Meth is a highly addictive drug common in the UK. To get mentally and physically attached to this drug, a person only needs on try.
An intense withdrawal may be experienced by the Meth addicts when they quit using the drug. Medically-assisted detox can make the entire procedure of helping with Meth withdrawal symptoms less dangerous.
Without the right treatment, the effect of leaving the drug can be hard and even lethal. The withdrawal procedure is very hard for Meth users and should be tracked by a medical professional.
Meth alters the way the brain and central nervous system work. After a long period of using the drug, the body get used to the drug until the point of need it. The body of the user will go through withdrawal if they stop taking the drug suddenly, as it tries to re-adjust.
Symptoms Of Withdrawal
Withdrawal from Meth can get as awfully powerful as the dependence on it can be. Both the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal will be experienced by the users. Most of the time, these symptoms are moderate to severe but can also be dangerous and life-threatening. Generally, a longer and more intense withdrawal process is experienced by those who inject Meth frequently and for a prolonged period of time. Harshest symptoms during the first month are experienced by most of the users, while experiences for individuals may vary from each other.
Common Meth withdrawal symptoms include:
Loss of appetite
Inability to concentrate
Strong desire to take Meth
An intricate withdrawal process is expected in those who combine the use of Meth and other drugs, called polydrug abuse.
How Long The Symptoms Last
After only one or two days and for even 3 months can persist the signs of stopping the use of Meth. This period, however, depends largely on the user's drug habit, how much they took and for how long.
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Many individual factors may affect the length of withdrawal including the user's
Method of abuse (swallowing, snorting, smoking or injecting - those who primarily shoot Meth often experience more severe withdrawal)
Metabolism (how fast the body processes Meth)
One's health status
Severity of dependence
How long one has been addicted
Depression and the urge to take the drug remain while most of the other symptoms gradually disappear.
Extreme tiredness and sleeping for long periods are regular during this procedure. Mind-set of dejection usually set in.
Strong yearning to abuse again begin after the first few days. Changing moods, inability to pay attention and lack of motivation usually set in. The whole body hurts, and falling asleep is difficult. Stress, delusion, and psychosis can be seen in the most difficult addicts. Once the first 7 days are passed psychosis and delusion shall decrease.
The experience of sleeping problems and lack of motivation may continue over the next few weeks. All this while, the feeling of hopelessness and desire for Meth persist.
The addicts will feel better after 30 days of stopping taking the drug. Most of the symptoms stop except feeling hopeless. Other symptoms that may persist are the impulse of using the drug.
One starts treatment by getting rid of Meth in the body. The Method used is called detoxification or detox. Inpatient rehabilitation programs are of more use to addicts during detox, as it helps them manage withdrawal and cravings which are strongest during the process. Such programs offer medical observation of withdrawal, assisting to keep inhabitants safe and as relaxed as possible.
At the moment, there are no medication made or prescribed to ease withdrawal symptoms and make the recovery process more comfortable. Studies are underway to see if such medications can be made available. Bupropion is a medication used in management of depression and nicotine addiction and could be adopted to treat Meth addicts at some point.
Treatment For Meth Addiction
The greatest chance is given to those struggling with Meth addiction by the Inpatient rehabs having a successful recovery. Inpatient treatment offered to patients in these centres is personalized to cater for each patient's requirements. Most institutions employ medical intervention to help augment the treatment.
But if the patient requires do the process, the treatment and detox out of the centre, the centre also offer this help. Seeking advice from a medical expert is essential or visiting an addiction treatment specialist to ascertain the best treatment alternative.