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What are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are a central nervous stimulant, meaning that they speed up the central nervous system and body. In fact, “speed” is a common street term for these substances. Common prescription drugs such as Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin are all amphetamines. While effective, they can all be highly addictive.
Amphetamines increase dopamine and norepinephrine, natural chemicals that regulate mood, energy, heart rate, and breathing. The short-term results produced by amphetamine use are increased energy, suppressed appetite, increased heart rate and breath, and in many, a rush of euphoria.
Prescription amphetamines treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, and in some cases, they can help patients function more efficiently. However, these drugs, unfortunately, have a high potential for abuse, amphetamine addiction, and severe long-term consequences from prolonged use, such as withdrawal symptoms.
Learning About Addiction
As time went by, amphetamine began to be used to treat various conditions, from alcohol hangovers to weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse of these medications often raised the risk of addiction.
Warning Signs of Addiction
Amphetamines are widely available. Most people misuse them in pill or capsule form. So, watch out for pills or other drug paraphernalia in bedrooms or cars.
Illegal amphetamines, such as Methamphetamine, can come in crystal or powder form. Addiction signs include aggression, changes in personality, lack of sleep, and hyperactivity. Other symptoms include financial issues, mania, and secretive behavior.
If you have a concern, your loved one is using amphetamines. Please contact our staff today for a free and confidential assessment.
Common telltale signs of amphetamines addiction include:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Decreased appetite and weight loss
- Digestive upset
- Mood swings
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations
- Inability to keep up with work, school, or home responsibilities
- Much of the person’s time spent seeking or using the drug
- Missing pills from a prescription
- Changes in groups of friends and difficulties with relationships
- Loss of interest in previous activities
Is The Brain Affected?
Since amphetamines speed up many body functions, they can result in serious problems, even in short-term use cases. An overdose on amphetamines, even in one application, can lead to rapid heart rate, heart attack, seizure, and even coma. Long-term use can cause chronic cardiovascular problems, increasing one’s risk of heart disease later in life.
A study in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, amphetamines can destroy gray matter in the brain and dopamine receptors, fundamentally changing the way the brain functions. This is the birth of most addictions.
Other side effects can cause loss of appetite, tremors, increased body temperature, vomiting, and stomach discomfort. Mentally, the effects of amphetamine use can be just as damaging. While these drugs produce a “rush” of euphoria in some users, they have a high potential for addiction.
The evidence shows that effective drug rehab can drastically reduce the long-term effects of addiction for users.
By chasing this initial feeling, some users become hooked on these drugs, leading to financial, social, emotional, and physical problems. Amphetamine use can also cause anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, confusion, aggression, depression, and chronic sleep problems.
Side Effects of Amphetamines Abuse
There are other short-term and long-term issues associated with amphetamine abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some of these include:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- High body temperature
- Loss of muscle control, muscle spasms, or tics
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood swings
- Low appetite
- Depression and fatigue when not using the drugs
Addiction Treatment Facility in South Florida
We treat amphetamine dependence and addiction with individual and group therapy combined with medical and holistic approaches. Patients can address core issues with their therapist, build support networks with peers, discuss medical conditions with our staff doctor, and work with our staff psychiatrist to treat any mental health conditions and identify an effective medication regimen.
Frequently, addressing conditions like ADHD with therapy and non-addictive medications is vital for a successful recovery from amphetamine dependence, especially for individuals who developed an addiction due to prescription medications.
Does Insurance Cover Amphetamine Addiction Rehab?
Insurance plans generally cover a large portion of the costs of care. In some cases, they may include the entire treatment, and in others, they may consist of some of the expenses. Individual insurance companies each have specific criteria for covering amphetamine addiction treatment. If you or a loved one are considering enrolling in treatment for amphetamine addiction and have questions about your insurance benefits, please call our compassionate staff today, and we will be happy to assist you.
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