Meth Detox and Withdrawal

Methamphetamine or crystal methamphetamine are the most potent types of amphetamine available today. Almost all of today’s crystal methamphetamine or “crystal meth” is homemade and has stimulant properties similar to that of adrenaline. Like adrenaline, meth stimulates the central nervous system and works directly on the brain and spinal cord by interfering with healthy neurotransmission.

Regardless of its form, stimulates the person’s central nervous system and the euphoric feeling can last anywhere from a few hours to as long as twenty four hours. This drug and its resulting addiction have short and long term adverse physical and mental effects which may include:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain
  • Irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain
  • Heart attack
  • Accelerated heart beat
  • Stroke
  • Insomnia
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Jerky movements
  • Paranoid psychosis
  • Incessant conversations
  • Convulsions
  • Hypothermia
  • Brain damage
  • Malnutrition
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Increase in alertness
  • Increased physical activity
  • Increased irritability
  • Impaired immune system
  • Blood clots
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver damage
  • Slurred speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Respiratory distress
  • Sweats
  • Loss of coordination
  • Numbness

Withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable and can be very dangerous. The effects associated with meth withdrawal may include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Sweats
  • Hyperventilation
  • Convulsions
  • Irregular heart beat

Because of the severity of this withdrawal, many people choose to enter detox and/or treatment programs to assist them in coping with their symptoms. In addition to withdrawal, crystal meth affects many other areas of a person’s life. Malibu Recovery Center is here to help. People addicted to meth tend to spend most of their finances on obtaining the drug, have difficulty maintaining employment due to their loss of concentration, motivation and depression, and experience deterioration in their personal relationships as their paranoia, and subsequent isolation increases.

In almost every case, meth or amphetamine addiction treatment begins with an admission into detox here at Detox Malibu where our team will help manage withdrawal symptoms. The crystal meth detox protocol will be supervised and designed by contracted physicians.

During detox, the individual will have dealt with and resolved many of the initial, physical symptoms associated with meth withdrawal, but the craving and the urge to keep using may stay with them for weeks. It will get easier for the individual to stop using as the brain continues to heal from the damage created by the abuse. Cravings and thoughts about using will diminish over time and the brain will eventually return to its normal state of functioning. Malibu Recovery Center creates individual treatment plans but highly recommends that such individuals then partake in a minimum of six months of active participation in the Malibu Recovery Center community.

It takes time to resolve both the emotional and physical trauma people experience due to meth addiction. It also takes time to learn how to cope with the feelings the person has suppressed. This process is best undergone in a sober community such as the Malibu Recovery Center, which is designed to eliminate outside distractions and find the support and encouragement needed to proceed in their recovery journey. This allows an addict to focus on the key issues surrounding their recovery.

Upon completion of the residential treatment stage of addiction treatment, the client can choose between attending day treatment, one of our outpatient programs, or continuing with private therapy. The most important decision an addict can make is attending some form of treatment for their crystal meth addiction. Which form of treatment they choose is a matter of preference since the modalities are all designed to do the same thing: to treat meth addiction.