What Causes Meth Withdrawals?
Meth affects several parts of your brain. Some of these involve reward-seeking behavior and pleasure. Meth causes your brain to release chemicals that make you happy and give you energy. That means that when the effects wear off, you feel the opposite. You feel sad and anxious.
In the case of meth, your body gets used to the drug fast. In other words, it needs meth just to work normally. To feel a high, you have to take an even larger dose. If you stop taking it at all, your body can’t function correctly.
This creates a cycle. As your body gets used to bigger doses, it has more problems functioning without meth. When you stop taking it, you experience withdrawals. These are the physical and mental effects of your body malfunctioning without meth. They can last for days, weeks or even months depending on the severity of addiction.
The Phases of Meth Withdrawals
Phase 1: The Crash
Meth users can begin to feel withdrawals just 24 hours after stopping the drug. Meth releases chemicals in the brain that cause pleasure and give you energy. When this wears off, there is a noticeable “crash.” This involves negative emotions like depression and anxiety. For heavy users, they may experience physical withdrawals like nausea, sweating and itching.
The high from meth involves energy and focus. People sometimes stay up for days partying or doing other activities. When they crash, they can sleep for days. Usually, they have mental fatigue during this time as well as trouble concentrating.
Phase 2: Detox
After the initial crash, withdrawal symptoms can last for up to three weeks. During this time it’s common to feel the following effects:
- Depression and anxiety
- Muscle pains
- Lack of motivation
Most notably, people going through detox will experience intense cravings for meth. This may make the withdrawals seem even worse.
Phase 3: Recovery
After three weeks, the worst is usually over. This doesn’t mean that withdrawal symptoms completely disappear, though. For several months after detox, those suffering from meth abuse may still feel depression and anxiety as well as meth cravings.
How Detoxing From Meth Works
At a rehab facility, many patients go through medically assisted detox before starting their treatment program. The first step of treatment is quitting the drug, but this can involve withdrawals. In detox your body will get used to being meth-free.
While it’s always scary to go through withdrawals and detox, doing so in a professional treatment environment can help you complete the process as safely and comfortably as possible.
Admission to detox involves a medical evaluation. Professionals will assess your state of health and how much meth is currently in your system. They’ll ask about your past and recent drug use. Using this information, they will help you create a personalized treatment plan.
Admission may involve deciding on medications for your time in detox and treatment. Unfortunately, when it comes to meth, there aren’t any drugs specifically for detox. Still, professionals can help ease your withdrawal symptoms and make you comfortable. This could mean over-the-counter painkillers or prescriptions like anti-depressants. These can help you feel better during the detox process.
You go through detox with your health as the top priority. For this reason, a professional will always be on staff to supervise you. Not only are they available if you need emergency medical assistance, but they can dispense medication and give emotional support.
Transition Into Treatment
As the withdrawals begin to fade, professionals will prepare you to move into treatment. This may be residential or outpatient rehab depending on your personal treatment plan. When you’re ready, experts and counselors will explain to you the next steps in your road to recovery. This helps you start out on the best foot.
Don’t worry. Even once you’ve transitioned into rehab, your withdrawal symptoms will still be monitored. You will still receive medication as needed, and you will still have access to detox resources in case your withdrawals return.
Getting Detox Treatment for Meth Addiction
One of the main reasons people delay treatment is detox. They don’t like the idea of leaving their friends and family and going through withdrawals. Unfortunately, this just makes it worse. Since your body builds a tolerance to meth, the longer you use it, the more severe the withdrawals. The sooner you begin detox and your treatment plan, the easier it is to achieve the healthy lifestyle you deserve. Call Bedrock Recovery Center today to get started.