Meth Detox

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.

  • Hey there Chick,
    As usual, I enjoyed reading your post. I do have a couple of comments though:
    1) For me, the withdrawal process, every time I stopped using (about 4 or 5 different times), involved pretty much a very extended sleep, interrupted only by waking moments of extreme hunger. I don't know if this is typical or not, but I didn't experience any sleeplessness, at least not after being off the stuff for a day or two.
    2) The cravings, which lasted for months if not years after quitting, were the most difficult thing for me to deal with and eventually, always brought me back to the drug (except for the last time of course).

    The treatment method I'm developing tries to focus specifically on methods to reduce the impact of cravings, but in the meantime, those trying to quit should be honest with the people around them and point out what their triggers are. No matter how much a person wants to quit, cravings have been repeatedly shown in research to cause a process called “reinstatement” in which drug seeking behavior comes back to the levels it was at during actual drug use.

    Just a little tidbit of information 😉

  • You are so right about the cravings. That's why I really like the 12-step program and having accountability as well. Those cravings kill for sure 🙁
    Everyone has different experiences it seems. This is really a kind of generalization of the first couple days, but I do thank you for your input. It's always nice to get stories from others that have gone through the detox process as well.
    Thanks!

  • You should come chat with us on http://www.RecoveryForums.org

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  • I agree that the desire to quit has to come from within. Most cases I know about involve something up close and personal happening that finally got the addicts attention. The sad part is it is usually a tragedy that is the wake up call. But then again, maybe the bigger tragedy is that some never get the wake up call and die.

    Bill

  • Detox Services

    Great post! I agree with you 100%, an addict needs to have the desire to change his or her life.

  • Meth detox is a lot of sleeping and eating,the important thing is a plan of rigorous action
    after the psyical detox,lets stay around clean and sober people 24/7 if possible

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  • I'll back again for sure, thanks for great article 😀

  • Anonymous

    i was addicted to meth for 2 years. i wrote an article that describes my detox and recovery from meth. please read it. http://www.soberliving.com/blog/methamphetamine-withdrawal-and-addiction-recovery-by-a-staff-member

  • imihaiu

    Every addiction has a psychological cause and the addict has to replace the durg with something that doesn't provoke any damage. Usually it's the sense of reward and in some cases it's caused by anxiety and loss of the sense of reality. No matter what the cause is though, the recovery process is much worse than the addiction itself and that's why it's so hard to quit.
    Angie Manson

  • I used to be addicted to meth. It is not physically addictive in the sense that you get sick when you quit, but mentally it is tough. Once you are used to having a certain amount of energy it is hard to start functioning without it.

  • Awesome post! I don't agree with you.

  • Christophers36

    I have been meth free for 281 days, and I agree it is very difficult and I understand why so many people relapse. It’s only in the last three weeks that I’ve started feeling a lot better. I’m just now recently getting my energy levels back- thank god. My head was like a war zone for about eight months- but I could feel that I was getting better every week. For those of you in your first 30 days of abstinence hang on because it does get a lot better.

  • Raych

    It’s sad to say though that it’s easier said than done. Even though you have a plethera of motives erging you to quit, it’s not until you lose everything that you realize you have nothing more to lose (no duh but you get what i’m saying). Before you know it you start miss the people that pissed you off the most…the ones that tried to get you to quit. Lonliness is something we underestimate religiously and no one, unless they experience the worst of it, can fathom the effects of doing so.

  • Keith

    Drink a gallon of gatorade the day you are going to crash; multi-vitamin; 20 mg diazapam and 400 mg of Seroquel as you climb into bed. See ya in 18 hours.

  • Sober E

    My husband was meth free for 6 days so he could take a pre-employment drug test and pass. All he was able to do for the 6 days was sleep. He was unable to function in any capacity. In the past, he has lost 3-4 potential jobs and good paying jobs because of meth, most recently he tried to use someone else’s urine and the lab tech would not accept the sample. His addiction never blames meth, or sees quitting as a solution. Recently sober myself, thanks to AA, I truly understand both sides, the addiction & in recovery. I wish I could do or say the right thing to bring him to the recovery side, wave a magic wand and poof – addiction no more. But I know better, too well, that I have to accept what is, it isn’t up to my will, and can only pray for God’s will in his life. I have had my miracle and maybe by living and working my program I can light the way to his miracle. Please God, help me to do thy will in his recovery.

  • Louleebelle

    Thanks for the support and encouragement!

