How Cost and Availability Influence Amphetamine Use

How Cost and Availability Influence Amphetamine UseThe more inexpensive and available a substance is, the more frequently it will be abused. Lower income people comprise a disproportionately large percentage of drug abusers and addicts in the US. More expensive drugs, such as powered cocaine and heroin, are as big a problem as ever among people of means, but inner city and rural people who struggle financially or college students are much more likely to become hooked on inexpensive drugs like amphetamine.

What Is Amphetamine?

Amphetamine and related chemicals function as stimulants in the central nervous system. They are extremely common for the following reasons:

  • Methamphetamine can be manufactured from over-the-counter supplies in make-shift laboratories that are difficult for law enforcement to find and shut down.
  • Millions of people are given “legitimate” prescriptions for amphetamine-based attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication that they sell on the street or give to their friend instead of using.

Whereas crack cocaine once reigned as the drug of the lower class, methamphetamine has quickly become the drug of choice due to its low price and easy availability. Ritalin pills can be obtained for as little as 5 dollars, and meth can cost as little as 20 dollars. Ritalin is referred to as “poor man’s cocaine” because it gives users a similar rush but costs significantly less on the street.

Treating Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine creates both physical and psychological dependencies when used by individuals who do not suffer from ADHD. Addicts will experience physical withdrawal symptoms as their body re-establishes its proper chemical balance. They will also experience a wide range of powerful psychological symptoms that are usually even more challenging to endure than any physical withdrawal. Psychological effects of amphetamine include the following:

  • Loss of interest in previously important activities and relationships
  • An inability to relax or have fun without using the drug
  • Failed attempts to quit
  • Fear of withdrawal
  • Justification for continued abuse
  • Strong obsessive cravings

Treating amphetamine addiction requires an integrated and holistic approach that addresses all aspects of the disease, including identifying and addressing underlying or co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, self-esteem problems or untreated trauma. In many cases, the most effective treatment happens in full-time, residential programs that allow the addict to focus all attention on the process of healing.

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