We’ve all heard of the drug ‘Tik’ – but what is it?

Eden Recovery Centre explores the meaning behind the word Tik and the pain and addiction suffered on those whose hands it touches.

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 making recovery tough. 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, snorted and injected.


Tik is an extremely powerful drug that could result in rehabilitation for addicts. It 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:

  • Euphoria
  • Heightened sense of contentment and satisfaction – no worries in the world.
  • Confidence
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Gratitude

Unpleasant side-effects include:

  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggression
  • Headache
  • Cramps

Long-term side-effects

  • Malnutrition
  • Depression
  • Meth mouth – rotten and broken teeth caused by poor oral hygiene and constant grinding.
  • Mental disorders – Tik psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Organ failure
  • Heart attack
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Death

If you are concerned about your own Tik addiction or that of a loved one who could be addicted to Tik, please contact us. For information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes and advice, please feel free to contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.

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