  • Cappachino508

    well why keep doing it your mind and your will power got you to do it So your mind and you will power is you antidose to get off no excuses and im not saying its not hard what im saying is take control of yourself

  • Cappachino508

    I agree with the ending but i also think that every addict doesnt have to hit rock bottom to stop! what i mean by sayin this is that if they in there rock bottom stage (losing family,losing friends,losing themself,close to death so on and so fourth. If at the moment they can snap out of it and start to care and get help they can also do it at the beganing of there addiction. “That there selfish and didnt care” thats who they are at the moment of addiction and thats who they continue to be through and after addiction. They are selfish enough to take any drug knowing the results. Thats why they need to use the brain before hand. After abuse of any drug your most likely to have brain damage in some matter. Its like burning 90% percent of your skin. Doctors can patch you up but youll never phyically be the same.

  • Sissy_woo

    i have never done meth but my husband is a addict he says yet again he is going to quit.how can i help him?

  • Nickpitlosh

    eat lots of different things, drink lots of water. like having the flu for a year

  • Brian

    Morning of third day of detox: I quit for the most part 3-1/2 years ago due to the fact that it was destroying my health, I knew that if I didn’t quit soon I was was going to die. That was the hardest of the detoxes, it took a few years before I normalized.
    Now I am recommitting every 6 to 12 months, on for only one day then sick for three days. I’ve reached the point where when I am on I begin to hear voices and go into a kind of fear mode, that’s good I guess because I stop as soon as that happens. Unfortunately for me I don’t sleep well through the detox process. The trigger this last time was medication for a chest cold (alcohol). So now as I am writing this I am in the worst detox since the first one and in addition I have a severe chest cold. It’s going to be hard for me to forget this time, I hope that means it is the end.
    I really, really, love my life drug and alcohol free. And besides these recommits my life is better than it has ever been before. I am falling in love with my mental clarity.

    I wish you all great success and happiness.

  • just the fact that you decided to get sober is the most important step. i pray for strength for all those on that journey.

    Cadan

  • Anonymous

    I have been helping my ex detox but he is vomiting and unable to eat. what do I do now?

  • Kenzybeth04

    i would just like to say that this imformation is very helpful and i have been sober 35 days today! im erika from muscle shoals alabama

  • Serina_leiataua

    I have been clean for over 14 years … Its really the greatest gift that one addict can give them selves. I would have to agree with everything i just read but first and foremost you must detach yurself from everyone who can get you dope or is willing to put it in front of you …. The first couple days are the most crucial and you will use in a minute if you can just so you dont feel like shit so stay AWAYY!!! if you relapse dont beat yurself up about it one day turns to the next take it one day at a time !!!

  • Azita

    I am very happy for you but i have a brother that is addicted to meth and doesnt want to quit ,i love him very much, he lives with me ,my friends say to me you musnt let to your brother to come to your home and live with you ,and a doctor said to me you help him continue addiction with your permission life with you but idont know what i must do ,and how i can help him, please help me  what i must do i belief in you more than a  doctor

  • Mukphly

    If you want the rest of your life to matter, then you must mind.

  • Bstdist

    How long did you use Meth?

  • Joyce

    Hi I just wanted to ask how long does it take I’m seeing someone I dated 19 yrs ago and we have been seening each other for awhile again I care alot about him and I know for a fact that he has not done Meth for two months now, he said he really got tired of it,, now he sleeps 20 hours out of a 24 hour day i wake him sometime to eat if I’m there, he is haveing a hard time I gues getting depressed at times ,,,,, so is this all normal, sleeping so much??? it worries me..

  • Anonymous

    I’m a meth addict before… after i quit.. its hard to deal with the withdrawal and like after 3 weeks clean, i still feel depressed… After that, the only time i can use meth is that if some rich friends share their stock and they call me to go to their place use the meth… At first i was like, ok just for this for this one occasion. Then suddenly it gets worst.. They always call me every time they want.. cause mostly people in our place doesn’t like to do meth alone. So then i got to using again cause i am enticed by the fact of free meth all the time. Then I realize that meth is controlling me and with this friends, I can always do meth for free. After several occasions of doing it, I realized that I don’t want meth anymore cause its ruining my life, my sense of thinking and my daily routines… So I decided to tell them that I quit for good and then I changed my new phone number without giving them my number. Its just been 2 days since i lost contact with them but my mind and body has full focus and determination that I quit. I hope this works. I really need to set my life straight cause i know I can do better.

