Medical Methamphetamine Detox
at Boca Detox Center

Methamphetamine is a powerful and highly addictive drug, one that has been classified by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II chemical substance, meaning it has an exceptionally high potential for misuse. Of all illegal chemical substances, methamphetamine is one of the most instantaneously habit-forming. Individuals who have experimented with this specific drug have reported becoming addicted with one use. If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a methamphetamine use disorder, there is help available. The initial step on every journey of addiction recovery is admission to a medically assisted detoxification center. Those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for any period of time almost always undergo some degree of withdrawal upon abrupt cessation of use. More often than not, the symptoms of withdrawal will lead a person back to substance use before the detoxification process is over. This is part of the reason why entering into an inpatient methamphetamine detox program is so important.

At Boca Detox Center we provide a comprehensive detox program; one that focuses on more than a safe, pain-free drug and alcohol withdrawal. In addition to providing around the clock medical care, we actively prepare our clients for the next appropriate stage of their personal recovery journeys. During methamphetamine detox, we conduct an individualized, in-depth evaluation, which helps us determine the length of our clients stay, what kind of medical intervention is necessary, and the next step for each client once they become physically stabilized.

The Boca Detox Center Method: Methamphetamine Detox

At Boca Detox Center, we take a unique approach to methamphetamine detoxification. Whereas state-funded facilities and hospital settings offer standardized, impersonal care, we treat each of our clients on a highly individualized basis. The Boca Detox Center method focuses on more than physical stabilization. We work to adequately prepare our clients to take the next appropriate step on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. While medical detox is an important initial step on the road to recovery, it must be closely followed by a higher level of care in order to be truly effective. As part of the Guardian Recovery Network family, we work closely with several of the top residential rehabs and outpatient treatment programs in the country. Once you have undergone a safe, pain-free methamphetamine withdrawal and have been deemed physically stable, we will help you determine which level of care is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about methamphetamine withdrawal treatment options, or to get started on your own personal journey of recovery.

At Boca Detox Center we have extensive experience treating men and women of all ages and walks of life who have been suffering at the hands of a methamphetamine use disorder. Because this drug is so highly addictive, medically monitored detox will always be a necessary first step on the lifelong road to recovery. Our program was carefully designed by a highly experienced team of professionals, ranging from licensed therapists and psychiatrists to addiction specialists, doctors and clinicians. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical care; our detox program is geared towards more than physical stabilization. We believe in setting a solid clinical foundation for long-term sobriety, preparing each client for the next appropriate phase of his or her personal recovery journey. Our state-of-the-art facility was designed with peace and tranquility in mind. We offer all of the comforts of home along with numerous luxury amenities.

What is Meth Addiction?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that directly affects the central nervous system. It generally takes the form of a white powder, and is either ingested orally, snorted or smoked. Those who use methamphetamine regularly are liable to do long-term damage to their central nervous system; the harsh chemical substance has been known to do irreversible damage in an extremely short period of time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a 2017 national survey concluded that roughly 1.6 million Americans had used methamphetamine within the past year, and 774,000 had used the drug within the past month. The same survey found that roughly 964,000 Americans over the age of 12 suffered from a moderate to severe methamphetamine abuse disorder in 2017. In the year 2016, the number of individuals suffering from a methamphetamine abuse disorder was roughly 684,000. Clearly, methamphetamine is a major and rapidly escalating issue throughout the country.

Fortunately, there are resources available to those who have been suffering at the hands of methamphetamine addiction. At Boca Detox Center we provide our clients with the most individualized detoxification services available. Unlike the care one might receive in a hospital or state-funded facility, we prioritize the well-being of each individual client, ensuring a comfortable and pain-free methamphetamine withdrawal.

Signs of Meth Dependence & Abuse

If you believe you or someone you love has been suffering from a diagnosable substance use disorder, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) outlines a list of diagnostic criteria used to identify the presence of a methamphetamine use disorder. If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, seeking professional help from a medical detox center is likely a good idea.

