Ice Rehabilitation & Recovery Treatment Centre
Meth or Ice is often created in makeshift laboratories by people with no real chemical knowledge and this often results in an impure and toxic product. It is a refined, much stronger version of amphetamine which also shares the nickname speed.
The main ingredient is ephedrine or pseudoephedrine which is found in many cough medications and governments have begun to restrict the availability of these. Chemicals are also extracted from things like brake cleaner, engine starter batteries, rubbing alcohol and fertilizer to make Ice. Users of this drug digest it in a variety of different ways and they can smoke, inject or snort it.
In recent years Ice has become one of the most commonly abused illegal drugs causing more problems globally than any other. The popularity of Ice abuse is due to its availability, affordability and the extreme euphoric high experienced by users.
Why is Ice so Addictive?
Just to put this in context, Ice releases approximately 1250 units of dopamine, a ‘feel good’ chemical neurotransmitter, into the brain compared to cocaine’s 400 units. When it is considered that about 200 units of dopamine are released naturally during sex it gives some idea of just what an extreme chemical reaction this is.
The Effects of Ice Addiction
Ice is one of the most powerful and addictive drugs available. It is also one of the most dangerous, causing damage to brain neurons, which results in a rapid decline in the user’s ability to experience pleasure without it.
- Premature ageing.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Lung problems including emphysema
- Liver and kidney damage
- Dental problems
- Seizures, strokes and the potential for irreversible brain damage or heart attack
- Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
- Changes in brain chemistry – short term
- Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long-term
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Disturbed sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits/malnutrition
- Decreased cognitive function
- Lying to yourself/denial
- Apathy /Exhaustion
- Memory loss
- Mood Swings
- Potential increase in risky behaviour
- Financial problems
- Sexual problems
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Lack of interest in work/school
- Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
- Damaged relationships with family members
- Lying to others
- Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
- Damaged relationship with self
- Lack of interest in life
- Inability to function without the drug
- Continued use despite negative consequences
Free Consultation at The Hader Private Hospital
Whether you are the person who wants to stop or a concerned family member, the team at the Hader Clinic can help. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation where we discuss all of the options associated with your situation. This assessment takes place with an experienced Client Liaison Coordinator, usually at our main office in Commercial Road and is completely confidential.
Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective Ice detox programs. The detox process from Ice can actually take a number of months depending on the user. Frequently we see two stages of withdrawal from Ice addiction: the first stage has immediate acute symptoms and these are usually both physical and psychological and the second stage has post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWS which are predominantly psychological.
Co-existing Mental Health and Ice Addiction
If you are addicted to Ice, it is likely that you may have an underlying or co-existing psychiatric condition. In fact, it is the lack of diagnosis or treatment of a coinciding mental health condition that can make you feel the urge to take Ice on an increasingly more frequent and high dosage basis, in order to relieve problematic symptoms.
- Bipolar disorder
- Alcohol abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Anti-social personality disorder
When receiving treatment for Ice addiction at The Hader Clinic, treatment for any underlying mental health conditions will also need to be completed after detoxification from the drug has occurred. This will enable you to experience a reduction in symptoms of unaddressed psychiatric illness, and also reduce the likelihood of relapsing.
Why choose The Hader Clinic for Ice addiction treatment
In response to the Ice epidemic, the Hader Clinic has developed a specialist Ice drug rehab, guaranteeing the complex needs of these clients are met. From acute detox with 24/7 nursing care through Primary and Secondary Residential programs and a comprehensive aftercare package, we provide a seamless continuum of treatment facilitated by our experienced team.
Fully supervised Ice rehab
The Primary Residential Program is fully supervised 24 hours a day by a team of professional dedicated staff and lasts for 30 days. The Hader Clinic’s multidisciplinary team understand that using Ice has caused immense distress throughout all aspects of your life, and it is our mission to help you to achieve recovery on all levels – mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Professional experience – the compassionate staff members that make up our treatment teams have extensive experience in helping individuals overcome their struggles with addiction to Ice. Their knowledge and expertise will allow you to receive the most evidence-based clinical treatment available.
Personalised care – we recognise that the specific ways in which the use of Ice has impacted you may differ from the way that it has impacted others. As such, we are committed to creating an individual treatment plan and we offer two residential locations. The Primary Residential Program which offers full supervision for the first 30 days followed by a less intensive Secondary program at another retreat.
Call our team at the best Ice addiction treatment centre in Australia for a free consultation about how we can help you or your loved one.