Methamphetamine which has many different names including; ice, crystal, crank, etc. Ice probably being one of the more common slang terms for the drug. For the purposes of simplicity we will use Ice as one of the most common names for the drug even though it is sometimes used as the most purified type of methamphetamine. Ice rehab as the title of this article states is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for people that are using or abusing Ice.
Ice - How is it Abused?
Ice has many routes of entrance into the body, basically anyway it can be absorbed it will have an effect on an individual to varying degrees, due to the speed of release into the body primarily it is be smoked, snorted or injected. It can also be taken orally. Smoking or injecting Ice delivers the drug quickly to the brain with an immediate effect. Reported feelings from Ice users are intense euphoria, however the effects of the drug are usually short term and require regular repeated doses which tend to increase to obtain the same effect.
What Does Ice do to the Brain?
When Ice is used it drastically increases the level of dopamine in the brain,
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. It is a chemical messenger that helps in the transmission of signals in the brain and other vital areas. Dopamine is found in humans as well as animals, including both vertebrates and invertebrates.
Dopamine is involved in the brains pleasure and reward mechanism. Ice's ability to speed up the release of dopamine, specifically in the brains reward and pleasure regions can produce the "rush" that many ice users experience. Unfortunately repeated use and abuse of ice can easily result in addiction, or a "need" to seek more of the drug.
Negative Effects of Ice Addiction and Abuse
The brain is an extremely complex organ in our body that has it's own chemical balances and ways of regulating just about everything from our physical to emotional well being, when adding a strong chemical like Ice repetitively it isn't surprising that something is going to go wrong. Think of taking a computer board that works on tiny amounts of electricity and then putting bare wires from a wall outlet on it, something is going to fry!
- Psychosis, including: paranoia hallucinations repetitive motor activity
- Changes in brain structure and function
- Deficits in thinking and motor skills
- Increased distractibility
- Memory loss
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Mood disturbances
- Severe dental problems
- Weight loss
How is Ice Made?
Ice in the USA is mostly made in super labs in Mexico then trafficked into the USA over the boarder, we regularly hear about major drug busts of cartels for trafficking hundreds of pounds of Ice. Not too many years ago the majority of the ice consumed in the USA was made in small Mom & Pop style micro labs that could make a few ounces of ice, the new super labs in Mexico and easily produce 10 pounds a day and the product is considerably stronger.
The name Super Lab however has nothing to do with what we think of as laboratory standards that the large pharmaceutical companies adhere to. There are no government over sites and controls for production, quality, safety or hygiene. Most of us have seen the popular TV show Breaking Bad, it's not very far from the truth on how Ice is produced, in labs in RV's, in basements and in properly set up laboratories.
Also since Ice can be produced in small bathtub based labs, if the logistics network is not in place to move large amounts from the super labs to the consumers it can, and still is, produced in small local labs that again we regularly hear of being raided by the police.
In Australia in 2014, almost 750 small Ice labs were raided by the police in just one year and they believe that number will increase this year. The Australian media is regularly calling the Ice use an "Epidemic" and law enforcement and Ice Rehab treatment centers are over whelmed with the numbers of people being arrested as well as people seeking treatment for Ice addiction.
What to do if Your Abusing Ice?
If you or someone you love is abusing Ice and looking for an Ice Rehab there is help available. You can seek government or private assistance in your home country or look abroad, whatever you do however once you have decided to get help with your Ice Abuse or addiction it is important that you seek help right away. In most places due to the number of people abusing Ice it is getting more difficult to find immediate treatment as services are being taxed to their capacity and having a difficult time coping with the number of people seeking help. What is happening now is people are put on long waiting lists or given out-patient counselling, hospitals are useful to get patients over the initial physical detox or other symptoms and physical damage of their ice addiction but most are not well set up to treat the psychological effects of the disease of addiction.
Going to Thailand for Ice Rehab
In the last number of years there has been a number of centres set up in Thailand to treat addiction and offer Ice Rehab to English speaking clients. A large number of the people come from Australia and expats working in Asia. Serenity - Thailand Rehab Center is one such programme that caters to English speaking clients looking for Ice Rehab, or other addictions for that matter.
Serenity is well suited to your needs for Ice Rehab and helping you move onto a life of recovery without the need for drugs or alcohol. Serenity is easily reached from anywhere in the world. Rarely having a waiting list the programme can accept you almost immediately and at a fraction of an Ice Rehab programme in your home country.
If you are suffering from Ice addiction and considering and ice rehab center, call now, we can help.