Crystal Meth Withdrawal Timeline
There are a great deal of long-term effects when it comes to persistent meth abuse. One of the most significant effects is withdrawal, which refers to a host of symptoms that will occur at the onset of detoxification. The symptoms of meth withdrawal will begin to present themselves within roughly 24 hours after the last dose is taken. Initially, the afflicted individual will experience increased fatigue, and may sleep more often and for longer periods of time than is normal. Within the first one to three days, psychological symptoms, such as feelings of depression and intense anxiety may start to set in.
At around the fourth day of the detoxification process, symptoms will begin to grow increasingly severe. Cravings and mood swings become more prominent, and in some instances, more detrimental psychological symptoms – such as paranoia – will begin to take hold. It is extremely important for psychological symptoms to be treated by a team of medical professionals and licensed psychiatrists. Meth withdrawal has been known to lead to long-term mental health issues if not overseen around the clock and treated accordingly.
Once an individual begins to approach the second full week of withdrawal, he or she may begin to notice more disrupted sleep patterns. Regardless of how effective the detox treatment is, it is not uncommon for depression and intense cravings to continue on for one or several months after the medically monitored detox process concludes. Seeing as meth is one of the most addictive chemical substances available, transferring from medical detox directly into an inpatient treatment facility is highly advised. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we work to make this transition as simple and straightforward as possible by offering detailed aftercare planning.
Our staff of highly trained and compassionate professionals understands the process of meth addiction recovery from start to finish, and is on-hand and ready to help 24/7.