How Long Does Meth Amphetamines Stay in Your System


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Surveys carried out in 2019 showed a 22% increase in the number of people regularly using methamphetamines since 2015. This increase has also led to a spike in arrest for Methamphetamines possession as well as overdose and death cases. 

However, recovery is possible. In this guide, we’ll look at all you need to know about this drug, how long it stays in your system, and what rehab options are available at Crescent Moon Recovery. Let’s get started. 

Understanding Meth Amphetamines

Methamphetamines – commonly known as meth – are powerful stimulants that act on the central nervous system. Their use leads to increased activity, decreased appetite, and a sense of euphoria. 

While this drug was initially introduced for medical use, it has subsequently been categorized as a hazardous substance due to its  potential for addiction and abuse. As we’ll see below, chronic use of this drug can result in severe psychological and physical damage. These long-term effects make education a key priority – but also highlights the importance for people struggling with meth addiction to seek help.  

How Long  Does Meth Amphetamines Stay in Your System? 

The effects of meth – or “high” – can have various durations. For example, a crystal meth high can last for six to 12 hours or more, encompassing different stages of intoxication.

However, this drug can be detected in the system for much longer, typically for 1-3 days after use.

This duration can vary based on several factors, including the amount consumed, the user’s metabolism, and the type of test used for detection. Long-term use can extend the detection period.

Detecting Meth in Your System

Several tests can detect the presence of methamphetamines:

  • Urine Test: This is the most common type of test. It can detect meth use up to 3-5 days after the last dose.
  • Blood Test: Offers a short detection window, usually up to 48 hours.
  • Saliva Test: Can detect meth from 1 to 4 days after the last use.
  • Hair Follicle Test: Provides the longest detection window, tracing meth use up to 90 days after the last dose.

Effects on the Body and Mind

Methamphetamine initially creates a rush of euphoria, heightening alertness and energy. However, in the long term, effects can be catastrophic. Over the past years, overdose deaths in the U.S. involving stimulants other than cocaine have risen sharply, and it isn’t surprising that methamphetamine is the primary culprit.

Here are some of the effects this drug can cause:

  • Psychological effects:
    • Addiction
    • Anxiety and confusion
    • Insomnia and mood disturbances
    • Violent behavior
    • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Physical effects:
    • Weight loss
    • Dental problems (“meth mouth”)
    • Skin sores
    • Increased risk of infectious diseases
    • Heart problems and increased risk of stroke

Choosing the Right Rehab Facility

Battling methamphetamine addiction can have a profound impact on your life and health. But overcoming substance abuse disorders is possible – and it starts with selecting the right rehab facility. A facility that offers a tailored treatment plan, experienced staff, and a supportive environment can significantly enhance the effectiveness of the recovery process – and, in turn, your chances to successfully overcome addiction.

At Crescent Moon Recovery in Orange County, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help individuals regain control of their lives and health. With state-of-the-art facilities and a compassionate approach, we are here to support you every step of the way. Choose a path toward a healthier, drug-free life: get in touch with Crescent Moon Recovery.

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