Different types of drug and alcohol addiction problems have come up in the nation in recent years.  But few have been quite as concerning or as potentially catastrophic for us as amphetamines addiction. Amphetamines have risen in prevalence since the turn of the century.  Young adults abuse these drugs more than any others.

What Are Amphetamines?

An amphetamine is a human-made, synthetic drug.  Amphetamines are addictive, and they are mood altering.  Amphetamines appear in illegal stimulant forms.  Also, they appear legally as a drug to treat people who have ADD, ADHD, OCD, Narcolepsy, and other disorders.

Amphetamines most often appear as legal, prescription stimulants.  These can be drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, etc.  The diagnosis of people with such disorders as those mentioned above that call for such seriously addictive drugs is increasing.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly eleven percent of persons between the ages of four and seventeen have symptoms of ADHD, ADD, OCD, or other attention-related disorders.  

Without even going into the fact that such disorders are under scrutiny for their legitimacy, the treatment of them is entirely flawed.  It goes without saying that amphetamine-based drugs are potent, highly addictive, and mind altering and should be avoided.

Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants work by increasing dopamine levels in the human brain.  Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that is most commonly and theoretically associated with pleasure and happy feelings and sensations, so taking the drug opens that channel up and makes it flow more freely.  In doing so, the natural and organic functions of dopamine in the brain are altered, thus creating an alien manifestation in the human brain and central nervous system.  

What people become addicted to is the increased sense of euphoria these drugs create. Unfortunately, when they stop taking them, the result is painful and unpleasant.  Their bodies have become so used to having the amphetamine pills in their system that the body responds to pain and withdrawals when the drug is out of the system. Those dopamine receptors that were affected by the amphetamine struggle to go back to their normal function and the result is discomfort, pain, and suffering on the part of the user.

Amphetamine Abuse and Addiction Today

Many adolescents, teens, and young adults have the misconception that amphetamines will make them smarter.  Therefore, they take them repeatedly and become addicted to them. A growing percentage of students in both high school and college believe these drugs create “cognitive enhancement.”  Of course, this is utter foolishness.  

What prescription stimulants will do is promote wakefulness, similar to drinking great coffee. However, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that such drugs make students smarter, aid them in the study, help them in test taking, or improve their ability to learn and retain information in any way.  In fact, studies do show that students who abuse prescription stimulants generally speaking have lower GPAs than students who do not abuse such drugs.  

Rehabilitation for Amphetamine Addiction

Fortunately, there is a way to beat amphetamine addiction and enjoy freedom from the effects.  The key is to go to an inpatient addiction treatment center that offers a full detoxification program and an aftercare approach.  Such a program can provide unique methods to assist people in victory over addiction.

An addiction to amphetamines is a physical, chemical addiction and a mental, psychological addiction as well.  Therefore, recovery requires two steps:

  1. Detoxification addresses addiction from a chemical or a physical perspective.  A person will experience freedom from the physical cravings to use drugs and alcohol.  For amphetamine addicts, a detox program is beneficial because it uses various medical and holistic methods alike to assist such persons in their withdrawals off of amphetamines.
  2. Rehabilitation is the next step after detoxification is complete.  Rehabilitation is what addresses the mental, personal, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction.  This approach helps free a person from all of these factors.

Addiction treatment is the key to addressing amphetamine addiction.  Call A Forever Recovery today at our toll-free number for more information.