Methamphetamines, Crystal Meth, Ice, Tik
When taken, it creates a false sense of well-being and energy. It is mainly sold in crystal form but could be diluted with household ingredients which gives it different colour variations.
Signs and Symptoms
Methamphetamines is a potent stimulant which increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter responsible for everything from reward to motivation and pleasure. Due to its chemical makeup, it results in an intense high which remains in the brain longer than most other recreational drugs. Over time, the warning signs become more apparent as the health problems become more severe.
Typical signs and symptoms may include the following:
> increased attention and decreased fatigue
> increased activity and wakefulness
> increased talkativeness
> decreased appetite
> increased respiration
> violent or reckless behaviour
> changes in physical appearance, such as skin sores or tooth decay
> presence of paraphernalia such as glass pipes, aluminium foil or needles/syringes
> twitching, facial tics or jerky movements
> burns on their lips
> thinning hair and weight loss
Methods of Use
> Erratic behaviour
> Panic and psychosis
> Loss of appetite
> Increased heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure
> Disturbed sleep patterns
> Severe tooth decay
> Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy
Knowing the drug’s strength or purity is a major risk factor with overdose. During an overdose psychotic episodes or suicide ideation may occur. In rare cases a person may experience seizures or a coma.
Withdrawal involves physical and psychological symptoms which depends on factors such the severity of the dependence. Research suggest withdrawal symptoms typically begins within the first 24 hours and peaks at around 8-10 days. Symptoms usually subsides after 15-20 days. Some people may experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), resulting in symptoms lasting for months.
Typical withdrawal symptoms include:
> Dry mouth
> Carb cravings
> Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective.
> Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner.
> Medications – Studies suggest that some medication may be effective for the treatment of gambling addiction. Speak to a psychiatrist specialised in addiction treatment for an evaluation and recommendations.
> Treatment programs – Many in-treatment and outpatient programs can assist with a gambling disorder.
Why choose PRC Recovery?
We are a registered treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.
Key focus areas for an effective program:
> Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is vital.
> Individualised approach – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.
> 12 step program – Twelve step programs have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.
> Aftercare – Stopping the addiction is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A well thought-out aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.
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