Amphetamine is a type of stimulant drug frequently used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD,) or as an appetite suppressant. It has been used by the military to help soldiers and pilots stay awake for long periods of time and is commonly abused by college students looking for an edge during finals. What many people do not realize is that amphetamine is becoming an increasingly common medication for senior citizens facing a natural, but unwanted slow-down of mental and physical energy. While these medications can be very effective, they are also highly addictive. Senior citizens who become addicted to amphetamine may face serious and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms if they quit using the drug.
How Amphetamine Works
The brain uses a variety of neurotransmitters to send and receive important signals through the central nervous system. Some people, including many senior citizens, experience deficiencies in the levels of these neurotransmitters. Amphetamine increases the levels of neurotransmitters, which correspondingly increase the brain’s ability to communicate efficiently and rapidly. This causes the following effects:
- Increased mental focus and memory
- Sustained energy with decreased need for sleep
- Increased self-confidence, optimism and drive
Amphetamine can also cause several negative effects, including increased blood pressure, elevated heart rate, sleep disorders and feelings of anxiety or panic.
Why Seniors are Using Amphetamine
While the lure of increased study time and mental retention may seem an obvious temptation to a student or young professional, one may wonder why senior citizens would become addicted to amphetamine. The truth is that doctors have used various types of amphetamine for many years to help seniors in the following ways:
- Increasing short-term memory and focus
- Spurring feelings of optimism and ambition
- Avoiding constant napping and tiredness
- Encouraging seniors to engage in social activities and projects
While some doctors encourage the moderate use of amphetamine by seniors who benefit from it, the risk of addiction remains a factor of concern.
Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction
The following signs may indicate that a senior has become addicted to amphetamine:
- Symptoms of withdrawal when the drug is not used
- Irritability if the drug is not available
- Increasing tolerance (requiring higher doses to achieve desired effects)
It can be dangerous for a senior to quit using amphetamine suddenly. Specially designed recovery programs help addicted seniors detox gradually with close medical supervision.
Amphetamine Addiction Recovery Help
If you are a senior and are concerned that you have become addicted to amphetamine, or if you are concerned about the drug use of a friend or loved one, please call our confidential, toll-free helpline today. Our caring counselors are standing by at any hour with answers to your questions and access to the best amphetamine recovery programs for seniors. Medication addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t talk yourself out of calling. Our advice is free and there are no strings attached. Call now.