The simple truth is that if you are addicted to meth, there is a good chance that you need help. With over 1.2 million people in the United States admitting to having a problem with meth, you are not alone. Meth is a highly addictive drug that was originally developed to help those with weight problems and narcolepsy. Doctor’s rapidly became aware of the dangers of meth and stopped its use. This, unfortunately, did not stop the manufacture of the drug in homes and labs across the United States.
As America’s meth addiction grew so did the concern of doctors and politicians. This concern was so great that the United States government passed the Combat Methamphetamine Act in 2005. Although meth use declined briefly, it did not take long for the cartels to pick up the meth trade. Once this happened, America noticed a sharp rise in both the rates of addiction and the rates of meth overdose.
In 2010 meth overdose deaths only accounted for 5 percent of all drug overdose fatalities. From 2014 to 2015 meth, overdose deaths increased by 30 percent and are continuing to increase. The only way to stop this tragedy from happening is to stop your meth use.
The best way to end a meth addiction is through meth detox. When you detox from meth, you will go through withdrawal. The length of time you are in withdrawal will depend on several factors. These factors are:
- How long you have used meth for
- If you use large amounts of meth
- How often you use meth
- If you are suffering from other physical and mental health issues
- If you are attending a meth detox program
Attending a meth detox program is one of the best ways to end your dependence on meth. During a medical meth detoxification, doctors, nurses, and other staff members will help you put an end to the cravings and make sure that you do not relapse.
Most often the timeline for meth detox is around four weeks until you are no longer feeling the effects of withdrawal. Many consider the first 24 hours of withdrawal the worst because this is when the hardest psychological symptoms and cravings begin. Others consider the first week or two the hardest because this is when the symptoms tend to peak. During this time you will be plagued by both physical and mental symptoms including:
- Suicidal thoughts
During the third week of withdrawal, you will begin to feel physically better but may suffer from cravings, insomnia, and other mental symptoms. These cravings are very dangerous because without proper treatment they can often lead to relapse. By the fourth week of detox, you should feel physically and mentally normal despite the possibility of continuing insomnia and cravings. After the fourth week of detox, with a solid and complete treatment program, you should be able to make a full recovery from your addiction.