What are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulant prescription drugs that are used for treatment of ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system by increasing certain chemicals in the brain. Some common brand names for amphetamines are Adderal, Concerta, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Dextrostat. Amphetamines are also commonly referred to as “the study drug” and are increasingly popular with college students.
Amphetamines can be given orally, can be snorted or injected intravenously. Symptoms of use will show up immediately if it is injected, within 3-5 minutes if snorted and within 15-20 minutes if ingested.
Why are Amphetamines Addictive?
Amphetamines cause the user to be more alert, aware, untired, and for users to have high levels of energy. College students are known to abuse this drug for the “studying through the night” effects, while others enjoy the speeding type feeling that this drug causes.
Amphetamine has addiction forming effects. Withdrawals from these drugs occur once you abruptly stop the medication after taking daily for an extended period of time. Withdrawal from amphetamines can cause extreme irritability and high levels of anxiety. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is important to stop taking the medication gradually.
Signs of Amphetamine Addiction (Short Term):
- Feelings of euphoria
- Increased energy and alertness
- Increased body temperature
- Rapid breathing
- Decreased fatigue
- Little to no appetite
- Clenching of jaw
- Grinding of teeth
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
Signs of Amphetamine Abuse (Long Term):
- High levels of irritability
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiovascular system failure
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Irregular heart-beat
Health Concerns Related with Amphetamine Addiction or Abuse:
Many of these conditions are serious and should be considered serious health risks. It is often assumed when a physician prescribes medications, the medication will not be harmful. This is not the case with many prescribed drugs. There are many dangers associated with prescription drugs when misuse occurs.
How is Amphetamine Abuse Treated?
Amphetamine addiction and abuse is treated with medication and behavioral therapy. The staff at A New Start, Inc. includes medical directors and coordinators to assist patients with the management of medications while seeking treatment at our intensive outpatient program.
Additional information and case studies regarding opioid abuse and addiction can be found on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.
A New Start, Inc. is an intensive outpatient drug rehab in West Palm Beach offering support and guidance for those looking for treatment of amphetamine abuse. Our dedicated staff provides therapy services and a support system throughout the treatment process. If you are someone you know is struggling with amphetamine or related substance addiction, call us now at 1-844-TALK-ANS.