Ice is a potent form of methamphetamine and is quite dangerous to the physical well-being and survival of an individual. It is very likely that using this drug will result in a dependency, making an addiction that is difficult to shed.
Ice is also known as “crystal” or “crystal meth,” and is a strong form of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine or meth is a stimulant affecting the central nervous system. Ice has a crystalline appearance and looks like ice or glass. It is man-made and not only is produced by pharmaceutical companies to be used in cold and flu medicines, but is often produced in illegal laboratories in homes, apartments or even in vehicles. The drug is powerfully addictive.
Ice can be swallowed or smoked. Smoking ice is more dangerous because this method of intake more easily results in addiction.
A person taking ice (or his family or friends) can tell if he or she is becoming addicted by a number of different factors. If taking the drug seems to be the most important thing in your life, if you continue to use it even though it isn’t enjoyable anymore or if you have tried to stop taking it but have troubles cutting down, you are very likely addicted. Those addicted to ice will have problems in their relationships, at work and studying. They may not be able to sleep well and may not eat right. They will feel depressed or moody. They become anxious and irritable.
The effects of using ice vary depending on the person’s size and weight, their mental state and health. They also depend on the amount of the drug taken and how. Effects vary when ice is used along with alcohol or other drugs. Studies have shown that methamphetamine toxicity is what causes the most severe reactions. This means when a person has too much ice in their system, they can have these reactions. Different amounts can be toxic for different people.
A major problem with ice and any methamphetamine is that it can create psychotic symptoms. This occurs when someone has taken toxic amounts. People that are otherwise healthy can experience severe mental and emotional problems when taking too much ice. Psychosis is the condition of experiencing altered ways of behaving and thinking. It manifests therefore in speaking becoming altered as well. The person can have hallucinations and become extremely paranoid. Delusions are a part of psychosis in many cases, where the person believes he is someone else or has special abilities and powers.
There are other short- and long-term effects of using ice.
Some short-term effects of ice are:
The long-term effects of ice can be dangerous. These include:
High blood pressure
Chronic problems sleeping
Extreme mood swings
Trying to stop taking ice on your own is difficult to say the very least. Withdrawal symptoms are quite unpleasant and hard to deal with. When the drug is leaving the body and not being replaced, the withdrawal effects include:
It is best to have professional help to make coming off of ice as comfortable as possible. Although many drug rehabs use substitute drugs to get a person off of ice, it is better to find a drug rehab that has a drug-free program so you aren’t replacing one addiction with another.