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The effects of the drug Cat

26 November, 2021Articles, News

Cat is one of the most commonly abused drugs in South Africa. Due to its highly addictive composition and its popularity as a drug used in tandem with downers, at Crossroads Recovery Centres we have a vast amount of experience with facilitating the detox process from this potent substance. This brief guide will familiarise you with what the drug cat is and how addicts are detoxed from it.

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Methcathinone (also known as mephedrone) is an addictive psychoactive substance, and abuse of this drug is rapidly increasing in South Africa. A common street name for Methcathinone is ‘CAT’, and its use is mostly associated with the club and rave scenes. There is no medical or pharmaceutical use for this substance and it is mainly produced in illicit ‘Cat labs’, for recreational purposes. According to reports there has been an increase in the use of the drug cat since 2010.

It is often used as a substitute for other stimulants such as cocaine and ecstasy. Cat is not to be confused with the Khat plant, the leaves of which are chewed as a central nervous system stimulant.

The effects of Cat have been described as being very similar to that of cocaine. Unlike cocaine, the ‘high’ effect can last up to six hours, making this a very popular recreational drug. Overdose can occur with any quantity of drug used, and the user is always at risk. Overdose may cause seizures, an increase in body temperature, respiratory failure, coma, and/or death.

Common side-effects include :

  • Intense feelings of euphoria
  • Increased energy
  • Increased confidence
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Feelings of love or empathy towards others
  • Sociability and talkativeness

Adverse effects of Cat include:

  • Nausea
  • Damage to the nasal cavities
  • Nosebleeds
  • Involuntary teeth grinding
  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental confusion
  • Muddled speech
  • Liver, kidney, lung and cardiovascular damage with prolonged use
  • The loss of the ability to make rational decisions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Amphetamine psychosis
  • Paranoid delusions
  • Suspicion
  • Violent behaviour
  • Symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease from injecting the drug
  • Greater risk of stroke, coma or death resulting from a blood pressure increase and an irregular cardiac rate

If you or a loved one needs assistance an addiction to Cat – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible 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 only 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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Know the Facts About the drug Cat.

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Know the Facts About the drug Cat.

23 June, 2021Articles, News

Methcathinone or “cat”, as it is more commonly known, is a stimulant that is structurally similar to methamphetamine and cathinone. It is clandestinely manufactured from readily available chemicals and is fairly cheap and easy to manufacture in home kitchens. The drug is concocted from a “witches brew” of acids, thinners, and over-the-counter asthma medication (ephedrine). It is usually found as a white or off-white crystalline powder, which is most commonly snorted, although it can be taken orally by mixing it with a beverage or diluted in water. It may also be injected intravenously. Methcathinone produces amphetamine-like activity and is a highly addictive drug, similar to crack cocaine. Similar to other stimulants, methcathinone can amplify the action of the neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and dopamine. As is the case with crack cocaine, the addiction is difficult to treat.

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As of June 2014, cat became controlled as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971). Possession incurs a possible sentence of two years imprisonment, a fine or both. Possession with intent to supply or production could each result in a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment, a fine or both.

Negative side-effects of the drug cat may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Delusions
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors

Long-term effects may include :

  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety followed by depression
  • Tremors and convulsions
  • Anorexia, malnutrition, and weight loss
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Death

Early withdrawal symptoms of anxiety and profuse sweating can precede convulsions, hallucinations, and severe depression. Withdrawal should be done with the assistance of a medical professional.

Cat is psychologically highly addictive, individuals may lose their ability to feel empathy. They may also lose their self-worth and direction and often become distant and removed. However an addiction to cat can be treated through the correct methods and therapies, as with any addiction it is important to address it holistically and openly.

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

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012 450 5033 PTA

Resources :

https://www.news24.com/health24/lifestyle/street-drugs/psychoactives/what-is-the-drug-called-cat-20141112

https://www.mobieg.co.za/addiction/types-of-drugs/cat-khat-dependency/

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    Oliver VG
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  • On the last day of my stint at Crossroads I could only express gratitude towards all who works there. A wise councillor once commented on my question when one is ready for rehab by explaining that when one is ready for rehab, rehab is ready for you.
    Johan B
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  • I was lost and my soul was broken until I ended up at Crossroads and was introduced to the Twelve Steps. With the help of their excellent staff and amazing support I have recently been clean for 18 months, I could not have done it without them!
    Carla S
    Read more
  • "Just for today I am more than three years in recovery. I have Cross Roads to thank for this wonderful gift. Cross Roads helped me to set a firm foundation in my recovery on which I can continue to build."
    Angelique J
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