Nyaope, Whoonga, Sugars, Ungah, Pinch
It is suggested that a person can become addicted to this dangerous drug after the first hit. Experiences include extreme relaxation, euphoria and deep contentment. It contains a mixture of substances including marijuana, low-grade heroin, and other additives such as antiretrovirals and rat poison.
Signs and Symptoms
Because nyaope is highly addictive, aspects that are influenced includes behaviour, physical changes and social changes. These changes may include:
> Poor performance at work or school.
> Suspicious or secretive behaviour
> Mood swings
> Unusual hyperactivity
> Lack of motivation
> Deterioration in physical appearance
> Slurred speech
> Impaired coordination
> Isolation from family and old friends
> Stealing or borrowing money
> Wearing long sleeves or long pants to hide needle marks
Typical paraphernalia used:
> Needles or syringes
> Silver spoons
> Aluminium foil
> Missing shoelaces (tying off injection sites)
Methods of Use
> Potential lethal overdose
> Lowered immunity
> Body aches
> Problems breathing
> Vomiting and diarrhoea
> Weight loss
Like heroin, there is a high overdose potential associated with nyaope use. In overdose, lung and heart function reduction can be deadly.
Symptoms depends on several factors including tolerance, length of addiction, metabolism, and severity of addiction. Withdrawal can be a painful and uncomfortable process and is often the reason why a person would rather return to their drug use. Another challenge is the composition of the drug is often unknown. Making short- and long-term withdrawal effects unpredictable.
Withdrawal is commonly similar to heroin withdrawal. Symptoms usually start within a few hours then peak within 1-2 days and subsides between 5-7 days.
Symptoms may include the following:
> Intense cravings
> Nausea and vomiting
> Muscle aches and pains
> 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.