Detoxing from stimulants is perhaps the most important step you will take on your road to sobriety. We have extensive experience in guiding people through this unsettling phase and beyond. Every individual is different, and so too are the circumstances of their addiction.
We understand this.
With stimulant drugs, quitting is far easier said than done, especially when attempted in isolation. We provide professional guidance and medical care for our clients and have helped people detox from many stimulant drugs, including amphetamine, Ritalin, cocaine, PCP and methamphetamine, to name a few.
Our detox programs are designed to kick-start your recovery. Throughout your stay with us, your comfort and unique requirements are at the center of all our decisions relating to your treatment. By creating a healthy recovery environment, the likelihood of a successful recovery is increased considerably.
Managing Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from stimulant drugs is unpleasant and exhausting. How you manage these symptoms is often what determines a successful or unsuccessful detox. With stimulants, withdrawal symptoms can be particularly challenging, as early physical and psychological effects can reemerge later in the program as you progress.
With our 24-hour care and professional medical assistance, we are always on hand to ensure you manage these symptoms, and we are committed to supporting and guiding you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.
Taking Other Drugs?
Before enrolling in our detox program, we ask all clients to be open and honest about other drugs they may be taking. Most people suffering from addiction are polydrug users – they take multiple substances. If this is the case, please inform our professional team at your assessment. Polydrug use does not jeopardize the entire detox process, nor does it make it any longer. It is extremely common and informing us allows us to develop a detox plan best suited to your circumstances.
Taking Prescription Medication?
Like polydrug use, we ask you to inform us of any prescribed medication you may currently be taking. A list can be easily obtained from your doctor or physician if you are unsure. Certain prescribed drugs can have an adverse effect on clients if taken alongside other detox medication, so we must know exactly what medication you are on to help prevent any potential issues from arising.
Common Meth and Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
As with most addictions, the inevitable withdrawal symptoms of stimulants are what keep many people from beginning their recovery journey. Stopping is exhausting, and people will often turn to other substances to ease the trauma. In isolation and unsupervised, withdrawal can be overwhelming, and relapses will more than likely occur. At Brazos Recovery Services, we support our clients with the correct medical guidance and address withdrawal symptoms together. We make what seems impossible, possible.
Physical Meth and Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
Physical withdrawal symptoms are unavoidable. Alleviating your body of stimulants leaves it craving them, and subsequently vulnerable. Physical symptoms include:
- aches and pains
- extreme fatigue
- slowed heart rate
- slurred speech
Your body is depleted of energy, and even minor tasks can be draining. In addition to these symptoms, stimulant addiction often diminishes appetite, seeing many people suffer from malnutrition, which then opens the door to other physical issues. The physical symptoms are unforgiving, but with our help, they are more than manageable.
Psychological Meth and Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
Psychological withdrawal symptoms are often overlooked or overshadowed by the more recognizable physical effects. The psychological impact of removing stimulants from your life can cause longer-lasting disruption.
As with most drugs, stimulant use forces the brain’s chemistry to change. As the brain’s chemistry is altered, clients are likely to suffer from knock-on effects including, depression – most common in the early stages, intense cravings, paranoia and often hallucinations. We are experienced in dealing with all of these symptoms at all stages of rehabilitation.
How Long Does Meth and Stimulant Detox Last?
The length of a detox program is usually determined by the type of drug and how long it has been taken. A client withdrawing from meth would be in the detox phase much longer than those with other stimulant addictions.
One of our professionals will outline the length of your detox after assessing your situation. Typically, most stimulant detoxes last from between 7 to 14 days. If this time frame is exceeded, it would be considered as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). It is uncommon but does occur more regularly with people quitting stimulant abuse.
As with all our advice for addictions, detoxing by itself is not enough. It is a significant step in the right direction, but it’s only effective if followed up with continued treatment. Those who see detox as enough are often the ones who find themselves back at square one in a few weeks – especially if their addiction is stimulants. Substance abuse is a deeply-embedded issue and needs a sustained length of assistance, guidance and treatment to be entirely resolved. Without this commitment from our clients, relapse is the most likely outcome.
At Brazos Recovery Services, we are invested in you from start to finish. Your safety and well-being are at the heart of everything we do, and we understand how some people can take longer to recover from their addiction than others. Detox is not enough by itself, but it is the start of our journey together.
What Happens After a Stimulant Detox?
After detox, we highly recommend staying with us for further treatment and therapy. Detox is merely the start. We offer Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and Day Treatment Programs, that explore the underlying nature of your addiction and the next steps. We hold one-to-one classes, group sessions and family therapy at a later stage of treatment.
We believe treatment programs should be centered around fun and reconnecting with everyday life. You will be enlisted in a 12 Step Completion Program and can take part in different activities such as meditation, camping, fishing, hiking and other off-campus excursions. Our facilities allow for on-site transitional living, and the surrounding environment is perfect for those wanting to escape. As you successfully progress through treatment, we reintroduce privileges such as gym access and family visits.
At Brazos Recovery Services, we understand what people want during this stage of recovery. Reintegrating clients with normal living alongside continued treatment is the necessary balance needed to optimize rehabilitation.
Stimulant Detox FAQ
Is a stimulant detox dangerous?
Unlike some other drug addictions, the withdrawal phase of stimulant use does not threaten life. It is, however, uncomfortable and exhausting and should not be taken lightly.
What is the safest way to detox from stimulants?
Safe detoxing can only take place within a recovery unit. Like all forms of detoxing, stimulant withdrawal should not be attempted alone or unsupervised. We provide professional supervision and medical assistance of the highest order, ensuring our clients get the most out their stay with us.
Can you avoid stimulant withdrawal symptoms?
It is unlikely that you will be able to avoid stimulant withdrawal symptoms, though these symptoms can be made more manageable and more comfortable. With our round-the-clock support and professional care, you never have to face any form of withdrawal symptom alone. At Brazos Recovery Services, we are in this together.