Typically manufactured as blue or white rocks or taking on the appearance of glass, the aptly named “crystal meth” might possibly be one of the deadliest drugs on the planet. Besides opioids, this deadly stimulant has been responsible for countless health crises and fatal overdoses, but what makes it particularly deadly is the fact that anyone can make it with the right tools. (Lighter fluid, matches, and other toxic substances are found on the ingredient list for meth.) Typically, people who are addicted to this drug will suffer from severe physical problems (including an unfortunate issue called “meth mouth”) and will develop a notoriously dangerous addiction. So, what can you expect from meth withdrawal, especially given the fact that this stimulant is so toxic? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Comedown and Tweaking
Keep in mind that people who are addicted to stimulants will start to take more of the drug after the euphoria has started to wear off (or the drug doesn’t produce the same effect). In short, addicts will take part in “tweaking,” a series of meth binges where a person will gradually increase a dose (sometimes to fatal effects). Overall, tweaking takes place when people do not sleep for 3 to 15 days and will temporarily exhibit psychotic behavior.
For meth addicts, the process of withdrawal will be a physically exhausting effort. However, research has proven that the majority of symptoms revolve around psychological versus physiological problems (for the most part). Unlike alcohol or opioid withdrawal, meth withdrawal is (surprisingly) not that dangerous, unless the victim starts to inflict self-harm or take risks. Even more interesting, meth withdrawal seems to follow a consistent pattern:
- 24 hours: Withdrawal officially sets in.
- 7-10 days: Withdrawal symptoms reach the peak and steadily decline.
- 14-20 days: This marks the total length of time for meth withdrawal, although most addicts recover after the 14-day period.
Seeking Treatment for Meth Addiction
Crystal meth might easily be one of the most dangerous and highly addictive drugs in the world, and (obviously) a substance of this potency should never be used as the theme for a party. Drug abuse and addiction (in the same manner as any chronic illness) should never be treated lightly. However, we are happy to tell you that health and happiness are always on the horizon, if you just know where to look for the stories.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.