Methamphetamines speed up the body’s central nervous system. Common street names for these substances include speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, crystal meth and jib.
Tolerance to the effects of methamphetamines builds up quickly in regular users, which means they need increasingly higher doses of the drug to achieve the same effects. Withdrawal symptoms include strong urges to consume the drug, stomach pain, hunger, headaches, shortness of breath, tiredness and depression.
If our evaluation determines that it is safe for you to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in the observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sessions and meetings with other groups. A counsellor will be available to discuss your long-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.
For more information, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website.