If you are in competitive athletics, chances are that you want to compete faster, harder and more successfully than those around you. Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed for a 5 a.m. jog or to make it to the gym or practice on a regular basis. In some cases, athletes turn to stimulant drugs to overcome these obstacles. Any athlete who uses amphetamine drugs, speed, Ritalin or Adderall to increase performance will soon find him or herself in trouble. These substances are addictive, and athletes may begin to rely on them.
The Cycle of Athlete Amphetamine Abuse
Amphetamines cause a burst of energy that wears off quickly. Users who have taken these drugs describe side effects of amphetamine use as including the following:
- Shakiness, dizziness
- Irritable emotions and reactions
- Fainting spells
- Muscle weakness
- Sports injuries and accidents
Despite these side effects, many athletes continue to use these performance enhancing drugs. Amphetamine use can leave athletes feeling fatigued or exhausted for days on end. They may return to the drug to overcome this exhaustion. Amphetamine abuse becomes a vicious and repetitive cycle that destroys relationships, true success and happiness. Some athletes feel that they must continue using amphetamines in order to succeed, while others may continue use to mask painful feelings or memories. Amphetamine use can lead to serious consequences and the following long-term effects:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Paranoid delusions
- Nerve damage
Athletic Injuries and Amphetamine Abuse
The most immediate problem that athletes face with amphetamine use is the risk of muscle damage. Amphetamines affect your perception of fatigue and pain. You may feel like you are moving faster and getting stronger, but often these drugs lead to serious sports injuries caused by overexertion. In other cases, these drugs can lead to injury due to lack of attention to your movements. While your body and mind are in hyper drive, your muscles are struggling to keep up.
Help for Amphetamine Use
You may be struggling with a long-term addiction or are concerned about early abuse. Regardless of the cause, severity or reasons for your amphetamine use, we can help. We offer a toll-free helpline that is staffed by experienced counselors who will take the time to learn more about you and put you in touch with the treatment you need. We can even work with your insurance company to ensure coverage for treatment. Call us any time 24 hours a day, and begin your recovery.