Amphetamine is a psychostimulant that is commonly prescribed to treat the following:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Other conditions associated with the central nervous system
Adderall is one of the most commonly used drugs containing amphetamine. Amphetamine acts by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine which causes euphoric feelings. Amphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A Schedule II classification means that the drug is all of the following:
- Accepted as having a medical use
- Recognized as having high potential for abuse
- Highly regulated
- Can possibly produce psychological and physiological dependence
When abused, and even when used as recommended, tolerance to the drug develops quickly. As a result, extended use of amphetamine brings about the need for larger dosages in order to attain the same desired effects.
In addition to being used to achieve a high, there are various other reasons why amphetamine is abused. Many college students have used amphetamines such as Adderall as a study-help drug. They find that the drug not only gives them the energy to stay awake for long periods of time but also increases concentration and motivation while they are studying. Many individuals have also used these drugs as a weight loss supplement, as it reduces appetite.
Amphetamine Addiction and Withdrawal
Amphetamine is highly addictive. When abused, the user feels the need to consume more and more of the drug in order to sustain the energy surge that is gained. When coming down from amphetamine, the user will experience a “crash” which arises from withdrawal. For addicts whose bodies have become dependent on the drug, these “crashes” will be more extreme. Withdrawal symptoms will also be experienced any time amphetamine use is ended or dosage is missed. These amphetamine withdrawal symptoms may include the following:
- Extreme fatigue
- Irregular or unusual behavior
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Loss of appetite
- Thoughts of suicide
Amphetamine Detoxification and Rehabilitation
Amphetamine addicts must seek out the help of a medical professional to assist them in the safe and healthy detoxification process. The best place for an amphetamine addict to go is a residential rehabilitation center. In a residential rehab program addicts will receive the physical and psychological care that they need in order to achieve long term sobriety. Even after an amphetamine addict goes through the withdrawal process, they will need the assistance of professional drug counselors to deal with common problems of a recovering amphetamine user including depression, self-esteem issues and obesity.
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