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Tik or Crystal Methamphetamine is a psychoactive stimulant drug, which is highly addictive and the "drug of choice" in Cape Town. It alters brain function, resulting in changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behaviour. Crystal meth can be smoked, snorted, eaten or injected although smoking it is more popular in Cape Town. It comes in powder, crystal-like granules or small yellow chunks known as rocks. The "high" is very powerful and gives the user a burst of energy, confidence and excitement, making it so hugely addictive. However users experience a severe ‘downer’ within a few hours after using. Apart from the depression, fatigue and mood changes, some crystal meth users describe the downer as excruciating where they experience actual pain. This compels them to find another hit and with time, larger doses of tik will be necessary to allay these after-effects and a cycle of abuse and addiction is quickly established.
Recovery from Crystal Meth is absolutely possible, though it isn't easy. Commitment to one's own recovery is imperative, this includes cutting ties with "using buddies", avoiding old using areas and most importantly working the 12 Step programme of Narcotics Anonymous, going to meetings, seeing one's sponsor and working the Steps. If your sister in law commits to this new way of life absolutely she can find recovery. In the meantime I strongly suggest that you look after your own health and serenity and go to Nar-Anon or CODA meetings, they are free and there will be tons of support from people who have lived through similar experiences as you. You can find a local meeting on their websites.
Please do not hesitate to contact Harmony on 021 790 7779 if you require further help.
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The Harmony Team
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