If someone you love or you are having a difficult time stopping crystal meth or abstaining from drug use, consider our 28-day recovery programme with dedicated drug counsellors.
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Crystal Meth Treatment
When the usage of Crystal Meth ends, many patients experience extreme depression and it takes a great deal of support to manage the initial stages of withdrawal. Many psychotic symptoms, including paranoia, hallucinations and a range of delusions may occur in patients. Recovery Direct operates a one-month rehab programme that enables patient to break away and stay clean from meth addiction.
What is Crystal Meth?
Tik is the most common “street name” for “crystalized methamphetamine” or “Crystal Meth” in South Africa. This drug is a highly addictive synthetic psycho-stimulant. The white crystal powder can be snorted (inhaled via the nose), smoked or injected intravenously. South Africa’s “tik” epidemic is most prevalent in the Western Cape, however the drug knows no racial or cultural boundaries and permeates all facets of our society.
Signs of Meth Addiction
The tell tale signs of meth use are an increased attention and decreased fatigue, activity and wakefulness, talkativeness, loss of appetite, euphoria and “rush” sensations, rapid respiration, irregular heartbeat and in some cases hyperthermia. Physical or psychological need for meth increases rapidly this results in increased amounts to reproduce the same effects. Meth addicts start “seeking” and continue to use the drug, despite harmful consequences.
Effects of Crystal Meth Abuse
Using crystal meth on a short term but yet consistent basis, may result in feelings of chronic anxiety and paranoia, most users also experience severe insomnia. Thoughts of suicide are experienced with many meth users.
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Meth Addiction Long Term Effects
Over extended use crystal meth can cause severe physical and psychological problems. Meth releases high volumes of dopamine into the brain. Over time this release deteriorates the brains natural dopamine receptors, making it hard to experience pleasure naturally or without the drug. Long term abuse includes destroying body tissues and blood vessels and hampers the natural ability to heal.
Meth withdrawal effects include fatigue, depression, chronic anxiety and an increase in appetite. Meth stays in your system for 12-34 hours but takes 2-10 days to completely leave the body depending on the quantity used. Users also frequently experience teary eyes, nausea, cramps headaches and low energy. The long-term recovery process includes tactics in dealing with the psychological depression and anxiety issues.
Meth Addiction Treatment
Recovery Direct operates a comprehensive rehab treatment programme for patients addicted to “tik” or crystal meth. This is usually run over a two month residential and long term outpatient programme in Cape Town.
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Warning Signs To Look Out For
Dealing with substance abuse or even talking about addiction needs to be handled with respect. Vital to the recovery process is purposeful extraction from the pressures of daily life, so affording patients a safe place to start the healing process.If you or a loved one is in trouble, contact the centre today and speak to a counsellor.Look for these indicators of possible Tik abuse:
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Changes in appearance (clothes, body hygiene)
- Erratic behaviour (aggression, over-confidence, violence)
- Dilated pupils
- Hyperactivity and rapid speech
- Symptoms of psychosis (hallucinations and delusions)
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Drug paraphernalia: light bulbs, glass straws
Early Intervention And Therapy Centres
It’s easy to become overwhelmed but Recovery Direct offers a safe environment and have a dedicated team of recovery and addiction counsellors that offer a holistic, caring approach designed to make the first step in recovery an easy one. We understand reaching out for help can be difficult and have dedicated ourselves to guiding patients through recovery. Every admission for drug addiction is confidential with the patients welfare front of mind.
Keep Your Head Up, Get Help Along The Way
Crystal meth can be damaging in several ways. Other than the purely physical effects and the toil it takes on a person’s body, drug abuse has a profound psychological effect on the addict.
Most street drugs are cut with other toxic substances. These additives vary from talcum power to battery acid. The manufacturing process is so unrefined that the user never knows what they are taking which can lead to accidental overdose.
Tolerance develops quickly, which means that higher doses of the drug need to be used to get the same effect, and/or that the drug needs to be taken more frequently or in different ways.
Chronic abuse can lead to out-of-control rages, violence, anxiety, confusion, mood disturbances and insomnia. One of the most frightening findings about meth suggests that its prolonged use not only modifies behaviours, but literally changes the brain in fundamental and long-lasting ways.
Booking Into A Recovery Centre
Addiction hardly ever happens in a day. Drug abuse often follows an escalating trajectory to the point where intervention becomes paramount to saving a patient’s life. This said, on-going therapy after primary treatment and detoxification is just as important.
Recovery Direct is a specialist addiction treatment centre based in Constantia, Cape Town. Our non-punitive methodology caters for a wide range of behaviour modification therapies. These include treatment for comorbidities such as other so-called process addictions like gambling or sex.