Synthetic amphetamines are psychostimulant substances developed to increase feelings of wakefulness and focus while decreasing feelings of fatigue and hunger. Prescription amphetamines are used for the treatment of disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Illegal amphetamines are popularly used as a performance enhancers, party drugs and appetite suppressants.
Amphetamine Abuse and Addiction
Amphetamines mimic the effects of adrenaline in the body. When adrenaline occurs naturally in the body, muscles tighten, respiratory rate increases, the mind clears and the person is ready for action. The natural effects of adrenaline do not generally last longer than fifteen minutes, because the body is not designed to sustain these types of increased performance levels for long periods of time. When an individual uses amphetamines in chronic doses or for prolonged periods of time, the body is consistently and continually “on edge” and the cumulative effect on the central nervous system can be devastating.
The longer you wait to get treatment for an addiction to amphetamines, the stronger the addiction will become. The body has the capability to build a tolerance to the drug which means that the longer you continue to use amphetamines, the less effective they will be. You will have to consistently increase dosages, even to potentially fatal levels, to satisfy the physical and psychological cravings that accompany the addiction.
Amphetamine abuse that begins in an effort in increase performance usually ends in a powerful addiction that takes away your ability to function normally and achieve goals. Waiting to seek treatment or trying to manage your addiction on your own often results in an even greater dependency upon the drug. An addiction to amphetamines can also take away your financial security, jeopardize you relationships and gradually erode your physical health.
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