Crystal Drugs in South Africa
When referring to Crystal drugs in South Africa, it is most likely to be Crystal Methamphetamine also commonly known as “Tik”. Crystal meth can be smoked using a glass pipe, snorted, ingested, and injected intravenously. It has become a popular party drug and has rapidly spread across South Africa. As the drug has gained popularity, the clear and obvious negative consequences associated with addiction have increased.
How does crystal drugs affect the body?
To understand why Crystal drugs in South Africa is so popular, it is important to know how the drug affects the body. When Crystal Meth is taken it produces an intense feeling of euphoria, this state of euphoria is often described as more intense than cocaine. Usually, the price of Crystal Meth is a lot less than that of cocaine making a better option for the user, this means more “Tik” can be used for lower price.
The high produced by Crystal Meth, produces an intense, unnatural boost of dopamine in the brain. This causes a strong desire to continue using the drug to maintain the high.
Some of the signs of Crystal Meth use are:
- Disrupted sleep patterns / insomnia
- Weight loss
- Skipping meals
- Delusional behavior
- Tooth decay
- Constant itching
Most of those addicted to Crystal Meth experience some form of psychosis. Psychosis can be described as a disconnect from reality. There is a distortion in what they perceive as real, they experience feelings of paranoia, experiencing hallucinations and hold onto false ideas even though they are provided with evidence.
Crystal Meth is highly addictive and almost always leads to symptom of Substance Use Disorder (Addiction). If you are concerned for someone that is using, it is important to seek out professional help. Those trapped in addiction are never able to see how bad their situation is.
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