Amphetamine Addiction Treatment: Signs, Help & Recovery

Effective Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamines are a powerful class of drug that act on the central nervous system. Their ability to promote a state of wakefulness, alertness and greater focus makes them a valuable type of medication for those who suffer from certain medical conditions – not least attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.

Prescription amphetamines can be used safely under the strict supervision of a medical professional, but their benefits are more than balanced by a very real risk of addiction. When taken recreationally, their use can quickly escalate out of control. In the even that addiction takes hold, amphetamine addiction treatment or amphetamine detox are critical considerations.

If you’re concerned that you or a person you care about is developing an addiction to amphetamines, it’s important to act quickly. Every addiction is dangerous – even life-threatening – but amphetamine addiction works particularly quickly and with devastating effect. Act now to mitigate that risk.

Amphetamine Abuse Takes a Heavy Toll on the Body

Amphetamine abuse gets ugly – fast. Overuse leads to a wide range of undesirable effects

  • Cardiovascular problems (stroke included)
  • Reduced cognitive ability
  • Muscular breakdown
  • Paranoia
  • Overt hostility
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis

These exclude the harsh effects of abusing a drug like this. For example, crushing a drug into powder form for injection can lead to extremely dangerous blockages in blood vessels. For those trying to moderate their use, difficulty sleeping and even depression often result.

No one in their right mind wants to experience these effects. The problem is that amphetamine addiction takes a person out of their right mind. They’re left with an addicted mind that knows for a fact that an immediate fix leads to short-term peace and contentment. This is the all-encompassing danger of addiction.

Amphetamine Abuse Can Lead to Overdose

Amphetamine abuse can escalate into much more serious conditions. Overdoses are possible, and can be fatal. The following are signs of amphetamine overdose:

  • Varying degrees of chest pain
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Muscle spasms and convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Rising body temperature leading to hypothermia
  • Irregular breathing and hyperventilation
  • Extreme agitation
  • Cardiac arrest

Overdose is always a threat, even for experienced users. There’s no safe threshold for amphetamine abuse, and the situation can escalate from bad to fatal in very little time. If you suspect that you or someone else has overdosed on amphetamines, it’s important to understand that every minute counts. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

Addiction escalates and the prospects of recovery darken. At this point, the need for treatment for amphetamine abuse becomes painfully evident. No one chooses to be in a situation like this, but it happens all too often. Fortunately for these individuals, The Cabin is here to help forge a path to recovery.

Treatment for Amphetamine Withdrawal

With amphetamine addiction, there is a host of negative factors working against the user. Not only has their brain’s reward system been hijacked – to the extent that they’re unable to act according to their own best interest – they also have to deal with increased tolerance, unbearable cravings and the risk of serious amphetamine withdrawal symptoms.

The latter is a particularly compelling reason to enrol in an addiction rehabilitation programme. Amphetamine addiction withdrawal symptoms may include fatigue, sleep disturbances, psychomotor agitation, rapid fluctuations in appetite and other extremely uncomfortable side effects.

These symptoms may not be life threatening, but they’re extremely unpleasant and can push a person to relapse early in their treatment regimen. Enrolling at a reputable inpatient facility like The Cabin means the person has the full support of the facility and staff. They’ll remain as comfortable as possible throughout the amphetamine detox process

Why Private Amphetamine Addiction Rehab is Best

There are several different styles of rehab available for those ready to do overcome their amphetamine addiction and start a new life in recovery. While some opt for inpatient treatment, there’s much to be said for an overseas inpatient facility. The overall discretion and value-for-money one enjoys at The Cabin Chiang Mai make this a particularly attractive option.

Here are a few ways The Cabin’s inpatient amphetamine addiction treatment programme sets our clients up for a successful recovery:

  • Our treatment centre creates a safe environment away from triggers where they can properly detox from amphetamines and begin establishing new, more beneficial habits.
  • Clients enjoy round-the-clock treatment and care, which means you’ll always have the support you need – when you need it most.
  • Our qualified addiction counsellors conduct group and one-on-one counselling sessions, setting the groundwork for joining a recovery community back at home.
  • Enrolling in rehab in another country goes one step further in removing the person from their relapse triggers by placing them in an entirely new environment.
  • A full line-up of planned activities – from yoga to artists’ workshops – offer the client the chance to develop new interests and hobbies to take their place of previous addictive cycles.

Additionally, we should mention the confidentiality factor. Travelling overseas to enrol in amphetamines addiction rehab creates an additional layer of discretion and privacy, as those who aren’t in the person’s inner circle have no reason to think this outing is anything other than a holiday.

By the time they’ve completed their initial inpatient amphetamine abuse treatment at The Cabin, our clients have the tools they need to maintain recovery and resist relapse once they’ve returned home. This doesn’t guarantee success, but it does mean that they’ll have advantages they wouldn’t have enjoyed had they tried going it alone.

More Information About Amphetamine Addiction
What are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are stimulants that act upon the central nervous system. They speed the body up in virtually every way. Elevated heart rate, increased blood flow and faster brain activity are all part of the experience.

Sometimes confused with their more dangerous cousin, methamphetamines, amphetamines are distinct in that their effects can be harnessed for medical purposes. When taken as intended, the benefits outweigh the risks.

