methSometime when you suspect that a friend or family member is involved in using drugs, that person is right in the middle of a full-fledged addiction. He is using drugs daily and hasn’t moved to try to withdraw from them. The symptoms that go along with active drug use are their own set of behaviors and physical descriptions that families should be aware of if they want to be able to spot and address drug addiction in a timely manner.

On the other hand, sometimes people that are using drugs are trying to stop. They may have stopped taking the drug that they are on and they’re trying to quit. Or, they may simply have run out of money and start going through the symptoms of withdrawal simply because they have to. Either way, concerned parents should know the symptoms of withdrawal just as well as they know the symptoms of active use. Otherwise, they won’t be able to do anything effective about helping the drug user actually get sober.

Withdrawal is a very delicate time in the cycle of drug use, because it’s a moment where you can actually break the addict of his bad habits and get him to commit himself to sobriety. If you don’t work fast, however, he could go right back to using drugs as soon as he has the money to do so.

One of the drugs that shows this cycle is methamphetamine. It is one of the drugs that can permanently damage you even after only a few uses. It can gradually tear your body apart and mentally break you down to the point that you can’t causatively function anymore. For this reason, it is very near the top of the list of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Here are five of the symptoms of meth withdrawal that you should know.

Depression and Pain

One of the first symptoms of not having meth in your body anymore can be to feel extremely depressed, and this can go along with a lot of pain. Pain is a common experience for people that are withdrawing from drugs, and it accompanies the withdrawal phase of heroin and other opiates, too. If someone you know appears to be in extreme pain all of a sudden and also is acting depressed, it could be due to withdrawal from a drug like meth.

Lack of Energy

Meth is a stimulant drug that creates a fake sense of energy in the body. When it is gone and you have to go back to living normally, one of the signs of withdrawal will be a lack of that energy. It can feel terrible for the addict, but he is going to go through a lot of lethargy and feeling like he can’t even get up in the morning.

Inability to Experience Pleasure

Another way that drugs will harm you is by damaging the way you experience the world. In the case of meth, that can mean that you lose the ability to experience pleasure like a normal person. Instead of being able to enjoy your surroundings and the fun things that happen, the world will be gray and dull.

Cravings for More Meth

One of the most common tendencies of addicts in withdrawal, including from meth, is to have intense cravings to get more of the drug. It’s not likely that the person will come right out and tell you that he wants to use more of the drug, but if you caught him suddenly trying to score some, this could be why.

Suicidal Thoughts

One of the worst parts of meth addiction is that withdrawing from it can drive you to suicide. It’s such a toxic mind-destroying substance that having it taken away can literally make you want to end your life. If you ever find someone using meth, get them into treatment immediately. It could make the difference of whether or not your loved one lives.