crystal-meth

Crystal Methamphetamine or a�?TIKa��

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AS we continue with the stages of Crystal Meth (TIK) make it your responsibility of creating drug-free, healthy and productive lives by playing a pro-active role in making this a reality.

The binge stage is an uncontrolled use of a drug or alcohol, it refers to the abusera��s urge to maintain the high by smoking or injecting more methamphetamine. The binge can last up to three to 15 days. During the binge the abuser becomes hyper active both mentally and physically. Each time the abuser smokes or injects more of the drug they experience another but small rush, until finally there is no rush and high at all. As this happens we see the abuser looking for something different that can give them a rush or a high.

Tweaking is a condition reached at the end of the drug binge when methamphetamine no longer provides a rush or a high. A meth user is most dangerous when experiencing this phase of addiction. Unable to relieve the horrible feelings of emptiness and craving, an abuser loses his sense of identity. Intense itching is common and the user can be convinced that bugs are crawling under their skin. Having not slept for days at a time, the abuser gets into a psychotic state and they exist in their own world, seeing and hearing things that no one else does. These hallucinations are so vivid that they seem real to them, and being disconnected from reality, they can become hostile and dangerous to themselves and others and self-injuries are high like cutting themselves with sharp things.

The abuse of uppers in our community are rife and these are the cases we then find at Ingutsheni Mental Hospital
After the binge the abuser gets into the crash stage; this is when the body shuts down, unable to cope with the drug effects overwhelming it, this results in the person undergoing long periods of sleep. Even the most violent and mean individual becomes almost lifeless during the crash and this can last from one to three days.

After the crash the abuser returns in a deteriorated state, starved, dehydrated and exhausted, physically and emotionally, this called the meth hangover stage and can last from two to 14 days. This leads to enforced addiction and one having feelings of taking more meth as the a�?solutiona�?.

The abuser after 30 to 90 days of the last use may find themselves feeling depressed, losing their energy and ability to experience pleasure. This is the withdrawal stage and the abuser begins to crave for more methamphetamine, hits and the individual often becomes suicidal, as withdrawal from meth is very painful and difficult most abusers revert and as such those rehabilitated through the traditional methods treatment are found abusing methamphetamine more.

Persons exhibiting such need help urgently.

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