Amphetamine addiction is frequently depicted in the media for entertainment or shock value. Whether being joked about on a comedy sketch show, dramatized in a cable series, or covered on the nightly news, amphetamine abuse is commonly depicted on the big and small screen. While some examples of this coverage can be accurate and helpful, much of it is sensational, exaggerated, or even glamorized.
Common Amphetamine Inaccuracies in the Media
The following are just a handful of the most common ways amphetamine addiction is represented in the media:
- Meth amphetamine users are depicted as rural, toothless, uneducated, trailer-park residents
- Meth labs (where the drug is prepared) are depicted as run-down shacks in the middle of nowhere
- Amphetamine addiction is portrayed as a problem for reckless, ignorant, or bored young people with nothing better to do
While there are germs of truth in each of these scenarios, they fall far short of accurately reflecting the reality of the modern amphetamine epidemic in America.
The Truth about Amphetamine Addiction
The term “amphetamine” refers to a number of drugs that function as central nervous system stimulants and cause the following effects in users:
- Increased energy (reduced need for sleep)
- Hyper-vigilance (increased attention span and concentration capabilities)
- Appetite suppression
These drugs are commonly prescribed as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but are also frequently used recreationally by people looking for a competitive edge in sports, the classroom, or the workplace. When used by people genuinely suffering from ADHD the drug actually has a counter-intuitive effect. It helps hyperactive children and adults to calm down and to focus attention for an extended period of time.
While methamphetamine is related to amphetamine it is not the same substance. Meth (also known as crystal meth) is a powerful and long-lasting stimulant that is frequently “cooked” by makeshift chemists out of ingredients that are commonly available in most drug stores. Methamphetamine is one of the most instantly addictive substances available. Many meth addicts will place their need for the drug ahead of their spouse, their children, their work, and everything else in their life. Once their supply runs out these addicts are likely to resort to criminal activity to get more drugs. Robbery and prostitution are common results of methamphetamine abuse
But while amphetamine and methamphetamine are related they are not the same thing. Many people would be surprised to learn the following facts of amphetamine abuse in America:
- As many as 1 in 5 college students abuse amphetamine in the form of ADHD medication
- Amphetamine addiction affects parents, athletes, teens, and other normal, responsible people
- Amphetamine is easily available in rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods and on most campuses
- Amphetamine is often an ingredient in certain “designer drugs”
- Detoxing from amphetamine can be just as difficult as getting off of heroin
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Another common misunderstanding about amphetamine due to its coverage in the media is that recovery is impossible. This is not true. Amphetamine addiction can be treated very effectively through carefully administered rehabilitation of the body and mind. We can help you find the best such program. Call today for free, confidential advice.