Amphetamines are powerful stimulants with an appetite-suppressing effect that are highly addictive. Amphetamines work in the body by acting as a stimulant to the central nervous system. They are usually brought into the body in a recreational manner by smoking, injecting and snorting. Commonly referred to as “speed” when used outside of a health care professional’s prescribed direction, these drugs work to heighten energy and decrease fatigue.
In abuse situations the drive of the user is usually to reach a state of euphoria. Within the group of drugs are prescriptions drugs that are used to treat disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and chronic fatigue symptoms like narcolepsy.
Signs and Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction
Signs and symptoms of addiction to amphetamine abuse vary between different body types and body chemistries. If a loved one is looking for different signs and symptoms of abuse there are physical and personal characteristics aspects to be aware of such as the following:
- Weight loss
- Sleep disorders
- Nervous reactions
Symptoms that may occur that would not be recognizable to the onlooker would include these symptoms:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Rapid heartbeats
- Increased blood pressure
- Poor judgment
Health Risks of Amphetamine Abuse
Users that are prescribed amphetamines should be aware of the high risk of addiction that comes with the extended use or in increased dosage of the drug. Addiction can be categorized mainly as psychological addiction that forms. A user can become addicted to the euphoric high that is experienced with excess dosages or convince themselves of their “need” for the drug even if a physical dependence has yet to form.
Recreational users usually are using the drug to seek a euphoric high creating another risk that comes with taking amphetamines. The user then risks the discomfort of coming down from the euphoric high of the drug. Tiredness and depression along with irritability may be part of the decline of the high.
Psychological risks of amphetamine addiction include developing these problems:
Other risks of addiction include the following symptoms:
- Overdose that can lead to permanent damage or death
- Heart failure or serious strain on the heart with extended usage
- Fatality when mixed with other drugs (especially cocaine or ecstasy) or alcohol
- Higher susceptibility to illness because the immune system is compromised with extended usage
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Abuse and addiction to an amphetamine is a serious problem and moving a user back to life without drugs is a necessary and important process. If you are concerned about a loved one or if you personally are dealing with a drug abuse situation, contact our 24-hour, toll-free helpline to learn more about how to break the addiction and take steps to a healthy lifestyle.