  • chrisss

    I’m a meth addict before… after i quit.. its hard to deal with the withdrawal and like after 3 weeks clean, i still feel depressed… After that, the only time i can use meth is that if some rich friends share their stock and they call me to go to their place use the meth… At first i was like, ok just for this for this one occasion. Then suddenly it gets worst.. They always call me every time they want.. cause mostly people in our place doesn’t like to do meth alone. So then i got to using again cause i am enticed by the fact of free meth all the time. Then I realize that meth is controlling me and with this friends, I can always do meth for free. After several occasions of doing it, I realized that I don’t want meth anymore cause its ruining my life, my sense of thinking and my daily routines… So I decided to tell them that I quit for good and then I changed my new phone number without giving them my number. Its just been 2 days since i lost contact with them but my mind and body has full focus and determination that I quit. I hope this works. I really need to set my life straight cause i know I can do better.

  • DMGAAR

    please stop! My husband is sitting in jail because of meth. I know nothing about it this is all new to me. I am not a drug user. But I know what it does to the lives of those who use and their families. My husband has lost his third job. He burned our house down. He has five years probation. He violated that with meth in his sytem. He cleaned out our bank accounts. He leaves me to take care of the financial mess. Stop now before you either die, hurt innocent people or just outright destroy yourself. Think of my husband he cannot bathe in private. He cannot choose where to eat or what to eat. He cannot shower but once a week. He has no freedom. He has nothing left. Is the drug worth it?
    I beg you stop now

  • Guido

    You`re an idiot !!!

  • Jennan83

    Are u serious? That’s the worst part! I know every one is different but saying there is no physical down is beyond extreme to me. I don’t know when I’m going to stoP because of the physical aspect. I been using for months with no break because I refuse to let anyone know. I have a life. I loved it before meth and want it back with every piece of my soul. Even a few hours and I feel the muscles in My face giving out. It’s horrible. But I don’t have a few days to myself. I work full time and hVe a very active social life. I don’t think my friends andmfamy shouldnsiffer from my bad decisions. No one knows. No one. Labor day was the last holiday and I got really excited. Cleared my schedule of social events and planned to be a sloth. Only used once Friday morning to get out of bed. Worst workday of my life. Followed by the worst weekend but I had my goal set and I even spoke to my dealer refusing free stuff cause I was done lol(complete pain and numbness everywhere and I was joking around with my dealer. Well Tuesday rolled around and let’s gave it, u don’t really sleep until the second day off. So Saturday night I slept like a human being. Painful Sunday even more painful Monday. I thought I’d at least be able to feel my face again by tiesday when I had to go to work……. Nope. It was the worst day yet! All I did was sleep and et all weekend and I couldn’t lift my limbs enough to walk. Well, I had meth the whole time that I didn’t touch. So I used it and went back to work. Now I’m fucked. I don’t know how long it will take! Are there vitamins to counter the physical detox effects??? The mental part felt really easy actually. Probably because the high isn’t even close to how much I loved life before it …… And i have always had structure and people counting on me. If u know any specific vitamins, I’d really appreciate it. If there was not the crazy physicL withdrawal, I’d have use of my muscles again and energy to walk.

  • Wierdwhitegirl

    i have been a meth addict for ten years and i recently became dangerously close to losing my son so i moved to another island away from all the people i knew an have been clean for about two weeks now. in the past,as an addict,i went through periods of having no funds,therefore having to tough it out for a couple days,and a couple of those times i came across someone who offered me adderol.i know it is a drug perscribed to people with adhd,to calm them down.i myself dont have adhd,but i took them anyway and they did the reverse effect on me…they sped me up! and actually made me feel the same as if i took a few fat rips! what i was wondering was what anyone thinks the chances are of me telling my doctor about my attempts to kick meth,if he would perscribe me adderol…i feel like it would help me with my low energy levels

  • Bigrob104

    I was just done and that was 4 days ago and its been hell! Not me wanting it because I don’t! Just the way my body feel, its all ughh!! But I’m feeling better and better was on a 2 month binge and iam so happy I’m done! Nobody knew and knowbody knows I have been sick and I tell people I’m sick I did this all on my own for my family and for myself , I can’t tell anyone because knowbody knows and iam so proud of myself and if I can do it so can you, fyi god I know had a big part cuz he is the one I asked for help from:)

  • Hoeyjudy

    I think its a disgrace offering people help with an addiction that probably has them in real debt already, and then telling them it will cost $29.99. You should be ashamed of your self.
    Judy, Ireland

  • Mrblack914

    Well… seems like everyone here knows what I goes through fighting addiction. I’m 25.I been doing method since I was 14. I recently went to a 28 day rehab program. After my release I relapsed in less than 48 hours. Addiction is very tough to deal with. But by changing people places and things I am 8 days clean today. Mite not sound like much, but we must always start with day one. Good luck to everyone… we can do it. The name book says life of addiction always ends the same jails institutions and death. If anyone has feedback feel free to email me. Mrblack914@gmail.com

