The sooner you are able to seek crystal meth help, the faster you’ll be able to get back to living a normal and stable life. Meth detox usually takes between one and three months. In that time, the body should be able to remove any remaining traces of the drug from the user’s system. However, just because the drug is physically gone, several psychological effects often linger, especially if the substance abuse has been going on for awhile. While they are most intense in the weeks after secession, symptoms like cravings, anxiety, and depression can remain for months afterward.
In the first 24-72 hours after the final use, withdrawal symptoms like intense exhaustion (also known as “the crash”), as well as panic, paranoia, and hallucinations are all possible. One week after the final use, intense cravings typically set in. Patients will have trouble with abstract thoughts and will find concentrating on tasks unusually difficult. Rapid weight gain may also be triggered.
In the second week, psychological symptoms like depression and mood swings may begin. However, after the second week, sleep becomes easier and energy levels start to improve. While cravings may occasionally strike, the intervals between them become longer. It’s important that patients continue to remain active in their support groups and resist relapse which only resets the cycle of addiction.