Signs of Methamphetamine Withdrawal
Methamphetamine addiction is extremely powerful. One of the most addictive and potent illegal stimulants available, methamphetamine users can easily become dependent after just one use. As a user turns to the drug for a euphoric high, his or her brain and central nervous system rapidly adjust to create a real physical dependence on the drug.
Methamphetamine, also known as speed, meth, chalk, or ice, can cause rapid harm to every aspect of a user’s health and life. Signs of abuse may include increased energy and activity, decreased appetite and weight loss, and sudden changes in physical appearance such as tooth decay (also known as “meth mouth”), hair loss, skin picking, and a sunken face.
When coming off of methamphetamine, addicts can begin to see intense symptoms of withdrawal within just a few days. Symptoms range from moderate to severe (or even fatal) and include body aches, mood swings, headaches, inability to concentrate, meth cravings, increased appetite, and weight gain, paranoia, exhaustion, hallucinations, night sweats, anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Intensity of withdrawal may vary based on the method of methamphetamine abuse, the metabolism and overall health of the addict, and the duration of abuse.
Rather than hitting the user all at once, these symptoms often come in waves or stages. The first few days can be especially painful. Over the course of a few weeks, the physical symptoms such as body aches, hallucinations, and exhaustion can wane. Users should never attempt this initial detox without the support and monitoring of medical professionals, as withdrawal can be fatal for highly addicted users.
Once recovering addicts push through this initial phase of intense physical withdrawal symptoms, many are lured into a false sense of security or confidence that they have defeated their methamphetamine addiction. However, in the months to come, psychological symptoms may appear, linger, or increase in impact. Without professional support, abusers may quickly return to methamphetamine to escape the intense cravings, deep depression, and suicidal thoughts that they face in the months of ongoing withdrawal from methamphetamine dependence.
A residential treatment program and the professional support provided by The Owl’s Nest Recovery Program will help addicts face and overcome difficult withdrawal symptoms, stay committed to their recovery, and draw from the strength of other addicts’ victories. Medical professionals will help monitor the physical dangers of withdrawal and provide medications or techniques to ease the painful symptoms of withdrawal as much as possible. If you or someone you know is addicted to methamphetamine, please contact The Owl’s Nest today!