meth detox

Meth withdrawal is a natural but uncomfortable process that begins immediately after someone discontinues taking methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth. The support of a substance abuse treatment program will assist with the side effects of withdrawal, so you don’t have to go “cold turkey” on your own. Contact the team at Solution Based Treatment to find out what your detox options are.

From Meth Addiction to Withdrawal

After the crash of meth use, users will wake up dehydrated and exhausted. Eventually, this hangover phase, which lasts from 2 to 14 days, translates into withdrawal. A medication-assisted detox program in rehab can be extremely helpful during this phase of addiction treatment. Some of the most common meth withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue & sleepiness
  • Severe depression
  • Psychosis
  • Cravings
  • Increased appetite
  • Shaking
  • Headaches
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Clammy skin
  • Joint pain
  • Hyperventilation
  • Paranoia

Stages of Meth Detox

Withdrawal involves a very predictable set of symptoms that gradually wear off as the body adjusts to the drug no longer being present in a person’s system. Withdrawal involves physical symptoms like tiredness and psychiatric symptoms like depression or psychosis. While the physical symptoms go away, psychological symptoms like anxiety can last a long time. Research shows that meth withdrawal, or detox, consists of two stages.

Stage 1

The first stage is most intense and occurs during the first 24 hours after last using meth. It gradually gets less intense over the next week or so. There may be a subacute phase lasting another few weeks. The severity of meth withdrawal will depend on many different factors, such as how long and how much meth the person has been using and how dependent the person is on meth. Typically, the longer a person has battled meth addiction, the worse the withdrawal symptoms will be. The same applies to age, meaning older people typically experience worse symptoms than younger people.

Stage 2

The second stage is less intense and lasts for about another two to three weeks. Sometimes meth users experience withdrawal symptoms for months on end. This is known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Other factors that can play a role in the duration and severity of meth withdrawal symptoms include:

  • A person’s mental and physical well-being 
  • History of other drug use, including alcohol
  • The quality of the meth the individual was using

Murrieta CA Detox Options

At Solution Based Treatment, we have a full medical staff and hospital resources to assist in the detox process, but our drug and alcohol detox center feels more like a home than a hospital. Our goal is to keep you as healthy and safe as possible.

An inpatient detox like ours provides medication-assisted detox and medical supervision during periods of withdrawal. The emotional and physical distress experienced by a person during severe withdrawal can even resemble a nervous breakdown. Thankfully, we are equipped to safely handle people in crisis. We also offer the following post-detox options for addiction treatment:

Attending a Murrietta medical detox best increases the likelihood that a person will stay in treatment. People who go through detox at a treatment center are also more likely to succeed in achieving both short- and long-term sobriety. If the fear of withdrawal is preventing you from seeking treatment, we are happy to offer a friendlier, more comfortable, and practical alternative.

Contact SBT to Learn More About Your Detox Options

At SBT, we have helped countless individuals recover from meth addiction. Our solution-based treatment programs include drug and alcohol detox as well as inpatient and outpatient programs. All of our programs include one-on-one, group, and family therapy, as well as peer support. We also offer faith-based and music-based recovery programs. Contact our treatment team today at 833.999.1941 to learn about all of our options.

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