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Methamphetamine Abuse | Methamphetamine Dependency | Methamphetamine Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment South Africa

After first being synthesized in Berlin during 1887 it was mostly forgotten for the next 40 years until Japanese scientist A.Ogata further synthesised it in 1919. Between 1939 and 1945 Methamphetamine was widely used as a performance enhancer for soldiers during WWII leading to a backlash of methamphetamine dependant veterans, the beginning of today’s meth pandemic.

Commonly known as Tik, Meth, Crystal, Ice, Glass, Wak, Speed, Crank, Tweak, Desoxyn, Yaba or Chalk, it is one of the planet’s most widely abused and addictive substances.

The production of Meth is a very simple process using easy to find household ingredients. The result of its simplicity is a massive illegal home industry resulting in the loss of many lives and property due to Meth lab casualties.

Methamphetamine can be ingested, smoked, injected or snorted. The substance causes significant tolerance, as well as psychological dependence. Ingesting and snorting produce a much less euphoric experience and this often leads to individuals smoking and injecting the substance in order to achieve the high they want.

Meth or Crystal Meth is a stimulant drug, meaning it increases alertness and energy, attention, as well as raises blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.

Physical Effects of Meth?

  • Cardiovascular stress, severe hypertensive, strokes and heart attacks.
  • Gum and teeth rot resulting from ingestion or smoking.
  • Dry skin often leading to the obsessively picking away at skin causing sores.
  • Neurological and behavioural problems resulting from long-term use.

Long term usage of Meth is associated with an amphetamine psychosis which is similar to paranoid schizophrenia. Users experience hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia during an episode, often resulting in violent unusual behaviour. The intensity of withdrawals depends on how much the user has consumed and how often they used.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Severe depression,
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Hunger
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue and deep or disturbed sleep (lasting up to 48 hours)
  • Psychotic episodes

Methamphetamine 'Tik' Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment South Africa

Our methamphetamine 'Tik' addiction treatment centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa uses various successful methods and techniques to treat this difficult drug addiction.

As patients participate in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programmes, different group therapies, yoga sessions, workshops and tasks, they begin to realise the positivity of the changes they have made in their lives and just how destructive the nature of meth addiction is to their lives and the people around them.

With the support and guidance of our staff and psychologists patients are able to confront their meth addiction/dependency without having to fear that they are alone in their battle

Because we approach the meth addiction disease holistically our patients learn to address their issues rather than avoid them.

Our staff members are all fully qualified and experienced in their professions, and upon entry will perform a full medical in order to assess the severity of the condition and accurately prescribe the correct form of treatment.

In cases where it is necessary, we are able to provide substance detoxification as well as substance rehab treatment.

Our aim to help provide the necessary skills needed to live a sober life, the road of meth addiction recovery is long and sometime rocky, but nevertheless the journey is worth it.

Your life is the result of the choices you make, if you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.

Please click the link for more information on our methamphetamine rehab addiction treatment today.

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