  1. Do you sometimes end up using a larger amount of methamphetamine than you originally intended, or do you use methamphetamine more frequently than you intend to?
  2. Have you wanted to cut back on the amount of methamphetamine you use or quit entirely, only to find you were unable to do so for any significant period of time?
  3. Do you spend a significant amount of time obtaining methamphetamine, using methamphetamine and recovering from its effects?
  4. Do you often think of using methamphetamine/do you ever experience intense cravings?
  5. Has your drug use interfered with your ability to fulfill personal obligations or negatively impacted your performance at work or at school?
  6. Have you experienced interpersonal problems as a direct result of your methamphetamine use?
  7. Have you given up activities which were once interesting or important to you in order to engage in methamphetamine use?
  8. Have you been engaging in risk-taking activities more often than normal, like driving while under the influence of methamphetamine or combining methamphetamine with other substances like alcohol or opioid narcotics?
  9. Do you continue to use methamphetamine despite physical or psychological health concerns directly related to the drug?
  10. Have you developed a physical tolerance, meaning a larger amount of methamphetamine is required in order for the desired effects to be achieved?
  11. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when methamphetamine use is stopped abruptly?

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What are the Signs & Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal?

Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms will begin to take hold within the first 24 hours of the last use. The initial symptoms will be mild to moderate, and will include fatigue, anxiousness, depression and a noticeably increased appetite. When it comes to methamphetamine withdrawal, there are two predominant phases to be aware of. The first phase begins within 24 hours of the last use and typically lasts no longer than one full week. The second phase, post-acute withdrawal, will typically last from between three weeks to six months, depending on the severity of the addictive disorder.

Methamphetamine addiction and recovery

While the signs and symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal will vary on a person-to-person basis, they will almost always include:

  • Extreme fatigue – At Boca Detox Center, we understand that men and women who have been suffering from methamphetamine addiction will be in dire need of rest and relaxation. Our detox facility was designed with comfort and tranquility in mind.
  • Intense anxiety – Anxiety will often be overwhelming if not treated by an experienced team of doctors and psychiatrists in a medical detox setting.
  • Depression – Those who are going through methamphetamine withdrawal will generally feel low, sad and helpless. While most symptoms of depression will resolve on their own within two to three weeks, it is possible that symptoms of depression last for longer – up to a full year or more if left untreated. Our on staff psychiatrists will check in with clients regularly to see if an antidepressant would help speed along the withdrawal process.
  • Cravings – Psychological cravings are a common symptom of methamphetamine withdrawal and can last for several months. At Boca Detox Center we begin teaching our clients relapse prevention techniques geared towards helping them successfully overcome cravings whenever they should arise.
  • Psychosis – This is one of the most significant and dangerous symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal. Those who are experiencing psychosis will need to undergo medication assisted treatment.

Are Meth Withdrawals Fatal?

One of the biggest concerns associated with methamphetamine withdrawal is a severely depressed mood, which can lead to suicidal ideation when left untreated. If a client has a personal history of depression, they will meet with a psychiatric professional while in medical detox, who will determine whether or not antidepressant medication is necessary. If a client was using methamphetamine in conjunction with another chemical substance, symptoms of withdrawal will be less predictable.

Meth Withdrawal Timeline & What to Expect

  • Immediately after the final dose – Minor withdrawal symptoms begin to develop.
  • 6-12 hours after the final dose – Severe withdrawal symptoms begin to develop, and include anxiety, depressed mood, drug cravings and agitation.
  • 48-72 hours after the final dose – Severe symptoms subside and are replaced by symptoms of post-acute withdrawal.
Methamphetamine detox timeline

How Will Boca Detox Center Treat My Meth Detox Symptoms?

