Mephedrone is an illegal Class B drug that is typically taken for its synthetic stimulant properties. The user experiences a ‘buzz’ or ‘high’ when taking the substance, leading to behaviour such as boosted confidence, increased general mood and talkativeness.
Mephedrone is a Cathinone, and is usually taken orally in pill form, but can also be taken in water, or ingested through the nasal passages. There are many forms of the drug with varying ingredients, meaning that it can be unpredictable in terms of its strength and effects on the user, making it all the more dangerous. Research has found that mephedrone can have a serious impact on vital organs such as the heart if used long-term. It has been claimed that mephedrone is similar to MDMA, and research has suggested that the drug is even more potent and addictive than ecstasy.
Undergoing Mephedrone Detox
It is perfectly natural for you to experience withdrawal symptoms when you first undertake a detox from mephedrone. These symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, depression, watery eyes and differences in appetite are a result of your body adjusting from having continuous amounts of the drug and is a natural process in which your body returns to its previous state before you started abusing drugs.
Depending on the person and the degree of addiction, some withdrawal symptoms can be rather uncomfortable. Rather than going ‘cold-turkey’ and trying a detox yourself, it is always much safer to undergo a detox programme in a medical environment where you can be monitored to ensure that what you are doing is healthy and safe for your body.
Everyone reacts to a detox programme differently, and there is an extensive list of withdrawal symptoms that you may or may not experience.
The most commonly reported symptoms of mephedrone detox are:
- Depression/feeling very low
- Shakes and tremors
- Feeling tired
- Feeling agitated
Alongside these, there are also major health complications that can arise from abusing drugs such as mephedrone, particularly concerning the heart and circulatory system, with conditions such as heart palpitations, vein damage and blood clots occurring. Other mental long-term effects from using mephedrone include panic attacks, loss of memory, difficulty concentrating and anxiety.
Many people feel ‘out of control’ when they detox, which is perfectly normal. You may have difficulty taking rational decisions or actions or have trouble with normal cognitive functions. For some time, it may feel as though your brain isn’t connected to your body properly. This will pass in time as the detox programme continues and your body begins to stabilise once again.
What To Expect From Mephedrone Withdrawal
When you undergo a detox, it is to remove a drug completely from your system so that you are no longer dependent on that substance. This process is best when undertaken in a rehab facility to prevent you from overdosing or relapsing. Staff at a rehab centre can also give you other prescribed medications to help ease your withdrawal symptoms and help to stabilise you should you require urgent medical assistance when you are first admitted.
During your initial assessment, a rehab centre will focus on:
- Underlying mental health issues
- Anything that requires urgent medical attention
- Toxic substances still in your system
- Your current living circumstances
- Any psychological issues
A detox programme will initially last between 3-7 days, depending on how severe the addiction is and the kind of substance the detox is cleansing from a person’s system. The majority of withdrawal symptoms are usually experienced within the first three days, and gradually ease over the following two weeks. This can vary from person to person – withdrawal can last many months in some severe addiction cases.
You should expect the following timeline in terms of recovery from the detox process:
First day: This is when your withdrawal symptoms will be at their most severe because your body is craving its next hit of mephedrone, and you will not have taken some as expected. Your mood may drop, to the point where you think suicidal thoughts. This is because your good mood hormone levels have dropped to an all-time low and need to come back up again and re-stabilise. Hormones such as norepinephrine and dopamine are most affected. You will feel cravings for mephedrone, and may also feel extremely tired.
Two to three days: Following this time, the effects of withdrawal will slowly start to ease and become more comfortable.
Five to seven days: Towards the end of a week, you’ll begin to feel much better. You may experience a slight craving, or have an occasional dip in mood, but this will not compare to how you felt earlier in the week when you first began your detox for mephedrone.
Should I Do A Home Detox From Mephedrone
Detoxing from a drug can be uncomfortable, and if it isn’t done properly without the right support and in the right facilities, overdose and relapse can occur. Life-threatening symptoms can arise if the drug is not removed from the body slowly and gradually. This is because your risk of fatal overdose is much higher when you leave your cravings for a long time and try to abstain from drug use.
If you are determined to detox from home, it is always worth consulting a medical professional who can offer guidance and support. Contact us at Rehab Clinics Group today to explore your options for mephedrone detox and rehab.