Often referred to as uppers, amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs that increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain and give the user the sense of being more awake and focused while providing feelings of euphoria. Amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy. As psychostimulants, they produce significant but temporary improvement in both mental and physical abilities. Much amphetamine abuse is the result of trying to force wakefulness beyond a reasonable period or to control weight by diminishing appetite.
An Example of Amphetamine Abuse
She wakes up disoriented and confused. She remembers the rush she felt for several days in a row, as she enjoyed the frenetic benefits of her magic pills. Now she feels anxious, agitated and hungry, but she doesn’t know exactly where she is. She tries to recall the past several days. Where those nightmares, or did she really agree to use her body in exchange for getting money to buy her pills? As she tries to orient herself, she thinks back to how this all began.
She started playing volleyball with friends and found she loved the fluid movements of her body and the intense pleasure of sending the ball to the exact location she had in mind. She would practice for hours in the afternoon but then she was injured playing her beloved sport. It took months to recover from the injury, and she gained weight while unable to put in the hours of physical exercise. She was desperate to get back into shape and loose the weight. She approached a girl from her class who had recently lost a great deal of weight, and the girl gave her some pills.
At first, she referred to these pills as her magic pills because she felt exhilarated and alert. The weight seemed to simply disappear without effort. Her mother questioned her about significant weight loss in such a short period of time, and she started to withdraw from her family and distance herself from their questions. She became aggressive and irritable, and assuming this was typical teenage angst her mother gave her space.
Before she realized it, the pills had taken control of her life, and she abandoned all priorities except getting and using amphetamines. Her grades dropped, her desire to play volleyball was gone and her ability to interact with others was motivated only by the desire for more amphetamines. This led to her current situation and the desire for the courage and strength to end this misery by getting help.
3 Ways Amphetamine Rehabilitation Can Save Your Life
Amphetamine rehab can save a user’s life in the following three ways:
- Medically supervised detox can manage withdrawal symptoms and allow for a safe and successful recovery from physical addiction
- Counseling can counteract the shame, guilt and low self-image that both lead to and result from amphetamine use
- Rehab can prove a plan for transitioning back into a life of value, priorities and health
Get Help for Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine abuse endangers your mental, emotional and physical health. Don’t put yourself at risk any longer. We know the first step is the hardest, but recovery is possible and we can help. Call our toll-free helpline, and learn more about how rehab can save your life or the life of a loved one. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or just provide someone to talk to. We are here to help, call now.