However, the same properties that make amphetamines medically useful at prescribed doses also make them extremely addictive when the recommended dose is exceeded. Amphetamines excite the brain’s reward system – especially at higher doses – creating a short-term sense of euphoria that reinforces further use (more on this later).

Amphetamines are medically useful, which makes them difficult to control. When a drug is available by prescription it will eventually become available on the street. In the case of amphetamines, the drug’s severe addictive qualities make it profitable to synthesise. Anyone who wants to buy amphetamines can find some – if not with a doctor’s script, then from a person who has one. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the street version. Stronger and free of regulation, the variety of amphetamines available on the street invariably proves stronger and much more addictive than anything obtained from a chemist.

Addiction escalates and the prospects of recovery darken. At this point, the need for treatment for amphetamine abuse becomes painfully evident. No one chooses to be in a situation like this, but it happens all too often. Fortunately for these individuals, The Cabin is here to help forge a path to recovery.

How do Users Take Amphetamines?

Prescription stimulants are largely manufactured in capsule, tablet or liquid form. They’re intended to be taken orally and under the supervision of a healthcare provider. When abusing these drugs, users take them in ways that weren’t intended. This begins with using them without a prescription, but could also include exceeding the standard dosage.

In more extreme cases, the user may take the drug in a way that runs completely counter to how it was prescribed. They may open capsules or pulverise tablets to snort their contents. They may even dissolve the powder in water for injection. This level of dose innovation is extremely dangerous – and all the more so with a drug as powerful as amphetamine.

Short-Term Effects of Amphetamine Use

When a person takes amphetamines, they experience a euphoric rush along with the following side effects:

  • Increased breathing rate
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Decreased circulation
  • Dilated airways
  • Elevated blood sugar

These are routine side effects for amphetamine use, and they can take a turn for the worse for anyone in a high-risk situation. Extreme high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, seizures and cardiovascular failure are all possible – and all can lead to serious complications.

How Addictive are Amphetamines?

We’ve already mentioned the fact that amphetamines act upon the brain’s reward system. This is a critical component of any addiction. The reward system is one of our most basic survival mechanisms. It rewards us for engaging in life-sustaining behaviours – eating, socialising, reproducing. In that sense, the brain’s reward system ensures the survival of our species. This same system that keeps our species going is also prone to being biologically hacked. Our brains are wired to seek out activities that engage its reward system. Actions that feel rewarding are generally worth repeating. The problem is that certain chemical compounds trigger this system artificially.

Saying that amphetamines trigger our reward system is putting it mildly.

Amphetamines act upon the nervous system to increase production of two important neurotransmitters – dopamine and norepinephrine. Both neurotransmitters have a role to play in the reward system. Each use produces more of these neurotransmitters, reinforcing the behaviour that triggered them.

This is one of the reasons that prescription amphetamines are so carefully dosed. Below a certain threshold, their effect on the reward centre is negligible. Above this threshold, all bets are off.

How do I know if Someone is on Amphetamines?

Addiction is ugly, but the signs of drug use aren’t always easy to detect. Even so, the sneaking suspicion that a person you care about is losing themselves to addiction is troubling, to say the least. A sense of dread creeps in. How do you know if a person you care about is at risk?

The signs are almost always there. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether a person you care about needs treatment for amphetamine addiction.

Different amphetamines affect people differently, but they all excite the nervous system. This elevates the heart rate and other body processes. With that in mind, a person currently under the influence of amphetamines is likely to appear wakeful, excitable and alert – with elevated vital signs. These are some of the common indicators:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased body temperature
  • Talkativeness
  • Excessive energy
  • Unusual confidence
  • Restlessness or jitteriness

The amphetamine high is difficult for users to hide – especially from loved ones and people who know them well. Talking faster and much more than usual is a key giveaway. The same goes for extreme restlessness. Users are unable to sleep during (and often after) the high, so sleeplessness or the development of new and unusual sleeping habits can also be a clue.

These behaviours and side effects are not a 100-percent-sure sign that a person is using amphetamines. In all fairness, they could be attributed to a host of other innocuous circumstances. However, it’s safe to say that nearly all users will exhibit some combination of the above.

Tolerance Develops Quickly in Amphetamine Abuse

One of the reasons amphetamine abuse is so dangerous is that tolerance develops faster than many people expect. The body quickly adapts to the presence of amphetamine-induced neurotransmitters. A dose that achieved the desired result last month, last week or even yesterday no longer does the trick. The brain wants more – and it urges the user to make that happen.

The brain needs to feel that it’s involved in worthwhile activities. Once it has been hijacked by the neurotransmitters activated by amphetamine use, all other activities become less important. The need to take more becomes a core problem. Taking more requires more time, more energy and more money. Activities and people that used to be part of the user’s daily routine must be set aside so they can focus on scoring and getting high again.

At the same time, the increased doses required to satisfy the user’s cravings take a heavy toll on their body. Medical complications may develop, from superficial sores on the skin and mouth to serious organ damage.

This is the nature of addiction; it destroys the user’s life. And its effects ripple into the lives of everyone around them.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from amphetamine dependence, it is important to get help as soon as possible. The sooner an addict gets treatment for their addiction, the higher the chances of a successful recovery will be The Cabin prides itself on the use of only evidence-based treatments for amphetamine addiction, and there’s no better environment for setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Contact us today for a free, no obligations assessment and get started on the path to the healthier, happier life that you deserve.

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