Amphetamines are drugs that copy the feelings that an adrenalin rush gives the body. Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone that is released in times of stress. When in danger, an individual’s body releases adrenalin to give the individual exceptional physical and mental skills to attempt to combat the situation. Your senses perform above their normal functions and your mind processes quicker. Amphetamines are also sometimes used to control narcolepsy and obesity.
Actual adrenalin release only occurs for a short time and quickly fades away. Amphetamines make this feeling last for a longer period of time. The problem is that our bodies were never meant to deal with this extended period of heightened senses.
Effects of Amphetamine Addiction
When an individual becomes dependent on amphetamines, they need more and more of the drug to achieve the same “high” they gained during their first experience with amphetamines. Some amphetamine addiction symptoms include the following symptoms:
- Extended alertness
- Weight-loss (amphetamines decrease appetite)
- Severe abuse of other substances (Amphetamines can give an individual the ability to hold more alcohol before they pass out)
- Periods of depression followed by periods of supreme confidence
Amphetamines give individuals feelings of power and control. People with depression may use amphetamines as a self-treatment of depression.
Amphetamine Rehabilitation Programs
The first step in any drug rehab program is detox. Detox is the process where all physical traces of the drug are erased from the body. If detox is not endured before the rehab program begins, an individual can feel cravings during detox and even for years afterward. Detox is an especially important step if an individual wants to avoid a relapse. A relapse has a higher probability of happening if the individual has not experienced detox.
After detox comes rehab. There are many different styles of rehab programs to meet each individual’s needs. One thing to be sure of when selecting a program is to be sure that both the physical and mental sides of addiction are addressed in counseling and discussion.
The mental side of addiction is just as dangerous as the physical side and can lead to rehab struggles if not properly addressed. If the physical aspect is addressed and the mental aspect left alone, relapse will also be more likely.
Ways to Avoid Amphetamine Relapse
One of the most important things that an individual who is currently struggling with addiction, or who has struggled in the past can have is a good structure of friends and family around them to give them support in their dark times. Rehab is important and is a key factor in an individual’s struggle to regain their life after addiction, but no matter how well the program goes, there will always be dark days.
There will be days where the struggle might be too much for an individual to handle on his own. Those are the days where the friends and family of a former or current addict needs that structure of people who will spend time with and fight with them. This support structure is important in keeping a struggling addict’s mind off of their addiction.
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