Meth is a highly addictive drug common in the UK. Some abusers become reliant on the drug both psychologically and physically following a single use.
Once they quit using the drug, Meth addicts will suffer intense withdrawal. Professional assistance during this period is crucial.
Reactions to Meth withdrawal range from mild to severe and in some cases result in death if not treated. Because if the seriousness of Meth withdrawal process it should be observed by a medical professional.
Meth use directly affects the central nervous system and the brain. Soon, the body is unable to function naturally without Meth. The body of the user will go through withdrawal if they stop taking the drug suddenly, as it tries to re-adjust.
Signs Of Quitting
A Meth addiction can extremely be strong and the withdrawal from the drug may also be just as intense. Addicts are likely to go through both physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal. Even the process of quitting the drug can be dangerous to the addict. Longer and more intense withdrawal can be experienced by those who inject Meth more often and for a longer 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.
Following symptoms are included in the common withdrawal:
Incapability to focus
Pain in the whole body
Strong desire to take Meth
Polydrug users, that are addicted to others drugs too as well as Meth, will have a more hard withdrawal process.
Duration Of Withdrawal
Typically, after one or two days of quitting, the withdrawal symptoms will start to appear and can last up to three months. Depending on how addict the person is to Meth, the lasting of the process will change.
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Some of the factors that influence the length of the withdrawal process are the user's:
Method of abuse (snorting, swallowing, injecting or smoking - the most dangerous withdrawal is often experienced by the people who primarily shoot Meth.
Metabolism (how fast the body gets rid of the drug)
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.
During this time period, users experience extreme fatigue and sleep more often than normal. Depression is very common too.
Strong cravings to use start appearing again after the first few days. Addicts may experience mood changes and find it difficult to focus or remain inspired. The whole body hurts, and falling asleep is difficult. In some harsh cases, paranoia, delusions and extreme nervousness may arise. After a week or so, paranoia and hallucinations should diminish slowly.
Sleeplessness and lack of interest, however, may go on for a couple more weeks. And the most lasting symptoms are depression and Meth impulse.
Most users start feeling better about a month after quitting. The depression may keep after the other symptoms have passed. Other symptoms that may persist are the impulse of using the drug.
Cleansing Body Of Meth
To deal with Meth addiction, detox is the first stage of the process. Through it, the person gets rid of the drug of his body. 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. These systems provide medical observation of withdrawal, helping keep residents comfortable and safe as possible.
Currently, there aren't any medications available that may be specifically designed or prescribed to ease withdrawal symptoms and make recovery more manageable for the Meth users. But some medicaments are being tested to help the patients. A drug that is been given to cigarettes smokers so they can endure the depression and it can be used for Meth addict in an near future is Bupropion.
Treating Meth Addiction
Addicts will get the best opportunity to quit the addiction in the rehab centres. These residential treatment centres are specialized in offering personalized treatment programs according to the patient needs. Most institutions employ medical intervention to help augment the treatment.
Outpatient is another choice for some Meth addicts including outpatient medical detox. In order to determine the best treatment option, it's essential to consult a medical professional or addiction treatment specialist.