Meth Detox

What is Meth Detox?

Meth detox – the initial treatment for meth dependence – helps remove methamphetamine from the system in a safe and controlled environment. Other addiction treatments can commence after you have completed the detox process. 

A holistic detox program that combines medications, psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and nutritional support is highly effective in:

  • Preventing potential complications. 
  • Preparing your body and mind for other long-term addiction treatments. 
  • Healing your body from addiction-induced damage 

When do You Need Meth Detox?

Meth Detox

What Are Meth Detox Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawing from meth can cause:
  • Intense cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Increased appetite
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Hallucinations (experiencing things that are not there)

Meth Detox Timeline

Most people experience these symptoms within 24 hours after the last intake. Extreme tiredness is often the first withdrawal effect followed by intense feelings of depression. The other two characteristic features – increased appetite and excessive sleepiness – can occur with detox from any CNS stimulant.  

The symptoms can last for 2 weeks. However, they may persist for several months in chronic users.  

Below is a general timeline for meth withdrawal timeline:

Initial 48 hours (the “crash”)

The most common symptoms during this phase are excessive tiredness, markedly decreased mental processing, nausea, stomach cramps, and sweating. 

Day 3 to 10

The effects peak during this period. Symptoms include severe depression, anxiety, and extreme fatigue. In addition, cravings become more intense, and muscle aches and tremors may occur.

Day 14 to 20

Most symptoms begin to go away or become milder, but some people may have intense cravings.

More than 4 weeks

Some, if any, milder symptoms may persist. 

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Meth?

Several factors can affect the duration of detox, such as the severity of addiction, duration of use, doses, and underlying health conditions. 

It usually takes about 50 hours to detox meth. But long-term heavy users may need up to 1 week of detox. 

How to Detox From Meth?

The first critical step to detox your body from meth is to seek help from an addiction specialist. After an initial assessment, they can refer you to a detox center. Detox centers have a team of health professionals trained and equipped to handle detox symptoms. Moreover, they offer customized programs to address your unique individual needs. 

Experts do not recommend stopping meth abruptly (cold turkey), as doing so can cause severe withdrawal and strong cravings. Both these factors may increase the odds of complications and relapses.
Instead, tapering - gradually decreasing the dose - is beneficial for most meth users. 

What Happens During Meth Detox?

Meth detox comprises three stages. They are:


In this stage, a team of health professionals checks your general well-being, medical and family history, addiction severity, and other health issues. Besides, they will likely recommend a urine test to detect recent meth use. Then, using information from the assessment and lab tests, they will design a detox plan.



Detox treatment can begin only after a person is physically, psychologically, and emotionally stable. However, most people who reach a detox center are already struggling with the overwhelming withdrawal effects. To make them comfortable and help them calm down, the medical staff will communicate empathetically and work to build trust while observing their behaviors and responses.


Treatment usually involves medicines to address specific withdrawal symptoms. So far, the US FDA has not approved any drug to speed up meth elimination from the system. That said, medications targeting specific symptoms can help a person avoid relapse and stick to the detox program.

Modafinil a medication used to treat sleep disorders, can help a person control cravings and have a regular sleep-wake cycle. Moreover, it may alleviate memory problems and impaired mental processes.

Antidepressants Bupropion and Fluoxetine may be used to boost your mood.

Other medications Your doctor may also give you medications to relieve anxiety, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. In addition, some people may require IV fluids to prevent or control dehydration.

Once the detox process is complete, the medical team will shift you to a rehab facility for long-term addiction treatment.

Best Meth Detox Centers: What Are Your Options?

When choosing the most appropriate detox program, it is crucial to consider the required level of care, insurance coverage, and your commitment. Silicon Valley Recovery offers a comprehensive Meth Detox Program to help you at every step of your recovery process.

Outpatient programs

They are ideal for those with mild withdrawal symptoms. These programs combine medications with group or individual psychotherapy to optimize long-term recovery. 

Inpatient programs

You will need to stay in the detox center for about one week. An inpatient program might be more appropriate if you have severe withdrawal symptoms or a history of relapses. 

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