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Methamphetamine use is a growing concern in many countries around the world, including, but not limited to Australia, the U.K., the U.S., and the Philippines. When a person fails to discontinue using meth, it can quickly result in a dependency and ice addiction. Misuse of ice can create an enormous amount of physiological consequences, and sometimes, it can be fatal.
If you are on this page, there is a good chance that you suspect someone (perhaps yourself) of having an addiction to meth. While no two cases of an ice addiction are exactly the same, there are similarities; therefore, it is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an ice addiction.
Bear in mind, as a person continues to use meth, they will likely display signs that are more obvious. Once a person is at this stage, the only way to help them is by encouraging them to go to a rehab for meth. Doing so may be easier said than done; thus, you may want to discuss with a rehab about the possibility of an intervention.
Methamphetamine can cause immense changes in the brain and body. With a continuum of use, the effects of the drug tend to be visible. Meth alters the way a user thinks, acts, and feels. They may focus entirely on getting their next dose, or fix, with a constant desire to chase the high they initially felt. It is common for frequent or heavy users to display the following signs of an addiction to ice:
In addition to considering the ice addiction signs, you might also notice various pieces of paraphernalia in the person’s vehicle, bedroom, office, house, or otherwise, personal space.
The body and brain is affected by the drug. Whenever a person is high on ice, you may notice symptoms, such as:
The average person suffering from methamphetamine addiction is male, and between 23 and 40 years of age. However, anyone can become addicted to the drug. If you have noticed the aforementioned signs of an addiction to ice or any paraphernalia lying around, they will likely need to see a professional for help.
If an addiction to ice is not addressed, and the abuse continues, long term health consequences can result. These include, but are not limited to:
Just as it is important to know the signs of an addiction to ice, it is also important to recognise the signs of an overdose. When a person consumes too much meth, or ice, at one time, their body may struggle to cope with the amount; therefore, resulting in an overdose. If an ice overdose is not treated promptly, it could be fatal. There are many different signs of an overdose to lookout for, including:
If you notice someone appearing to be overdosing on meth, or any other drug, you should not delay in calling your local emergency service. An overdose can usually be treated; however, there is a chance of having long lasting, or permanent, side effects. Overdosing on a drug is a sign of abuse or dependency. It is critical that help is sought to avoid another overdose.
By now you should have a better understanding of ice addiction signs. If you believe you know someone who exhibits these signs and they have either asked you for help, or you would like to approach them about getting treatment, take time to review the options ahead of time. If you would like further help and assistance about how to do this, please call Siam Rehab.