The come down from meth usually lasts no longer than a few days. People tend to sleep and eat a bit more than usual, and can feel flat, jumpy, edgy or irritable. It's the meth equivalent to a ‘hangover’ from alcohol.
On the other hand, some dependentThree or more of the following: strong desire to use; use more than intended: wish to reduce or stop; use despite harms; tolerance; withdrawal. meth users will go through withdrawalProcess of detoxing from meth in someone who is dependent. when they stop using.
Symptoms of meth withdrawalProcess of detoxing from meth in someone who is dependent. can include:
- feeling moody or flat, right through to being severely depressed
- lack of energy, lethargyWeariness, lack of energy, fatigue., exhaustion
- getting no enjoyment or pleasure from usual activities
- feeling irritable, angry, having a ‘short fuse’
- feeling agitated so you can’t sit or lie still, feeling anxious or nervous
- having aches and pains
- sleep disturbance, insomniaInability to fall or stay asleep.
- problems with concentration and memory
- cravings to use meth
Withdrawal can peak around day 2-3 after last use and generally begins to ease after a week to ten days. Low-grade symptoms including mood swings and agitation, cravings, and sleep disturbance can last for a further couple of weeks, while some people can feel depressed for a few days, weeks or even months.
- You'll need to eat a good diet, and drink lots of fluids – prepare by having a supply of goodies in the house.
- Rally your support people to be there for you if you need them.
- Take leave from work, limit visitors (support people are fine), and turn off the phone. You're likely to be tired and irritable so give yourself plenty of personal space and remember to rest as much as you can.
- Practice lots of ways to manage cravings and stick a list on the wall of the ones that work for you.
Be kind to yourself
- You might have trouble remembering or concentrating so write notes to yourself if you have to do something you can't avoid while you're getting through it.
- Call on support people when you need to. It can be hard to do this alone.
Watch your mood
Remember why you're stopping
- Keep telling yourself why you want to stop using meth in the first place.
- Read your 'things I don't like about meth' reminder card.
- Remind yourself of the benefits of not using meth– stick a list on the wall.
- Put a picture of yourself at your worst in a prominent place.
- Do whatever you can to maintain your commitment so you can get through this.
Get specialist help if you need it