Amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury and narcolepsy. Amphetamines treat these conditions because they are psycho-stimulants that increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Many psycho-stimulants give a person the sense of being more wakeful, focused and enjoying a feeling of euphoria. Amphetamine users force wakefulness beyond a reasonable period and to control their weight by diminishing their appetite. For these reasons, you may be abusing amphetamine to mask any of these symptoms.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms oppose the beneficial effects of the drugs and can include the following problems:
- Mood swings
- Excessive sleeping
- Increased appetite
- Short temper
- Suicidal thoughts
Amphetamine abuse deals with issues of self-image and despair, but the withdrawal symptoms show that amphetamines are not the solution.
Dangers of “Solving” Your Self-Image through Amphetamine Abuse
If you use amphetamines because your weight damages your self image, there are healthier ways to lose weight that can build your self-esteem at the same time you drop a few pounds. The obvious answer to weight issues is to decrease calories and increase physical activity, but starting a diet is not necessarily the best choice because a diet is a temporary state; once you discontinue the diet you may end up regaining all the lost weight.
The key to losing weight is to create a lifestyle that gives you a variety of foods mixed with a variety of physical activities that you enjoy and helps you maintain a healthy weight. When starting this new lifestyle, be sure that you create a plan in which you can achieve success from the very beginning, so set very realistic and achievable goals.
Dangers of “Solving” Emotional Issues through Amphetamine Abuse
When a person feels like hope is gone, despair sets in. Despair also makes people feel insecure about themselves and the decisions they make. There are some things that you can do for yourself to help when despair sets in, including the following actions:
- Do not isolate yourself from others
- Break large tasks into small ones so you do not feel overwhelmed
- Do activities you enjoy
- Manage your expectations of yourself and others
- Enjoy any mood improvements
- Spend time with trusted friends or relatives
- Discuss decisions with others who can provide objectivity and insight
These suggestions may provide a level of focus and clarity about amphetamines.
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
Because of the physical and psychological cravings for amphetamine, a treatment plan needs to include the following factors:
- Working with a therapist to identify and work through the underlying issues that led to amphetamine abuse
- An aftercare plan that helps you maintain sobriety in the long run
- Identifying problems that could encourage relapse
Coupled with medically supervised detox, group counseling, health and fitness education and a secure environment, an addiction treatment program can get an amphetamine addict started on the road to recovery.
How to End Amphetamine Addiction
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