Amphetamine is a stimulant drug that is known on the street as “Speed.” Amphetamine abuse has been on the rise in recent years because of an increase in the legitimate prescribing of versions of the drug for people struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy; as well as the explosion of home-made, cheap amphetamine derived from readily available household products, known as methamphetamine or crystal meth.
Amphetamine is a nervous system stimulant that floods the brain with the feel-good chemical dopamine. It triggers the reward system in the chemistry of the brain, in a similar way as nicotine, alcohol and cocaine. At first it will give the user a feeling of invincibility, optimism, strength and energy. The drug also reduces appetite, and is sometimes used for weight loss.
Amphetamine Side Effects
The body adjusts to the presence of the drug and develops a tolerance to it very quickly, therefore requiring increased dosing to achieve the desired effect. In a relatively short amount of time the “positive” effects of the drug wear away and the user is left with a dependency or addiction, along with life-destroying side effects that include the following:
- Psychological dependence (can’t feel good without it)
- Poor performance at work, school and in social situations
- Personal isolation and loss of important relationships
- Irritability and mood swings
- Dysphoria (the opposite of euphoria)
- Violence and aggression
- Intense anxiety or despair
Crystal Meth Abuse
Amphetamine has been a problem for decades, being known on the street variously as uppers, beans, bennies, speed, benz, black beauties, crank, whites and many other slang terms, with many people knowing the risks and addictive properties of the drug. The advent of home-made meth amphetamine (crystal meth), however, has increased the potency, toxicity and addictive power of the drug. Crystal meth is most often smoked, slamming the brain with a massive rush of dopamine and often leading to immediate addiction that is incredibly difficult to recover from.
Need Help Finding Treatment Centers for Amphetamine Addiction?
Amphetamine addiction is a serious problem that will destroy a person’s life long before it actually kills them. By changing the basic chemistry of the brain it renders the user unable to feel normal without it. The deeper the addict goes into this horrible darkness, the harder it will be for them to come back to the light. Recovery is possible, though.
If you are addicted to Amphetamine, we can help. From detox (the removal of the drug from the body) to rehab (recovery of the mind from psychological addiction), you need advocates with specialized medical professionals who know how to help you be free of this burden. Please call our toll-free number today to receive more information about Amphetamine addiction treatment. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the recovery solutions you need. Reclaim your life, your dignity and your independence from this crippling addiction. Please call today.