Amphetamines are drugs that stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy (a physical condition that causes sleep and sleepiness). Sometimes, amphetamines are used to treat depression and obesity. These drugs cause a person to feel more awake and more focused, and they reduce appetite.
On college campuses, prescriptions drugs containing amphetamines are often abused by students who want to stay up longer to study or complete class assignments. According to a 2010 report from ABC News, an estimated 25% of college students have abused Adderall, a prescription drug that contains a combination of four time-released amphetamines that increase dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. According to a report issued from Western Michigan University, abuse of prescription drugs is the second most common form of illicit drug use in the college population, second only to marijuana use. Many students share the drugs, sell them to each other or fake ADHD symptoms in order to obtain a prescription.
In some cases, abuse of amphetamines is difficult to spot because the drugs often just make a person seem alert or awake. However, over time, more apparent symptoms can appear.
Common signs of amphetamine abuse include the following:
- Anxiety and excited speech that may look like an acute panic attack
- Worsening academic performance
- Increased wakefulness and physical activity
- Memory loss
- Anorexia, sometimes severe
- Aggressive or even violent behavior
- Tremors and convulsions
If you see these symptoms in you or in someone you love, take action immediately. Contact your family physician or go to the emergency care clinic at a local hospital. Do not try to treat these symptoms without the help of qualified physicians or other individuals trained in drug addiction and recovery.
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
The key to stopping amphetamine addiction is simple but difficult: entering rehab to deal with the addiction. Rehab can either take place in an outpatient program, during which a person lives at home but spends a good portion of time at the treatment center, or in an inpatient program, during which a person lives at the treatment center and works on recovery full-time.
Regardless of the type of rehab, the first stage to overcoming amphetamine addiction is detox. During this time, a person will taper off the drug usage slowly. Once detox is complete, you can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30-day, 60-day or 90-day treatment programs for drug addiction. The right program for you is determined in part by the medical professionals who examine the depth of your addiction and in part by a circle of caring people who want to give you the best chance of recovery.
During the rehab process, you will identify and seek to break the habits that you developed as a amphetamine addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues that could have triggered the addiction, as well as those that might trigger a relapse once you leave treatment. You will also work on building skills necessary to reenter your life drug-free.
Getting Help for Your Amphetamine Abuse
Amphetamine abuse among college students is a serious problem, but we can help. You can call our toll-free number anytime, 24 hours a day to talk to one of our admissions counselors. We can help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t let your amphetamine addiction destroy your future. Call us today and get started on the road of recovery.