Crystal Meth/Tik

Crystal Meth (methamphetamine) aka Tik, is so potent that a first time user is instantly hooked after the first hit. Every time a person uses meth, their key receptors in the brain are damaged. This is why people who are addicted to meth have no feelings of pleasure without the use of meth. The first important step to recover from meth addiction is through medical detox in rehab, followed by intensive therapy with a trained professional.

What are the Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction?

Crystal Meth is made in different forms, so it is used in different ways.

• Smoke – using a glass pipe aka a “Lolly”
• Snort – first crushing the crystals and snorting it through a straw
• Injecting – the powder will be mixed with water and injected intravenously
• Pill form – although not popular, some will take it orally

Meth Addiction
  • What are the Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction?
  • What Are The Withdrawal Symptoms of Meth Addiction?
  • How is Crystal Meth Addiction Treated?
  • Aggression
  • Bad hygiene
  • Criminal behavior
  • Decreased libido
  • Dehydration
  • Dilated pupils
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Financial problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Secretive behavior
  • Skin abscesses from injecting the drug
  • Teeth and bones break easily
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and Sleepiness – during the first week
  • Depression – feelings usually subside after 3 weeks
  • Psychosis – seeing, hearing and feeling things that aren’t there
  • Meth Cravings – people who are withdrawing from meth feel an uncontrollable desire to continue using
  • Increase in appetite – strong cravings for sugary and starchy foods for the first few weeks
Medicine Assisted Therapy in detox is required and involves purging the drugs out of the body within a medically supervised environment. Detox helps patients cp high h withdrawals and removes the cravings for meth. Within detox, the body and brain can heal ensuring a successful recovery. The duration of detox depends on the patient’s level of addiction and their overall health. It is best to detox within a treatment facility as there are no triggers for relapse and 24/7 medical supervision.

How Can We Help?

Meth addiction is an illness that ruins the lives of the person and those around them. Give us a call today for a free assessment and get your life back for good. If you are the loved one of a meth addict, we can assist with intervention and advise you on the best way forward.

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