Amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury, and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy. Because amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs, they increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. By doing so, a person enjoys a feeling of euphoria and has the sense of being more wakeful and focused.
Signs of Amphetamine Addiction
Depending on the amphetamine and the length of abuse, amphetamine withdrawal can last a few days or as many as three weeks. If someone you know is exhibiting signs of addiction behavior, it may be necessary to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal so that you can identify the problem. Symptoms of chronic amphetamine use can include:
- Mood swings
- Excessive sleeping – typically this sleep is not restful and may include nightmares
- Increased appetite – accelerated weight gain has been found in people who originally took the amphetamine to control their weight
- Cravings – particular psychological desire for the drug
- Short temper
- Suicidal thoughts
Amphetamine Overdose Symptoms
If you suspect that someone you know is addicted to amphetamine, watch for symptoms of overdose. Symptoms of an amphetamine overdose include:
- Rapid breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irregular heartbeat
Most experts advise the following when planning a formal intervention:
- Keep the intervention group to about four to six adults who are close to the addicted individual.
- A licensed intervention professional can help keep the discussion focused and productive, provide for an impartial mediator to help resolve conflicts during this emotional experience.
- All participants should meet prior to the intervention, as often as necessary, to plan the intervention including discussing the purpose, coordinating activities, and preparing for anticipated resistance from the addict. The goal of these meetings is to ensure that all people are confident about their role in the process. During these meetings, the participants should also discuss what consequences they will establish – and can enforce – if the addicted individual fails to agree to enter treatment. Consequences can include ending a personal relationship, filing legal papers, or dissolving a professional partnership.
- Since the goal of the intervention is to get the addicted individual into immediate treatment, the logistics associated with getting that person into treatment must be completed prior to the intervention, such as intake and payment plans with the facility, possibly having luggage packed and an available ride to the treatment facility.
Amphetamine Intervention Help
Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll free number today at 1 (866) 932-8792. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about amphetamine addiction treatment and how to have an intervention. We want to partner with you in this process. Call today.