Amphetamine Detox

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Amphetamine drugs are known as stimulants. Drugs within this category are known as stimulants as they stimulate or excite the central nervous system (CNS). Methamphetamine, amphetamine, and dextroamphetamine are all members of this group.

Often, doctors prescribe medications that contain amphetamine to patients who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People may use amphetamine drugs in order to stay awake and alert or to curb their appetite.

Some common prescription drugs that contain amphetamine are Adderall, Focalin, Ritalin, and Dexedrine.

Although prescription amphetamine drugs seem to help those who are living with ADHD or narcolepsy, they sometimes lead to substance use disorder problems. The effects of amphetamine can be similar to those of cocaine, an illicit and extremely addictive substance.

Unfortunately, many people find themselves depending on amphetamine drugs after constant use. It can become hard to feel “normal” without using these substances. As a result, individuals may begin to misuse amphetamine drugs and, eventually, become addicted to them.

Thankfully, though, professional detox and treatment programs can help people who are struggling with amphetamine addiction! Education is one of the first steps toward recovery. So, it may help to learn more about amphetamine use and dependency as you begin your journey to a new life.

How Amphetamine Addiction Develops

Many individuals begin using amphetamines in order to treat various conditions in their bodies. But, in some cases, individuals misuse and become dependent on amphetamine drugs. Some even use the drugs illegally, using prescription amphetamines that don’t belong to them or buying illicit amphetamine drugs (i.e. methamphetamine).

After using these substances for a while, people often become dependent on the drugs’ effects. Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system. They cause feelings of alertness and help to keep people awake.

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They also increase people’s blood flow and speeds up their heart rate. Amphetamine drugs tend to cause euphoria, a feeling of happiness, elation, or relaxation.

These drugs are often very quick at producing these results. But, once the pleasant effects wear off, individuals may experience a “crash”, causing them to feel depressed or sad. In order to avoid this feeling, some people may use more of the drug that made them feel euphoric.

This can lead them to misuse the substance, using it more often than advised and even seeking amphetamine drugs from others. Eventually, this drug misuse may lead to addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

Some of the common symptoms and signs of amphetamine misuse include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Paranoia
  • Dizziness
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Breathing problems
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Imbalance or lack of coordination
  • Violent or inappropriate behavior
  • Sleeping problems, including insomnia

When a person is suffering from an amphetamine addiction problem, he or she may show a variety of the signs mentioned above.

Sometimes, excessive and continuous amphetamine use can cause major damage to various parts of the body. Brain damage is one possibility. Amphetamine dependency can also lead to kidney and heart problems.

Amphetamine misuse can also cause problems in relationships. People who are addicted to these substances may struggle to interact with friends and loved ones. They may become emotionally and socially withdrawn.

Financial problems might also occur because individuals may use their money to purchase more drugs. Some people may have trouble performing well at school or work because of their amphetamine addiction.

Many people use amphetamines regularly in order to treat health concerns, including obesity and ADHD. But, even though these substances are often prescribed by medical professionals, they often become very problematic for those who use them frequently.

As we mentioned earlier, people who use amphetamine drugs often may start to depend on them. This happens because the body tends to get used to the way substances affect it. As a result, it will begin to feel “abnormal” without that drug in its system.

It can be difficult for individuals to function properly. Focusing, concentrating, and communicating with others may become extremely challenging. These are early signs of withdrawal, which is an uncomfortable period between drug use.

In order to feel “normal” again, people may use larger doses of amphetamine drugs than their doctors have recommended. This can cause very unsafe and harmful results for those who misuse drugs.

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Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Some of the symptoms a person might feel while in withdrawal from amphetamine use might include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Social withdrawal
  • Extreme increase in appetite

It’s important for individuals who are suffering from amphetamine misuse to end the problem as soon as possible. This will help to treat or prevent any of the problems that could occur as a result of continued substance use.

But, it’s important to avoid trying to detox and end substance use without professional help. In other words, it’s best not to try quitting amphetamine “cold turkey”. Many people attempt to end substance use on their own. But, this can be harmful and even fatal because of how intense withdrawal symptoms can be.

The withdrawal process can be extremely uncomfortable for those who are going through it. This is actually one of the main reasons why some individuals relapse and resort back to amphetamine misuse. Sadly, this is the story for many people.

But, this doesn’t have to be the story of your life. You can overcome amphetamine misuse for good. Addiction can become a part of your past rather than your present and future!

Treating Amphetamine Addiction

Here at Sana Lake Recovery Center, we believe. We believe that you deserve to live a life that is free from addiction. We believe that you deserve the peace that comes through recovery. And we believe that you can and will recover completely!

Our mission is to make these beliefs realities in your life. We want to help you break free from the bondage of substance use disorder and addiction. In order to begin walking on the road to recovery, all you need to do is give us a call.

We know that recovering from substance use disorder can be very challenging. That’s why we work to address every one of your needs along the way. Our compassionate faculty and team members are here to work with you. Let us walk with you as you pursue a new and healthier way of life. Start your detox and treatment process by contacting us today!


Article Reviewed by David Sherman, MD

David Sherman, MDDavid Sherman, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and board certified in Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a native Missourian and graduated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He leads a highly trained staff of master level certified addiction professionals. Men and women from all over Missouri and the United States come to Sana Lake Recovery Center to get the care they need and deserve.