Amphetamines speed up the cardiovascular system, decrease fatigue and increase wakefulness and focus. Continual abuse of amphetamines may lead to tolerance and increased doses. Regular, high doses of amphetamines may lead to physical dependence and addiction, making quitting more difficult. As addiction escalates, amphetamines take a greater toll on mental and physical health.
Consequences of Long-Term Amphetamine Addiction
Being addicted to amphetamines carries increasingly more health risks the longer use is continued. Regular use may increase the chance of stroke and heart disease, and higher doses due to tolerance carry a greater risk of overdose. Users may experience rebound depression, anxiety and fatigue. As amphetamine use continues, users may exhibit paranoid and violent behavior, leading to self-harm or aggression towards others. Amphetamine use drains the body of essential nutrients and vitamins, leading to malnutrition and dental problems. Amphetamine addiction alters the brain and creates powerful cravings for the drug, which may lead individuals to neglect work and family obligations while acquiring and using amphetamines.
How Maintaining an Amphetamine Addiction May Lead to Psychosis
The longer amphetamines are taken at high doses, the greater the chance an individual has of experiencing psychosis. This psychotic state usually occurs with high doses of amphetamines, but occasionally may develop at lower doses as well. A user experiencing psychosis may have strong visual, tactile and auditory hallucinations, and symptoms may appear similar to schizophrenia. As the amphetamines wear off the user will feel normal again, but effects such as anxiety and paranoia may last days or weeks.
Why Quit Amphetamine Addiction?
The longer an individual uses amphetamines, the greater the toll on her physical and mental health. Addiction is a progressive disease that changes an individual’s behavior, and amphetamine use may escalate despite attempts to quit. As use continues and the mental and physical consequences increase, it will take longer to repair when amphetamines are stopped. The risk for serious consequences like suicide, overdose and violent behavior increase the longer amphetamine addiction continues.
How Treatment Can Help You Quit Amphetamines
Quitting amphetamines is difficult once physical dependence and addiction develop, but it is possible to recover. Individuals may be afraid to quit due to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but medically supervised detox can ease these symptoms and ensure safe withdrawal. Trained counselors and medical staff can diagnose underlying mental health issues that may cause addiction, and behavioral therapy can help replace bad habits with positive ones. Medication may be prescribed if long-term use of amphetamines has depleted dopamine and caused anxiety.
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If you or someone you love is addicted to amphetamines, we can help. Treatment for amphetamine addiction can make withdrawal less uncomfortable and will help uncover underlying physical and emotional causes of drug abuse. Call now as our counselors are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline. They can answer your questions and help you find treatment that is right for you.