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Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

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What Are the Red Flags of Amphetamine Addiction?

Being able to recognize an addiction to amphetamines before it’s too late can potentially save your life, or the life of a loved one. Amphetamines are powerful stimulant drugs which have lasting physical and mental effects on those with amphetamine use disorders. Not taking amphetamines as prescribed is one of the easiest ways to hone in on potential instances of abuse. If you feel as though you require more amphetamine to function normally throughout the day, and you have been prescribed amphetamine from your trusted, certified medical professional, always consult them before upping your dosage of amphetamines first. The signs of amphetamine use appear rather quickly, and depend on the method of consumption. Amphetamine use will be immediately apparent in instances of intravenous drug use, within three to five minutes if snorted, and within 15-20 minutes if taken orally. The red flags of amphetamine use include the following:
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Wakefulness for Days
  • Over Talkativeness

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Amphetamine Abuse

Readily identifying abuse and use of amphetamines will typically come down to manic changes in behavior, as with most substance use disorders. Wild changes in behavior, especially relating to hyperactivity is an indication of stimulant abuse, and may point to amphetamines. If compounded with the development of eating disorders, where one is not eating, amphetamine and methamphetamine (which is twice the potency of amphetamine) suspicion of amphetamine usage is plausible. [get-help]

Physical Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

The physical symptoms of amphetamine addiction may be similar to other stimulant substances like methamphetamine, which converts to amphetamine when metabolized by the body. Use  of amphetamine often occurs in binges, resulting in massive brain damage and muscle destruction. The following physical symptoms may be used as indicators of amphetamine addiction:
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Increased Sexual Interaction
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chest Pain
  • Convulsions
  • Malnutrition
  • Skin Disorders
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fast Breathing
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Compromised Appetite
  • Abnormal Amounts of Energy
  • Lack of Tiredness
  • Heart Failure

Psychological Effects of Amphetamine Addiction

  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Violent Behavior / Aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Belief of Invincibility

Amphetamine and Co-Dependency Disorders

Amphetamine makes users unable to sleep or relax, and eventually the effects of amphetamine are permanent. To combat the adverse effects of amphetamine, many users combine amphetamine with depressant drugs or sleeping aids to force themselves to go to sleep. Mixing substances can be fatal and cause overdose and toxicity from amphetamine. With continued use of amphetamine and reliance on other addictive substances, co-dependency disorders develop, and need to be addressed as soon as possible during a detox and withdrawal program for amphetamine. Amphetamine addiction treatment will address both amphetamine addiction and other substance use disorders caused as a direct response to amphetamine use.

Getting Help for the Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of amphetamine addiction, or know someone who is, enrolling into an amphetamine addiction treatment program is essential to prevent continued abuse of the substance and ensure lasting permanent and physical damage is not incurred from continued use of the substance.

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