gram. Im also on 140ml methadone each day is normal sleep eat drink shower brush teeth and so forth im stopped does the mehadone help with the ending of this

Scott
6:55 am May 5th, 2017

Its been more than a month since I used meth I’m not addicted to it, it was just the second time I used it in one month but I still have constipation issues and I can’t sleep at nights what’s wrongs ?

Kerry
9:39 pm June 8th, 2017

My son, age 18. I just found out he was using meth (smoking) I know nothing about the drug. He admits to using for 2 months. Says he can quit on his own. I have put him under house arrest. Call Dr today. I’m lost, he’s 18 he can walk at any time… please HELP !!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:35 am June 13th, 2017

Hi Kerry. You may want to stage an intervention first. I suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
Also, call the helpline you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

Denise
4:11 pm June 20th, 2017

My son is coming off of Meth and staying with me. He refuses to go to treatment and I just wanna know what I can do to support him and help him to come out of fatigue. I am here for him and trying to get him to eat well. He is sleeping alot, we are on day 4 now. Can you give me any advice on foods, vitamins etc I could be getting him?

Allan
7:58 am June 21st, 2017

24 days since last use of spice and meth why aggression is intense not less before aggression last for few hrs now 2 days and still the same aggression

Carol
3:37 am July 5th, 2017

I am a meth user . I went from doing it every weekend to doing it everyday . I hated that life . and wanted to stop it but couldn’t cause my husband was not ready to. My husband went to jail for saling it and while he was in jail , I got clean ! I called out to Jesus , the night he went to jail . on my knees I called on the Lord God and told God I wanted off meth but I couldn’t do it alone , I asked him to Help me and I begin reading the word of God ,the more I read the less I thought about meth , I stayed quit for 5 years . I had no trouble with triggers or anything . so I’m here to tell everyone , You really want off meth turned to Jesus. He will see you through , if your serious ? He loves each one of you and wants to help you . hit your knees and call out to him

with a sincere heart and He will see y’all through this .

Jmarie
5:41 am August 2nd, 2017

I’m doing this cold turkey, by myself,,i have no family support,i have no friends,,and everybody i know is involved with the drug,,i have kids and homeless,,,i own a car, that’s it,,i have no medical insurance,, they denied me,,, and i don’t wanna let my kids down,,, or have them be affected by this now than they already have😔

Margaret
3:42 am August 18th, 2017

Hi I’ve lived with my ex-partner 11 years hearing the same ole story of he has finished using (smoking) meth, same lies different day/month/year. Continued to steel items, food whatever he could to get his fix. Constant abusing me until I had enough and booted him out of my home. I hate meth with a passion and the effects it has on the individual, family and community. My nephew is also on meth and asked me for help. He wants to get off it because he is always angry, now taking it out on his kids, he is under 30 years old and has already had a heart attack. He wanted to try anti depressants because he has been self harming and thinking of suicide. He won’t go to the doctors by himself or seek professional help as he is a gang member as well. My question is would anti depressants with an anxiety component assist knowing it will take 6-8 weeks to take affect and also can you request the doctor try methodone for the treatment of meth withdraw? Thank you

Jaime
10:08 pm September 22nd, 2017

Currently withdrawing from meth. Sleeping 12-13 hours at a time with help from rx trazadone prescribed to me. I am experiencing intense neck muscle aches and spasms. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Appetite has increased wanting chocolate all the time.
My question is when a drug test with levels is ordered what does that mean and what are they checking for. Its for dcs and my kid. So I have to take that next week and haven’t smoked since Tuesday a week should be plenty of time right?to get clean I mean. Any advice or helpful knowledge would be aporeciated

mike
9:02 am October 14th, 2017

i’ve been using meth for three years on a daily basis and I experienced all the withdrawl there is out there during my two times in attempt to quit meth.
there is nothing you can do but pray that time goes by faster. the best is to have an envrionment that supports quitting meth such as absolute no way for the user to have any connections to people who use meth/sell meth.
the only thing i am wondering is if painkiller works for meth withdrawl symptoms; weather or not if ease the pain and tiredness from it.

CJ
6:54 pm November 28th, 2017

We are helping our 37 year old daughter with METH withdrawal at home. It is a very safe environment. We are supportive. It has been 4 1/2 days since her last usage. What can we do to increase her chances to continued success?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:26 pm November 29th, 2017

Hi CJ. I suggest that you download our guide ‘The Definitive Guide To Drug Withdrawal’ to get a better understanding about withdrawal symptoms: https://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/
Also, consider support groups as well as counseling sessions.

