August 23, 2017

Stimulant Withdrawal

[frame align=”right”]Stimulant Withdrawal[/frame]When an individual is addicted to stimulants, such as any form of cocaine or methamphetamine – and then stops using either by choice or because of accessibility – they will enter the recovery period known as withdrawal. This is the term given to symptoms when the body and mind deprived from the drugs they have come to depend on.

Stimulant Withdrawal from Cocaine

In the case of cocaine users, the effects are quite emotional and psychological. The individual who has recently stopped using cocaine after a two or 3-day binge, for instance, will generally sleep for 24 – 48 hours due to exhaustion, and will have the feeling of dysphoria – creating the general feeling that they are dissatisfied with their lives. A stimulant withdrawal from more chronic or long-term use of cocaine can include symptoms such as dysphoria, irritability, insomnia or difficulty sleeping, and highly intense dreams.

The amount of time that the withdrawal period lasts depends upon several factors, including how long the individual has been using the stimulant, how often and how much. Withdrawal symptoms from some cocaine products are not clinically evident and for others can seem quite severe. They can begin within a few hours to a few days from the last ingestion of the drugs. They can last from one to 10 weeks. In some cases, the mood state of cocaine users can return to normal within several days to as long as a month.

The depression that cocaine users deprived of cocaine known as “cocaine blues” for more than a century, but this does not describe the intensity of this depression. Suicide ideation is common, as the dysphoric symptoms, directly related to the use of cocaine, can be overwhelming for some users. When the state of euphoria brought by the stimulant wears off, the user must come to terms with the consequences of their actions in terms of finances (many times, they have spent all of their money and then some on the drugs) as well as the damage caused to personal relationships with family and friends. This cocaine-induces depression can last for several hours, but generally dissipates quickly.

Stimulant Withdrawal from Methamphetamine

The withdrawal experience from methamphetamine takes longer and is more detailed than any other detox. Many methamphetamine users are known as “Tweakers”, which comes from the “tweaking” the human body experiences when a user of this particular drug enters the withdrawal phase. The individual suffering from methamphetamine withdrawal will experience rocky, jerky reactions and they will feel and appear jittery. They will experience agitated paranoia, extreme frustration and crave the drug intensely. The number of individuals who suffer from suicidal ideation is very high, and the individual can become violent without provocation. This withdrawal period is particularly dangerous for both the suffering individual and anyone around them.

Stimulant withdrawal and the symptoms that an individual will experience are not fatal. However, because of the high rate of suicidal ideation, without the proper guidance and care, an individual may be so overwhelmingly depressed that they could take their own life as a result.