October 27, 2015

Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine addiction typically occurs when a person begins to use the drug as a stimulant for its powerful enhancing effects on sex, mood, energy, alertness and ability to concentrate as well as for weight loss and appetite suppression.

Methamphetamine (also known as meth, tik, tuk, speed or crystal) is a synthetic, illegally-produced substance that is a powerful central nervous system stimulant.

Over time, Meths destroys the brain’s dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel pleasure. Permanent cognitive damage can occur. Deterioration of the body takes place and chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behaviour. Those who inject the drug are susceptible to infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

Methamphetamine Addiction Recovery Programme

At Twin Rivers, Meth users will undergo a period of medically supervised detoxification to help stabilise the addict before they enter a longer-term treatment programme. Clients will receive drug education, individual counselling, group counselling, family counselling and introduction to community-based self-help groups.