Do You Get Detox Symptoms When Coming off Stimulants?

The symptoms associated with drug withdrawal are often unpredictable and vary in severity on a person-to-person basis. Many factors contribute to the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • The type of chemical substance that was being abused
  • The length and severity of abuse
  • The physical makeup of the individual in question (for example, women who weigh slightly over 100 lbs and have been abusing alcohol for 6 months will experience far more severe withdrawal symptoms than men who weigh upwards of 200 lbs and have been abusing alcohol for the same period)
  • The presence of any underlying mental health conditions
  • The presence of any underlying health conditions or chronic diseases
  • Whether or not more than one chemical substance was being abused at a time
  • Whether or not the individual has access to around-the-clock medical care

Different chemical substances will present a different series of withdrawal symptoms, and regardless of who was abusing the substance and for how long, the symptoms will remain somewhat consistent. Do you experience symptoms of withdrawal when coming off of a stimulant drug, like methamphetamine, amphetamine, or cocaine? The answer is yes – however, all of the above listed contributing factors will inevitably play a role.

Do You Get Detox Symptoms When Coming off Stimulants?

Symptoms Associated with Stimulant Detox 

There are numerous types of stimulant drugs, the most frequently abused being cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. The symptoms associated with stimulant abuse vary slightly depending on which drug is being abused, but most people who engage in stimulant abuse experience the following symptoms:

  • Changes to appetite and weight (usually weight loss)
  • Rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Persistent skin issues
  • Itchy skin
  • Uncontrollable twitching
  • Hair loss
  • Increased focus
  • Racing thoughts and an inability to slow the mind
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression and suicidal ideation
  • Mood swings, usually marked by aggression and irritability
  • An increase in risk-taking behaviors
  • Being deceptive towards loved ones/family and friends
  • Developing a physical tolerance over time
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped suddenly

Coming Off Stimulant Can Cause Withdrawal Symptoms

Some of the symptoms more commonly associated with stimulant withdrawal include:

  • A generally dysphoric mood
  • Anxiety and paranoia, which can lead to panic attacks if left untreated
  • Severe dehydration
  • A loss of basic motor functions, including slowed speech and slowed reaction times
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Slowed breathing and respiratory depression
  • Insomnia, hypersomnia, and other disruptions to regular sleep patterns
  • Unpleasant dreams and vivid nightmares
  • Body aches, pains, and general feelings of discomfort
  • An increased appetite, which can lead to temporary weight gain
  • Impaired memory

If you have been abusing a stimulant drug for an extended period and you stop using suddenly, you will undeniably experience a range of withdrawal symptoms. It is important that you never attempt to quit cold turkey and that you never attempt to quit in an at-home setting. Quitting a powerful stimulant drug without professional help can lead to serious complications, complications that cannot be handled without medical intervention.

If you have been abusing an illicit substance like methamphetamine or cocaine, or a prescription stimulant like Adderall or Ritalin, reach out for help today. In most cases, stimulant detox can be easily managed, and so long as symptoms are overseen in a medical facility they generally subside within 5 days to one full week.

Allure Detox and Stimulant Withdrawal Help

Allure Detox offers men and women of all ages the opportunity to safely withdraw in a medical detoxification setting. Our patients are closely monitored around the clock by a team of experienced medical professionals, who adequately treat all symptoms of stimulant withdrawal as soon as they arise. To learn more about our medical detox program or to learn more about the symptoms associated with stimulant abuse, addiction, and withdrawal, reach out to us today.