What is Tik?
Tik is the South African street name for crystal methamphetamine. It has a very bad reputation in South Africa because it’s more potent that other forms of meth and because it is so easily available. It started off as the drug of choice in poor communities because it’s cheap, but it has since spread to other levels of society.
Tik’s effects are stronger and last longer than other forms of meth, but the crash is also much worse.
Tik and all other forms of crystal meth are stimulants, as opposed to depressants, because they increase activity between the brain and the central nervous system.
Tik is a white powder that is smoked, snorted and injected. Crystal meth comes in crystalline blocks; it is also smoked, sorted and injected.
Tik is an extremely powerful drug that takes effect instantly if it’s injected or smoked; it has a lag time of about half an hour if it’s snorted or swallowed. The instant effects are pleasurable, but the after-effects are awful. The long-term effects are even worse.
Pleasant side-effects include:
- Heightened sense of contentment and satisfaction – no worries in the world.
Unpleasant side-effects include:
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
Long-term side-effects include:
- Meth mouth – rotten and broken teeth caused by poor oral hygiene and constant grinding.
- Mental disorders – tik psychosis
- Organ failure
- Heart attack
- Brain damage
There are few drugs more addictive than tik. What’s worse is that it doesn’t take long for psychological and physical dependence to set it. Relapse rates with tik are very high because it’s difficult to work through the severity of the physical withdrawal symptoms and to get over the psychological cravings.
In-patient rehabilitation is necessary to treatment tik addiction because addicts need to be physically removed from the enabling environment, and they need the enforced structure and holistic therapy to break the destructive behaviour patterns and ways of thinking that keep them in the addiction cycle.