Withdrawal, along with increased tolerance to the drug, is a sign that your body has become dependent on crystal meth. What does crystal meth withdrawal feel like, and how long does it last for?
Well, although it’s not life threatening, withdrawing from crystal meth can be unpleasant and – in some cases – even dangerous. If a person has only been using crystal meth occasionally, the symptoms will usually last a few days. The duration and severity of the symptoms increase depending on how long and how much crystal meth has been used.
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When Does Crystal Meth Withdrawal Start?
Crystal meth withdrawal can begin as soon as a current dose wears off. In fact, because meth is so strong, every use can trigger withdrawal.
In fact, withdrawal is the first stage of recovery from crystal methamphetamine and it starts with “the crash”. It starts at the end of a crystal meth binge and it’s one of the hardest parts of crystal withdrawal. The crash is emotional and physical, a depression intertwined with sadness and hopelessness, followed by anxiety, panic attacks, and fatigue. At this time, a user probably hasn’t eaten or slept for days.
The severity and duration of crystal meth withdrawal symptoms is influenced by these factors:
- Your age
- Your body mass
- How long you’ve been using meth
- The amount of crystal meth you consume regularly
- Preexisting medical (esp. mental illness) conditions
- Previous crystal meth withdrawal
- Substances mixed with meth
Once a person decides to quit abusing crystal meth, the body reacts because it is used to having the drug and needs it to function. Crystal meth withdrawal can be a painful process, that’s why many people choose to continue doing drugs instead of going through the uncomfortable feelings of the withdrawal process.
Crystal Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Crystal meth withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the individual. They can be separated into two groups, physical and psychological.
Physical withdrawal symptoms include:
- Changes in heart rhythm
- Increased appetite
- Psychomotor agitation
- Raised blood pressure
- Sensations of bugs crawling on or under the skin
- Unpleasant fatigue
Psychological withdrawal symptoms:
- Difficulty in concentration
- Debilitating anxiety
- Memory loss
- Suicidal thoughts and behavior
- Violent behavior
Crystal meth withdrawal usually lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks, but it can last up to 4 weeks or even longer in extreme cases. These first weeks are also known as “eat-sleep-drink” stage, since that’s all crystal meth addicts are able to do during withdrawal. Meth causes a lot of damage, so the body and brain need to heal and be repaired before a person can move forward.
Always seek medical supervision when you want to detox.
There are no specific medications approved for the treatment of crystal meth withdrawal. However, the following ones have proven to be successful in easing some of the symptoms that occur during crystal meth detox.
- Provigil is a mild stimulant medication which is effective in helping those with sleep irregularities.
- Remeron, an antidepressant helpful in preventing relapse during the withdrawal process.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are helpful in relieving cravings in abstinent crystal meth users going through withdrawal.
- Wellbutrin is an antidepressant that reduces the intense drug cravings associated with the withdrawal process.
Doctors and other medical experts have the freedom to use any medication they feel can help you remain safe. Other medications can be used to address specific symptoms that occur during withdrawal from the management of methamphetamine withdrawal is not limited to use of medications only. You can also use over the counter medications. However make sure to consult your doctor ANYTIME YOU WANT TO QUIT USING A PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG.
How To Withdrawal From Crystal Meth Successfully?
Crystal meth detox can be quite challenging for those who attempt to live a sober life. Living without meth for a few weeks may seem as the most painful experience you ever felt. So what can you do in order to go through this process safely?
Here are some tips that might help you keep withdrawal under control.
1. Replenish the body. Start eating solid foods and keep yourself well hydrated (enriched water, vitamin enhanced water and coconut water are recommended). Also, try probiotic drinks like Kefir and yogurt. Take a multi-vitamin every day, and make sure to increase the intake of potassium (bananas and coconut water are a great source). Last, but not least, rest as much as possible.
2. Rest the mind. This doesn’t only include sleeping. During withdrawa,l the brain is starting to heal, so try to give it a break by “zoning out” or meditating. Do whatever you can not to stress your organism more than it already is. When withdrawing under medical care and supervision, doctors may prescribe Ativan or Klonopin for a short time, to calm the physical and mental distress.
3. Refrain from shame and guilt. It’s important to give yourself time for your brain to heal. It’s natural to have these emotions once you start to see what crystal meth addiction has turned your life into. But, just don’t get caught in that loop of guilt feelings. After all, feeling shame can only keep you from moving forward. Many patients become overwhelmed with guilt and keep relapsing.
4. Count the clean days. Start at the beginning, from the crash and continue counting the days you stay clean and sober. In the first few weeks every day is a big deal and keeping a sobriety calendar can boost your self-confidence and keep you motivated. Remember, it gets better with time. The first few weeks are the hardest, but it won’t be that hard forever.
Withdrawal is an inevitable part of the crystal meth addiction treatment and recovery process, but it’s the first step on the way towards an addiction-free life. Ask for help and support, or offer support for your loved one. You too can make it!
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