Meth Detox

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 6% of the American population aged 12 and older has tried meth at least once. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can lead to serious health issues that can even be fatal. The best option for someone struggling with meth addiction is to reach out for help. At Gloria Rehab, we offer meth addiction treatment that begins with a medically supervised meth detox process.

The Basics of Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system and is highly addictive. It is available illicitly as a crystal or a powder.

The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies meth as a Schedule II drug, making it legally available only through a non-refillable medical prescription. Although in the past, doctors prescribed it for the treatment of attention deficit disorders, they rarely prescribe it any longer because of the negative side effects the drug causes.

Some of the common street names for meth include:

  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Stove top
  • Tweak
  • Crystal
  • Chalk
  • Trash
  • Crank

People who abuse meth may snort it, inject it, or smoke it, depending on whether it was purchased as a crystal or a powder.

Signs of a Meth Addiction

People who have an addiction to methamphetamine tend to display some common signs. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, some symptoms of meth addiction include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Paranoia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Twitching, jerky movements
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Skin sores
  • Agitation
  • Reduced appetite
  • Burns on lips or fingers
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Mood swings
  • Rotting teeth
  • Inability to stop using meth
  • Lying or stealing to get meth

Sleep disturbances are very common for people with a meth addiction. “Tweaking” is the name for the periods of insomnia and agitation that come after taking meth for a long time. These can last between three and 15 days. Tweaking occurs after a meth binge when the person using meth can no longer achieve a high. Tweaking can lead to violent behavior and can cause hallucinations.

A crash phase is another symptom of meth abuse. The crash phase occurs when you deprive your body of the dopamine that meth provides, causing extreme fatigue and other withdrawal symptoms. A crash can last between one and three days, and you may experience extreme cravings for the drug, exhaustion, and depression.

Long-term effects of meth addiction can include:

  • Liver failure
  • Respiratory issues
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Arrhythmia
  • Birth defects
  • Malnutrition
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin infections
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Depression and anxiety

Even short-term use of methamphetamine can cause health issues and put you at a high risk of overdosing.

Signs of a Meth Overdose

Meth use can lead to overdosing, especially if you have been abusing the substance for a long time. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states some of the most common signs of a meth overdose. They include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Arrhythmia
  • Chest pains
  • Paranoia
  • Labored breathing
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Rapid or slow heartbeat
  • Hyperthermia

How severe the symptoms of an overdose are depends on the amount of meth consumed and the person’s overall health. Always get help if there is a risk of an overdose.

couple helping each other through meth detox

Meth Addiction Treatment

To deal with a meth addiction, you have to turn to an addiction treatment facility for help. The process of recovering from a substance use disorder always begins with detoxing, and you never want to go through intense methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms on your own.

Detox Process

Meth detox is a complex process that requires medical supervision. At our detox facility, we ensure that you are comfortable and that you do not experience the worst of the meth withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Increased appetite
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Vivid dreams
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Slowed movements
  • Slowed cognition
  • Repetitive movements
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Depression and anxiety

Attempting to go through the meth detox process on your own can not only put you in danger of serious health risks, but it can also make it more likely that you will give in to the cravings and relapse.

At our addiction treatment facility, we offer medically supervised meth detox. We will assess your physical and mental health when you come into our facility to evaluate what the right medications are for your needs.

The meth withdrawal timeline depends on each person’s chemical makeup, but we will monitor you 24/7 to ensure you are always safe as you go through meth detox. Most of the time, the initial withdrawal process can take between one and two weeks, with the majority of the worst symptoms fading after that.

Meth withdrawal can be dangerous, so it is important never to attempt it on your own.

Inpatient Treatment

At our meth treatment center, we offer inpatient programs to help you overcome your drug addiction. After undergoing detox from meth, you will need an environment that offers stability and support, and that is what we can offer at Gloria Rehab.

At our facility, we offer a variety of therapies to help you stop meth use. We offer support groups to help you feel less alone with your addiction, as well as individual therapy and group therapy. You can expect evidence-based therapies and nutritional support to encourage faster healing.

Our inpatient program also offers art therapy, yoga therapy, physical classes, and more to help you get to the root cause of your meth addiction.

To help with meth withdrawal symptoms and ensure that you have more freedom from drug cravings, we offer medically assisted treatment so that you have a lower risk of relapsing. With medical professionals ready to offer support, our 30-day inpatient program offers the environment you need to end your methamphetamine dependence.

couple helping each other through meth detox

Break Free from Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with a meth addiction, it is crucial you reach out for help. At Gloria Rehab, we offer inpatient treatments as well as assistance with the worst of the meth withdrawal symptoms. Let us offer the therapies you need to find health and stability in recovery.

Learn more about our medical detox options by contacting us at Gloria Rehab today.

Start Treatment at Gloria Rehab Today

When you’re ready to begin treatment, reach out to Gloria Rehab by filling out our online contact form. You don’t need to go through ketamine withdrawals alone. You can receive targeted and effective treatment from a team of professionals who truly understand and can help you achieve recovery.

Currently, we are unable to accept: Medi-cal, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Kaiser, Healthnet, or Humana at this time.


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