Amphetamines are highly addictive substances that stimulate the central nervous system. Amphetamines can cause the following potentially desirable side effects:
- Decreased appetite
- Increased attention and concentration
- Increased energy
- Irritability and mood swings
- Reduced fatigue
- Sense of wellbeing
These short-term effects may seem beneficial to a user. However, amphetamines are very detrimental to the body and the brain. If your loved one is suffering from an amphetamine addiction, approach him or her immediately.
How to Approach an Amphetamine Addict
When a friend or family member has an addiction, it doesn’t just affect that one person. It affects everyone around them. The following is some advice on how to approach an amphetamine addict:
- Research. Before you confront your loved one about their amphetamine addiction, learn more about it. Find out what an amphetamine is, how it affects the body and how an addiction can be treated. This will help you to be more understanding and may help you state your case better.
- Recognize. Amphetamine addicts tend to have major mood swings and can become violent or angry. Recognize that these are effects of the addiction. Don’t take it personally, and try not to become bitter toward the individual. Anger will not help the situation.
- Support. If you decide to confront your loved one, you can ask for support and help from another close friend, family member or a professional interventionist. However, it is important that you do not “gang up” on the addict. Amphetamine addicts typically deny that they have a problem and will become defensive when you first confront them.
- Encourage. The most meaningful act that you can do for your loved one is to show them that you care and are there for them. Tell them how you are feeling, and express to them how worried you are. Let them know that you want to help and support them in any way possible.
- Plan. If your loved one is willing to seek treatment, help him or her make a plan. It is important to find a treatment center that will treat the individual as a whole rather than just treating the addiction. When you find a treatment center, help your loved one through the process of being admitted. Remember to be patient and caring.
- Do not enable. It’s important that you do not enable the addiction. Don’t make excuses for them or support their addiction in any way.
As with most addicts, your loved one may deny that he or she has a problem and become defensive or upset. Always reiterate that you care about and are concerned for the individual.
Getting Help for Your Loved One
If your loved one is struggling with an amphetamine addiction, seek help immediately. For more information on amphetamines, addiction treatment centers and amphetamine addiction interventions, call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions. Help make a difference in the life of your loved one today.