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Amphetamine Detox

Amphetamines, a category of drugs, come in many forms. These substances belong to a drug classification called stimulants which are known for affecting the nervous system of the body they are administered to.

A number of mental health prescriptions contain amphetamines, which can make recognizing and identifying addiction challenging for individuals who are not aware of the addictive properties of this drug. Whichever way an individual has developed an addiction to amphetamines, treatment and a detox program is effective in helping to aid in eliminating addiction to this debilitating drug. 

The Effects of Amphetamines

Recreationally and medically, amphetamines are often used for their mentally enhancing properties. Much like other stimulants, amphetamine offers its effects by upping the production of naturally produced neurotransmitters in the brain.

Certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, are stimulated by amphetamines. Increasing the transmission of these components leads to an enhancement of cognitive effects and euphoric properties with the use of amphetamines.

These mentally stimulating properties of amphetamines are meant to help patients who are diagnosed with disorders like ADD and ADHD. But, for others, the mentally and physically enhancing properties of these substances eventually lead to dependence and addictive behaviors.

Examples of amphetamines in both medical and illegal forms include:

  • Adderall
  • Vyvanse
  • Ritalin
  • Strattera
  • Dexedrine
  • ProCentra
  • Dextrostat
  • Dextroamphetamine
  • Methamphetamine (illicit street drug)

Becoming Dependent on Amphetamines

After individuals use amphetamines for a while, they may become dependent on these drugs. Even if a person is using these amphetamines for medical reasons, he or she may become physically dependent on these substances.

Dependence is when the body starts to recognize the presence of a drug and develops a tolerance for it. In other words, after using amphetamines for a while, people’s bodies get used to functioning under the influence of amphetamines. Once this tolerance occurs, people will find that the substance they’ve been using seems to be less effective. This often leads to drug misuse; individuals may begin to use more and more amphetamine drugs, using the substances more frequently or in larger doses, in order to feel the desired effects.

Eventually, with increased doses, users start to experience the effects they desire but they also begin to experience some adverse effects of the drug. If a person is dependent on an amphetamine drug, he or she will develop withdrawal symptoms a little while after the last use.

Withdrawal is basically the way the body says that it’s used to receiving a chemical and can no longer function properly or effectively without it. 

Individuals who are dependent on amphetamines may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nightmares
  • Body aches
  • Lack of concentration

Long-Term Effects of Amphetamine Use

Unfortunately, amphetamines are so addictive in nature that many people become addicted to these drugs soon after they begin using them. Also, the fact that these drugs can be toxic and addictive could lead to overdose and death as a result of using them. With time and excessive use, the effects of this drug grow more damaging. With long-term use comes long-term consequences which may include:

  • Psychosis
  • Teeth decay
  • Mood swings
  • Violent behaviors
  • Respiratory issues
  • Cardiac system issues
  • Decreased motor function abilities
  • Audio and visual hallucinations
  • Seizures and/or convulsions
  • Other adverse reactions to the effects of amphetamines

The Process of a Medical Detox Program for Amphetamines

Before those who are struggling with amphetamine addiction can receive help through various treatment methods, it’s important for them to go through a professional detox process. Detox, also known as detoxification, is the process of eliminating the presence of a drug from a body.

Essentially, people who are in the process of detoxing must wait until withdrawal symptoms subside, signaling the elimination of the drug from the body. Some of the symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Bodily aches
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Sleep disturbances (i.e. nightmares)

The agitating and debilitating withdrawal symptoms that come after ending amphetamine use can be both uncomfortable and, sometimes, dangerous without the help of a professional and clinical team. This is why it’s important for individuals to go through a medical detox program if they are attempting to end addiction in their lives.

A medical amphetamine detox program can help people to feel more comfortable as they end substance abuse. Often, detox programs offer patients non-habit forming medications to help reduce or even prevent agitating withdrawal symptoms.

Also, patients can rest, knowing that they are in the safe care of medical professionals in the case of any emergency throughout the withdrawal process. Although detox may not be the most pleasant of experiences for people who are seeking a life of recovery, Discovery Institute provides compassionate, educated, and qualified staff to offer a more comfortable approach to the common amphetamine detox program.

After Our Amphetamine Detox Program: The Help You Need to Stay Sober

Once individuals complete the medical detox program, they can go through addiction treatment. Through treatment, which includes various therapy approaches, people can gain the education, support, and counseling they need in order to establish a clear path to sobriety.

Each individual is different and has individual needs throughout the recovery process. Addiction affects people in varying ways and causes people to struggle in various areas of life. So, it’s important for treatment to take a unique and individualized approach for those who need help overcoming substance abuse.

Here at Discovery Institute, we come up with customized treatment programs for every person seeking help for amphetamine addictions, as well as other types of substance use problems. It’s not always easy to work through substance misuse and overcome addiction. There will certainly be plenty of challenges along the way. But, here at Discovery Institute, we are confident that our clients can and will become free from addiction!

With determination and the right resources, individuals can break free from the bondage of amphetamine abuse and live without addiction. Allow us to help you to live the life you deserve, a life that is free from addiction! Just contact us here at Discovery Institute to learn how we can help; call (844) 433-1101 today!

References:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000792.htm 

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/amphetamine 

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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