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What is it Like to Experience Detox from Meth?

When a person stops using meth, the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal may occur. Chronic users who frequently take the drug over a long period of time may experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is difficult but possible with the right support. Find out what to expect during detox from meth and how to find help if you are addicted.

Withdrawal Process

Undergoing withdrawal in a medical detox program is the safest way to remove addictive substances, like meth, from the body. These programs support people who need 24 hour care during detox. Doctors and nurses will be close by to support and monitor vitals. Treatment plans can be developed that help improve a person’s overall outcome from detox. Following detox, people are encouraged to continue recovery at an inpatient rehab center. Many detox programs are located in centers that help make transition easier. Inpatient rehab offers the best environment for detox because of the high-quality care within a structured facility.


The following symptoms of withdrawal from meth vary person to person but also on how heavily meth was used. How the drug was consumed makes a difference, as well as how much a person was taking just prior to withdrawal. Symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Incoherent speech
  • Suicidal thoughts


The general timeline for detox from meth can look as follows for some people:

  • Symptoms start after 24 hours and remain at peak levels for the next 7-10 days.
  • Days 4 through 10 are often more complex as cravings begin and mood swings occur, making it hard to concentrate or stay motivated
  • Days 11-30 usually bring on insomnia, depression, and cravings which continue on
  • Days 30 and above will be when people start to feel better, withdrawal lifts and feelings of depression and cravings may come and go but overall a person will start to emerge from under the influence of meth

The end of detox does not mean the end of addiction to meth. Protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can persist for months or even years for some people. This can be managed with proper care, counseling, and therapy.

Treatment and rehab are great places to seek help for withdrawal symptoms and help moving past meth addiction. Recovery is a journey so treatment is not a cure, but it is a good first step. If you struggle with addiction and need help, our detox program can help you get clean and figure out your next steps. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964