What is methamphetamine withdrawal like?

I know how much chronic meth use takes a tole on addicts physically, but when they stop using, is the withdrawal just as bad? And after the withdrawal is over, do recovering addicts regain the physical strength (and appearance) they lost while using?

asked 26 Feb '12, 20:31

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Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive psychoactive drug that, when used in high doses, creates feelings of euphoria, increased self-esteem, and boundless energy. It was originally introduced as a stimulant to keep soldiers alert in WWII and has been used to treat ADHD (though rarely used anymore). Meth is cheap and ignites the brain's reward/pleasure center, making the drug desirable on the streets.

(01 Mar '12, 14:12) Jack ♦


Meth Addiction

The stronger the drug addiction, the more extreme the withdrawal will be. A strong dependency to Meth will surely result in a physically draining withdrawal.


Meth Detox

Methamphetamine detox helps recovering addicts manage withdrawal and the first steps of recovery.



Methamphetamines, or Meth, are dangerous stimulants that have a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Withdrawal from methamphetamine usually includes agitation, depression, increased appetite, impaired thinking and sometimes suicidal thoughts. It can last from several days in occasional users up to several months for chronic users, depending on the length of time and amounts used.

As for any physical restoration, scabs from over-scratching may heal, but many physical effects, such as "meth mouth", are irreversible.


answered 27 Feb '12, 19:01

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