The process of meth addiction withdrawal is one which should not be attempted without adequate preparation beforehand.
Meth addiction withdrawal can result in a number of unwelcome withdrawal symptoms. Even though the meth addiction withdrawal symptoms are not usually as severe as the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid abuse, they are extremely uncomfortable.
Most drug treatment centers do not have any form of medication that can be used to effectively counter these meth addiction withdrawal symptoms. In such cases, the process of drug detoxification is carried out on the addict without the medicinal aids that would make the entire process a lot more bearable. Most of these withdrawal symptoms are psychological and only a small number of them are physical.
One of the most commonly reported meth addiction withdrawal symptoms is the occurrence of a condition that is known as anhedonia. Meth is a central nervous system stimulant and the abuse of the drug causes disruption to the normal operation of the body’s neurotransmitters. It is the neurotransmitters that are responsible for the sensory and perceptive control systems in the body.
When a person addicted to meth suddenly stops taking the drug, the resultant effect on the body is effectively similar to a reduction in the quantity of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is a crucial neurotransmitter and such a reduction in its quantity leads to the loss of the addict’s ability to experience emotions.
The result of this is anhedonia, a condition in which the person becomes unable to feel any pleasure. Normal things that are supposed to make people happy have no effect on people in this state. As a result, they often appear to be very gloomy. Anhedonia has been known to cause relapses in a considerable number of recovering addicts, giving clear testimony as to how unbearable the symptoms can often become.
Another symptom that is usually associated with meth addiction withdrawal is the onset of depression. Even though depression is a withdrawal symptom that is also associated with a number of other drugs, such as stimulants, it can be very severe in the case of withdrawal from meth addiction. The patients become very down or in extreme cases they may even develop a form of mood disorder. There appears to be very little that can be done to cheer them up.
Sometimes, a mild antidepressant may be administered to the addicts in an attempt to counter this effect. However any such intervention should only be attempted under the direction and close supervision of a qualified medical or health care worker. The reason for this is that the meth addict is likely to develop dependency and consequently addiction to the antidepressants if access to them goes unmonitored.
Often addicts who suddenly decide to stop taking meth may go into post-acute withdrawal. This is a kind of protracted withdrawal whereby the meth addiction withdrawal symptoms take a much longer time to wear off than they normally should. In addition, some physical withdrawal symptoms such as memory loss, psychosis or schizophrenia may occur.