All You Need to Know about Meth Withdrawal
Methamphetamines, or more commonly known as meth, are stimulants that contain ephedrine and pseudoepinephrine. Their outcome, highly addictive. And with constant use, has detrimental effects.
But you’ve finally seen the future of crystal meth usage and you’ve decided to take action in stopping yourself from falling into that path. Here are what you need to know regarding the symptoms of meth withdrawal, and other FAQs, to prepare yourself as you journey towards sobriety and away from drug addiction.
What Happens During Meth Withdrawal?
- Anxiety And Depression
Most of those who’ve taken a step back from meth use experience these two, one after the next. Though meth brings about a high during the first few intakes of it, its longer-lasting effect is that you’ll be plagued by anxiety, or worse, depression, during the withdrawal stage.
It’s but normal to feel this kind of slump especially if you’ve been into methamphetamines for quite a long while. The constancy of a high and then to stop abruptly will bring about a depressed mood in the user. According to studies, these will linger only from the first to the third week. And prolonged depression beyond that timeframe happens only in a few cases.
Very much related to the first, fatigue is an effect of meth withdrawal. That “high” brings about hyperactiveness and lets a person feel as though he or she isn’t in need of sleep, or any kind of respite from regular activities.
Thus, the opposite occurs once you’re no longer dependent on the drug. This will be noticeable on the fifth or sixth day of the drug rehabilitation treatment. Often, as a direct opposite of hyperactiveness, hypersomnia takes its place. Your body will be in slumber for at least 11 or more hours a day, as a coping mechanism for said withdrawal. But this symptom will ease back to a normal sleeping habit come the second week.
- Intensified Appetite And Hunger Pangs
Meth abuse results in an abnormal lack of appetite. Thus, when its consumption is halted, cravings for sugary and/ or starchy food items will transpire, especially during the first phase of the withdrawal. This will be perceptible from week 1 to week 2 or 3.
Psychosis is a disruption in one’s perception between what’s reality and what isn’t. The person confuses bot, and in the context of substance induction, these may lead to hallucinations, paranoia, and other similar delusions.
Although, it’s important to note that this also transpires not only in the course of withdrawal but while taking meth
- Mood Imbalance
Besides feelings of anxiety and depression, many of those who are being treated from severe, and long-term meth abuse are likely to develop violent behaviors.
- Low Levels Of Energy
Another symptom upon quitting meth is undergoing periods of extremely energy levels. More than being lethargic, it has something to do with both your thought-processing and your movements. Getting up from bed will prove very difficult even if you’ve had the right amount of sleep the night before. Motivation, too, will be at an all-time low.
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