Meth detox can prevent unpleasant or fatal complications resulting from the abrupt cessation of use and can help the client to remain abstinent from drugs.
Methamphetamine (meth) is a relatively inexpensive and widely available stimulant that can be smoked or injected and is often produced through the use of household ingredients.
Methamphetamine use results in an intense, euphoric high due to a dramatic surge of dopamine in the brain. Users report experiencing what is called a “rush” almost immediately after it’s consumed.
Other typical effects of meth use include hyperactivity, talkativeness, loss of appetite, eye twitching, and repetitive behavior.
Recognizing A Meth Addiction
Over time, regular use of meth can develop into an addiction. Long-term effects of use may include:
- Psychosis – i.e., paranoia and hallucinations
- Changes in brain structure and function
- Impairments in thinking and motor skills
- Increased distractibility
- Memory loss
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Mood disturbances
Binges are also common among people who are dependent on meth, meaning that drug use will continue for several days. The binge is typically followed by a crash, in which the person will sleep for a prolonged period. Manic phases are also common, in which the person will engage in repetitive and obsessive behavior, such as cleaning.
One of the saddest effects of meth occurs when the user becomes less able to feel pleasurable feelings not associated with the drug.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
“Chronic methamphetamine abusers may develop difficulty feeling any pleasure other than that provided by the drug, fueling further abuse.”
Brain effects may include changes in dopamine system activity related to impaired motor speed and verbal learning, and severe functional and structural changes in brain regions associated with memory and emotion.
According to NIDA, these changes “may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in chronic methamphetamine abusers.”
Who Can Become Addicted To Meth?
Anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status can become addicted to meth. However, there are several risk factors that increase the likelihood that someone will become dependent.
For example, addiction has genetic components and tends to run in families. If someone has a close relative with an addiction disorder, the likelihood of that person developing an addiction increases. Also, people who experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse as a child are at a heightened risk for substance abuse.
Finally, people who suffer from mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are at a greater risk of self-medicating in an effort to relieve negative thoughts and feelings.
Clients will undergo a full psychological and medical examination, and information will be gathered about family history, home life, and spiritual or cultural needs. This information will be used to develop a customized detoxification plan that we believer will be the most effective for that client.
Meth Detox: What To Expect
Long-term, frequent meth use can have severe, adverse effects on the mind and body. As with almost any drug, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur. Because of these symptoms, users who try to quit abruptly often relapse to avoid them.
However, detoxing in a medically-supervised environment prevents this from happening, and often medications can be administered that reduce some of the worst effects of withdrawal. Symptoms may include;
- severe depression
- mood swings
The severity and intensity of symptoms will vary among persons and is often correlated with the length of time and frequency of use. However, most people will begin experiencing symptoms within 24-48 hours after last use, and the residual effects can last for months.
The typical pattern of meth detox is as follows:
Patients in recovery are likely to experience severe fatigue and may sleep for an extended period. Also, depression is common.
During this time, cravings are likely to begin, in which the former user has a strong desire to return to use. This can be a very challenging period and a common point of relapse. People may also experience mood swings and body aches.
Psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety and paranoia may occur, but usually abate after about a week.
Patients may still be depressed, and cravings may be present, although less intense. After 30 days, recovering user will likely begin to feel a little better.
During these later days of meth detox, patients usually continue to have feelings of depression as well as a lack of motivation. Cravings to use will likely still be present, though less intense. After the first month, those who have quit their meth use will start to feel better.
Let’s End Addiction
If you or someone close to you is suffering from a meth addiction, please contact us today for a consultation. You are not alone. You CAN regain your life and the healthy mind and body that you deserve.