Amphetamines are psychoactive drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. They are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and obesity, but many people abuse these drugs for euphoria, energy and increased concentration. Amphetamine abuse can quickly lead to addiction, which is difficult to overcome, and will produce cravings for a long time after someone gets clean. However, with help recovering amphetamine addicts can minimize cravings and avoid relapse for a brighter, healthier future.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
During amphetamine detox, many users experience strong physical cravings. As addicts use amphetamines, their bodies chemically adjust to compensate for the drug, which means their bodies lash out when the drug is taken away. As people crave drugs, their bodies are saying that they need the substance to which they are addicted. Physical cravings leave addicts with a strong urge to use again, and these cravings will occur intermittently even after detox ends.
Amphetamine addicts might experience cravings that are physical, but also psychological. Psychological cravings occur differently than physical cravings, because these problems exist in the user’s thoughts. If a user has a problem, he may instinctively reach out for drugs, because he does not know better ways to cope. Amphetamine users often use drugs to manage pain, and sobriety brings these thoughts to the light. With help, users can recognize and overcome these devastating thoughts.
How Long does Amphetamine Detox Take?
The length of time that amphetamine takes depends on the severity of the addiction. Other factors also affect detox time, including health and nutritional status, regularity of amphetamine abuse, how long someone abused amphetamine and the withdrawal environment. Despite the differences between addicts, detox typically takes one to two weeks. The first three days of withdrawal usually involve exhaustion, increased sleep and depression, and strong cravings also begin amidst many other symptoms.
Both physical and psychological cravings are worst at the beginning of detox when readjustment involves many problems. However, the longer someone goes without amphetamine, the fewer cravings she experiences, because the brain is reestablishing homeostasis. Cravings are usually one of the last of the withdrawal symptoms to leave, and psychological cravings may last long after detox ends. Because cravings last so long, it is crucial that detox occurs in the structured setting of addiction treatment, and not in someone’s home.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine abuse can lead to serious health consequences, so seek help if you or someone you know is addicted to these powerful drugs. Professional help is available at our toll-free helpline where our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and connect you with treatment. Seek help now to begin recovery as soon as possible.