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Quitting Meth

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In my last post, I talked about how I sought help for my meth addiction at a rehab facility and all the steps that I went through to make that happen. Here, I thought I’d share more important information on the topic for people that may be looking to quit methamphetamine for good – as I did.

So, I’m talking about meth side effects after quitting. You probably already knew this, but getting off a drug you’re addicted to has its consequences, and one of those is the withdrawal symptoms that one begins to experience as your body tries to return to normal. Over time, these symptoms will disappear as your body adjusts to meth not being present anymore. However, these meth withdrawal stages can be pretty severe while they last, especially for strong addicts that have been using for a long time.

Within the first 24 hours after using meth, you may already begin to experience symptoms of meth withdrawal. These first 24 hours are the most intense, and those symptoms will wane for a week, although this largely depends on how long the person has been using meth for. Genuine addicts that have been using for a while will have a tougher time of getting rid of the withdrawal symptoms before they start to feel normal again. In fact, some users will experience meth withdrawal symptoms that last for months. This is known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome.

Crystal Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

Realistically, most addicts will go back to the drug before the symptoms of meth withdrawal wane – hence why trying to recover by oneself at home could be a waste of time. The specific experiences of individuals with meth withdrawals may vary, but these are the most common symptoms associated with the situation:

  • Meth Psychosis: can also happen when a person is high on meth. Characterized by hallucinations and delusions
  • Anxiety: a very common symptom, occurring in up to 30% of meth addicts
  • Depression: you may be feeling generally low and depressed when you don’t use the drug for a while
  • Increased appetite: while on meth, you may experience reduced appetite. The opposite is the case when you stop using – your appetite is likely to increase.
  • Meth Cravings: the most common of all symptoms. Your body takes some time to adjust to the change.
  • Fatigue and Sleepiness: while on meth, one may feel hyperactive and be awake most of the time. The reverse is the case when you stop using it.

Coping With Methamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

The most important thing to point out here is that your chances of recovering from meth addiction and persevering through the process of meth withdrawal symptoms are greatly increased when you do it under the supervision of medical professionals at rehab. This way, you can go through the proper meth detox process and proven therapy methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management approach.

With that said, there are a few meth withdrawal home remedies one can try to cope with the symptoms. These include:

  • Distractions: try to keep busy and distract yourself to deal with the cravings that are bound to come
  • Exercise: this may help with the anxiety
  • Avoiding triggers: if you can identify the situations and/or people that trigger your need to use meth, you can consciously try to avoid them
  • Eating healthy

If you or someone you know is struggling with this addiction and looking for how to quit meth, please look for a rehab facility close to you for treatment. You don’t need to go through this alone – there are a lot of professionals out there that will be more than willing to help. Stay strong!