Images of drug addicts and alcoholics in the media often lead people to believe that “normal” people cannot become addicted. The truth is that anyone can develop an addiction when a drug is abused. Prescription drugs may be abused haphazardly, leading to dependence and addiction. Amphetamines often seem harmless and beneficial when first taken, but over time drug abuse causes changes in the brain and addiction can occur.
Co-Occurring Disorders May Cause Addiction to Amphetamines
Many causes of addiction are the same regardless of the drug involved. Co-occurring mental or mood disorders often lead people to self-medicate their symptoms with drugs or alcohol. People who are depressed may use amphetamines to boost their mood, or those suffering from bipolar disorder may attempt to control their mood swings with these drugs. People are often unaware that they have an underlying disorder and are simply treating the symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Reasons for Amphetamine Abuse
Some common reasons for amphetamine abuse that can lead to addiction are as follows:
- Career – People with a demanding career may feel a lot of pressure to succeed, causing them to go to extremes to work longer and harder. They may turn to stimulants such as amphetamines in order to push themselves.
- Depression – Amphetamines can give a person a temporary boost in mood, but eventually there will be a resulting crash when the drug wears off. This can cause people to abuse the drug repeatedly.
- Athletes – Professional athletes may turn to amphetamines to increase energy and performance. This is not worth the toll that repeated abuse will take on your brain and cardiovascular system.
- Students – College students and even some high school students may take amphetamines to study for long hours or finish big assignments.
- Weight loss – Amphetamines are prescribed for weight loss in rare cases, but are often abused illegally by those desperate to lose weight. People that abuse amphetamines in this way may have underlying eating disorders.
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine rehab uses behavioral treatment to help addicts. There are few addiction symptoms with amphetamines, but these drugs can cause a powerful psychological addiction. Learning to deal with normal life without using amphetamines is an important part of recovery, as is taking alternate steps to reduce stress and deal with external pressures. Diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring mental disorders should be handled as part of rehab.
Amphetamine Addiction Help
If you or a loved one may be addicted to amphetamines, call our helpline today. We can help you learn more about treatment options and what kind of rehab is right for your situation. Call now, our helpline is available 24 hours a day and is toll free.