Ice Addiction

Ice (Crystal Methamphetamine) is an extremely addictive substance and most ice users cannot stop taking ice without professional addiction treatment

About Ice Addiction

Ice is the most commonly used street name for crystal methamphetamine.

Ice is an extremely addictive substance, so much so that many frequent ice users report they were hooked instantly.

Out of the 1.3 million Australians who have used ice in the past year, just over 20% admit to using ice daily or weekly – however, these numbers also suggest that over half of regular ice users have developed a dependency on the drug.

Signs of Ice Addiction

There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of cannabis addiction.

Signs you should seek cannabis addiction treatment:

  • Do you spend a lot of time each day thinking about ice?
  • Are you using ice regularly (fortnightly, weekly, daily)?
  • Do you become defensive when your family or friends mention ice use?
  • Do you prioritise ice over work/family/social commitments?
  • Do you feel anxious at the thought of not being able to use ice in the imminent future?
  • Is your ice use causing problems in your relationship?
  • Is your ice use causing financial strain?
  • Do you sometimes feel as though you want to stop using ice but find yourself unable to follow through?
  • Do you need larger quantities of ice each time to feel the desired effect?
  • Are you lying to family, friends and perhaps yourself about the scale of your ice use?

Any combination of signs or symptoms that suggest a potential heroin addiction should not be ignored. As already mentioned, even a minor heroin misuse problem can quickly become an addiction if left untreated.

The good news is that proper treatment is very effective at helping heroin addicts completely recover. Success is achieved through a combination of physical, emotional, social and psychological treatments that address every aspect of addiction.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Minor Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Nausea
  • Increased appetite
  • Exhaustion
  • Aches and pains
  • Restless sleep and nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches

Severe Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Seizures

The recommended treatment for ice addiction is a residential treatment program that treats the mind, body and spirit, comprising the five areas of physical, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual treatment.

The treatment process includes:

  • Detox
  • Psychological treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Therapy
  • 12 Step
  • Meditation
  • Education
  • Art Therapy

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