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Amphetamine Detox

Amphetamine DetoxAmphetamines, a category of drugs, come in many forms. These substances belong to a drug classification called stimulants. Stimulant drugs affect the nervous system of the body. 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.

Why Do I Need Detox?

Amphetamine detox has a bad reputation in the stages of recovery, leading some to question if they need it, or if they should do it on their own. Medical detox is an extremely vital stage in the process; if done incorrectly, it could have dangerous side effects. 

Detox is the stage in recovery when all the toxins are flushed from the body. It is at this stage that many experience withdrawal effects. These effects can include anxiety, hallucinations, itching, discomfort, vomiting, nausea, and so on. While these are extremely negative and no one would wish to have them, it is necessary to pursue detox with a medical professional. This stage, although very uncomfortable, is crucial to wash all the substances from one’s body. Many try to complete the amphetamine detox process on their own. However, this is highly discouraged since it is less likely to succeed. Also, it is also extremely dangerous to the individual attempting to detox from amphetamine use.

When you experience withdrawal symptoms, your body is unstable. Your mind will not be under your control completely, and if done without a medical professional, one could relapse while trying to detox. However, at the same time, sometimes the addiction is so severe that the withdrawal effects could either be harmful or fatal. If you seed amphetamine detox with us at the Discovery Institute, you will have 24/7 supervision, and even be prescribed soothing medication if the circumstances are met.

Amphetamines in New Jersey

Recently opiates have been declared an epidemic in the country. Luckily, they have declined in New Jersey. However, Amphetamines are on the rise. Between 2013 and 2017, Quest diagnostics have reported a 150% rise in amphetamines in New Jersey. Over the last two years, SOBA College Recovery has seen the number of its clients with methamphetamine use problems rise from about 2 to 5 to 6 percent or more. The report also stated that individuals who were using Methamphetamine were trying to use it to stay awake during the day. This is extremely dangerous, due to the lack of sleep during the night (due to withdrawal symptoms, partying, etc.,) plus amphetamine can lead to a more severe addiction.

Another more recent report denied the statement that New Jersey’s drug problem was decreasing since over 3,000 deaths were due to drug use in New Jersey. In 2018 the death toll set a fourth consecutive record in a row for drug deaths. Alongside this, most of the deaths and substance abusers are younger

The whole point of the above discussion is to emphasize the need for Amphetamine detox! If you are wondering why we included these statistics, the reason is two-fold. First: you are not alone. There are plenty more like you, however, the difference is that you can get treated. You are able to get the help you need today. Secondly, it is to emphasize the need for Amphetamine detox. Now, as we continue forward, let’s learn more about the effects of amphetamine.

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!

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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