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Amphetamine Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Updated on 28/10/2022
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Amphetamine drugs are stimulants, where the majority are categorised as Class B substances, illegal for recreational use and distribution. [1]

In some minor cases, amphetamines are used for medical purposes to treat and suppress symptoms of the likes of ADHD. However, whether abused or prescribed, they are highly addictive due to many physical and psychological fixations.

Known to impact the central nervous system, resulting in increased alertness and stimulation, users favour the euphoria that amphetamines offer without needing to abuse even more potent substances.

However, like many other addictive drugs, the addiction cycle can begin rapidly and adapt to the organic functioning and feelings of the body and brain.

Misusing or abusing amphetamine drugs can be very dangerous, induce social, behavioural, physical and psychological changes, and result in lasting cognitive damage when exposed for long periods.

Not to mention the risk that withdrawal from amphetamine incurs on dual diagnosis rates, where significant energy and highs result in lethargy and lows.

Professional detoxification and psychological intervention will be necessary as independent withdrawal from amphetamine drugs will be ineffective and dangerous. From cognitive behavioural therapy to detoxing and relapse prevention, amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab can help suppress the alerting fixation of such drugs.

Fully equipped to help, we can guide you at Addiction Advocates to source and secure appropriate treatment.

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Addictive Traits of Amphetamine Drugs

Amphetamine drugs can cause exhilarating highs and are favoured for the energy, alertness, and lasting feelings of euphoria that they can induce.

While appropriate as prescriptions to support conditions such as narcolepsy and ADHD, such levels of artificial alertness can be highly inappropriate and dangerous if experienced in the long term.

Health concerns are, of course, linked to amphetamine abuse, which will retune both physical and psychological functioning, from organic and optimal states to wired, adjusted and ineffective processes.

Users will long for the highs and energy brought on by amphetamine exposure. To stay awake for longer, perform better, feel energised, and increase motivation are some of the intentions behind amphetamine consumption.

As the drug causes such feelings, some users continue to abuse amphetamine drugs. However, paired with the lows that withdrawal induces and the physical and psychological cravings that the drug causes, it’s clear to see how addictive their presence becomes.

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As long-term exposure can result in social problems, behavioural changes, and physical and psychological damages, including mental health issues and cognitive impairment, safe medically-assisted withdrawal is recommended.

The brain’s structure can be so adapted by amphetamine that short yet excessive exposure can result in life-limiting side effects such as strained heart pressure. [2]

To curb such risks, sourcing and completing amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab services will be essential to manage symptoms, deter addiction and control the rebound effect.

Signs of Amphetamine Addiction

Down to the strong effects of amphetamine, a degree of addiction can develop quickly, which will showcase itself through some common signs. Signs of amphetamine addiction are both physical and psychological, which you should take seriously if encountered through consumption.

Signs of amphetamine addiction include:

  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Memory loss
  • Behavioural changes such as a loss of interest in life
  • Using amphetamine illegally and purchasing it consistently
  • Misusing an amphetamine prescription
  • Financial problems from excessive consumption
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Extreme highs followed by aggressive lows
  • Withdrawal symptoms

While in the moment, the positives may feel like they outweigh the negatives, over time, amphetamine exposure can cause the above symptoms of Amphetamine addiction, making it challenging to manage alone.

Instead, opt for support through amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab.

Causes of Amphetamine Addiction

Some amphetamine addictions can amount to misusing medical prescriptions, usually found when controlling challenging behavioural conditions. However, most addiction diagnoses are found where the drug has been illegally used.

Addiction, especially to illegal substances, can be brought on by environments, social pressures, mental health issues, everyday stresses, toxic situations or trauma, and genetics.

Some individuals will display pre-existing risks of addiction susceptibility, showcasing how involuntary addiction is a condition.

However, common causes are linked to mental health problems, where amphetamines are pinned as an outlet of energy, positivity, and distraction to work through stressors and pre-existing mental health issues.

As amphetamines, also known as stimulants, cause significant increases in energy and alertness, they can become addictive as a behavioural as well as physical drug.

Addiction is complex, no matter the drug which is being abused. Professional withdrawal and intervention should always be considered to overcome addiction, as without such guidance, a spiral of negativity, addiction, and cognitive impairment is likely.

Seek amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab services to withdraw safely and sustainably – call the team at Addiction Advocates for help and guidance on 0800 012 6088.

Amphetamine Addiction Treatment & Rehab Steps

Rehab programmes are designed to alleviate the negative impacts of amphetamine addiction in a controlled and supportive way. Suitable addiction treatment and rehab recovery steps will be offered to you if you’re suffering from Amphetamine addiction, where you will withdraw and rebuild your life again.

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Amphetamine Detoxification

Amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab will begin with the detox process to remove the drug from your system in a manageable way. As speed is a powerful drug, it’s essential that this process is completed slowly and controlled to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Detox medications can also be provided if demmed necessary to manage any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms which may be experienced.

Psychological Treatment

Psychological treatment will work to understand the cause behind drug abuse and restore outlooks and internal messaging linked to amphetamine consumption.

Cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management, and dual diagnosis treatment are appropriate forms of addiction treatment which are used throughout rehab. To break the cycle of addiction, this step will be necessary, ideally on a residential basis, to detach from addiction.

Aftercare

Aftercare will be provided through a comprehensive rehab programme to help you maintain sobriety during the first few difficult months post-rehab. It can be difficult at first to withdraw from a drug and maintain sobriety once you have left the safety of the centre, however you will have learnt coping techniques to keep you on track.

If your amphetamine addiction is severe, you’ll greatly benefit from aftercare, relapse prevention planning and ongoing therapy to reduce the risk of relapse. No matter the reason for consuming amphetamine drugs, they can be lethal when abused and used in the wrong way.

Get in touch for advice and support to recover from an amphetamine addiction today.

Amphetamine addiction treatment & rehab services will help you through the challenges of addiction and avoid a future of suffering.

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References

  • [1] Class B substances, illegal for recreational use and distribution. - https://www.talktofrank.com/drug/speed#the-law
  • [2] Enquiry Form - /contact-us
  • [3] short yet excessive exposure can result in life-limiting side effects such as strained heart pressure. - https://www.talktofrank.com/drug/speed#the-risks
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