Drugs and alcohol give the brain immediate relief from underlying stress, anxiety, or other emotional disorders. Instead of coping with these issues the addict escapes them temporarily by getting high. Amphetamine, a powerful stimulant that is chemically related to cocaine, gives users the following feelings:
- Excessive energy without the need for sleep
- Feelings of overwhelming confidence
- The absence of any self-doubt, depression, loneliness, or fear
- Significantly increased mental focus that may help improve performance at work or school for a short time
Individuals who suffer from any of the following emotional disorders will be especially vulnerable to the psychologically addictive nature of amphetamine:
- Anxiety disorders
- Self-esteem deficiency
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
While amphetamine may relieve these symptoms for a short time, it doesn’t actually solve them. In fact, in nearly every case, drug abuse ultimately makes these issues worse.
The Secret to Effective Amphetamine Addiction Recovery
Any chemical or behavior that stimulates the production of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain can be powerfully addictive. These naturally occurring substances directly impact the prefrontal cortex; the same part of the brain that manages anxiety, depression, impulse control, emotional health, and memory. New neural pathways are established in the brain in order to demand more drugs in nearly reflexive ways. These pathways drive human behavior much more powerfully than conscious thought. Lasting recovery requires that these pathways be re-programmed back to their pre-addiction settings.
The challenge of rehab is the development and cultivation of new habits for managing drug use cravings due to underlying emotional disorders or stressors. The most effective programs accomplish this through a range of therapeutic tools including the following:
- Diagnosis of co-occurring disorders
- Personal and group counseling opportunities
- Improved communication sills
- Engaging in a constructive hobby
- Serving others
- Adventure therapy
These skills are developed most effectively through the care and supervision of an inpatient or residential treatment program that removes the addict from his normal environment of temptation and abuse. Although outpatient programs may be available, the live-in programs are better equipped to help the addict develop new ways to cope with his emotions and cravings.
If you need help to get off of amphetamine please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. Our counselors are always ready to answer your questions and to connect you with the best Dual Diagnosis treatment programs in America. Don’t continue to let your brain be destroyed by this disease. We’re ready to help as soon as you call. Pick up the phone.