Amphetamines are stimulants that treat the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. These drugs are highly addictive, so using them in larger amounts, for longer or in ways other than prescribed can quickly lead to addiction. They can cause an array of side effects, like increased heart rate and blood pressure, decreased appetite and dry mouth. Amphetamines overtake the body’s natural response to fatigue and hunger, problems that make it difficult for users to eat or rest. Because these drugs affect people in different ways, amphetamine addiction recovery must be individualized.
Amphetamine Recovery Basics
Amphetamine addiction recovery is full of ups and downs depending on the individual and how long the addiction has persisted. Typically, addiction recovery begins with medically supervised detox, which rids the body of drugs. Unfortunately, because amphetamines are so powerful, detox can take several days, and the withdrawal symptoms can last for quite a while longer. In response, doctors and addiction treatment professionals provide the right care and medication to make detox as comfortable as possible.
After amphetamine detox ends, your recovery team will develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Treatment often includes medications for underlying mental illnesses, especially if these illnesses caused or contribute to your addiction. Rehab facilities are careful to use medications only when absolutely necessary, because treating amphetamine addiction can be more complicated when other drugs are involved. However, once a diagnosis is reached, treatment (which includes individual and group therapy, nutrition counseling, exercise programs and meditation) can begin. Since amphetamine addiction is unique to each person, reaching the right balance of counseling, group therapy and other components is important for recovery success.
Amphetamine Addiction Characteristics
Amphetamine addiction develops over time. People who use amphetamines to treat medical conditions like ADHD may not realize they are becoming addicted to the drug, especially if they alter their dosage without consulting a doctor. Amphetamine dosages are adjusted depending on the weight of each individual, so one person’s dosage is rarely the same as someone else’s. If you or a loved one uses amphetamines, then be on the lookout for the following signs of addiction:
- Increased body temperature
- Increased blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Faster breathing
- Dilated pupils
- Increased energy and alertness
- Decreased fatigue
- Decreased appetite
Addiction can strike anyone, so seek help if you or a loved one shows any of the aforementioned signs due to amphetamine use.
Find Help for Amphetamine Addiction
If you or a loved one uses amphetamine for a medical condition and you suspect an addiction has formed, then get help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.