Detoxing from methamphetamine is not life-threatening like alcohol or benzodiazepines. However, the psychological factor of meth detox can make it dangerous for you as well as others. Meth detox can make you become very depressed and experience suicidal thoughts. For this reason, detoxing from methamphetamine should always be done with professionals who are trained in this field and can handle any issues which may arise in this process.
Methamphetamine is a very addictive and dangerous stimulant drug which is frequently called “meth.” It is widely available because it can be made using ordinary household products. There are many meth “labs” all throughout the United States where people manufacture the drug by cooking it and returning it to a solid form. Many of the ingredients in methamphetamine are caustic, toxic, and flammable. Hence, meth labs are very dangerous and have a very high potential of exploding and blowing up.
Addiction to Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine can be snorted, smoked, taken by mouth, or injected. Someone abusing meth will show symptoms such as increased activity, decreased fatigue, increased talkativeness, decreased appetite, and hyperthermia. The physical appearance of someone who is addicted to meth will show many signs of addiction. They obsessively pick at their skin leaving scars, scabs, and many times open sores on the face. They also feel as if insects are crawling on their skin and are incessantly scratching. Tooth decay and loss is another sign of meth addiction in addition to hair loss. The hair loss is due to the toxic chemicals which they ingest as well as malnutrition.
Detoxing From Methamphetamine
Detoxing from methamphetamine (just as any other drug) is best suited for patients in an inpatient rehabilitation facility with medical professionals who can monitor your withdrawal symptoms and cravings for the drug. There are currently no medications specifically to help meth withdrawal symptoms. However, in an inpatient facility, physicians can prescribe medication to help you with the anxiety, depression, and to help you sleep. These medications can make you more comfortable as you go through the detoxification process.
The duration and severity of your withdrawal process depend on the length of your addiction, your method of use (if you were injecting meth, it would usually be more severe), your metabolism, as well as your overall health. If you are in really poor overall health, detox will take longer and may be harder on you physically. A few days into detoxing from methamphetamine, you will experience intense cravings and may have mood swings. In extreme cases, you will go through paranoia and extreme anxiety and possibly hallucinations. These symptoms should disappear in about a week or so.
Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
It is crucial for you to receive treatment for addiction after detoxing from methamphetamine. This drug is far too dangerous to your health for you to detox and not receive the treatment that you need to remain sober. Without treatment for addiction, as soon as you start having cravings for meth, you will relapse right back into addiction.
An inpatient treatment program will teach you the skills necessary to know your triggers and be able to resist the cravings and temptations to do meth again. You will go through a personalized treatment program which fits your individual needs and preferences. Once you complete your inpatient treatment program, you will receive an aftercare program which will help you with your recovery as far as avoiding relapse when you return home and to your day-to-day life and activities.
Don’t wait any longer. Enroll in an inpatient addiction treatment program and receive the help you need and deserve to return to a healthy and happy lifestyle where you will be a productive individual who is an asset to all those who love you, and you love.