Amphetamines affect the central nervous system in the body and increase certain chemical levels in the brain, mainly dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. This increase in chemicals causes the euphoric feeling that is achieved when using amphetamines. Medical professionals prescribe amphetamines to those suffering from attention deficit disorders as well as those suffering from chronic fatigue.
Withdrawal can last from a few days to a few weeks depending on the person and the level of dependence on the drug. Withdrawal from the drug is the first part of the detox process. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Excessive sleep
- Increased appetite
Gradually reducing your dose of amphetamine may enable you to avoid significant withdrawal symptoms. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you have a very powerful addiction, you may require the help of a treatment center in order to get through detox and recovery successfully.
How long the effects of the drug are felt, as well as when withdrawal symptoms begin, will vary depending on the age, weight, and metabolism of the user. On average, amphetamines stay in the user’s system for two to seven hours.
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
It can be helpful for users to be medically supervised during their withdrawal process. Medical professionals can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Detox treatment centers recommend that patients receive medical supervision from three days to two weeks. Users may still experience cravings for the drug even after the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, but these are noted to decline with time.
After a gradual withdrawal from the drug, the user would be advised to go through a process of behavioral therapy to learn how to live a healthy life without an addiction to amphetamines.
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