Amphetamine is a strong, synthetic stimulant drug that is created by manufacturing companies and is designed to help individuals feel more energized. People who take this drug are typically very talkative, have little to no appetite, and will not sleep in a normal pattern. Amphetamines are very addictive, and can cause dizziness, blurriness, or restlessness. These drugs are most often taken in pill form, and medications that are mostly made up of this drug are Adderall and Dexedrine. This drug medication is often given to assist hyperactivity in young people, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a condition in which people fall asleep suddenly.
Amphetamines cause the brain to release dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for our sense of reward and “good feelings”. This means that taking amphetamine often causes a person to feel a sense of euphoria, feel as though their thinking is very clear, feelings of being more in control and confident, increased sociability, and increased overall energy. If taken correctly and by the correct dosage prescribed by a licensed physician, a person is not likely to become addicted to amphetamines. However, people often become addicted when they begin taking more than their recommended dosage and to achieve higher performance rather than strictly for medical reasons.
The Addiction Center states that almost 16 million prescriptions for stimulants like Adderall were written in 2012, and over 116,000 people were admitted to rehabilitation centers for amphetamine addiction in 2012. These large numbers are a cause for concern – many students, professionals, and athletes abuse amphetamines because they “boost” performance – but because they are addictive, they are very dangerous. Signs of addiction to amphetamines are: needing larger doses to continue feeling the drug’s effects, taking the drug despite knowing the harm it’s causing, not being able to finish work without taking the drug, spending a lot of money to obtain the drug, and not being able to feel alert without the drug.
Although amphetamine addiction is dangerous, recovery is possible. Detoxification is a typical process involved in treatment – a cleansing process in which the body dispels of all harmful toxins. Medications may also be given for unwanted side effects of detox. A person may wish to stay in a residential facility to ensure they receive proper support 24/7. Psychotherapy is often another component of treatment because it allows the person to work through issues that may be triggering them to want to use.
If you are struggling with an amphetamine addiction, speak with one of our specialists today to start your journey to recovery. New Vista Behavioral Health is a family of treatment providers offering high end amenities, utmost privacy, and a commitment to exceptional care. Holding our facilities to higher standards, our clients graduate with better outcomes. Call us today: 888-316-3665