14 Apr What are the signs of an ice addiction?
Methamphetamine or ‘crystal’, ‘ice’ is an extremely addictive stimulant.
Addiction to meth in the long term can cause irreversible damage physically, mentally and to the relationships / families surrounding those who are addicted. However, it is relatively simple to spot some of the behavioural signs of a substance abuse addiction. We have created this short checklist to support you with some of the potential signs and symptoms you can look out for if you believe you or a loved one might have a problem.
- Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home
- Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
- Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use
- The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance
- Likely to experience high blood pressure, a faster than usual heart rate and sleeping problems
- Weight loss and inclination to skip meals
- Damage to teeth or sores appearing in various places on the body
- Over-confidence and invincibility which is mirrored by feeling increasingly depressed and anxious as the high of the use wears off
- Increased distractibility, memory loss and mood disturbances
- Highly unpredictable, aggressive or violent behaviour and feelings of paranoia
- Experiencing hallucinations, physical convulsions or uncontrollable movements
Addiction is a cunning, baffling and deadly disease and is most effectively treated in a therapeutic environment supported by addiction specialist health professionals.
If you would like to speak to someone who understands drug addiction, and who can discuss the your particular situation and treatment needs, we suggest that you call our client care team who will offer a free and confidential preliminary chat, or full assessment if that is your preference.
Take the first step into treatment today by phoning or emailing our assessment team on 1800 063 332 /firstname.lastname@example.org