Amphetamine is a psychostimulant drug that increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy. These conditions receive relief from amphetamines because the increase of dopamine and norepinephrine causes a sense of being more wakeful, focused and also produces a feeling of euphoria.
Unfortunately, these physical and emotional affects also encourage many illegal users of amphetamines to use them to force wakefulness beyond a reasonable period and to control their weight by diminishing their appetite.
Amphetamines are very powerful and produce a significant improvement in both mental and physical abilities; however, these improvements are only temporary. Because this temporary impact is perceived as being positive in how it influences perception, mood, consciousness and behavior, amphetamines are at high risk for abuse and addiction.
According to the Mayo Clinic, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections often acquired by sexual contact, passing from one person to another in blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. STDs present with symptoms including the following:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes
It may take several months for the symptoms to appear.
Negative Impact of Amphetamines and STDs
The most obvious signs of amphetamine abuse are physical as a person becomes gaunt and unhealthy in appearance. However, there are other physical dangers including the destruction to every body system, irregular heartbeat and increased blood pressure. While the physical dangers are more obvious, there are also emotional and psychological damage associated with amphetamine abuse including violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, memory loss, paranoia and severe mental disorders.
Amphetamines and STDs
According to the Mayo Clinic, of the top five causes of STD, four are related to addiction and include the following:
- Having unprotected sex
- Having multiple sex partners
- Abusing recreational drugs
- Injecting drugs
Substance abuse has an impact on your ability to make good decisions. It also inhibits your judgment, which in turn makes you more willing to participate in risky behaviors. The impact that addiction has on your ability to make good decisions also includes the good decision to acknowledge and treat your symptoms in a timely manner. While STDs are treatable, without treatment, the disease can progress and cause more damage.
What Amphetamine Treatment Can Do For You
Amphetamine addiction is not something you can recover from without professional assistance. The withdrawal symptoms can be significant enough to warrant medically supervised detox, and the emotional and psychological harm needs to be nurtured and healed through counseling. When you couple the addiction with a major health issue such as STDs, you need to receive treatment in a setting that is structured, supportive and can provide all of the services you need to recover.
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 might have about amphetamine addiction treatment. We are here to help.