Amphetamine addiction begins with amphetamine use. This is the only uniform and necessary element of amphetamine addiction. Personality, behavior, use habits and more contribute to addiction development, yet none of these variables are identical for any two individuals. Anyone can become addicted to any drug, and every addiction begins with use, even if that use is prescribed, seemingly minimal or only done under social circumstances.
Prescribed Amphetamine Use
Individuals who are prescribed amphetamine drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin may believe the drug is harmless or cannot cause addiction if used as prescribed. However any long-term amphetamine use comes with the risk of addiction. Continued use results in tolerance, as the body adjusts to the drug’s presence and balances itself so as to function as though the drug is not there. More or more frequent doses of the drug will be required for it to continue to function as needed. This increases the risk of dependence or the need to continue use of the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Patients prescribed amphetamines should not increase their use without medical approval and supervision, as taking a drug outside of the specific parameters of a prescription is considered drug abuse and escalates the rate at which dependence and addiction develop.
Recreational Amphetamine Use
Those who use amphetamine drugs without a prescription are already abusing the drug. Even if the individual has self-diagnosed a mental or physical health disorder that may require such medications, use without a prescription is still abuse. Without medical supervision the risks of dependence and addiction increase greatly as do the risks for experiencing unwanted side effects. Individuals who are self-medicating with amphetamine are often treating symptoms rather than causes, and underlying issues will worsen if they do not receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety can create feelings of lack of focus or energy which amphetamine may seem to treat. However drug abuse worsens mental health concerns, and amphetamines increase anxiety and depression symptoms overall. Individuals may then take more of the drug to mask new or stronger symptoms, not realizing the amphetamine they are taking is causing or worsening the underlying problem. This cycle can quickly escalate use into regular abuse, dependence and addiction.
The Basics of Ending Amphetamine Addiction
If you or a loved one is dependent on or addicted to amphetamine, do not let the cycle of abuse continue. Call our toll-free helpline and end all elements of addiction. We will help you find resources to address substance abuse and all underlying and co-occurring concerns, and we are here 24 hours a day to do so. Please do not hesitate to call and learn more today.