Insomnia and Amphetamine Abuse

Insomnia and Amphetamine AbuseAmphetamines are psychoactive drugs, which means that they cross the blood-brain barrier to directly impact the central nervous system. Amphetamines are psychostimulants which produce a significant, yet temporary, improvement in both mental and physical abilities. Because this temporary improvement seems to be a positive impact in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior, amphetamines are often referred to as uppers.

About Insomnia

According to the Mayo Clinic, insomnia is a disorder that can make it difficult to fall asleep, difficult to stay asleep or both. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling fatigued, and often you maintain a lower energy level throughout the day. These sluggish feelings make it difficult to function during the day; therefore, insomnia can affect your mood, health, work performance and quality of life.

Causes of Insomnia

There are many factors that contribute to insomnia including the following:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Medical conditions, such as chronic pain, breathing difficulties or a need to urinate frequently
  • Changes in your body’s circadian rhythms due to travel or altered work schedules
  • Poor sleep habits, such as irregular sleep schedules, stimulating activities before bed or an uncomfortable sleep environment

One of the principle causes of insomnia are prescription drugs that can interfere with sleep, including some antidepressants, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medications, stimulants (such as amphetamines) and corticosteroids.

Insomnia and Amphetamine Abuse

One of the significant problems with amphetamine abuse is that there is both an upward and downward spiral that an user encounters. As the abuser starts taking amphetamines, the stimulation phase presents with effects including the following:

  • Alertness, energy, exhilaration and excitement
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased confidence and feelings of superiority
  • Raised pulse and blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Reduced appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness, irritability and aggression

However, during the phase when the person is coming down from the amphetamines, he or she may experience any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Violent behavior
  • Tension
  • Moodiness and mood swings
  • Physical exhaustion and tiredness

Both the stimulating and the depressant phases of amphetamine use have an impact on a person who also suffers from insomnia.

Treatment for Amphetamine Abuse

Long-term use of amphetamines may result in physical or psychological dependence, addiction, chronic anxiety, impaired thinking and memory and a diminished immune system. Therefore, it is important to seek assistance for treating your amphetamine abuse. A quality addiction treatment program helps people identify and work through the underlying issues in their personal history that led to their original and continued use. An individual treatment plan focuses on relapse prevention and identifying the psychological and environmental stressors that lead to cravings. In addition, addiction treatment helps a person construct an aftercare plan that will help him or her with the daily maintenance necessary to keep sober.

Get Help for Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine and methamphetamine are extremely powerful drugs that can quickly take over your life and lead you to destruction. If you need assistance in getting started in finding the right treatment program for you, call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about amphetamine addiction treatment. We are here to help.