The first step towards recovery from any kind of addiction is detoxification. Your body needs to rid itself of the drug. As your body has become reliant on the drug, there will be symptoms of drug withdrawal. Depending on the drug, the length of time you use it and how reliant your body became the symptoms can range from mild to potentially dangerous. When detoxing from meth there are a number of meth withdrawal signs. Knowing what the symptoms of meth withdrawal can help you know the progress of the detox, or if you have a friend who might be attempting to go without the drug. Here is what you need to know with regards to meth and the potential withdrawal signs.
Meth Withdrawal Signs
The symptoms of meth withdrawal can go in several cycles. There are the initial signs of going through withdrawal, and over time these will change to different symptoms as your body adjusts to life without the drug.
The first 24 to 48 hours are the worst. This is known as the crash or “coming down.” You will feel completely tapped of energy, will feel tired all the time, and you’ll experience an increased appetite. Specifically, you will crave carbs. In fact, the carb cravings will increase throughout the first week or two after no longer using and then begin to taper off between weeks two and three.
Moving from the first few days to the first week you will feel paranoia and tired. Some individuals will have suicidal thoughts, which may bring about depression and psychosis. The extreme fatigue will not last long though. By sticking to a normal diet the feeling of constantly being tired will fade away by around the beginning of the second week. Likewise, psychosis will end right around the second week.
It is important, when considering symptoms of meth withdrawal, to point out each person is different. While one individual might experience prolonged depression or fatigue, someone else will crave carbs for longer or have extreme anxiety.
The Later Stages of Meth Withdrawal Signs
By the beginning of the third week, your carb cravings should have either completely gone away or be nearing its end. You should no longer feel tired and your psychosis will likely have gone away. One of the biggest issues as to why you go through these prolonged symptoms is because of your heart rate. With the lack of meth in your system, your heart rate must learn how to regulate itself again. This alters not only how much blood is being pumped throughout your body, but also the amount of oxygen and energy that reaches cells throughout your body. By this point, your body has started to better regulate itself, but it’s not fully back to normal.
Your feelings of depression will begin to fade away at week three. Now, if you suffered from depression prior to detoxing from meth this may be a different issue altogether. However, if the depression occurred because of the meth detox than right around week three it will go away. Now, the final two withdrawal signs include meth cravings and anxiety. You may very well still have strong meth cravings at week three. This feeling should start to dilute around week four, and hopefully, by week five you won’t have any meth cravings. It doesn’t mean you won’t crave it if a trigger occurs (such as a friend using or tasting food that reminds you of meth). But in general, the meth cravings won’t spring up without some sort of trigger.
The feeling of anxiety may linger, which again is attributed to your heart rate, but by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise you’ll begin to feel less and less anxious.
The best way to go about any kind of drug detox is with the help of professionals. At First Step Center, you will be surrounded by individuals who not only have been in a similar position as you in their own lives but who know what to expect with the meth withdrawal signs. They know what you might need to improve your rehab process or what symptoms of meth withdrawal will be quickly approaching. So if you’re ready to begin your meth rehab but know you need help, want to know more about the rehab process, or have other basic questions on meth withdrawal signs, there is a First Step Center specialist ready and waiting to answer your call today.