Amphetamines are a powerful and intense psychostimulant drug which affects several vital neurotransmitters in the brain including norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, which induces intense feelings of euphoria. Amphetamines typically do not cause the onset of a physical dependency, however many users become tremendously psychologically dependent on the drug. Many users tend to become addicted after the first use due to the fast and intense high caused by the drug. Amphetamines were designed with the intentions to boost concentration and enhance performance, however recreational use of the drug often leads to an amphetamine addiction. Amphetamines are primarily found in the form of a pill, which is usually taken orally, snorted, injected, or smoked. Due to the low tolerance of this drug, it can often be very challenging for amphetamine addicts to stop using the drug. Amphetamines are commonly used illegally among high school and college students to help them stay up, and in athletes to boost their performance. These drugs are also used for staying up all night partying and dancing. Many users of these substances abuse other drugs within the same class, and must attend rehabilitation programs including cocaine addiction treatment, and meth addiction treatment and recovery.
Effects of Amphetamines
Being as though amphetamines are highly addictive psychologically, they can cause users to suffered a great deal of consequences both short term and long term. Some of the short and long-term effects associated with a dependency on amphetamines includes:
Extreme and abrupt mood changes
Repetitive and obsessive behaviors
Impaired brain functioning
Disturbed sleep patterns and sleeping difficulties
Exhibiting aggressive and violent behavior
Loss of financial stability
Drastic weight loss
Broken interpersonal relationships
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Despite amphetamines not being physically addictive, there are still some physical amphetamine withdrawal symptoms amphetamine users will experience. However, for the most part users will experience mainly psychological withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from amphetamines typically onset within hours of amphetamine use being reduced or completely stopped. These withdrawal symptoms typically last for several days, and in some cases months. The severity and longevity of the withdrawal phase from amphetamines typically depends on the quantity of amphetamines used and the longevity of use. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms experienced by amphetamine users include:
Intense cravings for amphetamines
Amphetamine Withdrawal - Recognizing the Need for Professional Help
If you suspect that yourself or a loved one may be faced with a problem of amphetamine abuse or addiction or that amphetamine withdrawal symptoms are taking place, look for the following signs which commonly indicate the presence of an amphetamine use problem:
Loss of control over amphetamine use
Development of a tolerance for amphetamines
Lying, cheating, and/or stealing to obtain amphetamines
Experiencing sudden health complications as a result of using amphetamines
Extreme and abrupt changes in behavior
Denial of amphetamine use problem
Isolating oneself to hide amphetamine use
Using amphetamines outside of their
Inability to stop using amphetamines
Experiencing symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal if not under the influence of the drug
Lack of upkeep in physical appearance and grooming
Experiencing feelings of guilt in relation to use of amphetamines
Treatment for Amphetamine Dependence
Generally, those who are withdrawing from amphetamines have higher success rates when treated by a medical professional. Seeking professional treatment can help ensure safety, in addition to effective treatment. Amphetamines causes its users to experience a psychological dependence, the use of psychotherapeutic approaches are highly effective in treating withdrawal from amphetamines. Individual counseling, family counseling, and group therapy are primarily used, these approaches typically help the users identify the root of their addiction and teaches recovering addicts effective coping techniques. Medication is also used as a means to ease the severity of amphetamine withdrawal symptoms. Methylphenidate, fluoxetine, and imipramine are generally used to treat amphetamine dependencies. Other medications are also used to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, and aggression.
If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from an amphetamine addiction, it is important to seek professional help to be sure. Harbor Village can help you treat your addiction and achieve a lifetime recovery, give us a call today!
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