What to Know about Amphetamine Addiction

What to Know about Amphetamine Addiction

If you know someone with an amphetamine addiction, you know how it can take ahold of a person’s life. This addiction is widespread across America and highly prevalent in the younger population. Abuse of amphetamines causes serious mental and physical health problems that are irreversible if drug abuse continues.

What is Amphetamine?

Amphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that when used, provides a rush of energy. It is usually prescribed to patients with ADHD, narcolepsy, obesity, and depression. In these patients, the drug’s effects help medical issues. The problem is that people increase their dosage without consulting their doctor or take amphetamines without a prescription. The result is heavy addiction and many side effects. The medical effects that amphetamines are used for include:

  • Improved concentration
  • Good moods
  • High energy
  • Alertness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to fall asleep

Harmful Effects of Amphetamine Addiction

Although amphetamines can calm a person diagnosed with ADHD or help a narcoleptic person stay awake, a person without these medical issues has increased effects from the drug. These increased effects are cause for second-time use, and ultimately addiction. Long term use of amphetamines have harmful effects on the body and mind that any amphetamine user should be aware of. These negative effects include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Malnutrition
  • Heart disease
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Anger and mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Coma
  • Death

Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction

Many addicted to amphetamine or other stimulants hide their addiction well. If you are worried about a loved one that you think might be misusing amphetamines, look for the signs of abuse. Amphetamine addicts, along with the medical effects of the drug, often have:

  • Increased breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • High temperature
  • Fast heart beat

Once an addict decides that it is time to treat their amphetamine addiction, there will be withdrawal effects that come with the detox process. Typically the amphetamine user will feel depressed, fatigued, anxious, and moody throughout the withdrawal process. All of the heightened effects that amphetamine will wear off and what has been covered up will start to emerge. Along with the opposite medical effects of the drug, a withdrawing amphetamine addict may also experience weird dreams, frustration with cognitive function, and a hard time with decision making.

Finding Help for Amphetamine Addiction

If you struggle with amphetamine addiction, there is help available. At The Wellness Retreat Recovery Center, we provide treatment specifically modified for each individual. We recognize that each client has their own specific recovery needs. If you have any questions about amphetamine addiction, please contact us on our website or call us today at 1-855-762-3797.