Amphetamines are stimulants, which function by increasing blood flow and other chemical production in the central nervous system. Their most common clinical use is in treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When used alongside therapy, amphetamines are useful in improving symptoms of ADHD, as well as self-confidence, cognition, and personal relationships. Because of the loss of appetite associated with amphetamine use, they are prescribed off label as appetite suppressants. It is also sometimes prescribed as a treatment for narcolepsy.
Unfortunately, amphetamines can also be synthesized illegally, and produce feelings of euphoria and increased, and hyperactivity in users. Amphetamine abusers are infamous for their jittery, nervous disposition. They are often tinkering with household items and obsessing on obscure projects around the house.
Amphetamines are extremely addictive, and can quickly lead to dependence among users. The exaggerated feelings of confidence can cause the user to engage in serious amphetamine binges, where they engage in concerning and dangerous behavior. This will eventually result in a “crash” when the addict has exhausted their dopamine supply and become exhausted. Often times, users will continue to use even after they crash, which can result in sleep deprivation, mania, hallucinations, and bizarre behavior.
College student are known to abuse amphetamines, using them to increase concentration and stay up all night studying for important exams. Because of the boost in energy they produce, they are sometimes taken by athletes looking to increase their performance during a big game.
They are often abused simply for the high they produce, allowing users to drink more, stay up later, and party harder than even before.
Amphetamines increase the user’s ability to concentrate and perform tasks, which can quickly lead to addiction. They can be taken in a variety of ways, including smoking, swallowing, and injecting the substance.
Effects of Amphetamines
Even when taken under doctor supervision, amphetamines can have negative side effects. When taken recreationally in large doses, the physical and mental consequences can be devastating. Physical consequences can result in impaired mental functions, muscle deterioration, muscle spasms, seizure, and heart attack. Continued use of amphetamines can cause paranoia, hallucinations, aggression,and violent behavior.
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine users quickly experience an increased tolerance to the drug, which means the amount of the substance in their system can be extremely high. This makes medical supervision during the withdrawal period especially important, which Northbound provides through our One EIGHTY detox facility. Our clients can safely detox under the care of medical professionals, than begin their treatment in one of our many programs.
Our clinical staff helps each client with their specific issues and challenges, tailoring a treatment plan specifically to your needs. From individual therapy sessions to group counseling, Northbound provides all of our clients with the means to not only kick their addiction, but succeed in all other aspects of their lives.
If you have a friend or family member tormented by an amphetamine addiction, please don’t wait to get them the help they need. Contact one of our Northbound Treatment Services professionals today at Northbound Addiction treatment center.