Amphetamines excite the central nervous system and users can in return become addicted to the excitement. Amphetamine use also creates a sense of overall wellbeing. This feeling can last for varying amounts of time, depending on which amphetamine is used and how much is used. After the feeling of wellbeing diminishes, agitation often takes its place and can lead to violent behavior. Amphetamine addiction develops after repeated use raises the body’s tolerance to the drug. As the tolerance rises, increasing amounts of the drug are needed to achieve the high that the user desires.
Physical and Behavioral Signs of Amphetamine Use
Children often experiment with drug use. However, because of their age, many children are not aware of the health risks and permanent side effects that amphetamine addiction can cause. A number of symptoms may indicate that your child is addicted to amphetamine, including the following:
- Increased energy
- Decreased appetite
- Disregard for consequences
- Irritability and mood swings
- Feelings of isolation
Amphetamine addiction can cause serious health conditions. Due to the fact that their brains are still developing, children are at a greater risk than adults. Because of this, it is important to talk to your child if you fear that he or she is addicted to amphetamines.
How to Approach Your Children about Their Addictions
Approaching an addict about his amphetamine addiction can be difficult. Approaching children can be more difficult because their lack of knowledge or understanding about their addiction and the consequences of their addiction. There are a variety of techniques that may help you to talk to your children about their addiction, including the following:
- Do not be judgmental
- Listen to the child and try to understand why he uses
- Do not argue because that may cause any progress made to be forgotten and cause the child to no longer discuss his addiction with you
- Inform the child about what happens next, such as treatment programs or other forms of rehab that may help him
When discussing an addiction with a child, it is important that he does not feel judged. You may be upset and confused about the child’s addiction, but the most effective action is often to listen to the child when he tells you why he used and why he continues to use. Arguing may just put the recovery progress on hold and stop any possible future discussions.
Finding Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
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