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Rehab Educates: How Long Meth Stays in the Body

Madeira Beach, FL – Tranquil Shores recently released a blog post educating their community on how long meth stays in the system. Their program promotes individual healing and they keep a low client-to-therapist ratio – 3:1 – to reflect that. Located directly on the beach, they offer a peaceful setting for addiction treatment.

“Methamphetamines have a longer half-life than most substances, even though the effects wear off quickly. The half-life of meth is 10-12 hours, meaning half of the drug will be out of the system in that time. This is specific to methamphetamines derived illicitly, prescription amphetamines have different half-lives. Meth can stay in the body for up to four days after the last use.

When meth enters the body, it affects the brain first by releasing dopamine. This creates a rush of pleasure that makes the person want to keep using meth. The central nervous system becomes affected as well, causing increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Once meth enters the liver for detoxifying, it is broken down and released from the body through urine and sweat. Meth takes longer to break down than most other stimulants due to the chemicals used to produce it. The liver has a difficult time metabolizing so many toxins at once, and the chemicals used to make meth are often carcinogenic,” the article states.

There is no way to make the body process meth faster. Hydration and eating healthy can help the person feel good while the body detoxes from meth, but the liver can only work so quickly. As the body gets rid of meth, withdrawal symptoms may begin. Symptoms of withdrawal include increased anxiety and depression, paranoia, intense cravings, fatigue, and psychosis.

Meth use can cause hallucinations and delusions, even after use has stopped. This is due to alterations in the dopamine system, and it can take the brain months or even years to fully heal from the damaging effects of meth. Another danger of meth is returning to use after completely detoxing. A meth overdose occurs when the body becomes overwhelmed with the amount of the substance within the body. Unlike opioids, there is no medication to reverse a meth overdose. Heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and organ damage can occur during a meth overdose. If ever an overdose is suspected, seek medical attention immediately.

“Depending on the type of test, meth can show up at different time intervals. If someone you love is showing signs of meth addiction, there could be many reasons for drug testing. New jobs, legal troubles, and concerned parents or loved ones are all possibilities for administering a meth test,” the article continues.

Meth can be detected through different types of tests. Saliva and sweat tests can detect meth 12-24 hours after it was used. Hair follicle tests can detect meth up to 3 months after the last use. Blood tests can detect meth 12-24 hours after the last use and can also detect concentration levels. Meth can be detected in urine 2-3 days after the last use and can even be detectable after a week.

Tranquil Shores has been providing quality addiction treatment for years in the Tampa area. Their program offers different lengths of stay to fit the various needs of their clientele. While many treatment programs are 30 days, Tranquil Shores offers 60 and 90-day options for those who need more time to heal. They also allow their clients to keep their electronic devices to continue working while in treatment.

To learn more about Tranquil Shores, call 727-391-7001 or visit their website.


For more information about Tranquil Shores, contact the company here:

Tranquil Shores
Stacey Regan
Tranquil Shores
4300 Duhme Rd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

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