If you were to hear of a miracle drug that were to help you lose weight, concentrate, help cure your depression, and gives you more energy, you’d want to know precisely what it is. It’s meth; it’s highly illegal, exceptionally addictive, and it can kill you. Meth is one of the most dangerous illegal drugs around, but people continue to use it because they believe they are immune to addiction and the side effects aren’t all that bad.
The side effects are that bad. While it does stimulate weight loss, meth stops working to help you stay thin after approximately 6 weeks. While it does cause you to feel happy – euphoric, even – it also kills your brain cells and depletes your body of its natural health. In the course of just a few months of meth addiction you will age approximately 20 years. Your hair will become limp, your skin dry and sallow, and your entire body – face included – will begin to break out in big, red blisters. Meth kills. Unfortunately, nearly 1.2 million people over the age of 12 become addicted to meth each year.
Meth addicts seeking treatment for their addiction or who are unable to get their next fix will experience devastating withdrawal symptoms. This makes the drug even less appealing to those who don’t wish to live the kind of non-existence meth causes.
Sleep and Inactivity
One of the most common withdrawal symptoms meth causes is sleepiness and the lack of desire to want to do anything. This lasts anywhere from five days to a week. Addicts find that they want nothing more than to sleep. This is referred to as hypersomnia and lasts an average of 11 hours per day. The remaining hours of an addict’s day while going through withdrawal will include feelings of depression and the desire to do absolutely nothing.
During the first few days of withdrawal, meth addicts can expect to experience very vivid dreams in addition to the desire to sleep all day. These dreams can include anything, but the one thing they have in common is the fact that they will feel very real and very much like reality to addicts.
Cravings are also common symptoms of withdrawal. Meth addicts are so used to taking the drug into their system that they will crave it uncontrollably for weeks after they stop using it. The key here is to do whatever it takes to avoid a relapse. Other cravings include the desire to eat carbohydrates. Because meth makes you lose your appetite, you don’t each much. Once you begin the withdrawal stage, however, you will overindulge in carbs as a way of making up for lost time eating. You can expect to gain a significant amount of weight during this time frame.
Hallucinations and delusions are also common withdrawal symptoms for meth addicts. During the first few days without meth, addicts will experience hallucinations that could include seeing people or objects that simply are not there. They might also believe scenarios that they’ve made up in their mind because they are temporarily delusional.
The Pain of Meth Withdrawal
Withdrawal from meth is not without pain. However, the level of pain any given person will experience while in the withdrawal stage is largely dependent on a number of factors. One such factor is your mental state prior to your addiction. If your mental state wasn’t strong to begin with, chances are that the pain from withdrawal will be more intense.
Another factor is age. Older addicts experience a significant increase in pain than their younger counterparts. This is likely caused by the fact that their bodies simply are not strong enough to deal with the pain of the withdrawal symptoms and feelings.
Finally, a history of substance abuse can make withdrawal symptoms worse. People who have abused alcohol and/or other drugs in the past will feel more pain. Additionally, those who use a lesser-quality form of meth will also experience more pain.
Statistics prove that it’s difficult for a person to undergo withdrawal from meth without help. For this reason, inpatient treatment is recommended for a better chance at success in recovering from addiction.
- The benefits of inpatient treatment during the withdrawal phase include:
- Help managing infected skin sores
- Testing for diseases shared by drug usage
- Treatment for commonly shared diseases among meth users including Hepatitis B
- Inability to give into cravings
- Help from spiraling out of control during the delusions and hallucinations phase
Meth affects more than 1.2 million people in this country each year. It’s easy to make at home – though highly dangerous and illegal – which makes it that much more dangerous to addicts. Inpatient treatment is recommended for recovery. This is an addiction that tends to kill addicts faster than many other addictions, which means there’s no time like the present to seek help from an inpatient facility.