Written by: Nicki Hari
Medically Reviewed by: Dr Mateen Durrani – MBBS, DPM, MSc, BCPsych
Last Updated: January 10th, 2023
If you have found yourself in the difficult position of needing to read about meth detox for yourself or your loved one, we would like to applaud your courage and encourage you to read on further as you have taken the first step to recovery. Both meth and crystal meth, which is a more powerful and less legal variation of meth that comes in small rocks, can severely alter bodily functions. As addictive as this drug is, crystal meth detoxing is a highly rewarding endeavour.
It is a difficult process that is worth every step of the way. Having a healthy lifestyle and being independent from this drug will ensure your personal, financial and relationship health greatly, and we are happy to aid you on your journey.
Why detox from meth?
A healthy lifestyle is one where you are able to do things that make you feel good without being dependent on anyone or anything for this happiness. In addition to taking away your freedom to make rational decisions and logical choices, dependency is also dangerous since the subject of any dependency may find its way out of your life with no warning or period of adjustment. In the case of crystal meth, this could be very dangerous. To that end, a crystal meth detox is a fully reasonable prevention tactic to ensure the consequences of a suddenly forced termination are not a traumatic or, worse, fatal experience.
Furthermore, on the positive side of a crystal meth detox, a healthy lifestyle is one that naturally induces endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin through healthy activities and foods that keep your body functioning and prologue your lifespan. While there are many ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle, it is only possible to begin after conducting a meth detox and getting through the crystal meth withdrawal symptoms that accompany the process. To that end, we have laid out the process of detoxing from crystal meth below.
Crystal meth withdrawal
The gist of the meth detox process is simple: stop using the drug. However, meth detox triggers taxing side effects that can put you through immense physical pain and mental suffering if you don’t have medical support.
How long meth withdrawal symptoms last will depend on the duration of the addiction. On average, meth withdrawal symptoms will last up to seven days. However, in some cases, symptoms can last up to two weeks. Below is a list of some of the symptoms that you will experience whilst undergoing crystal meth withdrawal.
Meth physical withdrawal symptoms
- Muscle pain and spasms
- Changes in appetite
- Intense cravings
Meth physical withdrawal symptoms
- Irregular sleep
- Inability to sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory impairment
Meth withdrawal timeline
Experiencing these symptoms will vary from person to person, but you can be aware of the milestones to expect when undergoing this process by mapping out a rough timeline of what the experience will be like days at a time. Below is a crystal meth withdrawal timeline to help you stay on track and be safe whilst undergoing this difficult process.
- Twenty-four hours after last use, symptoms will begin to show develop in the form of fatigue, insomnia and depression.
- Within one to three days, symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety will peak.
- Four to seven days in, the cravings will begin and get more intense as time goes on. During this time, you may feel concentration levels decreasing as well as an increase in anxiety. In this period, you may begin to experience symptoms of psychosis such as hallucination and paranoia.
- Within the next seven to fourteen days, physical symptoms should begin to die down, and your body should return to its physical independence by the end of this period. Mental symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, will take an average of fourteen days to dissipate but could take three weeks after the date of the last intake of crystal meth to return to a healthy condition.
Medical meth detox
The difficulty of a meth detox is apparent through the symptoms and timeline listed above. Enduring this process would be a challenging task for anyone but can be made easier by seeking professional medical help. For mental health purposes, a mental health professional will be able to help with depression, anxiety and psychosis symptoms that come with crystal meth withdrawal.
With physical symptoms, a medical meth detox will provide you with a safe space to experience the symptoms while continuing to be monitored. Medical detox also provides the advantage of reducing experiences of meth withdrawal symptoms through providing monitored and professionally approved amounts of specific drugs. The drugs help in adjusting your body gradually to a point where it is no longer dependent on meth rather than shocking your system with the sudden halt of a substance that your body is chemically addicted to.
Medical meth detox at Primrose Lodge
At Primrose Lodge, we are able to provide a range of drugs to help with crystal meth withdrawal. Furthermore, we are able to ensure the comfort of our residents as medical professionals who have previously been in their position and know what it feels like will be by supporting them through the process.
We also provide 24/7 care for our residents and a range of physical treatments to aid the process. Group and individual therapy as part of the meth detox programme for our residents at Primrose Lodge to aid with the mental effects of crystal meth withdrawal.
Life after meth detox
Luckily, the hardest part of meth detox only lasts for a limited amount of time. However, detox alone cannot stop your addiction. It is generally recommended that you address the core reasons that led you to substance abuse with the help of an addiction professional. If you’ve been able to go through the crystal meth withdrawal symptoms in a private detox facility like Primrose Lodge, you can continue your residency for some time in order to ensure you do not return to substance abuse after all your valiant efforts have come to fruition.
However, if you are not yet at this point, do not lose heart. With just a little amount of time, you will be able to overcome this obstacle and triumph over this ailment. We encourage you to contact us through our 24/7 admission line to let us help you get through this difficult time in your or your loved one’s life.