What to Expect in the Meth Detox Process

Meth addiction causes numerous physical and psychological health complications that can impact the addict’s ability to function in normal society. Some of these changes may last for weeks or months and others may be permanent. Meth is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that comes in a powder or crystal form and is commonly, snorted, smoked, or injected to produce an intense euphoria. Most meth available for abuse is produced in clandestine laboratories around the world, but, there has been an epidemic rise in individuals producing meth from chemicals commonly found in the home. The broad array of chemicals that are used in the process of crystal meth are often poisonous and cause serious health hazards that plague users, their families, and communities everywhere. If you are dependent or addicted to this drug, it’s important to understand the meth detox process so you can prepare and research your treatment options.

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During methamphetamine detox you may experience drug cravings and other symptoms.

Safety is a grave concern for addicts during meth detox. Supervised meth detox allows addicts to stop using meth in a safe, comfortable manner under medical monitoring. Meth addicts often have accompanying physical or mental health issues that need to be evaluated prior to beginning the process. Many meth users abuse other substances as well and this can impact the severity of their withdrawals. Professionals at a qualified meth detox are aware of possible complications and are equipped to provide the necessary support in order for the person to clear the meth from their system and remain abstinent throughout the process.

What to Expect in the Meth Detox Process

Detoxing from meth is best handled in a controlled and safe environment with access to medical professionals such as in an inpatient facility or hospital setting. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and beyond the intense cravings and physical aches and pains, may include severe anxiety, agitation, depression, hallucinations, violent, harmful, or suicidal tendencies, or other psychosis which require immediate medical attention to manage and control. The ability to manage these symptoms as they arise is critical in maintaining the engagement of the meth addict during the complete detox process.

There are, currently, no medications approved for treatment of meth addiction, but, in some cases, medications may be administered to help alleviate anxiety, insomnia, or depression and in cases of psychosis, antipsychotic drugs may be used.

Acute withdrawal symptoms usually last from 2-10 days but, some individuals take longer to stabilize physically and psychologically because meth has such a profound effect on the brain and central nervous system. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “In studies of chronic methamphetamine users, severe structural and functional changes have been found in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in these individuals.” These effects can cause cravings, depression, insomnia and other mental health problems that can last weeks or months. Remaining in a meth treatment is the most beneficial way to remain abstinent and prevent relapse.

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  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013). What Are The Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse?
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Methamphetamine.
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