Many times, people believe that it is easier to escape reality than to deal with their problems, and end up turning to drugs, which can often seem to be an easy “out.” What often begins as “just this one time” frequently leads to substance abuse in these instances.
Amphetamines are prescription drugs that help with impulse control and are used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They are also used recreationally as performance enhancers, often by students and workers wanting to increase their productivity.
How Stress and Anxiety is Affected by Amphetamine Abuse
Tolerance builds quickly with amphetamines, and an increasing amount of the drug becomes necessary for the user to experience the desired effect. This is the primary reason that the drug is normally abused. Abuse is something that typically begins slowly, with an abuser gradually altering the drug prescription. By increasing the dosage of the drug, users are also able to develop a more euphoric feeling when under its effect.
Ironically, where amphetamines can increase productivity, they can also ultimately lead to increased stress. Once the effects of the substance end, the withdrawal symptoms are difficult to cope with. The withdrawal symptoms of amphetamines include mental fatigue, depression and increased appetite.
So while people often turn to amphetamines to manage their stress and focus in on their problems, the withdrawal effects can increase their psychological anxiety. In addition, addiction always causes an increased strain on an individual’s life situation, which further amplifies the stress in their life.
In the cycle of addiction, family members often initially ignore their loved one’s addiction. Eventually, when the problem continues to change the abuser’s personality, it must be confronted. This can cause a rift in the family, and often times splits people apart. Even when this doesn’t happen, the affect of the addiction continues to take an immeasurable toll of everyone involved, which also has an increased negative affect on a patient’s anixety.
Where to Find Help
If you or someone you love is turning to amphetamines and negatively affecting the stress in their lives, professional help is necessary for their recovery. Call our toll-free number, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a non-judgmental environment.