Ice Addiction, are you worried that you or someone close to you is addicted to ice?  Help is at hand. Here we tell you a little about ice, what to look out for and how we can get you or a loved one the best possible treatment.

What is ice addiction?

Ice is methamphetane, an amphetamine, a stimulant that acts on the brain and the nervous system.  Ice is typically smoked in a glass pipe, light bulbs, or on aluminium foil heated from the bottom. The process is known as “chasing the white dragon”. Ice is a long-lasting drug with an intense stimulant effect. This, together with its inexpensive cost, makes it extremely powerful and addictive.  Using ice  brings on a feeling of euphoria and a perceived sharpening of focus.

Signs, symptoms and risks of ice

Look out for hyperactivity, irritability, weight loss, involuntary body movements, and prolonged periods of sleep (crashing) in your loved one. Also ask yourself if he or she is showing signs of aggression; after the initial “rush,” there is typically a state of high agitation that in some individuals can lead to violent behaviour. Prolonged use can result in tooth decay, gum disease and lung damage. Smoking ice causes body temperature to rise, and blood pressure and respiratory rates to increase, and this can lead to heart problems. Ice abuse can also lead to anxiety and paranoia and, in extreme cases, psychotic illnesses. Ice users can experience frightening visual and auditory hallucinations. It is a deadly drug that’s detrimental to the central nervous system. Its stimulant properties can even cause serious brain damage in passive smokers and inhalers. Overdosing on ice can result in stroke, and lung and kidney damage, coma and death.

Treating crystal ice addiction

Ice addiction can be successfully treated through a combination of detox in a safe, medically supervised environment and rehabilitation. Residential rehab is preferential but there are plenty of outpatient programs available to treat ice addiction. At Addiction Helper, we’ll help you explore your options and provide all the support you and your family need for a full and healthy recovery.