Amphetamines are widely distributed and widely known stimulant drugs. You may know of commonly prescribed amphetamines such as dextroamphetamine (Dexadrine), Phentermine, and other weight loss drugs. Other commonly prescribed amphetamines are used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) under the names Adderall, Ritalin and Cylert.
Amphetamines “speed up” people without ADD and ADHD, and in small doses they seem to calm individuals with ADD and ADHD. Amphetamines can have an effect like hyper-stimulant drugs such as cocaine on everyone else.
Some amphetamines are made and sold illegally. These include methamphetamines that are sometimes known by names like Speed, Base, Glass, Ice, Crystal Meth, or Shabu.
Amphetamines are both mentally and physically addictive. Amphetamines can cause a rapid, strong addiction and can also bring on withdrawal symptoms that look like depression and fatigue. Once a person has undergone treatment for amphetamine addiction, the temptation to return to amphetamine use is usually present for a long time after treatment. In many cases, relapse can occur when the individual mentally, emotionally or physically relapses.
Types of Amphetamine Relapse
Many people mistakenly believe that relapse doesn’t happen until the former user picks up the drug again. This is not completely true. There are different kinds of relapse.
- Emotional relapse occurs when you begin to experience those old feelings that brought you to the drug to begin with. Feelings of anxiety or sadness often trigger amphetamine use. Sometimes stressful events make a former user long to try amphetamines again. An example of an emotional relapse might include a student feeling anxious about studying for finals without the aid of Ritalin.
- Mental relapse occurs when a user begins to more clearly fantasize about using. You may begin to think “If I were to use, I might use in this way…” Plans may include a place or a time to use. This is a time when your mind is truly battling over temptation and trying to decide what the right thing to do will be.
- Physical relapse occurs when you actually use amphetamines. Physical relapse can be rewarding in the very short term but soon becomes devastating. Many people struggle with feelings of regret or shame after a physical relapse. Some people use more amphetamines to block those nagging feelings. This is a crucial time to decide how you will act next.
Whatever stage of relapse you may be experiencing, you are not alone. Every type of relapse is an opportunity for growth. We all have tough days, and we all make mistakes. The real answer to your situation lies in what you make of a difficult situation. What will you choose? This is your opportunity to learn more about yourself and create a future free from amphetamines.
Amphetamine Relapse Help
We offer a free 24-hour helpline to guide you through this process. If you need to know more about treatment options, or if you have questions about amphetamine relapse, withdrawal or just management of your situation, please call us today. We have trained counselors knowledgeable about amphetamine addiction and treatment who are waiting to help you.