Amphetamine addiction is common due the drug’s availability and the relative ease of obtaining a prescription. Most commonly amphetamines are used to help those who are affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focus and excel in school, work, and in their personal and professional relationships. There are three types of amphetamines, all of which increase focus and are referred to as “psychostimulants.” These include the following:
How Do Amphetamines Work?
All three types of amphetamines are used the drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Dexedrine to help those with ADHD. Amphetamines can also be used to treat narcolepsy and obesity. While most studies will show that these drugs have improved the life of those affected with ADHD, amphetamines are also highly addictive. When taking any of the three forms of amphetamines, the central nervous system is affected. It essentially “jump starts” the brain and gives the user an immediate feeling of energy and focus. This feeling is highly addictive and makes psychological addiction to amphetamines common.
Quitting Amphetamine Use
While amphetamines have not been proven to cause severe physical dependence, the body can still experience withdrawal symptoms as the ceasing of taking the amphetamine can shock the body. When they abruptly stop amphetamine use, most individuals experience extreme fatigue. Heart problems can occur up to and including heart attack. The amphetamines have boosted the user’s heart rate for so long that upon stopping use, the heart must readjust and may experience irregular heartbeat in the process. Memory loss and confusion are also common amphetamine withdrawal symptoms.
Stay Informed to Get Clean or Remain Clean from Amphetamine
Amphetamines are common prescription drugs, and this means that the education and knowledge surrounding amphetamine use needs to be just as common. Staying informed about the side effects of amphetamines can allow you to maintain your sobriety and health. Avoiding amphetamine addiction may involve doing the following:
- Keep your doctor informed of reactions to amphetamine use. Be clear and concise about any side effects you may be experiencing, as your doctor may need to increase, decrease or completely change your prescription.
- Become educated about different kinds of medications for ADHD. Stimulant drugs such as amphetamines may not be the kind of pill you need. There are many non-stimulant drugs available for those with this disorder.
- Do not share your medication with others. You will be playing your part in helping prevent addiction by doing so.
- If you are thinking about stopping amphetamine use, talk to your doctor first. Abruptly stopping amphetamine intake can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
By educating yourself about amphetamine addiction and speaking with your doctor about any and all symptoms you may experience, you will have set yourself up for healthy use of a potentially helpful but also potentially dangerous drug.
What Can I Do If I Become Addicted to Amphetamines?
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