Detox from Meth
For those who wish to methamphetamine use, it is best to be prepared for the withdrawal process and symptoms that will be experienced. To detox from meth, advance preparation can mean the difference between success and failure when trying to become drug free.
What Happens during Detox from Meth?
Meth use increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for helping people to feel good and experience pleasure. When meth is used over a period of time, changes actually occur in the brain, leading to a decrease in natural dopamine production and reduced effects of the dopamine that is present. Without the meth to increase dopamine, the brain no longer produces enough for users to experience pleasure at all without the drug. The damage caused to the brain can last for months or even a couple of years after meth use has stopped. As final remnants of the drug leave the body when detoxing from meth, dopamine levels keep dropping until the drug is completely out of the system.
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Detox from Meth Symptoms
Those who quit using meth typically experience a range of withdrawal symptoms as the drug leaves the body and due to no longer experiencing the dopamine boosting effects of the drug. These symptoms mainly involve mood, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. However, other symptoms may be experienced as well. Difficulty with concentration, focus, and memory are common, as are aches and pains, sleep disturbances, and changes in eating. Extreme cravings are likely during detox from meth, and should be expected. Many who are trying to quit meth return to drug use in order to avoid the painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. This increases the risk of meth overdose, which can be fatal.
Choosing How to Detox from Meth
The best way to detox from meth is to be prepared ahead of time. If you feel quitting will be too difficult, or have tried to quit before and failed on previous attempt, it might be helpful to consider inpatient detox. However, many people have successfully quit meth with outpatient and home detox. The choice is up to you, but we strongly recommend doing it under the care of a professional.
Preparing for Detox from Meth
When using meth, there is little need to eat or sleep. It only stands to reason that once meth use is stopped, the user will sleep and eat a lot more than before. Be prepared by having lots of healthy food on hand, preferably enough to last a week or so, during the worst of the detox process. Have a friend or family member stay with you if possible for provisions, help around the house, and emotional support during this time. Make sure you have over the counter pain relievers on hand for any aches and pains. Be sure any health concerns, including mental health issues, are under proper care beforehand. Knowing what to expect and being prepared can help you to successfully detox from meth to move forward with a drug-free life.