Methaqualone is a highly addictive drug. Individuals who were using the drug whether decades ago as a prescription, or now as an illegal recreational drug, were / are at risk of developing an unhealthy dependence to it.
Users of methaqualone typically become physically, emotionally and psychologically dependent on the drug, many of the signs being blatantly obvious to their friends and family.
Addicts physically and emotionally dependence on Methaqualone show signs of addiction similar to withdrawal symptoms when the user stops taking the drug. These include becoming irritable, agitated, having angry outbursts, being more moody than normal, excitable and having physical ailments such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, convulsions, panic attacks and increased anxiety. The most common signs of psychological dependence were difficulty focusing, learning slowness, poor judgment, memory loss, confusion, and an obvious obsession with obtaining more of the drug or using the drug often.
Methaqualone Withdrawal Symptoms
Methaqualone affects nearly every part of the body, brain and central nervous system while the individual is under the influence, therefore their body will overreact after the drug is no longer in their system.
The withdrawal stage after quitting the drug typically starts about 24-48 hours after the last dose was ingested and can last between seven and ten days. Since the heart rate slows under the influence of methaqualone, it speeds up rapidly during the withdrawal stage which can also cause it to be uneven and cause the feeling of arrhythmia.
Following this occurrence, additional withdrawal symptoms are often experienced which include:
- Panic Attacks
- Body Convulsions
- Nausea and Vomiting
It is recommended that due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms, users seek out professional medical help before quitting the drug. Finding the right help will help the addict deal with these symptoms, often in a hospital or clinic setting.
Methaqualone Abuse and Addiction Treatment
If you suspect a friend or loved one is addicted to methaqualone or if you yourself want to seek help in quitting use of the drug, the sooner you seek out treatment, the better. The side effects and withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and getting treatment for your addiction is crucial in order to avoid some of the long-term effects, which in the worst cases, may include coma or death.
Drug rehab centers have shown to be very successful in helping individuals who are addicted to methaqualone to recover from the addiction and will also help them get through the unpleasant withdrawal stage. Through counseling, support groups, monitoring and a wealth of resources, drug rehab centers are equipped with everything you need in order to beat this dangerous addiction and learn how to live a healthy and full life without it.