Detox from meth IS tough and something no addict looks forward to.
Many times addiction wins over the painful stresses of withdrawals because if ever an addict tries to quit on their own, they soon realize that their body has adjusted to having a steady stream of meth ingested into it and the removal of the substance can cause a great deal of emotional as well as physical pain and anxiety. It is this process that usually keeps a meth addict in the cycle of addiction.
There comes a time when every meth addict realizes that the ride is no longer fun, however this is a ride that doesn’t have an easy way off. As such, it is best to know what you’re up against before you make your first move, so I’ve written a little about the first steps to recovery.
First things first however,
You have to want to quit
There is nothing and no one that can make you quit – you have to want to quit. And I don’t mean sort of wanting to be clean — I mean you have to want it with every fiber of your being.
Arguably, the hardest part of quitting meth is the detox process. This process begins just after you decide not to take any more meth into your body and the hardest part of this is generally within the first 48 hours. During the detox (or withdrawal) process an addict will likely experience anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness and intense cravings and while these will continue throughout the recovery process, these first couple days are generally the hardest to get through.
You have to stay focused
Keep your eyes on the prize. Picture yourself climbing a mountain and you are nearing the peak; on the other side is a new life; free of this 10 ton elephant on your back. You will find that as time passes the cravings will slowly fade and you have to remember during this time that they will fade.
Take care of yourself during the meth detox process and beyond
Listen to your body – if your body is sending you signals that you need to sleep then sleep, if you are hungry – eat. In the first few days, you will likely sleep for a very long time and then go on an eating binge, followed by more sleep. Your body needs this to repair and recover. There is also a strong likelihood that you will feel like you are in a fog for the days following this process — This WILL fade. Stay focused and try and get into a normal routine to get your mind off the cravings.
Take good care of yourself! Exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do at this point, however you will find that exercise can help rid your body of toxins through sweat and help your state of mind. You CAN do this. Take vitamins, drink lots of water and take extra good care of your teeth by using mouthwash and brushing after each meal.
If you can’t afford a rehab or are unable to get into one, try an at home program.
These are inexpensive and can give you tons of information so you aren’t digging through Google searches for hours on end. One at-home program I know of is SMART Recovery.
Find a 12 step meeting near you
Once you have successfully gotten past those first couple of days, find a 12 step meeting near you. Support and encouragement from others who have been through the process will help you and possibly save you from relapse many times over.
A note on Detoxing at home: I am no doctor, however I do know that it is possible that you will have vomiting episodes in the first days. Get a good quality electrolyte solution and keep in handy. Go to the ER if you are vomiting regularly and can’t keep any fluid down. Dehydration is no joke and being that your body is already taxed, you could end up in a coma or worse.
I wish you the very best and hope this will somehow help and/or empower you to quit. Getting through detox can be rough, but I promise you that you can do it. Quitting meth truly is more an issue of mind-over-matter than anything.