Ozzy
7:44 pm December 15th, 2017

Can meth withdrawel make you think something is physically wrong with you…a mind playing tricks on you kind of thing

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:51 pm December 20th, 2017

Hi Ozzy. Some of the meth withdrawal symptoms include hallucinations as well as psychosis.

Mary
1:29 am March 26th, 2018

I have snorted met for a year I have not done meth for 2 days .. I’m going cold turkey. Can someone tell me about how long it could take .. I don’t want to do neth anymore .. I’m a woman 59 years old .. Please can anyone give me a few tips .. Thanks so much for all and any help .. Thanks in advance

Cookie
11:21 pm March 29th, 2018

I am female, 33 years old. Currently mental health patient. Diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder. Misdiagnosed as a child. Single biracial mother. With my second open DHR Case involving my 11 years old daughter. Recently had a miscarriage, was about six weeks along and it’s hasn’t even made a full month’s time since my lost. I’ve been dependant on something for the majority of my adulthood. I had been able to stop on my own every other time I’ve used. With powdered cocaine, extacy pills, even prior uses with crystal meth and ice crystal meth. But I don’t feel strong enough to stop on my own at this time. I’ve tried to apply for inpatient rehabilitation services in my area. However, the places that do accept my insurance, do NOT offer a detox program I must clean and sober for 72 hours before going to the rehabilitation institute. If im clean that long…what’s the point? My question to anyone that can help me…What are my options? Is there any for my special needs?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:54 am March 30th, 2018

Hi Cookie. 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 a rehab program just for you.

sharon
2:06 am May 2nd, 2018

hi my name is sharon and i actually had two questions. i have battled my addiction since i was 11 and im about to be 28. ive stopped plenty times before and alot of them have been by my choice with no help. this time its extremly difficult to stop because i cannot afford to be tired or fatigued with all the responsibilitys i have. i know that if i do stop im going to want to sleep all the time and i cant do that with my responsibiltys . is there any medication i can take to help with the extreme fatigue? also if i were to go to the doctors and say that im trying to withdrawl from drugs and ask for help as far as medication goes if any am i going to get into trouble?

Kerwin
6:55 pm July 3rd, 2018

Can smoking meth remove to my system in seven days? What to do? (Need answer asap)
Want to quit after using it, but after a 4days I feel craving again, how to stop?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:00 pm July 10th, 2018

Hi Kerwin. Meth withdrawal can be dangerous for your health. Experts claim that medical supervision is a safer way to quit this drug. You may 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 you.

summer
3:26 am July 10th, 2018

I. Trying to detox at home I don’t have insurance and when I teyies to ask my doctor he was very clear any o e useing is wasted space so I didn’t finish asking I was told by a detox nurse when I called to find out how to get I.nno need to comenpqy use thousands when race of cake get a case of gatorate a case of water and five bags of favorite. Eral then atop using sleep and eveyytime I wake up drink a water a Gatorade eat a bowl of feral sleep and repeat when my last gatoraids gone you’ll De good to go is this true I’ve been slamming free three atarght ywra I want a stop and don’t no what to do I’ve been turned down by ever rehab and dwgoz in Colorado so I am gonna have no choose but to do it on my own sence detox would take me ether please any advise would help thank you

Lisa
9:21 am July 12th, 2018

As a staff and a rehab i can tell you they are not going to a doctor and saying I’am withdrawing from Meth. Most don’t even have a doctor. You gave the clinical side. As a recovering addict the answers I would be looking for would be what would help the symptoms. There are addicts that don”t have the choice of detox, rehab, or doctors. Meth wasn’t my first drug of choice but I do know some things that work for detox, was wanting more information on treating the symptoms. Outside my job i deal with those with less than and would like to help the best that i can.

john
4:33 pm July 12th, 2018

i been using since 1985,i can stop but i got no motavation at all,tired all the time,,evan on meth i fall asleep driving when i stop i smoke weed ,5 htp, and b12 and still i just lay atound,prolly all inbmy head

Birdie
5:56 pm July 24th, 2018

Is there any kind of over the counter medication or viramins to help with withdrawl from meth use

James
5:37 am July 30th, 2018

You have a great approach based on science it seems. I don’t work , IAM 70 and can have most amenities delivered. Do you have s service for those at home can get expert verbal advise for a person who has been orally using a strong stimulant. I would like the ability if need be to get medical recommendations. Thank you!

Lisa
2:46 am September 26th, 2018

I am seeking help for my son who has a addiction to meth trying to find a detox center close to where we live in Spartanburg sc even if we have to drive a little ways plz if u know of some where for help plz let me know

2:29 pm November 1st, 2018

Hello Lisa. You can check the SAMHSA Treatment Locator here, which is based on zip code:

https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov

We wish you and your son all the best. Give us a call if you need extra help.

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