Getting Through the  Withdrawal from Methamphetamine

One of the most addicting aspects to methamphetamine abuse is fear of the reactions during withdrawal.

After long use, the intense rush of euphoria that accompanied taking meth loses its intensity and ends up more of a relief than anything else, relief from the withdrawal symptoms the user experiences days or weeks after stopping. These reactions can be so severe and uncomfortable that the addict goes right back to using in order to escape them.

Eventually, the ability of the addict to experience true, natural pleasure is all but gone and even the pleasure from taking the drug is gone too. Complaints of, “I don’t even get high anymore. I just use it to try and feel normal”, or, “If I take enough to actually feel good, I’ll kill myself,” are common.

So in the end, the inability to stop becomes simply the fear of the withdrawal. That fear is well founded, as the cessation of an addictive drug is painful and with some drugs can even be potentially fatal.

With methamphetamine, the reactions of withdrawal are many, here are some main ones:

  • Long periods of sleep that are neither restful nor refreshing. Sleep is plagued with discomfort and frequent waking; staying up isn’t possible and sleeping is unpleasant.
  • Strong, sometimes ravishing hunger. Going for long runs on meth leaves the person malnourished and the body demanding to be fed. But the messages coming from the unbalanced chemistry in the brain is satiation. “We’re full, no food needed.”

Then, during withdrawal, the user tries to make up for the malnutrition by over-eating. The body is starved.

Depression is a big part of the withdrawal. Endorphins and dopamine which have been artificially released during meth use are now in very short supply and over-stimulated receptors are reduced or become less receptive. Also, less of these chemicals are being released into the pathways in a reaction to the over release during drug use.

The result: a deep depression that could linger for weeks, prolonging the withdrawal period.

  • With long term use, severe paranoia and psychotic reactions can occur. Including a generalized anxiety.

These reactions cause the addict to go back to the drug, over and over.

At Narconon Nevada, these withdrawal difficulties are relieved in drug-free, holistic manner. We understand the process the addict’s body is going through and work to bring the withdrawal to a rapid, natural end with minimal discomfort. Withdrawal specialists are with the recovering user 24 hours a day and are trained to help them be comfortable and successful.

Then the real job of rehabilitating the person can be successful.

We’ve been doing this for over 50 years.

Call us today for more information about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program: 1-800-876-6378


Tony Bylsma

Tony Bylsma has been working for Narconon as a counselor, administrator and educator in various areas of the US for many years. In addition to helping people overcome their addictions and live drug-free lives, Tony has spoken to over six hundred thousand students, parents and professionals regarding drug abuse and effective abuse prevention. This year Tony is celebrating his 40th year of sobriety!