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Amphetamines are prescription medications usually prescribed to help individuals diagnosed with ADHD, narcolepsy, or asthma. But, they are central nervous system depressants and do have an addictive nature. So, many people who aren’t prescribed them may use them for their effects. And, by doing so, can develop a dependence resulting in serious withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t used. Also, using amphetamines long term can result in devastating and irreversible side effects like psychosis, cardiac issues, malnourishment, and even fatal seizures. Fortunately, treatment is effective in helping individuals who have gained a dependence on these prescription medications.

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path Recovery

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path RecoveryWhat are Amphetamines?

Usually prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy, Amphetamines are only legally consumed by direct consent from a physician. While they can be effective in managing symptoms of these two conditions, those who use amphetamines for recreational purposes can experience adverse effects. Amphetamine sulphate, the active ingredient in amphetamine prescriptions like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta, is also commonly referred to as “speed”. This nickname is fitting because it causes users to experience hyperactivity. Other side effects of Amphetamine use may include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Digestive issues
  • Fever
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to sit still
  • Numbing sensations
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path RecoveryHow the Body Reacts to the use of Amphetamines

Amphetamines are carried to the brain and affect the central nervous system by way of the bloodstream. Once amphetamines reach the brain, they react with specific neurotransmitters responsible for communicating with the brain via signals. In turn, the brain is signaled to release chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) which result in the effects of the medication.

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path RecoveryAmphetamine Abuse, Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction

The releasing of brain chemicals by way of neurotransmitter stimulation caused by the presence of amphetamines skews the natural reward process. Typically, dopamine and serotonin are released as a way for the brain to tell the body to keep doing something. When we eat, have intercourse, and perform a number of other survivalist tasks, the body naturally secretes these chemicals. However, the abuse of amphetamines makes the brain release these chemicals even if the body hasn’t performed a naturally rewarded function. As a result, the body no longer releases these chemicals as a means to rewarding behaviors, but only when amphetamines are present.

Quickly, individuals who abuse amphetamines will develop tolerance. This means it takes a bigger administration to experience wanted effects. This happens when the neurotransmitters begin recognizing the presence of amphetamines. And, is a sign that an individual may be developing a physical dependence. When one is dependent on amphetamines, they experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t use the drug.

Amphetamine addiction is dependence but taken a step further. Those struggling with addiction will use amphetamines even if they are aware that using this drug is affecting their lives in a negative way. Other signs that an individual may be struggling with amphetamine addiction may include:

  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Mood swings
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path Recovery

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment at Simple Path Recovery

Help for Amphetamine Addiction

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of amphetamine dependence or addiction, treatment is effective in gaining a life free from drug use. And it’s possible to gain a life free from the severe health, social, and mental side effects that come with addiction. Here at Simple Path Recovery, we offer a number of innovative techniques and proven therapies to offer patients a number of paths to healing. If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey, contact us today!

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