Amphetamine acts as a stimulant and an appetite suppressant. It is a key ingredient in a wide variety of illegal drugs with street names such as the following:
- Black Beauties
- Pep Pills
What Makes Amphetamine Tolerance Dangerous
Amphetamine use is characterized by a high that lasts for several hours. During this time the user will feel euphoric. He or she will be overly cheerful and energetic, have a decreased appetite and increased stamina. This high will end, and what makes amphetamine use so dangerous is not only the actual high itself but also what comes afterwards. Coming down off an amphetamine high is an awful experience. The user immediately experiences the opposite of the euphoric effects felt earlier and may struggle with the following:
These aftereffects can cause users to quickly return to amphetamine. When a person comes down off the amphetamine high, they have an almost irresistible urge to use the drug to get back up. This situation rewards constant drug use. As a person uses drugs more and more, the body compensates by lowering the amount of dopamine (the “pleasure chemical”) released in the brain, and users will have to take more of the drug to feel its effects. Repeated and increased use will lead to amphetamine dependency and addiction.
Effects of Amphetamine Tolerance and Dependency
Tolerance leads to profound changes in the brain. Prolonged drug abuse will lead to neurological alterations that affect the brain’s reward system and ability to learn. The brain will become unable to function naturally and will begin to depend on artificial stimuli. This state of dependency occurs after tolerance leads to increased amphetamine use. Dependency is the predecessor to long-term abuse and addiction, and a dependent user will suffer withdrawal symptoms if he or she tries to quit the drug.
Hope for Amphetamine Abuse Recovery
Amphetamine addiction is a powerful disease that requires professional help. If you or someone you know is struggling with amphetamine tolerance, abuse and addiction, don’t fight it alone. Call our 24 hour recovery helpline. We are here to talk with you about your concerns and offer treatment options personalized for your specific situation. All calls are free and confidential. We are here you help. All you have to do is call.