If you are thinking of giving up meth, you may feel distressed at the thought that you may always be left wanting more of it, even after you have been through detox. It’s true that methamphetamine relapse is a very common occurrence. With that being said, you are ultimately the only one that is in charge of your decisions. You have the power to turn your back on meth and never pick it up again.
We at Asheville Detox understand what a big step it is to remove meth from your world. Not only does it involve quitting a drug, it often incorporates cutting harmful people and situations out of your life as well. Let’s take a moment to talk about what to expect when you make the decision to quit meth and enter rehab.
Experiencing Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Not much that is worthwhile in life is easy, and the same goes for quitting methamphetamine. Going through your withdrawal period is going to be an unpleasant experience. Around 24 hours after your last dose, you will begin to feel really tired, and extremely depressed. Some people also begin to feel paranoid, anxious and are unable to sleep. Others have hallucinations.
More possible symptoms of meth withdrawals include:
- Extreme hunger
- Inability to feel pleasure
How Long Will the Meth Cravings Continue?
You may experience meth withdrawal symptoms for up to 40 weeks after your last dose. In general, those who have taken meth for longer periods of time will experience meth cravings for a longer amount of time. In addition to this, if you have a family history of substance use disorders, it may be a bit more difficult for you to withdraw from meth.
Preventing Methamphetamine Relapse
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prevent a methamphetamine relapse is to stop hanging around the people you used to do drugs with, and stop going to the places where you used to get your drugs from. It’s as simple as that. Find new friends and find better places to spend your time.
Another thing that you can do is have a prevention plan in place for a time when you feel a strong craving to do meth. Work with your therapist to develop coping strategies for the times where you feel stressed and the urge to use is the strongest.
Should you have a setback and experience a methamphetamine relapse, don’t beat yourself up for it. Simply stop using, immediately. Try to stay positive, and allow it to become a positive learning experience. Lastly, reach out and get back into treatment with your therapist right away.
Receiving Help From Asheville Detox
Trying to quit meth at home alone is quite frankly a recipe for failure, as your cravings may become too strong. Although methamphetamine relapse is a step backward, we will help you get back on track again. Whether you are just thinking about quitting or you are in the middle of it, we at Asheville Detox are here to guide you every step of the way.
At our facility, we offer various introductory services to help individuals struggling with meth addiction. From medical detox, NAD+ therapy, and aftercare preparation, we’ve got you covered. We believe all clients deserve accessible, quality care and we are proud to provide it.
All you need to do is make the important decision to let go of the poison that is controlling your life. You no longer have to struggle with meth addiction alone. Call us today to speak with one of our friendly, non-judgmental therapists about how you can get started.