“Cold turkey” is the process of forcing yourself to stop from using methamphetamine without the help or advice of a group support or any medical professionals. While it common reasons to stop methamphetamine because of changes in your societal role or great financial loss, the question is this type of cessation safe?
- Cold turkey meth withdrawal means that the meth user totally quits his/her use of methamphetamine.
- With the risk of total abstinence, the user will surely encounter worst withdrawal symptoms.
- He or she will have a difficulty acting normal and rational while withdrawing from methamphetamine.
- Acute withdrawal from meth can be accompanied by depressive and psychotic symptoms that can last around 1 week after last use with cravings that can last around 5 weeks.
Compared to other drug withdrawals, withdrawal from methamphetamine is extremely different.
Basically, the effects are usually seen psychologically rather than physically. Severe depression can be manifested with methamphetamine withdrawal especially in those chronic users because there is an alteration of brain chemistry. The neurotransmitters that are responsible for controlling enjoyment are what’s majorly affected. Those who are in the recovery from meth are having a hard time experiencing pleasure in life, medically referred as anhedonia. It is highly advisable that you seek medical supervision from professionals, although it is not permanent.
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There is a high chance of having a relapse from meth withdrawal because you cannot accept how you feel.
To attain success in stopping yourself from using meth, you should ask help or support from those who also encountered the exact process. Doctors and physicians who are highly trained in treating psychological symptoms that were caused by methamphetamine are, however, the most reliable people to ask help from. Doing the cold turkey method by yourself without help is extremely hard to do because of the relapse or withdrawal symptoms that may lead to mood swings.
Cold turkey is not recommended due to the unmanaged physical and psychological symptoms.
The psychological symptoms of withdrawal are severe. A person that engages himself/herself in meth cold turkey is most likely to experience an intense craving in looking for meth to consume, which is the reason why it is hard to do.
Meth cold turkey is also accompanied by horrible depression for a while that makes their brain think more about taking meth again to make them feel better. Because of not sleeping well when they were high, these people will tend to sleep at lot than before as their reality escape, and they also tend to eat a lot.
Even if it is possible to quit meth cold turkey, it is not advisable because encountering a severe relapse is extremely possible. Also, you would not want to undergo the whole process again if the self-treatment goes wrong.
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