In recent years, methamphetamine (also known as “meth” or “ice”) has become a growing problem in Australia. In fact, according to a recent study, Australia has the highest population abusing ice in the English-speaking world.
The problem with meth is that it can be instantly addicting. Many users report spiraling into full-blown meth addiction after a few uses of the drug. Ice also ravages the body more than most drugs. In addition to the short-term side effects of the drug, meth has significant long-term side effects, including severe brain damage, that may be irreversible.
Side Effects of Meth Use
Some of the side effects to meth abuse include:
- Severe changes to mood
- Insomnia, sleeplessness, and/or staying awake for long periods of time (often days)
- Unpredictable behavior
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Increased compulsivity
- Repeating meaningless tasks over and over
- Heavy sweating
- Violent behavior
- Severe anxiety
- Elevated heart rate
If you’re currently using meth and wondering “am I addicted to ice?” there are signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for that can let you know if your meth use is becoming problematic – and if you’re headed towards addiction.
Common Signs of Ice Addiction
Here are the most common signs of ice addiction:
- The inability to stop or control ice use
- Continued use despite negative consequences
- Mounting personal problems, including social, educational, work, and financial issues
- Spending more time or money on ice than intended
- Loss of interest in activities not involving meth use
- Putting one’s self in increasingly dangerous situations to obtain or use ice
- Need to increase the amount and/or frequency to get high
- Participating in criminal activity in order to obtain or use meth
Am I Addicted to Ice?
If you think you might be addicted to meth, it might be helpful to explore your drug use by asking yourself the following questions:
- Have I tried to limit or stop my meth use in the past without success?
- Do I want to stop using meth, but can’t seem to figure out how?
- Am I spending too much of my time, energy, and/or money on ice?
- Have people in my life confronted me about my meth use?
- When confronted, do I feel defensive?
- Has my ice use caused any lasting problems in my life?
- Do I act out of character when under the influence of meth?
- Do I need to do more meth, more often in order to stay high?
If you think you might be addicted to meth, there is help for ice addicts. By finding the right ice addiction help, you can begin to explore the contributing factors to your drug use and find the path to health, wellness, and sobriety from meth.
Get in touch for a free, confidential assessment on your ice addiction. Meth use is a growing issue and is nothing to be ashamed of. To get well, you need the right support. And I’m here to support you should you need it.