Maybe you’ve reached a breaking point and you’re ready to put your drug abuse behind you but you need some help. You’ve come to the right place. Briarwood Detox Center offers personalized medically assisted detox for a number of addictive substances, including methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine (or meth) is a synthetic, man-made stimulant drug that is very addictive. It is usually made in the form of a white powder or pill. Crystal methamphetamine is another form of the drug that looks like glass chunks or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Slang names for methamphetamine include:
When using methamphetamine, individuals will either inhale (smoke), swallow a pill, snort the powder, or inject the powder after dissolving it in water or alcohol.
When a person uses methamphetamine, their brain is flooded with dopamine so they experience a powerful rush of euphoria. This “high” wears off quickly but it makes the drug extremely addictive. After the initial euphoria wears off, users typically feel angry, afraid, edgy, or overly excited and with continued use over time, they may experience extremely high body temperatures, severe itching, dental problems, extreme weight loss, and cognitive and emotional problems.
Long-term methamphetamine abuse may change the brain permanently, affecting a person’s ability to experience pleasure from natural things like eating a good meal or spending quality time with a loved one.
Do I Need Methamphetamine Detox?
While a full detox program is not necessary for methamphetamine, we do recommend a period of safe medical observation in a clinical environment while you are discontinuing use. If you are addicted to methamphetamine and have developed a dependence on the drug, you may need to be monitored during withdrawal to ensure your safety.
Why Medical Observation?
The dopamine levels in the brain drop dramatically when you stop using methamphetamine. As a result, detox can be a very lonely time, filled with melancholy thoughts and depressive tendencies. This leads many people right back into drug abuse.
If you are addicted to methamphetamine you may also experience severe mood imbalances during withdrawal. Medical observation in our facility provides additional support to help you cope with the psychological issues you experience when you stop using the drug.
Most often, our clients detoxing from methamphetamine are also extremely exhausted. Our caring medical staff will treat any uncomfortable symptoms that are keeping you awake to help you get the rest you need to recover.
Methamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Unlike the withdrawal period during alcohol and opioid drug detox, methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms are primarily psychological, as opposed to physical. These may include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of hopelessness
You may also experience some of these physical symptoms during methamphetamine withdrawal:
- Increased appetite
- Strong cravings
Managing Withdrawal Symptoms
Although there is not a detox protocol for methamphetamine, our medical team will provide around-the-clock monitoring during a period of safe medical observation to manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and ensure your safety throughout the withdrawal process. Your multidisciplinary treatment team will work together to address your physical and emotional needs throughout withdrawal and administer medication when necessary to make sure you are comfortable at all times. Although you may be tempted to detox at home, we highly recommend you do not attempt it. Medically assisted methamphetamine detox is the safest and most comfortable way to experience withdrawal.
Methamphetamine Withdrawal Timeline
- 1-3 days after the last dose: You will most likely feel extremely exhausted, anxious, and paranoid. More extreme symptoms may include suicidal thoughts and hallucinations.
- 4-7 days after the last dose: You may struggle with very strong cravings, feel hopeless, and suffer from aches, pains, and headaches. You may also have difficulty concentrating and may experience some weight gain.
- 8-14 days after the last dose: Most of your withdrawal symptoms will have subsided, although you may still feel slightly depressed, have trouble sleeping, or experience sudden mood swings. Some of these symptoms may last for a few weeks.
What Happens During Methamphetamine Detox?
On your first day of detox, you’ll meet your resident advocate and detox counselor before going on a tour of our facility. Next, you’ll review and sign your intake documents. These forms are written in a clear, easy-to-read manner, but our staff will also be there to review them with you and answer any questions you have while filling them out. During your first hour at Briarwood, you’ll meet with our medical staff for a personal assessment. After this, a period of safe medical observation will begin.
Safe Medical Observation
Our nurses are on-site at Briarwood 24/7 to monitor your vitals and heart rate, treat any symptoms and answer any questions you have. We are available around-the-clock and will check on you every four hours to make sure you are comfortable and safe.
Individual and Group Counseling
You’ll also meet with your detox counselor for individual and group counseling to help you work through any psychological or physical issues that arise as you adjust to a new sober lifestyle. You may experience many changes and emotions during this time, but our caring and experienced therapeutic staff are here to help.
How Long Does Medical Observation for Methamphetamine Last?
Most often, medical observation for methamphetamines requires that you stay at our facility for 24 to 72 hours, but that will vary from person to person. Our clinical and medical team will work together with you to determine the appropriate amount of time required for your stay.