One of the most dangerous and devastating drugs in the Australian landscape today is ice. This crystallised methamphetamine can be highly damaging to users as well as the people they come into contact with, making its lasting effect on the community more widespread than other substances. This highly addictive substance is formed into crystals and can be smoked, affecting the user’s brain function.

Not only is ice dangerous, it’s more prevalent than ever before. In 2013 a nearly 30% increase in the use of ice in Australia was recorded while the rate of use also jumped more than 25% with many addicts using weekly or even daily. With such a presence and such serious consequences, how can you tell if someone close to you is abusing ice? Well today we’re going to take you through some signs and symptoms, as well as other information that can help you to identify and problem and promote rehabilitation.

About Ice – The Essential Knowledge

Sometimes identifying a problem is as easy as identifying the substance itself. When looking for ice, you’re looking for material that looks like either dirty or clear shards of glass. Ice is also an extremely powerful, fast-acting stimulant, so extended euphoria, confidence and energy in users will be present. On top of this, sleeping problems, skipping meals and losing weight will also plague them. This is all before the substance wears off and they slump into depression or anxiety.

 Search for These Tell-Tale Clues

When it comes to ice you might want to start by looking beyond the suspected user themselves. Instead, search for plastic bags and small pipes both in their clothes and places like their bedroom. The remnants of a crystallised product might be present in these too. If they have the equipment, you can start to figure out how to help them.

Symptoms – Physical, Behavioural, Psychological

The symptoms that ice addicts might convey extend beyond purely physical or emotional aspects, often impacting all facets of their identity. It is important not to approach your addicted loved ones in a confrontational way, due to both potentially violent reactions and the negative impact this could have on their potential for recovery. Look for these symptoms.

In their behaviour look for:

  • Impulsiveness and increased risk taking
  • Violent behaviour and aggression
  • Legal troubles
  • Financial problems
  • Social isolation

Physical symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Increased tolerance to the substance
  • Open sores
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Severe decay and tooth loss

Psychological side effects include:

  • Hallucination
  • Repeating behaviours
  • The sensation of crawling under the skin – this will result in picking at the skin
  • Paranoia

Get Them Help Today

The process of guiding someone out of the depths of addiction is not a simple one but with support and professional help, they can return to a healthy life. Professional rehab centres can provide counselling, detoxification and even just advice to addicts or family members.

For assistance with addiction in Melbourne – for sufferers and their loved ones –  contact Ray Hader Clinic today. Whether it’s for immediate and effective rehabilitation, aftercare and relapses, or just some advice, call (03) 9804 5757 now.