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The word “detox” is short for “detoxification,” which is when the human body begins to heal after substance use. In many cases, this is the first stage in the treatment and recovery process. Either way, it can be a dangerous and frightening time for everyone involved. When an individual is experiencing detoxification from a stimulant, it is imperative that those around them know what to expect. It is also highly recommended that this first phase of recovery from stimulants such as cocaine or meth be under supervision.

Physical Symptoms – Detox from Stimulants

Withdrawal usually begins within a few hours of the individual’s last instance of drug use, or it may take several days for the withdrawal process to begin during detox from stimulants. The time frame will depend upon the individual’s frequency of use, the amounts of stimulants used and other factors.

The first symptom of an individual who is experiencing detox is that they may sleep for as long as 1 to 2 full days. When they awaken, they may be extremely depressed, and suicide ideation is a very real possibility. This generally dissipates quickly, but can be dangerous. The remainder of the detox is usually filled with with insomnia and/or intense dreams. The “crash period” can last for three or four days. During this period, the person’s desire to find more drugs will increase exponentially.

Emotional Symptoms – Detox from Stimulants

The emotional symptoms of stimulant detox in any form are often linked to depression, irritability and increased frustration. The increased frustration levels can lead to increased agitation and ultimately to violence. Inexperienced caregivers who may try to help during the detox period may be in danger from the explosive temper and violence of the user.

Treatment for Stimulants – Cocaine or Meth

The Altus team of experienced professionals will work with you or your loved one to determine the best course of treatment for this very serious type of drug abuse. Considering the possible detox and need for professional help, let our clinicians guide you to getting the exact type of help you need.