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What does addiction mean?

I have a friend staying with me - a good friend. Some days he uses yaba and some days he doesn't. Some days he uses three or four pills, some days only one and some days not at all. Does this constitute addiction?

What are the signs of addiction?

How can I tell that my friend, who says he can do without it, is actually able to do without it?

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Yaba is HIGHLY addictive
by: Debbie Wicker

Yaba is another name for methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is highly addictive because of its pleasurable effect from the increased release of dopamine. Users become addicted quickly and as they continue to abuse the drug, higher doses are needed, and increased frequency of use.

Your friend is very likely addicted to Yaba. Using it more than twice a month generally indicates a drug abuse problem that is likely becoming addiction.

Methamphetamine use also contributes to changes in areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion. Chronic users have experienced serious emotional and cognitive problems directly attributed to methamphetamine abuse.

Chronic, long-term use produces anorexia, aggressiveness, paranoia, memory loss, hallucinations and delusional thinking. Long-term methamphetamine use causes severe dental problems. methamphetamine use also increases the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Your friend needs to stop using Yaba immediately because it is damaging his brain and other parts of his body. All users say they can stop but most cannot. You should consider contacting your friends family and telling them that he may be addicted to Yaba. Have them help you to help him stop.

I would also recommend that you begin going to Al-anon meetings in your area so that you can learn the best tactics for dealing with drug addiction. Work the steps of the 12 step program and try to get your friend to do the same. The 12 steps have helped millions of people to end their addiction.


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