Unintentional Amphetamine Dependence

Unintentional Amphetamine DependenceAmphetamine is an incredibly addictive chemical: millions have become hooked on various forms of this powerful stimulant the first time they took it. In addition to physical addiction these chemicals create psychological dependencies that are nearly impossible to overcome without experienced, professional help.

What Is Amphetamine?

Amphetamine is a chemical that causes the following effects:

  • Persistent wakefulness (and inability to sleep)
  • Increased mental focus
  • Increased sense of confidence and drive
  • Decreased appetite

Chemicals in this family are used in many prescription medications, including diet pills, sinus medications, Adderall and other attention deficit disorder medications. These drugs also compose recreational drugs, commonly called “uppers” or “speed.” One of the crudest forms of the drug is meth-amphetamine or crystal meth. This drug is either smoked or injected to create a high that lasts up to days and is followed by a massive crash and withdrawal. If left untreated, amphetamine abuse leads to heart and brain damage, paranoia, intense anxiety, damage to the skin and teeth, coma or even death.

How Unintentional Amphetamine Addiction Develops

Many amphetamine addicts were first tempted to abuse the drug because of its ability to give them sustained energy and mental boosts. Whether the addict is a college student taking Adderall to stay alert while studying, an athlete looking for an edge, or a needy kid using the drug to escape misery, few people expect that they will become addicted. However, the truth is that the brain immediately craves the euphoric blast when the drug is used. Many people – especially those with co-occurring psychological disorders – will find those cravings irresistible.

How to Quit Amphetamine

Regardless of how a person became addicted, he will require specialized help to get clean. Treatment programs have developed to address the physical and psychological aspects of the disease. Most addicts suffer from at least one co-occurring emotional disorder that must be treated alongside the addiction if addicts are to recover. The most effective programs combine education, counseling, medical attention and skill development to teach addicts how to manage their emotions and behaviors.

It can be especially difficult for unintentional addicts to accept their need for help. Shame, embarrassment or a sense of self-reliance may cause them to resist treatment. Psychological dependency is often indicated by the following attitudes and behaviors:

  • Denial
  • Justification
  • Blame-shifting
  • Procrastination
  • Moving from one substance to another

If left untreated amphetamine addiction will ravage a person’s mental and physical health long before it actually kills them.

Amphetamine Addiction Help

If you need help quitting amphetamine please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time. Our counselors will answer any questions you may have and will connect you with the best treatment program for your specific needs. Don’t risk your health or life for one more day. Call now and let us help.