Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive drug, which is one reason employers and probation officers check individuals to ensure they're not using. If you have used meth in the past and are currently abstaining, it will still take some time before the drug is undetectable.
Factors Affecting Detection Times
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, methamphetamine can show up on a urine test for an average of one to four days, but up to a week for chronic users. Also, like other drugs, it can show up in a hair follicle test for as long as 90 days, according to Columbus Health and Wellness. The exact time that it takes your body to flush the drug out of your body depends on many different factors.
Amount Ingested and Frequency of Use
The more of the drug you use, the longer it will take your body to get rid of it. The liver can only detox a certain amount of the drug at a time. The more times in a day you use meth, the higher your total amount of ingestion is, even if it's at a lower dose per use. Again, this slows down the time it takes for your body to process all of it out.
If you're using meth every day, it will accumulate in your body. Over time, it will take longer for your system to release it. Heavy meth addicts have the longest detection time on drug tests. As stated above, it can be up to a week before your body removes all the toxins if you are a chronic user.
Your age affects many bodily functions such as your metabolism rate and its ability to release toxins, such as methamphetamine, quickly from your body. The younger you are, the less time it takes, on average, according to the British Pharmalogical Society.
If you're in good physical health, your bodily functions probably are too and can quickly process toxins. If you are in poor health, it may take longer for your body to recognize the toxins and then clear them from your body.
Caution with Drug Cleansing Information
When you look up ways to move meth out of your body faster, you may read about taking vitamins and drinking an overabundance of water. Be careful with this! While the water and vitamins may help you metabolize the drug faster, it may also lead to suspicion when you take your drug test.
If you have diluted urine from the water or it's concentrated from the vitamins, the lab technician will most likely note this on the report. It will put you on high alert with the people who are testing you, which means you may have to take another drug test in the near future.
If you're addicted to methamphetamine and can't stop using, consider contacting your local substance abuse treatment center for help with detox. Remember, meth is not going to leave your system unless you stop using it. Regular users will always have some concentration of the drug unless they give their livers a chance to catch up.
If you're not sure who to contact for help with your meth addiction, call the national hotline at 1-800-864-2027.