When Using Amphetamines Becomes a Habit

When Using Amphetamines Becomes a HabitAmphetamines are psychostimulant drugs that increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Because of these effects amphetamines are most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), traumatic brain injury and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy. Both medicinal and illegal use of amphetamines causes a person to feel more wakeful, focused and euphoric. They drugs allow a person to stay awake beyond a reasonable time and to control weight by diminishing appetite. Casually using amphetamines to achieve these goals can lead to a drug use habit.

Amphetamines Withdrawal Symptoms

In an effort to end habitual amphetamine use you may decide to discontinue using the drug. If you are a regular user, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of chronic use of amphetamine can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Increased appetite
  • Cravings
  • Short temper
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts

How Amphetamine Use Becomes a Habit

A habit is defined as an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. The pathways in the brain will become accustomed to a repeated behavior, and breaking a habit is much more difficult and complicated than making a habit. If you use amphetamines to the point that it becomes a habit, you have begun the progression towards addiction. You will need treatment to deal with the chemical and physical dependence you have developed and to help you retrain your brain. Forming a healthier parallel pattern such as exercising when you feel sad or depressed can allow your brain to form better habits.

Getting Help for Habitual Amphetamine Use

The best option for ending amphetamine use that has become a habit is to seek drug abuse or addiction therapy as soon as possible. If you have been able to limit your use but fear that you are heading towards addiction, call our toll-free helpline. If you have crossed the line from habit to addiction, it is even more critical that you call now. Options are available that will help you understand your addiction, work through it and gather the skills that you need to live a healthy and productive life without amphetamines.