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5 Stages Of Meth Addiction Recovery

For people struggling with meth addiction, you should know that there is no certain time of healing from this disease. Everything depends on your own pace. Each stage of recovery from addiction depends on variable factors such as the physical and mental health of the individual.

Your genetics, sex and age, activities, duration and quantity of drugs abused, and other health factors, such as the presence of mental illness and other diseases such as hepatitis can influence a lot on your recovery from meth addiction. Every person has own time of healing from addiction. The following stages of recovery are just guidelines on what you can expect at each stage.

Here are the five stages of recovery from meth abuse:

Stage 1: Withdrawal stage (0-15 days)

Most of the time, meth addiction withdrawal lasts between 1 to 2 weeks and can extend up to 4 weeks. There are rare cases where addicts experience longer withdrawal. This stage is known as the “sleep, eat and drink” stage, and it is very crucial because the brain and body are undergoing healing from drug abuse.

Stage 2: The Honeymoon (16-45 days)

During these days, the drug crash is over. Previous users are in the stage where they feel better physically and emotionally after going through major repairs. They begin to feel normal and start to feel confident about themselves.

Some ex-users may feel overconfident that can lead to a relapse. They think that they are ready to face everyone and would not commit to their addiction again. However, some of them fail because although they are stronger now, they still have to learn many things to prevent a relapse.

Stage 3: The Wall (6 weeks to 4 months)

During this stage, previous users feel intense boredom, depression and despair. Some fail at this stage because they think the only thing to solve what they are feeling is to go back to meth addiction.

This stage can be felt from 45 days until the fourth month. Serious recovering meth addicts can pass this stage and attain sobriety.

Stage 4: Adjustment (4 to 6 months)

This stage is called “adjustment” because the ex-users are adjusting to a world without meth physically, mentally an socially. Cravings start to fade off. They may start feeling making plans for their life as they find it interesting again.

Stage 5: Ongoing Recovery (6 to 12 months)

During this stage, previous users may feel they have already adjusted fully to a life without meth. Meth addiction is a chronic disease and requires continuous recovery.

Even after finishing a stint in the rehab, they may feel they are already fine. However, the reality is yet to be seen in the outside world, where ex-users will be exposed to the temptation of drugs and triggers. It is during this time that they will know if they are already healed or not.

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