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Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
Originally created as a treatment for nasal congestion in the 1930s, amphetamine is a powerful central nervous stimulant that can alter the user’s sense of reality, make behaviour unpredictable and violent, and have serious long-term effects to physical and mental health. Although the drug was first intended to relieve respiratory symptoms, those who used it found that it did not serve this purpose. However, they did report feelings of euphoria, and as a result, it was marketed as a treatment for “psychological tiredness”. Amphetamine use continued for several decades before the medical field determined that most medical benefits were outweighed by the risks and the potential for addiction. Today, medical use of amphetamine is limited to the treatment of a small number of conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
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Effects Of Amphetamine
The euphoric effects of amphetamine last for a short time, which may result in the user taking ever-increasing doses to achieve the feelings of euphoria. Some factors that impact exactly how the drug affects the body and mind include:
– The age, weight and general state of health of the user
– How long the individual has been using the drug
– If there are any coexisting mental health problems
– The amount and frequency of use
– Whether the drug is used in conjunction with any other substances
– The method of ingestion
Short-Term Effects Of Amphetamine Use
– Increased or irregular heart rate and blood pressure
– Tremors and shaking
– Impaired coordination and blurred vision
– Nausea and vomiting
– Dilated pupils
– Dry mouth and dehydration
– Increased libido
– Nervousness, irritability and aggression
– Alertness and high energy that may turn into restlessness
– A sense of superiority over others
Long Term Effects of Amphetamine Use
One of the things that makes amphetamine drugs particularly dangerous is that they can cause changes to the structure of the brain. This can have long-term effects on judgment, learning ability, memory and coordination. Individuals may be prone to engaging in high-risk behaviour, such as dangerous activities, gambling, and unprotected sex.
Other long-term effects of using amphetamine include:
– Visual and tactile hallucinations
– Anxiety, paranoia and confusion
– Aggressiveness and violence
– Skin sores and dental problems
Risk Of Overdose
Most drugs come with a risk of overdose, but in the case of amphetamine drugs, the risk is amplified by the fact that illegal producers frequently combine the drugs with other substances, resulting in effects that can be dangerous and unpredictable. This creates a challenge not only for the addict, but for first responders and medical professionals.
Common signs of amphetamine overdose include:
– Difficulty breathing
– Racing heart rate, stroke or cardiac arrest
– Fever or chills
– Seizures or convulsions
Any individual displaying these symptoms should be taken to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
Why Is Amphetamine Addictive?
Amphetamine drugs are among the most abused of all prescription medications. They are designed to boost energy and concentration, which is what makes them a good candidate to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. The drug works by activating neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine. These neurotransmitters are responsible for the feelings of euphoria we experience through time spent with friends, a good workout, or an enjoyable activity.
Naturally induced euphoria is longer-lasting, and the elevated dopamine levels subside over a period of time. Euphoria generated from drugs like amphetamine tends to be short-lived, and instead of gradually subsiding, the dopamine levels crash. This can result in a sense of desperation, and an intense craving to get more of the drug in order to recreate the high. The problem is that the next time amphetamine is used, a higher dose is needed to accomplish the same effect.
To add to the danger, amphetamine is often produced illegally in labs that do not follow any safety standards or protocols. Moreover, the drugs produced may be combined with other substances, meaning that unpredictable effects may occur and overdoses may be difficult to treat.
Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
It is never too late to seek help for amphetamine addiction. Our facility, located in a beautiful setting far from the stresses of life, will provide you with a safe, caring environment in which to heal and start the journey toward a happier life.
As a full service inpatient drug rehab facility in Toronto, we can hold your hand through all phases of your recovery.
The first step in your treatment will be an in-depth assessment. We will get to know you and learn about your unique circumstances, challenges and goals. This will allow us to create a customized treatment plan that is just right for you.
We will provide you with round-the-clock medical supervision while the amphetamine drugs work their way out of your system. This will ensure that you are comfortable and safe during your withdrawal, and that withdrawal symptoms are treated as they arise.
Once your detox phase is over, you will be ready to start the rehab phase. Through group, individual and family therapy, music and art therapy, and a variety of other treatment modalities, we will guide you through the process of exploring and resolving the underlying causes of your addiction, repairing your relationships, and learning how to cope with the stresses of life without needing to use drugs.
When it is time for you to leave our facility, we will continue our support in the form of aftercare. You will always have someone to call on when you feel that you are in danger of relapse, and we will be able to refer you to support professionals in your area who can help you continue your journey of recovery.
To get started, or to find out more about our addiction treatment and rehab programs, call us today.