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Drug Testing: How Long Does Meth Stays in Your System?

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How long does meth stay in your system?

The answer depends on a few variables, the most important being what kind of drug test is being used.

It also depends on individual characteristics, such as body weight, metabolism, age and physical health condition.

But the general answer is that meth can stay in your system between one day and 90 days. Now let’s get into specifics.

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How Long Does Meth Stay in Your Blood?

A blood test can detect meth for one to three days after the last time you used.

How Long Does Meth Stay in Your Saliva?

Meth can be detected in the saliva by a drug test for one to four days after last used.

How Long Does Meth Stay in Your Urine?

Meth can usually be detected in urine for up to three days after use. However, in those who have been using heavily for a long time, it can be detected for up to a week.

How Long Does Meth Stay in Your Hair?

Meth can be detected in a hair test for up 90 days.

Here’s how it works: After you use any drug, the metabolites from those drugs accumulate in your hair follicles. As your hair grows, its follicle will deposit these chemicals in it. Hair tests can detect those chemicals.

While you can find advice online about special products for washing your hair, most experts agree they don’t work as the drug is in the hair shaft, not coating the hair. Shaving your head is an equally ineffective method of “beating” a test as body hair can be tested.

A Better Way

The only sure way of passing a drug test—especially a random test—is to get clean and stay clean.

In addition to getting or keeping a job, you’ll be free of the many risks of meth use. You’ll sleep better, improve your health, suffer less anxiety, restore your brain’s natural ability to produce feel-good chemicals and improve your relationships.

While meth does offer a high, addiction can happen very quickly—even after just one or two uses. Once that occurs, all of the “good” aspects of meth fade away. You then need meth just to feel normal.

Hope at The Raleigh House

We know how hopeless it can feel when confronting addiction, especially crystal meth. Our master’s level trained therapists have met—and helped—hundreds of people. We do that by addressing not only the physical aspect of addiction, but by also addressing the mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the crystal meth addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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