What is Tik and is it Addictive?

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What is Tik and is it Addictive?

14 May, 2020Articles, News

“Tik” is the South African street name for crystal methamphetamine or crystal meth, for short. Other names for “tik” include “ice” or “glass.” It is a drug that is sold in small pieces of drinking straws, and comes in the form of fine powder or larger crystals which can be broken down into usable pieces. Typically, tik is smoked, but it can also be taken orally, ingested or injected.

Tik is highly addictive and falls into the class of drugs known as stimulants or “uppers”. It has a profound effect on the central nervous system and on how the brain processes information. The effects of using tik include an intense “high,” that feels like hyper-alertness, hyperactivity and an overwhelming feeling of confidence. The effect of the drug generally lasts for six to eight hours, but what many users attest to, is that over time, the effects seem to last for shorter periods of time. Subsequently, the user needs to use increasing amounts of tik in order to achieve a feeling of normality.  

Tik is a man-made drug. The formula has evolved over time but the effects of using it have remained fundamentally the same. In World War Two, tik or crystal meth was given to soldiers in order to help them stay awake. Later, in the 1950s, crystal meth was prescribed as a dieting aid and to treat depression. Today, it is a highly addictive, highly illegal drug that is available throughout the world.

The long-term effects of tik are known to be particularly devastating. Tik causes a severe loss of appetite resulting in noticeable loss of weight. Tik users are also known to pick obsessively at their skin and hair, which can and often does, lead to infection. Other effects include jerky, erratic movements such as involuntary facial and muscular movements.

Tik addicts who are admitted to a treatment facility, will likely undergo a detox process where they will be monitored by a medical doctor or nurse to ensure that they remain physically and mentally stable. After detox, the rehabilitation process includes group and individual therapy, life-skills workshops, exercise programs and a number of other therapeutic methods.

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