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Everything you need to know about Methamphetamines:

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.

What is tik?

Tik is the street name in South Africa for crystal methamphetamine. Because of its potency (compared to other forms of methamphetamine) and widespread availability, it has a serious, negative reputation in South Africa. It began as the drug of choice in poorer communities due to its low price, but has since spread to other levels of society.

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.

Pleasant Side Effects

Enhanced self-esteem, confidence Feelings of gratitude, Heightened sense of contentment and satisfaction, Euphoria and elation, Energy and physical drive, Power

Unpleasant  Side Effects

Heart palpitations, Anxiety Panic attacks, Perspiration, Headaches, Hallucinations, Aggression, Cramps

Long Term Side Effects

Malnutrition Depression Mental disorders – tik psychosis Meth mouth – rotten and broken teeth caused by poor oral hygiene and constant grinding. Insomnia Seizures, Organ failure, Heart attack, Brain damage, Coma, Death

TIK Addiction

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.


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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.