The emotional deterioration of someone abusing amphetamines may be more damaging and more difficult to treat than the outward physical health problems that addiction brings. The chemicals in amphetamines can change the way the brain and body function. A person’s emotional state can be easily disrupted and even permanently changed by long-term amphetamine abuse.
Psychological Health Issues Caused by Amphetamines
While some of the following psychological health issues may lessen or completely resolve themselves after amphetamine cessation, most require psychotherapy and medical attention. Because properly treating mental and emotional health issues may take longer than caring for the physical effects of amphetamine abuse, it’s important to follow detox with rehab and aftercare programs. Possible mental and emotional health issues that may develop with amphetamine use include the following:
- Psychotic disorders (being “out of touch” with reality)
- Suicidal tendencies
- Violent behaviors
In addition to these mental health issues, amphetamine use may cause chronic sleep deprivation with all its obstructing emotional effects, leading to problems at work, school or in relationships.
Other emotional complications may arise from the stressful consequences of diseases contracted while using amphetamines. Sexually transmitted diseases and illnesses from dirty needles are common occurrences among amphetamine addicts.
How Amphetamines Affect the User’s Loved Ones Emotionally
The friends and family of an addict must watch the mental and emotional effects of addiction take their toll. Amphetamine use can create a rift between family members and even the closest of friends. Constantly shifting moods, irreversible mistakes, and harsh words can strain the relationship between an addict and their loved ones. To repair broken relationships, a recovering amphetamine addict may want to participate in family oriented counseling.
Treating the Emotional Effects of Amphetamine Use
Dual Diagnosis patients who have multiple disorders, such as an amphetamine addiction and depression, need special treatment. Addiction and mental health issues that are present simultaneously must be treated at the same time as well. This will prevent either condition from fueling the other and causing a relapse.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is necessary for amphetamine users who suffer from damaging emotional issues. A 12-Step program along with group therapy will help give support to the recovering addict. Other recovery programs are designed to help addicts step back into a life of sobriety and stay clean.
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