Amphetamine addiction is a problem few people expect in their lives. But about 1.8 percent of Americans abuse this drug, totaling just under five million people according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). These drugs prove highly addictive and destroy lives through their ill effects. If someone you love abuses amphetamines, help them enter an amphetamine detox center they need.
Amphetamines are man-made stimulants. These drugs include prescribed medications available in pharmacies and illicit drugs sold on the street. Using an amphetamine stimulates your central nervous system, making you feel energized, focused, confident and upbeat.
German scientists first made amphetamines in the late Victorian era. But it was not until the 1930s that people realized their nasal spray used to treat congestion had stimulant qualities. That is when most people believe widespread amphetamine abuse began.
Amphetamines have since been prescribed and sold over the counter for weight loss, allergies and alcohol hangovers, among other conditions. Today’s amphetamines treat hyperactivity in children and teens, such as ADHD. The drugs also work well for narcolepsy, a condition causing people to fall asleep during daily activities, without warning. Some people also benefit from depression treatment using these stimulants.
Why People Abuse Amphetamines
People abuse amphetamines in several ways and for multiple reasons. For most, simply taking a few amphetamine pills creates a high. Others crush the pills and inhale them to achieve an immediate, stronger euphoria. Still, others dissolve the pills in water to inject the drug for greater intensity.
Amphetamine abuse remains popular on college campuses, where students use the drugs illegally as study aids. They believe these stimulants help them focus, study longer and stay awake to complete more work. They also believe using amphetamines help raise test scores. But TIME Magazine recently published study results showing this belief is untrue, with students using the drug actually performing worse.
Unfortunately, this type of substance abuse leads to many problems, including amphetamine addiction. Young people also mix the substances with alcohol use, creating an even greater risk for addiction and accidental death.
What Happens When You Abuse Amphetamines
Amphetamine addiction is one of the biggest problems with drug abuse. But before this addiction forms, you experience negative effects of substance abuse.
These effects include fast heart rate and high blood pressure, decreased appetite leading to weight loss, sleeplessness, mood swings, and aggression. People abusing amphetamines also experience anxiety, paranoia, digestive problems, and hallucinations. They struggle to keep up with school, work or home responsibilities, too. Other effects include spending a great deal of time drug-seeking, stealing to obtain more of the drugs and changing social groups to those with negative influences.
Most people who abuse amphetamines to achieve more actually suffer lost interest in past activities, when amphetamine addiction takes hold. They experience dental decay, skin sores, and severe weight loss.
How to Get From Amphetamine Addiction to Lasting Recovery
You can end your amphetamine addiction or the addiction of a loved one, through the right help. This help for stimulant addiction includes a range of therapies, detox, treatments, and addiction education. Therapies and treatments for successful recovery take place at Tides Edge Detox.
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Help yourself or someone you love put amphetamine addiction and other substance abuse in the past. Contact Tides Edge Detox Center at 866.723.3127 for more information about our amphetamine detox center