Quitting Meth For Good - How To Quit And What To Expect

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If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, you know that it is a physical and psychological trip through hell that seemingly has no end. Quitting meth for good is your only option.

Meth is a powerful stimulant that robs your ability to experience pleasure, you lose memory functioning and those who are addicted to meth undergo severe and often shocking physical transformations that make them look like the living dead. You or a loved one desperately wants to stop the cycle of abuse and quit meth for good, but it's pull may seem too strong and you may feel alone, defeated and even trapped by your addiction. Quitting meth is no easy task, but with help recovery is more than possible.

You may hear the deck is stacked against you. You may read graphic statistics and read that only a tiny percentage of users are able to quit meth. While quitting methamphetamine is a difficult journey, you need to cast the doubt aside because YOU CAN QUIT.  Your life is waiting for you... and with some knowledge, direction and support you will be well on your way to break the chains of meth addiction and find the happiness and serenity that recovery brings.

Medical Detoxification: The Crucial First Step To Quitting Meth

The first and arguably most critical step in quitting methamphetamine is undergoing medical detoxification at a reputable treatment facility or hospital.  While the withdrawal symptoms of meth may not be as severe as other substances such as heroin or alcohol, these symptoms are highly uncomfortable and have the potential to threaten your life dependent on previously existing medical conditions, the length of time you have used the drug and the presence of other drugs in your system.

The following are common withdrawal symptoms associated with meth:

  • chest pains
  • breathing difficulties
  • paranoia
  • mood swings
  • weight loss
  • increased risk of strokes, seizures and heart attacks

You can expect the detox process to last one to two weeks, but it can last much longer depending of the severity of symptoms. During this process, medical staff will employ a variety of methods to help minimize the symptoms associated with withdrawal and will evaluate you for any co-occurring disorders that can impact your recovery. It is absolutely critical that you are both mentally and physically stable before entering the next phase, which is drug treatment.

Drug Treatment

Drug treatment will allow you to overcome the underlying reasons why you are addicted to meth, and through counseling and therapy you will gain the life and coping skills needed to pursue recovery while guarding against the triggers that lead to relapse. Inpatient drug rehab centers that specialize in meth addiction allow you to recover in an environment away from the temptations of your home environment so you can focus solely on your recovery and allow you to focus on quitting meth.

Since each addict is different, you need to look for treatment facilities that provide a variety of therapeutic treatment options and will be able to provide you with an individualized treatment plan specifically created for your own recovery goals.

For information of different facilities, don't hesitate to call the Sober Nation hotline. 866-317-7050.

Therapies such as cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and contingency management-type therapies in individual and group settings are extremely beneficial to addicts quitting meth, since they help to identify problem behaviors and thinking and provide incentives for positive changes.

You also need to consider the length of time needed give you the best chance to recover. While many drug treatment facilities offer programming that lasts 30 days, you may consider finding a meth treatment program that lasts for 60 days, 90 days or longer. Many meth addicts will experience a recurrence of withdrawal symptoms (often referred to as the wall) about 45 days after quitting meth. Undergoing meth addiction treatment for a longer period of time will allow treatment staff to help you work through this wall.

Added Support

Long-term recovery from meth addiction will require you to  find those resources that will provide you the support and encouragement you need to continue working your program of recovery. Once you finish meth rehab, your treatment facility should offer aftercare and intensive outpatient programs that focus on relapse prevention and the continued application of the skills needed to successfully function at work, home or school.

Many aftercare programs offered by rehab centers may also offer sober living environments such as halfway houses where you can receive the support of your peers who are in recovery. Additionally, continued participation in Twelve-Step groups such as Crystal Meth Anonymous or similar support groups will help you remain centered in the recovery community.

Do You Want To Quit Meth For Good? Call Sober Nation

Meth addiction is frightening and trying to find the help that you need can be a frustrating process.

If you are looking to break free from meth, Sober Nation provides you with the knowledge, treatment resources, and expert advice to help you turn your goal into reality. As recovering addicts, we understand the helplessness and isolation that you feel and we deliver all of our services with compassion and respect. Don't wait until it is too late...call Sober Nation today and make recovery from meth a reality.



  1. Jeff says

    Hi everyone, I have had a meth problem for over 2yrs now and this is my second serious attempt to quit. On my first I attempt lasted nearly 4 months and I have been sober for just over 3 months this time. I'm hoping somebody can enlighten me on why it is that I seem to have become more easily agitated in the last few weeks? Is this possibly still a symptom of the recovery process or just me? I really haven't thought about using again so I'm not really sure.... Thanks.

    • Kelsey says

      I know from experience that yes... Irritability is a symptom of withdrawl. You just need to learn how to deal with that stress/ anxiety in a positive manner. Now let me also say this ... GET OUT NOW, WHILE YOU STILL CAN. DONT EVER LOOK BACK!
      Meth is the devil incarnate. I was an addict for 14 years. It ruined my life.
      I must say however I'm EXTREMELY lucky to be clean now and there is still hope for me to live a full, meaningful life.

    • Kayla says

      Anger spikes up and down sometimes uncontrollable for months at a time this can last year's as I am almost 4 years sober and still want to use, clouded mind from the anger and periods of decreased mental capacity can last week's to months followed by somewhat normalcy and clarity just waiting in limbo expecting symptoms will return it's just a matter of when. I also hate this article. One day sober nation downplays meth addiction to other drugs as if it's easy and there are no physical hardships past the two weeks and long term affects eventually dissipate within a year that b/s and then other times there's an article on how hard it is but it never seems to cover it completely. An ex addict should write for them a hard core IV user with a broken mind, most likely permanent. . Me. Ha. What self loathing. anyway. Yes anger comes and goes but real love if you are ever able to find or feel it again can help pacify the emotional swings especially being with someone who knows what it's like, a friend you can talk to and be open with your thoughts will be the best therapy.

  2. angel says

    This is my 3 rd time trying to quit. I have a twin who also uses and it makes difficult to stop if we r ever together we always use. I want yo feel happy again with skies blue and grand green...everything so beautiful when i am sober . Im one week in. One more wk i think i should start the grateful to b alive phase of recovery. Best of luck to u all .

  3. Ashtin says

    I'm 3 weeks sober. I've used for about 1 1/2 years. I'm also only 18.
    My dad, almost 40 has been using nearly 25 years. I've considered rehab many times, my problem is the people I surround myself with. I've recently moved out of town with my boyfriend of 3 years, who has never used drugs. He's kept me from using, in the past & now. I feel like I'm gonna be okay, because I've excluded myself from my "dope friends". I'm extremely worried about my dad. My meth experience was a quick & extreme one. I had a house I rented, a job. & car, within a month lost it all but my car, which I got & currently have a title loan on. Ran around with dead beat nobody's, who wanted nothing but to bring me down worse. I became the world's best, dope dealer, meth head, sleaze bag whore. It was all a quick and done deal. But with my dad, its been a long drawn out process. When I look at him, I see myself. It destroys me. Tonight's, for the first time he has told me he wanted to be clean. We've bullshitted about it a few times. But he's never said that. I need help figuring out how to help him. "I'm gonna need your help, I've been looking online all night trying to find out how to go about quitting after all these years." Is the message he sent tonight

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