WHEN one begins to take crystal meth it begins to take over their lives in varying degrees. There are three categories of abuse that are associated with crystal meth.
Low intensity crystal meth abuse involves the swallowing and snorting of crystal by so doing the abusers want the extra stimulation that crystal meth provides so that they can stay awake long enough to finish a job or a task, or want the appetite suppressant effect to lose weight, these are one step way of being binge abusers (uncontrolled use of a substance)
The binge abusers smoke or inject crystal meth with a needle. This allows them to receive a more intense higher dose of the drug and experience a stronger ‘‘rush’’ that is psychologically addictive, and are on the verge of moving into the next category which is high intensity abuse.
The high intensity abusers are addicts of what are called ‘‘speed freaks’’, their whole existence on earth involves or is focused on avoiding and preventing the crash, that painful let down after the high or when the effects fade off. For them to achieve the rush they need to take more and more of the drug that is increased amounts of dosages.
Just like other drugs because of tolerance each intake high is less than the one before, urging the abusers into a dark and deadly spiral of addiction.
The abuse of crystal meth have what is called the stages of meth experience and that is :
The rush — the initial response the abuser feels when smoking or injecting, during the rush abusers heart beat races and metabolism, blood pressure and pulse rise. Unlike the rush of cocaine that lasts two to five minutes, this one can last up to thirty minutes.
The High sometimes called the ‘‘shoulder’’ — the abuser often feels aggressively smarter and becomes argumentative, often interrupting other people before they finish their sentences. This also makes the abuser to concentrate on a non-significant thing as they fall into delusional windows; this high can last up to four and sixteen hours.
The binge — refers to the constant smoking or injecting of crystal meth in order to maintain the high, the abuser becomes hyper-active both mentally and physically and this binge can last three to fifteen days.
Tweaking — this occurs after the binge when the high is no longer achieved by abuse of the drug, making the abuser feel horrible feelings of emptiness and craving, the abuser loses their sense of identity. Some intense itching is experienced by the abuser such that they are convinced bugs are crawling under their skin and one can go to up to five days being unable to sleep.
The crash — the abusers body shuts down, unable to cope with the drug effects, the person sleeps for a long time and this can go up to three days .
– Mthandazo Ndlovu is an Accredited Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Specialist, Addictions Counsellor, Adolescent Counsellor, Professional Counsellor. For help and more information call or WhatsApp +263772399734 or email [email protected]