  • Addiction Assessment – Conducting an in-depth addiction assessment helps the medical team determine which detox services are going to be the most beneficial for each unique case while helping clients develop a thorough plan for continuing care. At Boca Detox Center we conduct a detailed assessment within several hours of admission, which includes family history of substance use, a physical evaluation and a psychological evaluation.
  • Medical Care – Clients have access to professional medical care 24/7. Vitals are checked regularly, and if anything seems abnormal it will be treated accordingly. Sometimes, medications prove beneficial during the detox stage of the treatment process. We help ease the pain of withdrawal by offering individuals MAT in a comfortable, homestyle setting with expert medical and clinical staff.
  • Individualized Therapy – At Boca Detox Center we believe in client-driven therapy, meaning that specific therapeutic goals are determined by each individual client and his or her licensed therapist in a collaborative setting. Underlying issues are resolved while the client is in treatment, however, we encourage a continuation of individual therapy once detox has concluded.
  • Psychiatric Services – At Boca Detox Center we offer dual diagnosis treatment services for clients who have previously been diagnosed with a mental illness and for clients who are experiencing severe psychological withdrawal symptoms. Clients have access to professional psychiatric care, and they have the option of meeting one-on-one with an on-staff psychiatrist whenever they need extra assistance.
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care – While in detox, our clients work closely with a team of professionals including an individual therapist and a case manager. This team works together to help clients craft detailed, strategic aftercare plans for the time following medical detox. Aftercare could include continuing treatment in a residential rehab, an intensive outpatient setting, taking up residence in a sober living home, continuing personal therapy work and/or active involvement in a recovery community.

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Will I Receive Detox Medications? How Will They Help?

The symptoms associated with methamphetamine withdrawal can usually be treated with a combination of over-the-counter medications and bed rest. In some cases, more intensive measures will be taken. If a client has been struggling with severe psychological symptoms of meth withdrawal, a short course of an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication might be necessary.

Methamphetamine addiction recovery

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is only utilized when deemed absolutely necessary by the medical team. Because active addiction affects everyone differently, the detox process will not look identical for any two clients. The right treatment options for you are determined upon your arrival.

Medication Names & Descriptions

The medications most commonly used for the treatment of methamphetamine withdrawal include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Non-narcotic sleep aids to help alleviate insomnia.
  • If a client is simultaneously struggling with underlying mental illness or if the psychological symptoms of withdrawal are particularly severe, an anti-anxiety medication or antidepressant might be prescribed.

Psychosis is the main reason why methamphetamine withdrawal requires medical detox. While all of the other withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and can be sufficiently treated in a medical detox facility, psychosis can be life-threatening if not overseen around the clock by a team of medical professionals. Medications will be administered when appropriate, and clients will undergo intensive one-on-one therapy sessions.

Meth Addiction Recovery Statistics & Outlook

Medical detox will always be necessary to treat the symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal. At Boca Detox Center we utilize numerous proven and effective detoxification methods, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and intensive behavioral therapy. Our team of medical professionals is composed of a combination of addiction specialists, prescribing physicians, and licensed therapists and psychiatrists. We provide quality clinical care in a homestyle retreat, which was carefully designed with client comfort in mind. We understand that committing to recovery can be scary, and that the anticipation of undergoing withdrawal is generally much worse than the withdrawal process itself. Rest assured that you are in good hands, and our staff members all work together to make the process pain-free and efficient.

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Our Simple Admissions Process

The symptoms associated with drug withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable when left untreated. It is important to seek the care of a team of experienced medical professionals before associated symptoms peak in severity. At Boca Detox Center we effectively treat the symptoms associated with drug withdrawal while providing our clients with the tools they need to continue along on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. Getting started is as simple as reaching out for help. Once you make initial contact, either through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced Treatment Advisors who will answer any additional questions and walk you through our simple admissions process. We begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which helps our medical team determine which detox methods are the best fit for you. We offer a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and arrange local transportation to our Boca, Florida detox center. All you have to do is reach out for help, and we will take care of the rest.