If you are currently suffering from an addiction, specifically Ice or otherwise known as Methamphetamines then you may be currently seeking information on how to get off ice yourself or how best to go about treatment.
Considering stopping can be one of the hardest times for you depending on how you go about stopping, the kind of support you have and the reasons why you started using in the first place.
Ice is a powerful stimulant and can be easily binged and then relied upon due to the high and euphoria given through the way it stimulates the chemistry in the brain.
It does not last however and to avoid the depression, physically and emotionally, a user will keep using for days on end. This causes a huge lack of sleep, which can sometimes lead into psychosis or erratic behaviour.
If you are looking to stop using there are a few options;
Outpatient Programs - These programs offer support and therapy while still being able to go to work, look after kids, or reorganise your life while you are becoming clean.
Pro’s: If in the right program, they will help you deal with the underlying causes and support you while triggers are coming up to ensure longevity and minimal relapse. Can be affordable.
Con’s: Some programs may just be medications (which is another drug) or group sessions, which don’t get to the bottom of or heal the underlying reasons why.
Inpatient Programs - This is what people typically think of when they think of rehab. You are taken away from your current environment and triggers and assisted in your detox and recovery process. They can vary from low grade to high grade.
Pro’s: Good if you are currently in an unsafe environment.
Con’s: Very costly (around 30k for one month) and temporary accommodation with not much therapy and follow-up after which can lead to a high relapse rate when returned.
Home Detox - Some Government agencies and community services office a home detox.
This includes appointments with a doctor and or counsellor/psychologist.
Pro’s: Access to services free of charge or inexpensively.
Con’s: Low success rate due to lack of support and detoxing risk depending on environment.
Cold Turkey - With any addiction, cold turkey is an option. This takes a lot of willpower and planning. The environment and triggers need to be dealt with. Moving house, changing phone number, deleting drug dealers number, getting rid of drug paraphernalia etc
Pro’s: Self empowered responsibility and life change.
Con’s: If underlying issues and emotional pain have not been dealt with or struggle to change environment then there is a high relapse risk.
How and why is Ice addictive?
To help combat your Ice (meth) addiction, one of the first things to understand is why we actually become addicted and information about the chemical itself and what it is doing to your body. With this information you can actually start to go deeper and question why you used it in the first place (and why some people become addicted straight away, and some people don’t).
When someone take Ice for the first time, a huge amount of Dopamine is released from the Neurotransmitters in the brain. This tricks the brain into thinking that it’s being rewarded and can create a feeling of focus, energy and euphoria.
The likeliness of addiction is based on the anxiety, depression or negative emotion that someone was dealing with earlier (and thus could not create this dopamine on their own) due to their emotional pain, lack of purpose or high stress levels.
If someone has a generally purposeful, happy upbringing and balanced emotions then they are unlikely to easily be as addicted from trying the drug.
So the trick is, to resolve the underlying emotions, trauma and pain that the user is experiencing such a polarity and escape from when using Ice.
If you are already looking at ways to be able to give up your addiction, then that is the first crucial step and you have to be congratulated for that. There is hope and many people have been able to get past an Ice Addiction and actually live a happy, exciting and fulfilling life (read some stories here).
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