Meth abuse withdrawal is often an emotional and ugly process for the addict. There are some common withdrawal symptoms that a meth abuser will display when coming off of meth or "crashing". If you see the symptoms of severe cravings, insomnia, restlessness, mental confusion or depression, chances are that the meth is exiting their system. Additional symptoms of meth abuse withdrawal include irritability, fatigue, excessive and disturbed sleep, an increase in appetite, anxiety, depression and psychotic reactions. These meth abuse withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the addict's dependence level.
Several hours after the last meth use, the individual experiences a drastic drop in mood and energy levels. Sleep begins and may last for a long period and, upon awakening, severe depression exists that may last for days. While users are in this depressed state, suicide is a major concern. These meth abuse withdrawal symptoms occur after meth use and may be reversed by taking another dose of methamphetamine, thereby fitting the definition for a withdrawal syndrome.
Basically, methamphetamine tricks the person's body and brain into thinking that his stamina is limitless but is actually draining his critical energy reserves that are much needed by his body's functions and vital organs. Due to this feeling of extra strength, the person will burst with euphoria and energy that will slowly lead to depression, physical deterioration, brain damage and violent paranoia.
Meth is a neurotoxin since it brings damage to the nervous system. Its use will make the person dependent to it thereby making him a drug addict. Aside from addiction, it has very harmful effects like stroke, psychosis, high blood pressure or cardiac arrhythmia. Most of these effects can lead to death and should therefore not be taken lightly. Stopping its use will surely produce meth abuse withdrawal symptoms. It may be terribly hard to handle but is nevertheless necessary.
While most people think of methamphetamine as an illegal street drug, it is also a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. Desoxyn® (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is the prescription version of methamphetamine. Amphetamines, including methamphetamine, are known to cause withdrawal symptoms in people who stop taking them too quickly. However, meth abuse withdrawal is most likely to occur in people who are taking doses much higher than recommended (such as people who have a problem with methamphetamine addiction and abuse). People taking Desoxyn at the prescribed dose for a legitimate medical purpose do not usually experience meth abuse withdrawal symptoms when stopping methamphetamine.
Meth abuse withdrawal has recently been associated with brain changes similar to depression and anxiety. Researchers suggest results of a new study indicate that people who have recently stopped abusing the powerfully addictive drug methamphetamine may have brain abnormalities similar to those seen in people with mood disorders. The findings suggest practitioners could improve success rates for methamphetamine users receiving addiction treatment by also providing therapy for depression and anxiety in appropriate individuals.
Although meth abuse withdrawal is generally not life threatening, it can be very uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable that people will start taking the drug again in order to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Also, if a pregnant woman takes methamphetamine, her baby may have withdrawal symptoms after it is born. If you are pregnant and taking Desoxyn (or "street" forms of the drug), be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about methamphetamine and pregnancy.