- How Long Does Methamphetamine Stay in the Body?
- How Long Can Meth Be Detected by Drug Tests?
- What are the Effects of Meth Abuse?
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Methamphetamine has a reputation for being a very addictive drug—and it lives up to that reputation. Still, it surprises people every now and then with just how potent its habit-forming properties are.
It is important to know every bit of information about this drug so that we’re better prepared when dealing with a loved one who is addicted to it. On this article, we will be focusing on the interaction between methamphetamine and the body. How long does it stay in a person’s system?
How Long Does Methamphetamine Stay in the Body?
Meth usually takes about 2 to 10 days before fully leaving the body. This depends on how much the person took, and how often they abuse the drug. Keep in mind that many people take meth in order to feel euphoric, but this pleasant sensation doesn’t last for very long.
And so there are other factors that may affect the way the body processes the drug. The person’s age, their body mass, their health condition, and whether or not they are abusing any other drug may change the way their system handles meth. The functioning of their liver and kidneys will also have an effect.
By 12 to 34 hours, the concentration of meth in the person’s blood will be reduced in half. That is meth’s half-life.
How Long Can Meth Be Detected by Drug Tests?
Urine tests can detect methamphetamine in a person’s body for up to 72 hours. However, other tests may be able to detect it for much longer. Even without a test, the drug’s effects may be immediately apparent if the person recently took it. Meth’s effects last 8 to 24 hours.
It’s worth noting that some people who are abusing methamphetamine are aware of the “crash” that comes after the high. And so they will attempt to take meth continuously just to avoid experiencing this unpleasant downtime. If the person does this, then meth’s effects may stay longer and may become more severe over time.
The high is often described as fleeting. It can dissipate shortly after it first hits, no matter what method of administration was used.
The drug’s effects may, however, kick in much faster if the person snorts or injects meth directly into their bloodstream. Of course, this is a very dangerous thing to do. In recreational settings meth users often share needles, putting themselves at risk of blood-borne illnesses, on top of meth’s existing health effects.
What are the Effects of Meth Abuse?
Methamphetamine may not stay in the person’s system for too long, but its effects linger for a while. It creates long-lasting adverse effects.
Short-term effects of meth abuse include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, mood changes, itching, and diarrhea. Severe effects may manifest if meth is abused continuously, which users are likely to do due to the addictive nature of the substance. They may suffer from heart disease, neurotoxicity, paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, memory loss, and even death.
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Addicted individuals should get proper treatment because meth abuse leads to dependence. Quitting on your own may cause severe withdrawal symptoms.
A drug rehab facility may be able to properly detox an individual who is struggling with meth addiction. But behavioral therapy is also an important part of recovery. A comprehensive treatment plan is necessary: look for an addiction treatment facility near you today!