Don’t kid yourself. There is nothing cool about one of South Africa’s most addictive substances. Methamphetamine, or more colloquially Tik, is a self-destructive drug that often results in people seeking professional medical and psychological care to break the addictive cycle of abuse.
How To Help a Loved One
The increase in meth abuse in South Africa alone makes for disturbing statistics. Tik is also listed as one of the most abused and dangerous street drugs around. It is fair to say there are countless people caught in a desperate trap.
For the addict, addiction is a lonely hell. For parents and other loved ones it is often a confusing condition that destroys families and friendships. Only resulting in further isolation and trauma, fuelling helplessness and relapse.
The risk of addiction is influenced by a combination of factors including:
- Individual biology (genetics, personality, traumatic life events).
- Social environment (interaction with friends, family, colleagues in the work environment).
- Age or stage of development and psychological maturity.
Addiction is often considered the culmination of trauma and a genetic predisposition to substance abuse, making early detection and intervention vital to long term recovery. Discussing possible drug use with anyone is a sensitive topic but intervention can save a life. Recovery Direct offers a unique approach and extensive after care which is core to relapse prevention. Find out more about our addiction treatment and recovery programmes.