Understanding Meth Detox
When you hear the words “glass”, “ice, “shard”, and “crank”, what do you think about? Methamphetamine goes by a wide variety of street names and has been made popular by its accessibility. The ingredients towards the substance can even be purchased at a local drug store. Recreational use of the substance occurs because of its effective use as a stimulant. However, the illegal drug can lead to many short-term and long-term side effects. From issues with the kidneys to problems with the cardiovascular system, this is not a healthy substance to be used by the body. Withdrawal and recovery are crucial for an individual to live a healthy, happy lifestyle that is free from the horrors of illegal drug use.
Withdrawal can be a very challenging and uncomfortable experience for anyone suffering from addiction. The addictive properties of methamphetamine or crystal meth are extreme and a person can become dependent on the drug if it is used more than a couple times. Detox and withdrawal is not a process anyone should have to do alone. Having a better understanding of the process can be a good step in the right direction towards recovery and rehabilitation.
Withdrawal at a Glance
- typically lasts 1-2 months
- most acute first 24 hours
- can go on for months of acute withdrawal syndrome develops
Symptoms of Withdrawal
First 24-72 Hours
– anxiety, panic, paranoia
– suicidal thoughts
– hallucinationsWeek 1
– severe cravings
– suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness
– inability to concentrate
– headaches and other body pain
– weight gain is possible
– abnormal mood symptoms
Week 3 and Beyond
– mood should stabalize
– develop normal sleep patterns again
– return to normal energy levels
The Detox Process
This process occurs as the body begins to get rid of the chemicals that are found in methamphetamine. As a person detoxes from using, their body will remove all signs and traces of the drug. The withdrawal process that is outlined above is perhaps the most major portion of this process.
For the most part, detoxing from substance abuse is a very challenging process. While rehab is possible at home, a process can called “support withdrawal” can eliminate some of the risks and complications associated with detoxification. For example, dehydration is a common side effect of withdrawal. In the event that dehydration becomes too severe, the condition can become deadly. Seeking detoxification support through medical professionals can help to lower this risk. Monitoring from medical support staff can help to ensure that the body remains hydrated and is able to rid itself of meth as safely as possible. In more extreme cases, medication can also be administered to help combat severe mood related symptoms such as depression.
That being said, this process is certainly possible at home. Remove triggers from the home environment to potentially combat cravings and ensure that a trusted family member or friend is present to ensure the individual’s safety.
Seeking Professional Rehab
The most important step of the withdrawal and detox process is creating a plan for future treatment. Seeking support with professionals that are well-educated with addiction can give individuals the tools they need to successfully get through recovery and building a more healthy lifestyle.
How to Get Help
If you or a loved one are hoping to learn more about the detoxification process or are interested in seeking help, there are a variety of resources available to. You can give us a call 24/7 by calling (888) 563-5052You do not have to do this alone. We are here to help and support you and your goal towards moving to a healthier lifestyle.
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