Though drug addicts often believe their addictions are secret, addiction is usually observable in the changes to one’s lifestyle and appearance. There is not a sure-fire way to conceal an amphetamine addiction forever, but you can beat the addiction with the right help.
What Are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulants and appetite suppressants that affect the nerves and brain by adding particular chemicals to the body. This medication, which increases heart rate and blood pressure, is prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Amphetamines are habit forming, accompanied by withdrawals if use stops abruptly and they are dangerous if taken differently than medically prescribed.
Side Effects of Amphetamine Abuse
The reason amphetamine addiction is rarely kept secret is because the side effects of use and the withdrawal symptoms are quite demonstrative. Some of the side effects of abusing amphetamine include the following:
- Shortened breathing
These signs and side effects are obviously difficult to conceal from loved ones or close friends. In fact, many of the behavioral signs may be more obvious to those around you than they are to yourself.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Unfortunately, if you have been using amphetamines for only a couple of weeks, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using them abruptly. This is one of the chief reasons that inpatient addiction treatment is advised. In a facility designed for detox and recovery, you can be medically weaned off of your amphetamines and safeguard against relapse in the future. Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by amphetamine addicts include the following:
- Irregular heart beat
- Increased sleeping
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Heart attacks
Withdrawal symptoms generally present a few hours after amphetamine was last used and may last for several days depending on the drug used and at what intensity. Do not attempt detox on your own.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
If you or someone that you care about is addicted to amphetamines, long-term, inpatient treatment is the most effective form of detox and recovery. Addiction is powerfully destructive and affects both the brain and body—making it unlikely to be kept secret. To take the first step towards a life of honesty and recovery, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. The trained and experienced professionals answering the phones are can answer your initial questions regarding treatment, help with the challenges of insurance information and even arrange transportation to the facility of your choosing.