Amphetamine is a psycho-stimulant drug that increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Because of this, a person taking the drug has a sense of being alert, focused, and euphoric. Amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury, and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy. Many illegal users of amphetamines use them to force wakefulness beyond a reasonable period and to control their weight by diminishing their appetite.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Ironically, amphetamine withdrawal will present with symptoms that are often the opposite of the drug’s effects. Withdrawal symptoms can begin within hours of the last dose or up to a full day later. Depending on the amphetamine and the length of abuse, amphetamine withdrawal can last a few days or as long as three weeks. Symptoms of chronic use of amphetamine 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
Managing Amphetamine Withdrawal
People who attempt to withdrawal from amphetamines on their own are typically not successful. Research suggests that it may take several cycles of withdrawal and relapse before a person makes progress in removing amphetamines from their lives. Unfortunately, people who have suffered significantly through a withdrawal cycle often fear repeating it and do not attempt withdrawal until the addiction has caused great damage. Users who attempt withdrawal on their own typically try to lessen the effects of the withdrawal by:
- Lowering their normal dose over a few days to a week
- Supplementing with tranquilizers to help with depression and as a sleep aid
- Using alcohol or marijuana to reduce anxiety
To be more successful with amphetamine withdrawal a person should be monitored for health reasons as well as prevented from access to more drugs. The best chances for recovery come from enrolling in a comprehensive treatment program at rehab facility. Once there, medical professionals and counselors are available to aid the addict in detox and address all aspects of the addiction. The physical withdrawal can take up to a week, but the psychological cravings may last, to some degree, for many years.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
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