Learn about the warning signs, symptoms and side effects of Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction.
The use of Methamphetamine (also known as crystal, meth, speed, crank and ice) has increased, particularly in the West. It is a strong stimulant that produces a sensation of pleasure, increases alertness and decreases appetite. Methods of use include injecting, snorting, smoking, or eating. It’s toxic effects are similar to that of cocaine: heart attacks, stroke and dangerously high blood pressure. Withdrawal effects include severe depression, stomach cramps, and increased appetite. Other long-term effects include heart damage, paranoia, weight loss, hallucinations, and destruction of teeth.
The effects of Tik are stronger and longer-lasting than other forms of meth, but the crash is also far more intense. Tik is a stimulant because it increases and drives activity between the brain and the central nervous system.
Tik is one of the most addictive drugs. Psychological and physical dependence set in rapidly. Relapse rates are high because of the severity of dealing with the intense physical withdrawal symptoms and overcoming the psychological cravings.
In-patient rehabilitation is necessary to treat tik addiction because addicts need to be physically removed from the enabling environment, and they need the enforced structure and holistic therapy to break the destructive behaviour patterns and ways of thinking that keep them in the addiction cycle.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their lasting sobriety and meaningful personal growth. Many people think that substances are the core of the addiction problem. However, substances are very often a temporary solution or coping mechanism used by the person to cope with deeper issues that exist in their emotional wellbeing. These emotional layers form over time and may need to be addressed through more focused talk therapy or addiction counselling.