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Ice Addiction

Ice Addiction

  • What is ice?
  • Why people use ice?
  • What are the signs of ice addiction?
  • What are the side effects of ice addiction?
  • How to treat ice abuse?

What is ice?
Ice is one of the many nicknames for methamphetamine. It is a psycho-stimulant and a sympathomimetic drug. It causes a cascading release of dopamine as well as norepinephrine.


Why people use Ice?
Drug use is an occurrence that is initiated for a number of different reasons. Amongst the most common conditions that lead to initial use are peer pressure and environmental exposure. Beyond the initial use of a drug the factors that may prompt continued or increased use include the first experience. If the use was overall a pleasurable one then the individual is often more likely to continue usage. Ice's function in the brain is one that results in euphoria. This often prompts continued usage and ultimately fuels the process toward addiction.


Ice Addiction is most common among high-school and college students as well as workers of all classes between the ages of 20 and 30 years according to one source. People under the age of eighteen comprise the second largest segment of the population. Use reportedly doubled among high-school seniors between 1990 and 1996. Some people as young as 14 and 16 have been caught using and selling methamphetamine.


Ice addiction can begin quickly. Because of the intense euphoria and short high a cyclic use can begin early. Tolerance is another factor that contributes to the progress of the addiction. Ice addiction can have devastating effects.


What are the signs of ice addiction?
Individuals may appear nervous in general. There is often a lack of peace and pleasure when they are not using the drug. They may experience extreme mood swings and their emotions may be extreme in general. Irritability as well as difficulty sleeping is also signs of ice addiction. In some cases habitual action such as picking at skin and pulling out hair may be common.


What are the side effects of ice?
There are two categories of side effects related to ice use. These include side effects that alter the function of the central nervous system and side effects that alter the function of the cardiovascular system. In addition to these more prominent side effects there are a number of psychological and physical effects that may occur in individuals.

  • Nervous system stimulation can occur. This can result in nervousness, hyperthermia and a number of other negative results.
  • Cardiovascular side effects include possible chest pain and hypertension. In some cases single use may result in cardiovascular failure and death.
  • Psychological effects may include paranoia, panic and hallucination. With prolonged usage there is the possibility of schizophrenia and other psychosis.
  • Physical effects may include pupil dilation, dizziness and tooth grinding.

Ice effects can range from mild to deadly from the first use. Prolonged usage increases the likelihood and seriousness of side effects.


How to treat Ice addiction?
Ice abuse is one of the most difficult to treat. The Narconon drug rehabilitation center has helped many people kick meth addiction. Find a drug rehabilitation center near you in our drug rehabilitation centers list and contact a drug rehab counselor immediately.


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