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Few drugs are as addictive and dangerous as methamphetamine. Meth is a psychostimulant that doctors prescribe to treat obesity and ADHD. Unfortunately, some people also take meth in its crystal form for recreational use. One reason why people have a hard time getting over this drug is that of severe meth withdrawal symptoms.
Meth improves people’s moods, sexual performance, and overall energy levels. To achieve that, it increases serotonin and dopamine neurons in the brain. However, the body can’t sustain this heightened state for a long period of time. Eventually, the neurons burn out, which leads to brain damage.
When people attempt to stop taking meth, they experience meth withdrawal. There are numerous possible side effects that can occur. Not everyone experiences the same side effects during that period either. However, there are some common ones that most people seem to experience.
One of them is anhedonia, which is the inability to experience or feel pleasure. People develop this problem because meth depletes the natural supply of dopamine in the brain.
They usually feel angry and act out in aggressive ways, too. Once again, they do that because dopamine helps people use self-control and without dopamine, they struggle with self-control. Without it, they tend to act on the aggressive thoughts that they normally wouldn’t.
Some other common meth withdrawal symptoms include:
When it comes to meth withdrawal, several factors can influence the timeline. In general, people start to feel the effects of withdrawal within the first 24 hours. For the first few days, the symptoms can get worse. Some factors, however, can influence how long and how severe withdrawal is.
One factor is the length of use. People have to ask themselves, “How long did I take meth?” The longer that they took it, the more extreme the withdrawal will be.
They also have to consider the dose of meth they used. The more that they take each time, the stronger the tolerance becomes. It’s harder for people to detox when they have a very high tolerance.
Another factor that isn’t so easy to determine is what doctors call the “personal factor.” It takes into account the physiology of the drug user. It also involves the environment in which they live. One of the best reasons to visit a rehab center is because it removes people from a negative environment and influences.
Lastly, whether users quit cold turkey or taper off the drug changes the severity of meth withdrawal. Tapering off is, of course, the best option because it makes detox less extreme. However, not everyone has the luxury of tapering off of a drug to which they have an addiction. They can visit a detox clinic to make quitting cold turkey easier.
At Beaches Recovery, we go above and beyond what other rehab centers offer. We’re proud to have Joint Commission accreditation and we offer many fantastic programs. Our staff creates custom plans for every single client who visits us. They design these plans using our programs, which include:
Beaches Recovery also offers an array of great activities in which guests can participate. They can enjoy surfing or boogie boarding. We also have places for camping and fishing nearby. Don’t forget to check out our basketball and community volleyball courts.
Don’t let meth ruin another day of your life. Come get substance abuse counseling that you can count on at Beaches Recovery. Contact us at 866-605-0532 to start your new life.