Methcathinone or “The Cat Drug”

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Methcathinone or “The Cat Drug”

15 January, 2021Articles, News

Methcathinone, or the “cat drug” is a popular psychoactive drug in South Africa, commonly used as a cheaper alternative to cocaine. It is closely related to methamphetamine. It is most commonly snorted but can be ingested and injected. On the streets it is known as the “cat drug”. The most common form found, is a white or off-white powder. It can also be found in a white, rock-like form which can easily be crushed. A section of cat can be bought for as little as R 50 or between R200 – R 250 for a gram.

Effects of the “cat drug”:

  • Intense euphoria
  • Confidence
  • Rapid speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Increased alertness
  • Delusions
  • Potential for drug induced psychosis

The main problem with withdrawal from “cat drug” is the psychological component, which is more intense compared to any physical symptoms when coming off cat. Withdrawal syptoms can include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue
  • Hyper- Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Persisting psychosis
  • Delusions
  • Suspicion/Paranoia

Crossroads Recovery centres regulary treat cat addiction. It is very rare that medical intervention is needed for someone who is coming off cat. Most of the physical symptoms can be treated by geting enough sleep, eating properly and abstinence. With treatment the mental obsession, depression and anxiety will lift over time. Treatment at Crossroads Recovery Centres is focused on change in behaviour and adopting new coping mechanisms.

The road to recovery from cat abuse is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s just a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.

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