How To Recognize Signs Of Ice Addiction

All addictions take a heavy toll. But “Ice” is fundamentally extremely physically and psychologically addictive and physical and mentally devastating for users. If you are lucky enough to catch yourself or someone else before they become a full-blown addict, addiction treatment can help close the door to this dangerous path and keep it shut. Speed and meth are slang names for the chemical compound methamphetamine and typically refer to diluted, or cut methamphetamine in powder form. Ice, crystal meth, or shabu refers to very pure methamphetamine, usually in the form of a crystal, although it can be ground into a powder. Ice destroys lives and literally kills people. The longer one is using or addicted, the greater the damage. Ice is more prevalent in many countries than heroin or cocaine, and it may be more even more addictive than these two extremely dangerous drugs. Learn how to recognize signs of ice addiction and stop it before it is too late. As long as the addict is alive, it is not too late..but when the addict is dead, there is nothing you can do about it anymore.

Regular Ice Users Need To Stop. Seeking Treatment Is Advised

Not everyone who uses Ice is already a full-on addict. On the other hand, not everyone who is not having stereotypical freakouts is not an addict. It may be possible to stop without help. On the other hand, you (or someone you care about) might just be fooling yourselves about where this is going. If you can’t go a month without Ice, consider you already have a problem, and it is only going to get worse. Not everyone who uses Ice has their teeth falling out, picks at their skin, and has fits of rage that end in jail time. If you can go a month without Ice, go the rest of your life. Nobody needs to be taking this risk. Let’s talk about some obvious as well as more subtle signs of ice addiction

Physical Evidence Of Ice Use

Finding a bag of white powder is an obvious clue. A ballpoint pen that’s been taken apart or a straw can be a sign someone is snorting Ice or meth. Aluminum foil, soda cans with a dent and holes, or glass pipes and other pipes can be used to smoke Ice. A syringe can be used to inject Ice.

Tell Tale Behavior Signals Ice Addiction

People get restless and agitated when they are under the influence. If someone becomes unusually hyperactive, this may be a sign of ice addiction. If someone is extremely focused on repetitive tasks, this is cause for suspicion. Many users and addicts experience a sort of psychological tunnel vision. Appetite loss is common. If someone is not interested in food for many hours, that is a strong sign they are using meth or ice.

When the effect wears off, the user’s body has to compensate. Users “crash” after the effects wear off, being very lethargic, sleeping for an oddly long time, and craving carbohydrates.

Previously stable people alternating between highs and lows of energy may have an Ice problem.

Mood Changes

Mood changes can help you recognize signs of ice addiction. They are closely related to changes in behavior, but here we are considering emotional state rather than action. These can actually be the easiest symptoms to spot in the early stages of addiction. Ice creates a surge of adrenaline and pumps up dopamine, the body’s internal ‘reward’ chemical that should be released to help guide you to true accomplishments. Ice addicts and Ice users feel a strong feeling of euphoria and power when they begin using the drug. They may become productive and confident while they are under the influence in the early stages of addiction. Sometimes the confidence has a sexual dimension. Users and addicts may become quite libidinous.

On the flip side, when the drug wears off, the body’s dopamine production plummets far below normal levels. The vast majority of ice addicts and ice user report feeling depressed when they effect wears off. If you see someone experiencing dramatic highs and lows, be concerned.  When people have been using for a while, their adrenaline and dopamine production is impeded and depression and anxiety become the pronounced baseline, driving them back to the drug that gives them less and less of what we all need. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you care about.

Check the pupils to recognize signs of ice addiction. They should get smaller in bright environments.

Recognize Physical Changes From Ice Addiction

Regular users will often show physical signs of ice addiction. But don’t assume that if these signs are present there is not a serious problem. Ice takes a mighty toll. It’s better to stop before you start seeing physical collapse of the body. The skin may show acne or lesions or merely signs of premature aging as it loses elasticity. Take notice of unusual amounts of sweating and foul-smelling sweat, two more signs of ice addiction. Users pupils frequently dilate (become larger regardless of light) for as long as a day after taking the drug. Wearing sunglasses at odd times also suggests use. The eyes may begin to twitch as ice wears out fine motor control. You can also spot changes in the mouth. If someone is clenching their jaw a  lot, has bad breath, or rotting teeth, that’s called “meth mouth.” Ice impairs the salivary glands and the mouth becomes acidic. Your body begins to eat itself.

Don’t wait till your body begins to eat itself. Don’t let someone else you care about go down this road. Ice and meth are a trap. The sooner the addict or user begins to struggle to escape, the easier and less painful it will be. Get out while the getting’s good. But don’t ever think it is too late. If you are alive, it is not too late. You are reading this article for a reason. Right now is a great time to accept that you or someone you care about has a problem and take a step to solve it.

Recognize You Have A Problem And Take A Step Towards Recovery Today

You know you have a problem. It is scary! You know it will be hard to fix, but we are here to tell you: you can do it and we can show you how. Take the first step on the road to a better life. Learn more about our Rehab Program in Bali for recovering from ice addiction and make a plan.

If you or someone you care about has a problem with drugs or alcohol or any other form of addiction, call one of our experts today on (toll-free Australia) 1800 288 348 or +62 8124678 or email us at and we will call you.


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