What Does Stimulant Withdrawal Look Like?

If you’re struggling with an addiction to a stimulant and are reading up on how to recover, you may have heard that detox – although a necessary part of your addiction recovery journey – comes with withdrawal symptoms. But what does a stimulant withdrawal look like? Let’s take a look.

What is stimulant withdrawal?

When your body is addicted to a drug, it has become dependent on the effects of the drug in order to function normally. Stopping or reducing the use of these drugs will cause withdrawal symptoms, as your body ‘needs’ the drug.

Stimulant withdrawal’ refers to symptoms specifically connected to stopping use of any stimulant – illegal or otherwise. These drugs include amphetamines, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, and crystal meth, among others.

What’s the difference between withdrawal and side effects?

Although both withdrawal and side effects cause uncomfortable symptoms, they are very different from each other.

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  • Side effects refer to symptoms that you have while you are still taking the drug
  • Withdrawal refers to symptoms you have after you have stopped taking the drug

What are the withdrawal symptoms of stimulants?

Withdrawal from stimulants can be very uncomfortable, but they do not typically cause life-threatening symptoms. The onset of symptoms will vary depending on the type of stimulant used. Symptoms can appear immediately after your last dose or take several hours to manifest.

Symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include:

  • Depression or feelings of sadness
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Drug cravings
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety

You may experience some or all of these symptoms. After you’ve begun detox, you can expect for withdrawal to subside within several days to several weeks, depending on how long it takes your body to overcome its dependence on the drug.

Beyond the physical dependence, psychological dependence on stimulants can last for months or years after a successful detox program. That’s why ongoing aftercare programs such as counseling and coaching can help you develop the skill set you need to avoid relapse.

How can you avoid withdrawal symptoms?

Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to completely avoid withdrawal symptoms. Some people do experience more symptoms than others depending on their genes, the type of drug they are addicted to, the duration of their addiction, and other factors.

Medically managed detox can help you safely manage the severity of symptoms. A medical professional will monitor your progress through detox and may prescribe medications to help mitigate your symptoms. This dedicated care can help you get past this difficult but crucial phase of your recovery journey.

Manage Stimulant Withdrawal Safely With In-Home Detox

Overcoming withdrawal symptoms is challenging enough without having to think about rearranging your life around inpatient care. In-home detox with Elite Home Detox can help cut out this travel time and schedule disruptions.

One of our team members will stay with you at your home 24/7 for the duration of detox, monitoring your progress and adjusting medications as needed to improve your comfort. Unlike traditional, rigid 12-step rehab programs, you will receive customized care tailored to your unique needs. This helps ensure that you get the care you need to not only overcome your addiction, but stay sober for good.

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