Amphetamines are a type of central nervous system stimulant that increase energy, alertness, mood and concentration. These drugs are prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as narcolepsy and a few other conditions. But many people use them without a prescription in order to feel energized for work or a test, to lose weight, or to counteract the depressive effects of alcohol while at a party. Users can become addicted and begin to suffer the consequences of addiction that lead them to seek treatment.
Choosing the amphetamine addiction treatment option that suits your individual needs is a decision that could change the rest of your life. It is important to be familiar with the different options for amphetamine treatment and talk with treatment professionals about which option best applies to your situation. Four common treatment methods for amphetamine addiction include the following:
- Residential treatment – Patients live at a treatment facility. This allows them to be involved in an immersive physical and psychological treatment experience with the constant supervision of caring professionals. Residential treatment usually lasts from 30-90 days.
- Outpatient treatment – Outpatient treatment can be a good option for anyone who is mildly addicted to amphetamines and cannot afford to take time off of work, school or home responsibilities in order to go to rehab. Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) often include two or three weekly group or individual counseling sessions that last for a few hours.
- Dual Diagnosis treatment – Many people who struggle with amphetamine addiction also have another mental disorder or physical condition that plays into the addiction. This is called a co-occurring disorder, and requires thorough treatment that addresses both issues simultaneously. Treatment may include medications, therapy and counseling.
- Detox and counseling – Not everyone chooses to go through a rehabilitation program for amphetamine addiction. Some people go to a hospital or treatment center to undergo detox safely, then follow up with counseling or group meetings that are not part of a structured treatment program. Co-occurring disorders that are known to occur with amphetamine abuse include other substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders.
Amphetamine addiction can cause serious psychological and physical health problems. Recognizing the signs of abuse and addiction and seeking treatment can help prevent these problems from occurring or worsening. Some signs of amphetamine abuse include the following:
- Behavioral symptoms such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, aggression and altered sleeping patterns.
- Physical symptoms such as increased body temperature, irregular heart beat, weight loss, dilated pupils, nausea and headache.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
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