Meth Addiction: Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

Methamphetamine, also known as Meth among other names, is a potent central nervous stimulant with powerful addictive properties. Using the drug more than once can make your body become dependent on it. This can easily lead to excessive consumption and fatal addiction. Once your body has become dependent on meth, you’ll begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to quit or reduce quantity.

Withdrawal from meth can be unpleasant and excruciatingly painful. This is the reason why most people are afraid to quit using the drug. However, continuing to abuse the drug to stave off withdrawal symptoms can put you in grave danger. Meth abuse is known to cause life-threatening health issues and the best way to avert these dangers is to go through treatment.

While withdrawal symptoms can seem threatening, you can safely get through this phase via a medically-assisted detox in a residential facility where you’ll be monitored around the clock. If you have a loved one that’s afraid to face their addiction to meth because of withdrawal, please make sure they get help.

We can help you through withdrawal or that of your loved one at Primrose Lodge when you undergo our personalised intensive withdrawal and detox treatment programme. Give us a call today to discuss your rehab options available.

What is Meth Withdrawal?

Meth withdrawal is a phase that comprises traumatic and painful symptoms. Withdrawal happens when you make an attempt to quit your use of meth after using for a while. These symptoms may cause you to take more and more doses of the drug to gain relief.

However, continuing to take meth in this manner can lead to a dangerous case of addiction where you’ll be exposed to even worse withdrawal symptoms whenever you try to quit using in the future. Withdrawal symptoms can be managed through medical detox and you can progress to recovering from your addiction safely.

What Causes Withdrawal?

Meth withdrawal occurs when an attempt to discontinue meth usage is made after your body has become dependent on the drug. Dependency on meth takes place as a result of the drug’s effects on the brain. When ingested, meth travels through the bloodstream to the central nervous system and brain to cause alterations in chemical reactions. Continued use of the drug will see the brain relinquish its duties to meth, causing you to need the drug just to feel normal.

Refusing to take the drug for a while will cause withdrawal symptoms to flare up, which will serve as a signal that your brain is losing what it requires to carry out certain functions. Your body will also make the effort to eliminate the drug from your system which will lead to withdrawal as well. Also, taking the drug over time will mean your body becomes tolerant to meth’s effects, leading you to take more frequent and larger doses to replicate the feelings that you experienced before. As a consequence, reducing your dosage will lead to withdrawal.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Meth withdrawal symptoms do not occur in the same manner for every individual. Factors like the amount of meth consumed and the frequency of consumption will influence the severity and duration of symptoms. The withdrawal process can also be severe if you’ve abused meth alongside other drugs. Other factors that can also determine your withdrawal experience include the method of use. Injecting or smoking the drug will typically lead to lengthier and more intense withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms from meth can be psychological and physical. Physical symptoms tend to be intense during the early stages of withdrawal, as are some psychological symptoms. However, mental issues will continue to persist for a while. Common meth withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Incoherent speech
  • Loss of motivation
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideations


The onset, progress, and duration of meth withdrawal will largely depend on the personal situation of the addict. Everyone experiences withdrawal differently but below is a general timeline of symptoms that you should expect:

  • 0-24 Hours: The first 24 hours is when withdrawal symptoms begin to creep in, especially in cases of chronic use. These symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, and depression.
  • Day 1-3: Withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia, will begin to peak after the first day following your last use.
  • Day 4-10: After the fourth day and going into the first week, symptoms may begin to grow more complex. Powerful cravings will begin to take hold during this period and you may start to experience frequent mood swings. Concentration and motivation levels will continue to be low, with hallucinations, paranoia, and intense anxiety also occurring in some severe cases.
  • Days 11 – 14: Physical symptoms will begin to subside after the tenth day but psychological symptoms like depression and cravings may persist going week 2-3 however therapeutic rehabilitation takes over here and helps you through this period

You should always note that your withdrawal symptoms may differ from the timeline above due to the personal factors that determine how withdrawal turns out. However, going through our detox programme will see your symptoms managed properly as we employ a personalised and holistic approach to treatment.

What is a Medical Meth Detox?

During the medical drug detox patients are prescribed an approved medication to manage their symptoms of meth withdrawal. The process is tailored to the individual in order to negate the effects of fitting, vomiting, tremors etc… until the client is substance-free. The treatment is clinically proven to be the safest way to detox, taking between 7-14 days to complete, with 24/7 care and support, provided throughout.

Home Detox

We do not advise you go through detox at home, as the comfort of staying at home could mean you easily relapse, which could be dangerous. You need to be ideally monitored by professionals in a drug-free environment to ensure a successful detox.

Benefits of Private Detox

Going through your withdrawal phase in a medical detox clinic under the care of experienced professionals is the safest way to get rid of meth from your system. You’ll receive total support and will also enjoy benefits that come with a residential detox programme in a private treatment centre such as:

  • Receiving treatment in a nurturing and safe environment
  • Professional medical team with uninterrupted care & support
  • Experienced team of health care experts & therapists
  • Enjoy better sleep, recuperate, and regain confidence
  • Additional one-year support through a free aftercare programme
  • Personalised rehabilitation programme after detox
  • Identify and tackle the root causes of your meth addiction during rehab
  • Learn relapse prevention techniques when detox is completed

Do not hesitate to call us to ensure you get on the right path of recovery by going through withdrawal and detox safely.

Defeat your Addiction Today

The prospect of going through harsh withdrawal symptoms shouldn’t keep you caged in addiction. You or your loved can break the barrier of withdrawal through our world-class detox facility and the help of our treatment professionals. Our programmes are always streamlined to tackle individual needs to ensure success.

All you have to do is place a call to kick-start the process for you or a loved one.

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