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Methamphetamine Detoxification and Withdrawals

Methamphetamine Detoxification

During detox, your body is going through a process of cleansing itself of toxic chemicals due to meth, alcohol or any other substance that was abused. When you physically become dependent on meth or any other drug and you suddenly stop using it, you will experience symptoms as the chemicals begin to deplete in your system. Detoxification is the process where you are cleansing your body of the toxic chemicals of the drug or drugs that have been abused.

It is never a good idea to attempt to detox on your own especially if you are a chronic user of meth or any other drug. There are so many serious health issues to take into consideration as well as the drug's effects; this can make detoxification serious and sometimes dangerous. Always seek an experienced professional during this time.

Many times during the detoxification process there are medications given to help ease the discomfort experienced with the symptoms of withdrawal. This is a very uncomfortable time and professional supervision is necessary for your safety and comfort.

I can't stress enough how important it is to be honest with those in charge of your detoxification process. Being honest about your history of drug use no matter how chronic and severe it may be, will make the detox process much smoother. They will be better prepared during this time to make sure you safely go through this process which will make your withdrawal symptoms much more comfortable and safe.

Detoxification is the first step taken to rid your body of the chemicals they have become dependent on. Many users of meth and other drugs mistakenly think that detox means recovery but this isn't true. Detoxification is the first step towards recovery. When the detox process is successfully completed it is crucial that the second phase of substance abuse treatment begins.

Withdrawal symptoms occur when an individual becomes physically dependent on a drug or substance and then stops using the drug suddenly. All drugs are different so withdrawal symptoms vary; it depends on what kind of drug it is, how long it's been used, how it was administered, and the overall health of the individual.

When an individual becomes dependent on methamphetamines and they suddenly stop using them, they can experience:

  1. Depression
  2. Appetite may increase
  3. Become very depressed
  4. Anxiousness
  5. Increased sleeping
  6. Restless or agitated
  7. Experience vivid dreams
  8. Suicidal thoughts

Chronic meth user's withdrawal symptoms can be more intense and uncomfortable and could last for months compared to a few days for someone who used meth off and on. Because methamphetamine use can cause so many physical and emotional problems, chronic users can experience other medical problems during the withdrawal process. This is another reason to seek experienced professional help during your detoxification process due to meth addiction.

It's not uncommon today for an individual to be addicted to more than one drug. When a person is dependent on another drug or alcohol along with methamphetamines, their withdrawal symptoms will reflect both drugs. This makes a big difference when a person is going through detoxification for substance abuse.

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