“Ice” is ‘crystalline methamphetamine hydrochloride,’ and can be smoked or injected intravenously, whereas plain meth powder is snorted or taken orally. The crystal form of the drug gives a more intense high, or “rush,” than the powder form of the drug. It is many times more addictive than the powder form. The powder form is frequently cut or diluted with other harmful substances, but ice crystals are usually pure drug, which is much more potent and destructive. The high is longer lasting than with either cocaine or meth powder. Ice is by far the most addictive substance known to man. Almost nobody, tries ice just once.

The high users receive from ice gives them a sense of energy and alertness, competence and intelligence, power and control. Loss of appetite, hyperactivity and endurance are common as well. Some go days without feeling tired or needing to sleep or eat. The euphoria is associated with delusions of power and invincibility.

The long term consequences of ice or methamphetamine abuse include memory loss, hallucinations, delusions, panic, and rage. The later stages of addiction are characterized by a form of dementia – mothers abandon their babies, teenagers shoot their parents, families are destroyed, and communities are crippled. Addicts are unable to hold a job or care for their families; they are consumed with their drug use and cannot do anything else.

The real harm with ice is not only its highly addictive potential but its neuro-toxicity (neuro – brain, toxicity – damaging.) Ice is much more toxic to brain cells than cocaine. As devastating as the crack cocaine problem has been, ice promises to be much worse. Ice addicts sustain significant brain damage. Many users suffered from ‘methamphetamine psychosis’ with severe paranoia they feel as if the whole world is “out to get him.” Homicide, trauma, and suicide  are the most common causes of death for ice addicts. Within five years, 90% of addicts are either brain-damaged, dead, or in prison.

Ice is burning homes down (meth labs), destroying families, polluting the environment, and corrupting our neighborhoods. Ice is destroying our workforce and flooding our prisons, hospitals and rehab centers with brain-damaged people. It is infiltrating our schools and churches and killing our young people. It is an epidemic that will touch millions.

Meth in all its forms is destructive. So, no matter where you find yourself in regards to this addictive behavior there is a way out. Freedom is available. What is needed is for you to exchange Meth for the Person, Jesus Christ. Allow us at Reformers Unanimous Schools of Discipleship to help you out of this darkness into the glorious freedom found only in Jesus.

The length of stay in our long-term addiction treatment center is approximately 8-10 months. This might seem like a long time, but the results speak for themselves we have seen an average of 80% success rate from our graduates. If you or your loved one is in need of assistance, you can contact Reformers Unanimous at 1-866-733-6768 to speak confidentially with a professional admissions coordinator. Our admissions coordinators are very caring and knowledgeable and would love to take your call and answer your questions. We know it can be tough to pick up the phone and ask for help, but this could be the most important call you ever make for yourself or your loved one! Call Us 1-866-733-6768 or E-Mail us on the form on the right of this page.

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