Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms come from an abrupt stop from long term use of the substance. When there is prolonged use, it is normal for the body to grow a physical dependence to a substance. Whether the body craves the drive of constant focus, the euphoria of the high, or the constant stream of energy methamphetamines may give you. The body’s chemical breakdown eventually changes, to support use. Thus, causing methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms that may be physical or psychological.
It increases the release of dopamine in the brain, which gives the user a sense of euphoria. Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible for you to feel pleasure.
The extreme emotional state of craving the substance after you come down is called, “tweaking”. When in this phase addicts are likely to commit various crimes in order to achieve that euphoria again. This is the most vulnerable time because you may go on a methamphetamine binge to avoid experiencing a crash. The risk of binging is that it puts you at risk for overdosing.
People who stop methamphetamine use abruptly after prolonged use are subject to feeling:
• Loss of energy
• Extreme craving for the drug
Methamphetamine withdrawals also have physical withdrawal symptoms:
• Shaking or tremors
• Increased appetite/Decreased appetite
People withdrawing from methamphetamine can alternate from wanting to sleep all the time, to not being able to sleep at all. Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can last for several weeks.
Although methamphetamine withdrawal generally is not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable that people will start taking the drug again, in order to relieve the symptoms. There are many detox centers available to help detox the body, or rid the body of any physical withdrawal symptoms. Detox alone cannot guarantee that the dependent will stop using after long periods of time. There are treatment centers available that can help to not only detox the body, but also provide long term programs to help a dependent on methamphetamine, use various methods to quit completely. Through therapy, counseling, and groups these programs’ goal is to target the root of the usage, then figure out a solution. Long-term treatment centers can provide the knowledge and skills you need to deal with cravings and emotional stressors without using.