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How Long Does Meth Stay in Your System?

by Will Long

July 5, 2023
crystal meth

Updated: August 3, 2023, at 9:36 a.m.

Depending on the dosage, the way it was used, and the individual user, the effects of meth, also known as methamphetamine, can last from a few hours to several days. Meth can ultimately stay in the body for up to 3 months. This article explores the timeline of meth in the system and emphasizes the need for professional help to overcome meth addiction. If you’re struggling with a meth addiction, find a Landmark Recovery location today and dial 888-448-0302 to converse with a dedicated admissions specialist about treatment options like medical detox and inpatient rehab.

Understanding Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant, affects the central nervous system. It takes several forms, and users can smoke, snort, ingest orally, or inject it. The drug releases a surge of dopamine, causing intense feelings of euphoria. An intense depression and fatigue, known as a “crash,” follows this.

Meth Detection Times

Several factors, including the individual’s metabolism, age, health condition, and frequency of drug use, can affect meth detection times. Typically, tests can detect meth in:

  • Saliva: 1-2 days after the last use
  • Urine: 3-7 days after the last use
  • Blood: 1-3 days after the last use
  • Hair: Up to 90 days after the last use

meth test timelines

Why Meth Stays in Your System

How long meth stays in your system depends on how your body processes and eliminates the drug. Meth has an approximate half-life of 10 hours, which means your body eliminates half of the drug in around 10 hours. However, the absence of a high does not indicate the complete exit of the drug from your body. It can take several days or even weeks to eliminate the drug from the body, and traces can remain in your hair for up to 3 months.

The Dangers of Meth Use

Meth is a highly addictive substance. Regular use can lead to physical and psychological dependency, with severe withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Increased appetite
  • Intense drug cravings

Long-term use can result in serious health issues, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dental problems (“meth mouth”)
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Skin sores from scratching

Meth use can also cause serious mental health issues like:

  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

How long does crystal meth stay in your system?

Crystal meth, the crystalized form of the drug, pervades many communities. The time crystal meth stays in the system mirrors that of regular meth.

An Inspiring Meth Recovery Story

After experiencing life-altering events, including three strokes and a divorce, Chad Cupp fell into methamphetamine addiction. This resulted in five felonies. Despite homelessness and high chances of relapse, he decided to recover. He sought treatment with the assistance of Turning Point Madison County, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with addiction and mental health issues.

Chad Cupp received addiction treatment at Praxis of Carmel by Landmark Recovery for meth addiction while he was homeless. He ended up landing on his feet thanks to assistance getting a job and housing.

Chad Cupp received addiction treatment at Praxis of Carmel by Landmark Recovery for meth addiction while he was homeless. He ended up landing on his feet thanks to assistance getting a job and housing.

Read Cupp’s full recovery story, “From Meth to Mentor.”

Cupp found recovery at Praxis of Carmel by Landmark Recovery, a residential treatment center that serves Medicaid patients for addiction treatment in Central Indiana. Cupp now works as a peer recovery coach with Turning Point and stresses the importance of sharing recovery experiences to maintain personal sobriety. His recovery story highlights the pivotal role of Medicaid in helping people get addiction treatment without insurance and simultaneous mental health treatment.

Cupp believes that helping others through their struggles keeps him on his own road to recovery. As he puts it, “To keep it, you’ve got to give it away.”

Medicaid Coverage for Substance Abuse Treatment

Cupp’s recovery also underlines the need for high-quality addiction treatment regardless of insurance coverage. Turning Point Madison County underscored the necessity of timely mental health care by facilitating quick access to treatment to prevent worsening conditions. They also pair clients with peer recovery coaches, who themselves are in recovery, to provide guidance and support on the recovery journey.

Securing Stable Housing & Employment in Recovery

Cupp’s recovery story also underscores the importance of stable housing and employment for individuals in recovery. With the help of Turning Point, he secured employment and housing, demonstrating the multifaceted approach necessary to assist individuals struggling with addiction. His story offers a strong example to others battling addiction, emphasizing that seeking help, despite obstacles like rehab costs and time constraints, can lead to significant recovery and regain control over one’s life.

The Importance of Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, seeking professional help is crucial. Landmark Recovery is an addiction treatment center that provides comprehensive care for individuals battling substance use disorders, including meth addiction. We provide medically supervised detox, individual, and group therapy, holistic therapies, and ongoing support to help individuals overcome addiction and reclaim their lives.

Recovering from meth addiction is not an easy journey, but it is possible with the right help and support. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve recovery outcomes.

Get Help Today

Don’t let meth control your life any longer. If you or a loved one are struggling with a meth addiction, we urge you to seek help immediately. Call Landmark Recovery at 888-448-0302. Our team of trained professionals is ready to assist you on your recovery journey. Take the first step towards a drug-free life today.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.