Methamphetamine, casually known as meth, is a psychoactive stimulant that people use to increase energy and alertness. Long-term meth use causes addiction, destruction, psychosis, and mental illness in families across Washington. Meth addiction becomes even more complicated and difficult to overcome when other drugs are involved. Meth withdrawal involves symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia. Fear of withdrawal prevents many people from quitting, but our drug detox program at Spokane Falls Recovery Center offers medical treatment that has been proven to help people detox safely.

Most people who find themselves addicted to methamphetamine need to start with detoxification as their first step toward recovery. During detox, our medical team will offer proven medications and medical support to ensure that your needs are met. During this time, you will experience certain components of psychological withdrawal, but the available medications will help to ease the majority of the symptoms. If you have questions about detoxing from meth and other drugs, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 844.962.2775 to speak to a professional about meth addiction treatment.

Removing Meth From Your Life Starts Today

Unlike many other addictive psychoactive drugs, methamphetamine is neurotoxic. This means that, when used at high doses, meth destroys the brain’s dopamine receptors. This prevents dopamine from being distributed in the brain. Depression and suicidal thoughts are common during the duration meth withdrawal. We cannot overstate the importance of being surrounded by a welcoming, supportive group that can empathize with your struggles and provide companionship and inspiration. Subsequent entry to a drug treatment program can help people build up the skills they need to stop using meth in the long term.

Without access to treatment, methamphetamine users suffer significant health, psychological, and social impairments. Although quitting without assistance is nearly impossible for a person who has become chemically dependent on methamphetamine, the physical withdrawal symptoms are nothing compared to the symptoms of opioid or alcohol withdrawal.

Dealing with Meth Withdrawal Is Easier With the Right Help

The severity of a person’s meth withdrawal symptoms will depend on a number of different factors, including how long and how much meth the individual has been using and the severity of dependence. During the first part of detox, people tend to be tired, hungry, and depressed. In addition to drug detoxification, Spokane Falls Recovery Center offers the following programs to help people recover from methamphetamine addiction:

Meth Addiction and Mental Health

The coexistence of drug use disorders with one or more mental health disorders creates another layer of complexity. For meth addiction, there is no substitute for individualized psychological treatment. Conditions like depression and other mental health disorders can be difficult to interpret because the dysphoria caused by long-term meth abuse can last for months.

After Detox

It is generally held that depression among chemically dependent patients will begin to dissipate shortly after the detox process, but this often takes longer for methamphetamine users than it does for people addicted to opioids or alcohol. Methamphetamine withdrawal syndrome and the associated dysphoria may persist for many months after detox. Finding the right substance abuse treatment program can help people transition into lasting recovery.

Qualitative studies of hospitalized patients with substance use disorder have shown that entering detox provides both a disruption in the use of methamphetamine and can serve as a “wake-up call” about the state of a person’s overall health. At Spokane Falls Recovery, our detox program offers the support and structure people need to get control of their lives. Contact us to learn more by calling 844.962.2775.