How Do I Know if My Parent Is Addicted to Amphetamines?

How Do I Know if My Parent Is Addicted to Amphetamines?
Unexplained sweating is one of the physical signs of amphetamine addiction

While a parent might be able to hide his amphetamine addiction from coworkers, friends and extended family, he will likely be unable to do so forever. Living in the same house means you will see your parent at his worst and best, so you may not recognize the symptoms of addiction at first, especially if the addiction forms slowly. However, as the addiction progresses, you will notice the signs in his behavior, physical appearance and emotions.

Physical signs of amphetamine addiction include the following problems:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Weight loss
  • Poor hygiene
  • Dry skin
  • Loss of coordination
  • Unexplained sweating
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Flushed face and neck
  • Dental problems
  • Mental confusion

Behavioral signs of amphetamine addiction are as follows:

  • Missing work because of illness
  • Losing a job
  • Inability to complete tasks like cooking or cleaning
  • Acting confused
  • Taking a higher dosage than prescribed
  • Taking amphetamines more often than prescribed
  • Reacting defensively when asked about drug use
  • Having materials related to lawyers and court
  • Staying awake for long periods and a decreased need for sleep

Psychological signs of amphetamine addiction include the following list:

  • Euphoria
  • Increased confidence in social situations
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Extreme anger and hostility/aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions

A parent who has only few of these symptoms may not be an addict, but having most of them is a red flag. Get help immediately for your parent if she is addicted to amphetamines.

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment

The best source of help for amphetamine addiction is rehab. These facilities staff professionals from both the medical and addiction field to help people overcome addiction. Their methods show results, and they will provide either inpatient or outpatient care (you and your parent must determine which option is best for your financial, work and living situation).

In both inpatient and outpatient treatment, your parent will first undergo detox, the process of flushing drugs from the body. He will likely experience some withdrawal symptoms, which the doctors and other staff members can manage. In the second part of addiction treatment, your parent will examine the factors that led to addiction, the changes he must make to avoid relapse and what problems may trigger drug abuse. He will also learn skills to help him live drug-free.

While your loved one is in treatment, it is important for you to get help for yourself as well. Likely, the relationship between your parent and you has been damaged because of the addiction. Learn ways to move forward in the relationship to help restore your relationship.

Help for Parents with Amphetamine Addictions

If you recognize the signs of amphetamine addiction in your parent, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to talk with one of our admissions coordinators; together, you can determine how best to help your parent. Amphetamine addiction is a serious problem, but help is available, so call now.