Understanding meth withdrawal symptoms requires an understanding of how meth affects a person, and the signs of meth addiction. When a person exhibits withdrawal symptoms, they likely did not anticipate those symptoms, the same as they did not expect to experience signs of meth addiction.
The Oceanfront Recovery Meth Addiction Treatment Center team recognizes the highly addictive nature of meth, the symptoms of meth addiction, and the need for treatment. The treatment team also recognizes meth withdrawal symptoms, and offers detox services when needed, and a comprehensive treatment program to help you through your recovery.
What is Meth?
Meth is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug that affects your central nervous system. A person using meth smokes it, snorts the drug, swallows the pills, or shoots meth after dissolving the powder with water or alcohol.
The effects of meth are almost immediate, with the user needing more of the drug each time to obtain the same pleasurable effects experienced with first-time use. One major issue is the fact that as the body adjusts to meth, the individual experiences negative effects, including addiction.
Some short-term and long-term effects of meth use include:
- Wanting to repeat the experience of using meth as the reward areas of the brain reinforce the using behaviors
- Having to change the way meth is taken in an attempt to get the desired pleasurable effect
- Inability to feel any pleasure except after using meth
- Delusions or hallucinations and other possible psychotic features
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Consequences of Meth Addiction
There are potentially severe consequences for individuals using meth. The National Institutes of Health published findings from researchers that examined the association between meth use and pulmonary diseases. The researchers found a positive association between meth users and that of all individuals admitted to California hospitals between 2005 and 2011 for asthma or COPD exacerbation, pneumonia, and acute respiratory failure.
Researchers called the meth use in the U.S. an ‘epidemic.’ Indeed, there are other consequences of those that have a meth addiction, including accidental overdose, and death. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that, in 2017, approximately 15 percent of all drug-related deaths involved meth.
Many meth users likely use other illicit substances.
Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Meth withdrawal symptoms are similar among people that try to quit using the drug, yet the symptoms that you or your loved one experience may not be exactly the same as those of another person addicted to meth.
Some meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Cravings or thinking about meth
- Psychotic symptoms particularly throughout the first week of withdrawal
- Sleep difficulties
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Increased appetite
- Decreased sexual pleasure
One of the meth withdrawal symptoms studied by researchers includes the fact that some individuals experience anxiety that possibly becomes one of the most serious meth withdrawal symptoms. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published research where the researchers referred to anxiety as one of the ‘most prominent’ psychiatric meth withdrawal symptoms.
Meth Addiction Treatment
The highly qualified team of professionals at Oceanfront Recovery have the experience to guide clients through the appropriate substance abuse treatment program, or dual diagnosis treatment for individuals that experience both substance abuse and mental health treatment needs.
Every individual that seeks meth addiction treatment receives a confidential and comprehensive assessment to determine their treatment needs. Oceanfront Recovery utilizes a variety of treatments at the Addiction Treatment Center, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
- EMDR Therapy Program
- Holistic therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Individuals in therapy often engage in group therapy as part of their treatment program. We guide you through your withdrawal symptoms as you progress through your treatment.
Contact Oceanfront Recovery at 877.279.1777 to get started in meth addiction treatment today.