Amphetamines are insidious drugs, because they are psychoactive and cross the blood brain barrier to impact directly on the central nervous system. As psychostimulants, they produce a significant, yet temporary, improvement in both mental and physical abilities. Because this temporary impact is perceived as a positive impact in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior, amphetamines are often referred to as uppers. However, because the drug only produces a temporary effect, people are at a high risk for abuse and addiction, as they are required to continue to take amphetamines to achieve these temporary benefits.
In the recreational drug world, amphetamines have a related compound, methamphetamine, which is also an addictive stimulant drug. Referred to as speed, meth and chalk, it is typically smoked but can also be injected or taken by mouth. Methamphetamine is popular, because in addition to affecting the brain by providing feelings of pleasure and mood-elevation, it also increases energy and is used as an appetite-suppressant.
Because amphetamines only provide a temporary lift, it is common for people to take higher doses more often which is a primary indicator of addiction. When you abuse amphetamines, you can expect the following:
- Physical dangers. You’ve seen the pictures of people transforming under the influence of amphetamines. An attractive, vibrant, smiling person morphs into a ragged, morose individual with severe dental problems. While these pictures are intended to scare particularly the teen population away from amphetamines, they do accurately reflect some of the physical changes that occur with amphetamine abuse. Other physical dangers that may not be seen include a negative impact to every body system, irregular heartbeat and increased blood pressure. Because amphetamines cross the blood brain barrier, there provide unique risk to the brain and can cause stroke, epilepsy and symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Mental and emotional dangers. While the initial sensations of amphetamine use are pleasurable, continued use can cause violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, memory loss, paranoia and severe mental disorders.
What Amphetamine Treatment Can Do for You
Amphetamines take hold of your life quickly and force you to engage in a constant battle between the temporary pleasurable benefits you feel and the knowledge that the drugs are quickly damaging all aspects of your life. To win each eventual battle and ultimately your own personal war against amphetamine abuse, call in all the resources you have available to you. Start by calling our toll-free helpline provided to speak with a person who understands what you are going through, has been through the process themselves, and who can start you on a path toward recovery. You may be fearful about losing the “benefits” you feel on amphetamines but a healthy lifestyle which allows you to control your health and wellbeing is the greatest reward.
Get Help for Amphetamine Addiction
If you need assistance finding the right treatment program for you, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about amphetamine addiction treatment. We are here to help.