A life without amphetamine will always be more positive, healthy and enjoyable than one with the drug. While many of these positives cover the broad scope of feeling better, reestablishing positive relationships and enjoying and participating in life once again, there are also smaller, specific and unexpected positives that come from rehab.
You Reduce Your Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease that starts with tremors and worsens leaving individuals unable to control muscles needed for walking, talking and other motor functions and brain functioning. This chronic disease may seem distant and separate from the chronic disease of amphetamine addiction, but the two can be connected. Conservative numbers predict that “if 10,000 people with methamphetamine dependence were followed over 10 years, 21 would develop Parkinson’s, compared with 12 people out of 10,000 from the general population” (Science Daily, “Increased Risk of Parkinson’s Disease in Methamphetamine Users, Study Finds,” August 1, 2011). Amphetamine abuse nearly doubles the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, and the use of specific amphetamines increases the risk even more, as the American Academy of Neurology found, “those people who reported using Benzedrine or Dexedrine were nearly 60 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those people who didn’t take the drugs” (Science Daily). While rehab offers immediate improvement to overall health, an unexpected, long-term benefit of amphetamine rehab can include the prevention of Parkinson’s Disease.
You Reduce Problem Gambling
Addiction treatment programs often offer treatment for co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. The benefits of rehab for integrated, complete health are clear, but the specifics may be unexpected. While all quality, accredited rehab programs treat co-occurring addiction concerns, the act of treating amphetamine addiction alone has a positive impact on those struggling with problem gambling. Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction explains, “gambling concepts [are] more accessible under amphetamine…Selective slowing of response time to neutral words indicated that neutral concepts are less accessible under amphetamine” (2006). This means amphetamine causes gamblers to focus more on terms, concepts and ideas related to gambling and think less about those not related to gambling. Overcoming amphetamine addiction means establishing positive, healthy thought processes surrounding gambling actions and reducing cravings for such actions. Rehab for one addiction makes overcoming another simpler.
You Set Yourself up for Long-Term Mental Health
The broad, overall benefits of rehab to mental health are often discussed and reported, but amphetamine rehab comes with its own specific mental health benefits. The University of Chicago found that individuals who are genetically predisposed to enjoy amphetamine and become addicted are genetically protected from developing schizophrenia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These benefits do an active addict little good, as the negative, immediate effects of addiction will mask or overwhelm any possible genetic benefits a user may have, but once rehab is completed and individuals maintain a drug-free life, they can be promised greater protection from these and other specific mental health concerns that may develop later in life. Finding health and sobriety now means experiencing greater health and happiness over time.
Amphetamine Addiction Benefits
There is no article long enough to encompass all of the positives that result from addiction recovery. Call our helpline to discuss what you want from rehab and how you can get it. We are here 24 hours a day to provide free, expert advice and information about the best addiction treatment options for your specific situation.