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Meth Detox: What To Expect When Quitting Meth

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of meth withdrawal will be dependent on a person’s personal experiences and history with meth abuse. The severity of meth withdrawal symptoms will often be impacted by the length of time that you have been using meth, how much meth you use in a given time, and how often you engage in meth abuse. Common meth withdrawal symptoms are: 

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  • Fatigue 
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Irritation or agitation 
  • Difficulty sleeping or insomnia 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Paranoid thoughts and behaviors 
  • Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations 
  • Increased body temperature or a high fever 
  • Confusion
  • Severe depression or anxiety 
  • Stomach aches or pains 
  • Dehydration 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Loss of motivation 
  • Hand or body tremors 
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors 

What is Meth Detox Like? 

When you enter into a meth detox, you will meet with an addiction counselor who will take the time to get to know your history with crystal meth use including the length of time you have been using,  the quantity of crystal meth that you would use in a period of time, and how often you would engage in substance abuse. This will inform our team of medical professionals on the best drug detox processes to follow to ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment for meth detox and addiction. 

Patients will be supported in stopping meth use within our medical detox program to safely remove the influence of crystal meth under the supervision of professional medical staff that is specifically trained in providing patients with effective, safe medical care that ensures they remain comfortable and at ease throughout your time in detox. Through medication-assisted treatment, patients will be provided with medications that will help alleviate any strong urges or cravings for crystal meth and help to decrease the severity of their meth withdrawal symptoms in order to maintain their comfortability and safety throughout your medical detox program. Throughout your drug detox, you will have ongoing access to professional medical support that will be checking in with you frequently to provide support and make adjustments to your drug detox program as needed. 

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Meth?

The time it will take you to detox from meth will depend on your personal history of crystal meth abuse. If meth users have been using for a longer period of time and in larger quantities, your time in drug detox could be for an extended period of time. Meth detox and the withdrawal process will often begin within 8-10 hours after you last used crystal meth with the peak of withdrawal symptoms occurring within 48 hours of your drug detox program. Your withdrawal process will typically last for up to 10 days and after that, your withdrawal symptoms will have tapered off and you will be physically and mentally ready to address the underlying causes of your drug addiction. 

What Happens After Meth Detox?

Once you have eliminated your methamphetamine dependence through drug detox, you will be prepared to begin the necessary work of addiction treatments that will support you in addressing the root causes of your drug addiction. Through various evidence-based therapy methods, patients will be able to learn tools for relapse prevention and the life skills to live a healthy, successful life in sobriety. 

Meth Detox and Rehab at The Detox Center of LA

At The Detox Center of LA, we offer patients a safe, supportive environment to participate in medical detox and residential drug rehab program that will support them in taking the next steps towards achieving their goals for addiction recovery. We provide all patients with a unique, comprehensive healing program that is centered around your individual needs and goals for addiction recovery to ensure that you can heal from your meth addiction within your body, mind, and spirit. Contact one of our friendly counselors today to hear more about the support we can provide you within your personalized meth treatment program. 


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What happens in addiction

Effective addiction treatment programs are tailored to each individual. Because of this, it will be a different experience for everyone. However, it generally involves a combination of detoxification, group and individual therapy, educational presentations, and aftercare planning in order to ensure long-term recovery. Upon arrival at The Detox Center of L.A., you can expect our professionally trained staff to create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs and treatment goals.