Severe Meth Withdrawal Symptoms That Can Kill
Meth is a short form Methamphetamine a stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. It is a potent central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug and less commonly as a second-line treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) sleep disorder and obesity.
Meth is a Schedule II drug in the US, which means that it has a high potential for abuse, and the potential to cause severe physical and psychological dependence. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Other common names for meth include chalk, crank, crystal, ice, and speed. People use meth by : inhaling/smoking, swallowing (pill), snorting or injecting the powder that has been dissolved in water/alcohol.
What is Meth Withdrawal Symptoms?
Meth Withdrawal symptoms refers to the unpleasant physical reaction that accompanies the process of ceasing to take the drug. Individuals who abuse meth or crystal methamphetamine habitually can easily develop a physical dependence on the drug. This occurs when the human body adapts to the constant presence of the drug in its system. Once a physical dependence is established, tolerance to the drug typically follows, which means that the individual will need higher and more frequent doses of methamphetamine to feel the same effects a smaller dose once created.
Although the effects of methamphetamine can be felt quickly, the drug leaves the body in a rapid fashion, which can lead to a “crash.” When someone repeatedly takes large doses of meth one after the other in a short period to avoid this crash, it can speed up the development of a physical dependence and tolerance.
If someone suddenly stops using the drug, they will likely experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Meth withdrawal like any withdrawal, is not a pleasant experience. Crystal meth withdrawal symptoms begin around 24 hours after the individual’s last dose. Fatigue often sets in first, followed by an overwhelming feeling of depression.
How does meth affect the brain?
Methamphetamine increases the amount of the natural chemical dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical found naturally in the human body. It is a neurotransmitter, meaning it sends signals from the body to the brain. Dopamine plays a part in controlling the movements a person makes, as well as their emotional responses. The right balance of dopamine is vital for both physical and mental well being. The drug’s ability to rapidly release high levels of dopamine in reward areas of the brain strongly reinforces drug-taking behavior, making the user want to repeat the experience.
7 Severe Meth Withdrawal Symptoms That Can Kill
Severe meth withdrawal symptoms may include (but are not limited to):
Extreme anxiety – Severe meth withdrawal symptoms such as severe anxiety can be scary, and severe anxiety symptoms can significantly impair quality of life.
Excessive irritation – feelings become excessive, all-consuming and interfere with virtually all aspects of daily living.
Dysthymia- Now known as persistent depressive is associated with risk of developing dementia and mortality accounting for 31.6% risk of death.
Prolonged fatigue- Fatigue from meth withdrawal can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including chronic headache, dizziness, sore or aching muscles, muscle weakness, slowed reflexes and responses, impaired decision-making and judgment.
Polyphagia (Uncontrolled appetite) – Excessive eating leads to increase weight gain which negatively affects BMI and predispose you to many life threatening conditions such as diabetes , heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and infections
Insomnia (Sleeplessness) – is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. A Penn State Cohort study reported that Insomnia with objective short sleep duration in men is associated with increased mortality, a risk that has been underestimated. The mortality rate was 21% for men and 5% for women
Vivid dreams- This can impair the quality of life for the people who are affected with the condition. It can make the you avoid sleep, which leads to sleep deprivation which could lead to even more intense nightmares fatigue and insomnia