Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a stimulant drug that works by affecting one’s central nervous system. It is highly addictive, and unfortunately, easily obtainable in the United States. There are several ways in which an individual ingests meth, including: snorting (nasally inhaled), smoking, eating, and intravenously (injected). Methamphetamine can wreck havoc on one’s physical, emotional, and mental systems. It is an incredibly harmful drug.
The detox process is an essential component to one’s recovery from methamphetamine abuse. Detoxifying one’s body from the habitual abuse of methamphetamine will be unpleasant and in some cases can be dangerous. The severity of one’s detox experience will depend on one’s personal health history, the amount of methamphetamine abused, the length of time the person abused meth, the potency of the drug, and if an individual used and/ or abused other drugs or alcohol concurrently.
Individuals who have comorbid disorders should seek a detox program in a hospital setting. Undergoing a medically supervised detox is essential for those who have dual diagnosis, so an individual is closely monitored throughout his or her detox process. This will ensure the individual’s safety, as well as help mitigate some of the more challenging and painful withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, there are some medications that can be helpful in reducing the severity of some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that come with detoxing from meth. An individual will only have this as an option if he or she attends a medically supervised detox program.
- IMS (Incidental Medical Services)
- Full Physical Examination
- All labs including blood & urine tests
- Medical Director/Physician
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- CNA’s (Certified Nurse’s Aid)
- Detox Technicians
- Substance Use Disorder Counselors
- Healthy snack & drinks
- TVs in the bedrooms
- Healthy meals prepared by chef
- Smoking area provided outdoors
Alternatively, some individuals will attempt to detox from meth at home. If an individual chooses this form of detox, it is imperative to have support and supervision. There are many discomforts that accompany detoxifying from methamphetamine, and having emotional and physical support can make a huge difference in one’s success. If anything should go awry, an individual should seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional to help with the process.
The withdrawal symptoms that an individual may experience when stopping methamphetamine use will typically begin about two to three days after one’s last use. The symptoms can last between seven to ten days, and in some cases longer. Some examples of the withdrawal symptoms an individual going through methamphetamine detox may exhibit include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Physical aches and pains
- Suicidal ideation
Every individual is different and will have a unique detox experience. Each person has the propensity to experience any combination of the above withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, some of the psychological withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, can last far longer than two weeks, in some cases may last years. Due to the fact that suicidal ideation is not uncommon during one’s detox stage, it is essential to obtain adequate support during this process.
Detox from meth can be incredibly uncomfortable and difficult. No individual should have to endure it twice, which is why subsequent treatment is frequently necessary. Following the successful completion of one’s detox from meth abuse, an individual should attend some form of treatment program. There are a variety of options available. Individuals can choose from inpatient treatment programs, outpatient treatment programs, and/ or peer support groups.
Individuals who attend any kind of formal detox program will be guided as to how to continue with one’s recovery. A treatment plan will be set in place before the departure from the detox facility. This plan will be a co creation between the professionals that work at the detox facility and the individual in recovery. Some individuals will be advised to attend an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. This will require the individual to reside at the treatment facility for a certain length of time and participate in the treatment program. Others may benefit from an outpatient program. In an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, individuals will reside at home, but attend a certain number of treatment hours in a facility over a specific period of time. This option is beneficial for individuals who are not recovering from a severe addiction, and who have other commitments that they are unable to break. Regardless of the type of follow-up treatment, continuing one’s recovery process in some formal way is extremely helpful to one’s sobriety.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addition.