Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox

Siobhan Morse, the executive director of The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies discusses Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox in this Special Report.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a very addictive stimulant. It is closely related to amphetamine.

It is long-lasting and toxic to dopamine nerve terminals in the central nervous system.

It is the white, odorless, bitter tasting powder taken orally or by snorting or by injecting. It can also be a rock crystal that is heated and smoked.


Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox

What is methamphetamine withdrawal?

As many as two-thirds of methamphetamine users can experience some form of psychosis which can begin within the first months of use.

They may become consumed by paranoia and fear believing that they are in a constant danger and people are out to get them.

This delusional state of mind is very similar to that of a paranoid schizophrenic.

Long-term use can lead to mood disturbances, violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia and severe dental problems.

All users, but particularly those who inject the drug, risk infectious diseases such as HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of methamphetamine?

The withdrawal symptoms of methamphetamine include: being extremely tired, depression, sleep disorders, dizziness, shakiness, headache, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, and impotence.

What is methamphetamine detox?

Persons who are addicted to methamphetamine usually enter a substance medical detox during which the withdrawal effects and symptoms can be minimized at a safe and steady pace under the supervision of a medical doctor.


Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox

Methamphetamine Withdrawal and Detox



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