  • rather not say

    Hi, i know exactly how you feel. i work full time and have many obligations in life. no one in my family knows, my ork does not know, and my friends (except the ones i use with ) do not know. ive tried quitting over long weekends before. ive even taken a weeks vacation. but as soon as it is the night before i am to return to work i get so stressed out and horrible axeinty and am so tired and drained i can not get out of bed. you said you dont get much of the mental part when withdrawing i however do. i can not bear the thought of my family friends and work finding out. i dont want ot burden them with my stupidity that lead to this addiction. i have been using for 5 years now with very few a little breaks.i just dont know what to do, i feel hopeless like either i continue to use so that no pne finds out or i have to tell and hurt and upset my love ones to even have a chance at quitting. i didnt mean for this to get so long.i just wanted you to know you are not alone and people (at least me but i assume more) are in the sameboat you are.if you have learned any useful things to do to help quit or if anyone else has any tips suggestions i would LOVE to hear them. 

  • jason

    thanks i already know all this i have been quiting for 12 years i have relapsed over 100 times im worried relapsing has become part of the cycle and dont get me wrong its not what i wont who i even oetray to be most people would not have a clue i have keeped myself remarkable fit and heathy looking im 42 whats next what can you suggest

  • Ceraaugmom

    My Son just came home off of the streets wanting help to detox off of smoking meth for the last 2 years. He is doing all of the things listed above (drinking water, sleeping, eating and eating some more and sleeping more!)…but the one thing that I am not finding anywhere….his hands hurt. Could this be a withdrawl symptom? 

  • chivaa44

    Hello,I been a addict for about 15 years was sober for 60 days untill New Years Eve 2012 then I did it for 2 after that , when I realized that  I was sick of it,and it’s true when they say that you have too find new friends and  even stay away from anyone whose is doing METH it’s hell alright!!!!! life is to short so enjoy your life and stay strong we all deserve to be happy and drug free .God will Bless all of us at the end of road . thanks Sylvia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

  • Michelle 35

    I too am a meth addict and I’m getting ready to quit, I heard that adderal or vivance is supposed to really help as far as keeping you functioning and not going into a coma (not really) during the initial come down period. I know it also has meth but it’s the lesser of two evils and would certainly keep you from crashing and burning for a month straight.

  • heartbroken

    My Daughter says she has been clean for 8 days. Have been through the depression, sleeping, eating non-stop and appears to be agitated which I am controlling with xanax. She appears to be having these highs. She feels safe back at home but I am wondering if it is possible that they experience alot of energy from time to time after sleeping for days & then crash again. (hasn’t crashed totally for 2 day’s now and has slept…but has also stayed up going through things saying she slept for so long & now has energy). Is this possible through detox? 
    She is excited about starting a new life after a year of using but wondering if they are manipulative.
    My eye’s are wide open and I am watching everything. I realize this is only the first step and have a long road ahead of me. 
    Any help and signs to look for will be greatly appreciated.
    Can the hyperness, agitation, etc..be part of detoxing or did one of my eye’s close?
    Thank you  

  • idiot druggie

    I dont even know where to start. I’m still using. My family is suffering behind this. I think death is the only option i have that will release me from this bondage. I’m frieghtened by the confession just made. I don’t want to die from this. I want my life back before this crap. My wifes family suspects strongly that im using. Should i just come out and tell them? After all the lies ive told, truth will crush them and gossip is sure to follow. Damn. I NEED SOME HELP!! God help me.

  • If I tell you “yes”, you should tell your loved ones about your addiction, would you do so? I think you know in your heart that you should. You need people around you that will support you through the process of getting clean, but you must be READY to quit – for good.

    You’re right that there will be drama and there will be gossip – but if you’re truly ready, it’s time. You don’t have to let this addiction take your life – don’t let it win. Death is not the only option, that is the lies you hear in your head while you in meth’s grip.

    I don’t know your faith, but you mentioned God, so I feel compelled to tell you to reach out to Him. He can and will help you and I am praying that He gives you the strength to get through this.

     “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”(Philippians 4:13)

    http://somechicksblog.com/meth-survival/5-steps-to-quitting-meth-is-it-really-that-easy

  • idiot druggie

    Thank you for your words of advice. I will most likely not say a word of my addiction to my family. This was caused without them, and MUST be conquered on my own. Ridicule coupled with shame is my driving force for recovery. Thank GOD for people like you. You’ve provided me with some foundation on which to build upon.