How Do Those with Meth Addiction Experience Depression & Anxiety During Recovery?


Methamphetamine (meth) is an extremely addictive, stimulant drug that can damage the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment for meth addiction, or any substance for that matter, can come with its own challenges – mostly depending on the substance use, the length of time and severity of addiction, the person’s medical and family history, and much more. For many individuals who enter treatment for meth addiction, the first step is typically detoxification, a process in which the body natural dispels (or is led to dispel from medicine) toxins acquired throughout the period of drug use. Several unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may appear, such as anxiety, sleepiness, inactivity, meth cravings, carbohydrate cravings (sugary or starchy foods), depression and psychotic symptoms.

A 2015 study published in the International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction sought to show the effects of abstinence on those with meth addiction – particularly on their depression, anxiety, and quality of life. Thirty-four people participated in the study, and researchers assessed them both before and after three weeks. Results from the study showed that short-term abstinence actually decreased depression and improved quality of life, but increased anxiety overall. It’s important to note, however, that each person is different and during these times, it’s increasingly important to rely on your healthcare team.

Previous research has shown that meth withdrawal is at its worst during the first 24 hours after you last use the drug. After that, the withdrawal effects have been shown to slowly fade over the course of 2-3 weeks. During this time, it’s important that you receive close medical monitoring – making a professional treatment center the top choice for addiction recovery. Very Well Mind emphasizes the importance of medication management, which is often a crucial aspect of a treatment program. In addition to this, you want to try and get as much sleep as possible. Nutrition is another vital component to the restoration of your mind, body, and spirit, as healthy food provides you with the energy your mind and body need to heal and restore.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.