Reasons Not to Detox from Methamphetamine Alone
Stopping any drug suddenly while you are not under a doctor’s care is never a good idea. There are some drugs that going it alone is not a good idea due to the possibility of relapse. Then there are the drugs that detoxing alone is extremely dangerous.
Dangerous Detox Symptoms
The dangerous detox symptoms of methamphetamine come on quickly and are over just as quickly. According to the a study published in the National Library of Medicine, most symptoms resolve within 14 days, but two weeks can be a long time when you are experiencing them.
Psychosis can range anywhere from simply not being in touch with reality to a full-blown psychotic break. Losing touch with reality even for a short time can be very dangerous to your health and wellbeing. Imagine if you believed you could jump off a building or out a window and be fine. Psychosis can make you believe things that are not true.
Severe depression is one of the most commonly experienced detox effects of methamphetamine. Severe depression carries with it the risk of being so depressed that suicide seems like a good idea.
Rage and aggression are very common detox effects of many drugs including methamphetamine. Aggression can cause you to do and say things that you would not normally. You can end up hurting someone else or yourself both emotionally and physically.
Paranoia and anxiety are both physically dangerous effects as well. Both of these feelings can cause rapid heart rate and spikes in blood pressure so high that you wind up having a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause lasting anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder.
Although cravings for methamphetamine stay for months, sometimes years, they are the most intense during the first two weeks. During the first two weeks, you have an extremely high chance of relapse. Relapse can cause both continued addiction and death due to overdose.
What you Will Find in Methamphetamine Detox Treatment
An excellent reason not to detox from methamphetamine alone is what you will find in a methamphetamine detox center.
You will have the comfort of a support staff and counseling to help you get through the roughest parts of the detox. Most detox centers offer individual and group counseling for those who want it. There is also someone to help you through the physical portions of withdrawal as well.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are no drugs specifically for methamphetamine withdrawal although they are searching for one. There are supportive medications for the symptoms. You can detox with many of the symptoms toned down.