Amphetamines are manufactured stimulants that treat neurological disorders like ADD, narcolepsy, and breathing disorders. However, they are quite dangerous: they are highly addictive, they produce tolerances in habitual users, and due to overdose, they are potentially fatal. Breaking an addiction to amphetamines can be exceedingly difficult for someone who has had a long-term addiction, because an amphetamine addiction is not only physical but also psychological. Learning about the treatment options available can help you choose the best option to break your addiction.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
When trying to break an addiction to amphetamines, many people relapse several times before any substantial progress is made. The reason for this troubling fact is the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. How intense withdrawal symptoms are is contingent upon the time spent addicted. If someone has been addicted one week, their symptoms will be much weaker than someone’s who has been addicted for one year. Although the severity may vary, some of the most common symptoms for amphetamine withdrawal are as follows:
- Excessive sleeping
- Increased appetite (which can contribute to weight gain)
- Suicidal thoughts
Preparing for these symptoms is not easy and, as mentioned, often leads to relapse. Some patients relapse because they have no support from family or friends, blindly believing they can break this addiction without support. Some relapse because they do not address the psychological aspect of addiction, focusing only on detox. Breaking an addiction to amphetamines is an arduous task that should NOT be attempted alone, but rather with support and encouragement.
Rehabilitation Programs for Amphetamine Abuse
There are many treatment options that help break addictions to amphetamines. One of the best options is dual-diagnostic programs, which address both subtance abuse and possible underlying mental disorders, which often may be the cause of an addiction but frequently go untreated.
Addiction treatment will first involve the detox stage, wherein the focus is on cleansing the drug from a patient’s system, helping her cope through the withdrawals and cravings for the drug. A variety of counseling and therapy options should follow detox in order to address the underlying causes of addiction. Through talk, cognitive, group, or many other types of therapy, patients face the root causes for their addiction. Knowing the root causes for their addiction empowers patients to avoid situations that can lead to relapse. These methods are quite successful and produce the best results when patients are involved with community groups or organizations.
In-patient therapy requires the patient to stay at a medical facility for the duration of treatment. In-patient therapy offers 24 hour service and assistance in not only detox but also counseling. The downside is that they can be rather expensive and require ample time away from work. Out-patient therapy allows patients to go home each day after patients complete their therapy or counseling sessions. The downside to outpatient therapy is help is only available while at the clinic and not all day.
Another option is tapering off amphetamines. Some specialists or drug counselors can prescribe weaker drugs in decreasing doses that will eventually wean patients off amphetamines. This process greatly mitigates the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and allows patients to function in every day life. Unfortunately, this option does not address the psychological addiction, making relapse more likely. This option is most successful when coupled with counseling or therapy.
Find Treatment Help for Amphetamine Addiction
Our helpline is operated 24 hours a day and our phone number is toll-free. Please call us for help rebuilding your life. We want to partner with you in the process of overcoming amphetamine addiction. There is always hope. Call us today.
1 (866) 932-8792