a man deals with the signs of meth withdrawal
By BrightView
Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: November 5, 2021
Updated: November 4, 2021

Millions of people in the United States use drugs daily to alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Some of these drugs are doctor prescribed, while others are obtained illicitly for self-medication. Use can begin casually and occasionally to relieve symptoms but can gradually develop into dependence, requiring larger, more frequent doses. The shift from casual use to substance use disorder may not always be obvious. Still, once you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug, you know you may need professional help, such as that from a meth addiction treatment program.

When you are looking for caring, non-judgmental support for substance use disorder, BrightView is here to help. Our well-rounded treatment programs provide the therapies and medication you need to turn your life around. Call us today at 1-833-510-HELP and start feeling better tomorrow.

How Do You Know If You Are Dependent on Meth?

When you try crystal meth for the first time, your intention may be to only use it casually in social settings. Many people first try this drug at parties or when hanging out with friends. Even when the plan is just to use meth to relax and socialize, it can be challenging to maintain this level of moderation. Crystal meth is a highly addictive drug, and the euphoric feelings it brings can be enticing. Once your body has gotten a taste of it, it may begin to crave more, eventually drawing you into substance use disorder.

So, how do you know when your use of crystal meth has transitioned from casual to dependence? Here are some signs that may indicate you need professional help to break free from meth dependence:

  • You have developed a tolerance to the drug, requiring higher, more frequent doses to experience the same high.
  • You feel angry and irritable often.
  • You are plagued with nagging feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
  • You experience periods of severe insomnia where you may not be able to sleep for several days at a time.

Once you start noticing the above signs, it may be challenging to discontinue using crystal meth on your own. Once you are dependent, trying to quit can lead to uncomfortable meth withdrawal symptoms.

What Are the Signs of Meth Withdrawal?

Experiencing meth withdrawal symptoms is a sure sign that your body has developed a dependence on the drug. If you stop using crystal meth, you may notice signs of withdrawal, including:

  • Extreme feelings of exhaustion and excessive sleeping
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Low mood, depression, and apathy
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Tremors

How long meth withdrawal lasts varies based on several factors, including how long you have used the drug and how large of a dose you used. On average, meth withdrawal symptoms last about two to three weeks. The most intense symptoms take place two to three days after the last use and slowly start to dissipate after one week’s time.

Two to three weeks of feeling physically and psychologically uncomfortable can feel like a lifetime. To help decrease the risk of relapse, it is recommended that you seek the help of a meth addiction treatment program. These programs can support you with medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms so you can stay focused on recovery.

Recover Comfortably with a Meth Addiction Treatment Program at BrightView

At BrightView, we understand the desire to escape from everyday stress and find relief from anxiety and pain. We are here to help you find a better way to manage the difficulties that arise in your life. With the assistance of medication and therapy, you can end your dependence on meth and work toward a healthier, happier lifestyle. Call us today at 1-833-510-HELP to get started.