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Methamphetamine Detox

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What You Should Know About Methamphetamine Detox

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous chemical stimulant. Meth abuse is a rampant problem in the U.S. Between 2015 and 2018, 1.6 million adults used meth each year. Although 50% of those people met the criteria for meth addiction, fewer than one-third of them sought help. 

Short-term and long-term effects of using this drug can lead to severe health problems and death in more tragic cases. With intense cravings and other painful, difficult withdrawal symptoms, it is highly recommended that in order to make a full recovery, users participate in a methamphetamine detox program at a licensed treatment center.

If you’d like to learn more about getting help for meth addiction, read more about our substance abuse programs here. These programs help people get the assistance they need to make a life-long recovery through scientifically-backed intervention methods in a supportive, structured, therapeutic environment.

When does withdrawal start after stopping the use of methamphetamine?

Withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamine addiction start about a day after the last use of the drug. Cravings for methamphetamine peak from one day after abstinence and can last over the course of seven to ten days from last use. Intense cravings for the drug can linger for up to five weeks after cessation, increasing the risk of relapse. This is why undergoing methamphetamine detox in a monitored clinical setting is critical to detoxing safely and preventing relapse. 

What are the common symptoms of acute withdrawal?

Physical and emotional symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal vary in intensity, although cravings for the drug can be severe over several weeks while the user remains abstinent. The common symptoms of acute withdrawal from methamphetamine include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue
  • Intense cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Excessive sweating
  • Changes in appetite
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Insomnia 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Paranoia 

In the long-term, meth withdrawal can lead to:

  • Severe depression and suicidal thoughts 
  • Cognitive issues
  • Intense cravings and relapse
  • Irregular sleep
  • No longer being able to experience pleasure or joy naturally 

What are the more serious issues caused by a methamphetamine detox?

Severe depression and psychosis are two of the most serious issues that methamphetamine detox can cause. Individuals in recovery who suffer from depression are at increased risk of suicide and must be monitored. Psychosis can lead to a host of negative outcomes, such as an increased risk of accidents, trauma, and legal problems.

Users wishing to end their addiction to methamphetamine are encouraged to seek professional help, where they can be monitored for these adverse side effects and protected from any negative outcomes that may arise.

Can meth withdrawal kill you?

Generally, symptoms of meth withdrawal are not fatal. The largest risk during meth withdrawal is dehydration, so it’s critically important to stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet while withdrawing. Medical detox helps this because you’ll have trained eyes on you around the clock, helping you avoid any serious complications of withdrawal. Medication is often used to counter the nefarious effects of meth withdrawal to help:

  • Repair damage caused by meth
  • Reduce the rush of pleasure the meth produces
  • Reduce cravings that follow abstaining from meth

But what can kill you is using too much meth. In fact, meth overdose deaths nearly tripled between 2015 and 2019.

At-home detox vs. supervised programs

At-home detox from methamphetamine is not recommended. The withdrawal symptoms of methamphetamine make it particularly difficult for a user to quit without being under the care and supervision of trained medical staff.

The intense cravings of methamphetamine withdrawal, along with the risk of severe depression and psychosis, make it unsafe and risky to undertake recovery alone.

In a secure, inpatient detox facility, patients are given the care and supervision needed to make a safe and life-long recovery. Zinnia Healing offers an accredited, inpatient rehabilitation facility with a proven track record of helping people recover from methamphetamine addiction.

What to Expect During Methamphetamine Detox

If you’re feeling anxious about starting detox, you’re not alone. But it’s important to remember the number one priority of medical detox is to make sure you feel as safe and comfortable as possible during the process. Methamphetamine detox is typically broken down into three stages:


When you are admitted to detox, a medical team will assess your overall health and well-being. This is done in several ways, including urine drug screens to measure how much meth you’ve recently used. From there, your healthcare team will develop a detox plan tailored to your unique needs.


Most patients arrive at detox during the peak of their withdrawal symptoms. Because of this, treatment begins as soon as possible after the evaluation to mitigate the harsh symptoms of meth withdrawal. As your symptoms improve, your detox team will adjust your treatments.

Transitioning to the Next Step

The third step of meth detox is different for everyone. Once you stabilize, you will meet with your detox team to discuss the next steps, whether being admitted to inpatient rehab, getting continued family support, or whatever else may help you stay on your track to sobriety.

It’s important to remember that detox is just the first step in making a full recovery from meth addiction. Don’t think that once you attend and complete detox, you’ll automatically be free from the chains of addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process that involves several phases, therapies, and treatment programs. The reward is well worth the effort.

Several factors impact the withdrawal experience, including how long you’ve used meth and how much meth you took each time. Other factors include personal physiology and environment. For example, people who have a family or personal history of addiction are more likely to experience challenges in recovering and staying sober. 

Medically Supervised Methamphetamine Detox

Zinnia Healing’s caring team of dedicated professionals is what makes our methamphetamine detox center the world-class program it is. Our medically supervised meth detox staff ensures that you will remain safe and comfortable while you come off this highly addictive substance. If you’re ready to get the help you need, it’s easy to start the admission process. Just reach out and let us share how we will begin detoxing you from meth. Get your life back with Zinnia Healing. Contact us virtually today or give us a call at (855) 430-9439.