Amphetamines are a classification of addictive substances that are usually prescribed to individuals on a medical basis. However, with long-term or recreational use, individuals may develop physical dependencies and even addictive behaviors as a result. And, a number of other negative mental, physical, and social side effects. If you are struggling with a dependence or addiction to amphetamines, you can get the help you need and establish recovery.
Exploring what Amphetamines Are and How They’re Used
Amphetamines are stimulants that provide effects by stimulating the central nervous system. The effects of using amphetamines are an increase in energy, better awareness and concentration, and heightened visual and self-awareness. Because of these effects, these substances are utilized in the medical field as a prescription drug. Amphetamines can be prescribed to patients diagnosed with conditions including ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. However, while amphetamines to help individuals with specific conditions to better function on a day-to-day basis, they are still highly addictive. Some people even find themselves experiencing physical withdrawal after finishing their first bottle of prescription amphetamines. Plus, because of the desirable short-term effects these drugs provide, amphetamines are also a popular recreationally used substance. Whether dependence forms as a result of a prescription or recreational use, it’s important to detox from these medications with medical help. This way, individuals can take advantage of having helpful support and a better chance at obtaining a life in recovery.
Symptoms of Amphetamine Abuse, Dependence, and Withdrawal
When a person develops a dependence on amphetamines, they may experience a number of symptoms. Some symptoms of long-term amphetamine abuse or amphetamine dependence may include:
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Permanent brain damage
- Sleep deprivation
- Loss of interest
When using amphetamines, there is always a risk of possible overdose. This happens when an individual either knowingly or unintentionally takes more of the drug than the body is accustomed to. Unfortunately, amphetamine overdoses may be extremely dangerous because they can result in seizures, convulsions, paranoia, hallucinations, and chest pains. Getting help for drug dependence always reduces the risk of overdose and medical emergency due to taking addictive substances.
Along with overdose, dependence on amphetamines may be hazardous. The key to identifying whether or not a person has a physical dependence on amphetamines is withdrawal. Essentially, dependence is when the body begins to recognize a substance as something it needs. So, when it’s taken away, the body reacts adversely. This is known as withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are specific to the drug a person may be dependent on. Those dependent on amphetamines may experience withdrawal symptoms which include:
- Increased amounts of sleep
- Increased appetite
- Weakened concentration
Amphetamine Detox at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
Those looking to rid their lives of a dependence on amphetamines must first detox. Detoxing is the removal of the substance from the body. So, during detox, individuals can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms. While this is a necessary part of the journey to recovery, our goal is to make the detox process as comfortable and safe as possible for our clients. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer a medical, outpatient detox program for those struggling with an amphetamine addiction. This medication-assisted detox program allows individuals to get the help they need while continuing with work, school, and home obligations. If you’re ready to take your life back from amphetamine dependence and discover a new lifestyle, contact us today!