Amphetamine addiction, which can be associated with prescription medications such as Adderall, Dexedrine, and Ritalin, or illicit drugs such as methamphetamine or ecstasy, can be difficult to overcome. However, evidence-based treatment, behavioral therapy, peer support groups, and supportive family members and friends help make recovery possible. Understanding amphetamine, how the substance affects the body, and the steps needed to overcome an amphetamine addiction can help change lives for the better, prevent relapse and support a long and lasting recovery. That's why it's important to know why amphetamine treatment at Meta could be the right choice for you.
Amphetamine is a substance that stimulates activity in the central nervous system, resulting in increased energy, focus, and confidence. Even though amphetamine was created in Germany in the 1800s, the substance’s stimulating properties weren’t discovered until the 1930s. At that time, doctors used amphetamine to treat nasal congestion. Today, physicians use amphetamine to treat hyperactivity and narcolepsy, a condition that causes people to fall asleep suddenly. Doctors may use amphetamine to treat depression as well.
Some of the most commonly prescribed amphetamine-based medications include:
Taking these medications without a prescription, misusing them as a study aid, or simply using them to experience a euphoric high can lead to addiction, overdose, and chronic health problems.
Amphetamine is also in some street drugs. Some of the most common illicit drugs containing amphetamine include:
When used recreationally, amphetamines may be called “Whiz,” “Goey,” “Pep Pills,” and “Uppers.”
Since amphetamine is mainly associated with prescription medication, recognizing the signs of amphetamine abuse can be challenging. However, some physical and mental symptoms and changes in behavior indicate amphetamine abuse. These signs can include:
Amphetamine addiction generally happens when people use the substance to get high, improve their performance, or boost their confidence. But an amphetamine addiction doesn’t happen overnight. Most people don’t become addicted to prescription amphetamine if they follow their prescription.
Amphetamine destroys pleasure receptors in the brain, decreasing individuals’ ability to feel pleasure outside of the substance. When consumed, amphetamine enters the body and changes the way the brain functions. When this interference happens, people feel depressed, anxious, and sometimes even suicidal when they aren’t using the substance. In response, the body craves amphetamine, hoping more of the substance will solve the issue. Unfortunately, satisfying cravings for amphetamine makes quitting the substance more difficult.
When individuals become fully addicted to amphetamine, their minds and bodies depend on a constant supply. Most people addicted to amphetamine need the substance to function and can’t control how much of it they consume.
This pattern of behavior can lead to risky behavior and be incredibly harmful.
Being addicted to amphetamine can lead to many adverse side effects. Some of the physical risks include:
Some of the psychological effects associated with amphetamine abuse and addiction include:
Amphetamine addiction can also lead to an increased risk of injury associated with dangerous activities individuals tend to partake in because of increased confidence.
The good news is amphetamine addiction can be treated.
Detoxification is the first step toward overcoming an addiction to amphetamine. When individuals first quit amphetamine, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that include:
Although uncomfortable, these symptoms will fade as the body becomes re-accustomed to functioning without amphetamine. When that happens, addiction treatment can begin. Here at Meta, we provide outpatient addiction rehabilitation. Instead of living onsite at our center, individuals can live at home or in a sober living environment and maintain their daily routines while receiving treatment.
Our treatment services include:
We can help coordinate professional interventions and provide the following clinical services:
Most people taking amphetamine medication don’t set out to become addicted, but it can happen. Fortunately, it can be treated. Here at Meta, we pride ourselves on providing real recovery for real people. People don’t have to quit their job or leave their families to overcome addiction. Outpatient amphetamine treatment can help.
Contact us today to learn more about our Amphetamine treatment programs near you.