Hi all, welcome back. For those who are new to my blog, I have been chronicling my daughter’s road to recovery from meth addiction. She has now been at a drug rehabilitation center for three days, all of which have been for detoxification.
As she gets better, and I learn about this terrible disease, I am sharing what those still using, and those who love someone who is still using, need to know to also get better.
First thing’s first: if you have been using meth and you feel it is time to stop, you need to know how to withdrawal from meth effectively.
I learned the importance of undergoing a medically-monitored withdrawal program because your body is going to be upset by what you have done to it through meth use, and that you are now taking away the one thing that still makes it feel good.
I’ve learned that meth tricks your brain into thinking that dopamine is being released. After a while the meth use destroys the dopamine receptors in your brain, so you are unable to feel pleasure. Any pain that you experience then feels amplified, which makes cravings increase, and relapse a possibility.
The first twenty-four hours are said to be the worst part of withdrawal, but within that time you will find that eating and sleeping tend to increase. Once you are more rested and properly nourished, brain and body functioning can then begin to repair.
During the first two weeks of abstinence from methamphetamines, my daughter can expect to feel anxious, tired, excessively hungry, and depressed.
Since methamphetamines decrease appetite and increase wakefulness, physical activity, respiration rate, and heart rate, when you stop using, the opposite effects occurs: you are hungry, tired, fatigued, and lethargic.
Naturally, the changes and effects cause irritability, confusion, and paranoia, depending on the level of your use.
It’s a long road ahead, but I am confident that my daughter can stay clean. Thanks for reading.
Learn more about drug addiction by watching this lecture from Marcia Ullett: