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Affordable and Effective Amphetamine Rehab in Thailand

Affordable
and Effective Amphetamine Rehab in Thailand

Amphetamines are a powerful class of stimulant drugs that act on the central nervous system. Their ability to promote a state of wakefulness, alertness and greater focus make them a valuable type of medication for those who suffer from certain medical conditions – not least attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. You may recognise the medication names Ritalin and Dexamphetine, to name a few. These medications all contain the stimulant Amphetamine.

Under strict medical supervision, prescription amphetamines can be used safely, but their benefits are more than balanced by a very real risk of addiction. When taken recreationally, it’s not unusual for users to increase their ‘dose’ quite quickly. This increases the risk of dependence significantly. In the event that dependence does take hold, amphetamine addiction treatment or amphetamine detox are critical considerations.

If you’re concerned that you or a person you care about is developing a dependence to amphetamines, it’s important to act quickly. Every addiction is dangerous – even life-threatening – but amphetamine addiction works particularly quickly and with devastating effects. It is important to seek expert guidance.

Amphetamine Abuse and its Heavy Toll on the Body

One of the sad realities of amphetamine abuse is that it gets ugly – fast. Overuse can lead to a wide range of undesirable effects

  • Cardiovascular problems 
  • Reduced cognitive ability
  • Muscular breakdown
  • Paranoia
  • Overt hostility
  • Delusions & Psychosis (a well-documented effect of heavy use)

These exclude the harsh effects of abusing a drug like this. 

For example, crushing a drug into a powder form to inject can lead to extremely dangerous blockages in blood vessels. For those trying to decrease or cease use, difficulty sleeping and even depressive symptoms can often result.

Indeed, all things being equal – no one in their right mind chooses to experience these effects. However, amphetamine addiction takes a person out of their right mind. They’re left with a mind that knows for a fact that an immediate fix leads to short-term peace and contentment – and a body that has become physically dependent on the drug and craves it. This is the all-encompassing danger of addiction.

The Danger of Amphetamine Abuse and Overdose

Amphetamine abuse can lead to much more serious health conditions. Overdoses are indeed possible and can be fatal. The following are signs of amphetamine overdose:

  • Chest pain in varying degrees
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Muscle spasms and convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Rising body temperature, leading to hyperthermia
  • Extreme agitation, sometimes resulting in anger and rage
  • Cardiac arrest

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

At this point, the need for treatment for amphetamine abuse becomes painfully evident. No one chooses to be in a situation like this, but unfortunately, it happens all too often. The Good news for these individuals is, The Cabin is here to help forge a path to recovery.

Medical Treatment for Amphetamine Withdrawal

When it comes to amphetamine addiction, there are several negative factors working against the user. Not only has the user’s brain reward system been hijacked – meaning that they’re unable to act accordingly to their own best interest – they’re also forced to deal with increasing tolerance to the drug, which results in unbearable cravings and the risk of serious amphetamine withdrawal symptoms.

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

While these symptoms may not be life-threatening, they’re extremely unpleasant and can push a person to relapse early in their treatment programme. In fact, without clinical intervention, it is in the early stages of withdrawals that users tend to give up and go back to using. Enrolling at a reputable inpatient facility like The Cabin Rehab means the person has the full support of the facility and staff. They’ll remain as comfortable as possible throughout the entire amphetamine detox process.

Why a Private Amphetamine Addiction Rehab is Best

There are several different types of rehab available for those who are ready to overcome their amphetamine addiction. Some opt for an inpatient treatment facility, and there’s much to be said for an overseas rehab option. The overall discretion and value for money one can enjoy at The Cabin Rehab have made this an attractive option for over 5000 clients since our inception.There are several different types of rehab available for those who are ready to overcome their amphetamine addiction. Some opt for an inpatient treatment facility, and there’s much to be said for an overseas rehab option. The overall discretion and value for money one can enjoy at The Cabin Rehab have made this an attractive option for over 5000 clients since our inception.

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

  • Our inpatient centre creates a safe environment, away from triggers, so they can properly detox from amphetamines and begin to create new, more beneficial habits.
  • Clients have round-the-clock treatment and care, which means you’ll always have the professional support you need – when you need it most.
  • Our highly trained addiction therapists conduct group and one-on-one counselling sessions, laying the groundwork for you to join the recovery community back at home.
  • Enrolling in rehab in another country goes removes the person from their relapse triggers and places them in an entirely new environment.
  • A full line-up of planned activities – from yoga to artistic workshops – offer the client the chance to develop new interests, which can help take the place of previous addictive cycles.
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Additionally, we should mention confidentiality. Travelling overseas to enrol in an 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 vacation.

By the time clients have completed their initial inpatient treatment at The Cabin, they have acquired the tools they need to maintain their recovery and resist relapse once they’ve returned home.

Information About Amphetamine Addiction

What are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs 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 intoxicating experience. 

Often confused with their more dangerous cousin, methamphetamines, amphetamines are distinct in that they still have applications for medical purposes. When taken as intended, and under strict supervision, the benefits can actually outweigh the risks.

However, the same properties that make amphetamines medically useful at therapeutic  doses also make them extremely dangerous at higher-than-recommended doses. Amphetamines stimulate the brain’s reward system – especially at higher doses – creating a short-term sense of euphoria – reinforcing further use.

Because amphetamines are medically useful, it makes them more difficult to control. When a drug is available by prescription, eventually it will become available on the street. In the case of amphetamines, the drug’s severe addictive qualities make it profitable to synthesise and distribute. Anyone who wants to buy amphetamines can acquire them without too much difficulty – if not with a doctor’s script, then from a person selling illegally. In addition to this, there are street versions (speed, base) that are far stronger and free of regulation. Here, the risk of addiction increases exponentially

How Users Take Amphetamines?

Prescription stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderal, Concerta and many others are largely manufactured in capsule, tablet or liquid form. They’re intended to be taken orally and under the increasingly strict supervision of a healthcare provider. When abusing these drugs, users will take them in ways that were not intended – beginning with using them without a prescription and using beyond the recommended dose.

In more extreme cases – but sadly not uncommon – the user may take the drug in ways that run completely counter to how they were prescribed. Users may open capsules or pulverise tablets to snort their contents. They may even dissolve the powder in water for intravenous injection. This level of dose manipulation is extremely dangerous – and all the more with a drug as powerful as amphetamine.

Short-Term Effects of Amphetamine Misuse

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When a person takes more than the recommended dose of amphetamines they may experience a euphoric rush along with the following side effects:

  • An Increase in breathing rate
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Decreased circulation
  • Dilated airways
  • Elevated blood sugar levels

These are routine side effects for amphetamine misuse, and they can take a turn for the worse for anyone taking an even higher risk in their misuse – such as snorting or injecting. Extremely high body temperatures (hyperthermia), irregular heartbeat, seizures and cardiovascular failure are all possible – and all can lead to serious health complications.

Exactly How Addictive Are Amphetamines?

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

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

Amphetamines act upon the central nervous system to increase the production of two vital neurotransmitters – dopamine and norepinephrine. Both neurotransmitters have important roles to play in the reward system. Each dose of amphetamine produces more of these neurotransmitters, reinforcing the behaviour that triggers them.

This is one of the reasons that prescription amphetamines are so carefully dosed and closely monitored by governing bodies. Below a certain dose or threshold, its effect on the reward centre is minimal. Above this threshold, all bets are off.

How to Know if Someone is on Amphetamines

Addiction can be ugly, but the signs of drug use aren’t always easy to detect. Even so, if one has a sneaking suspicion that a person they care about is losing themselves to addiction, it can be troubling – to say the least. So, how can you tell if a person you care about is at risk?

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

Different amphetamines affect people differently, but they all stimulate 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 excitable and alert – with elevated vital signs. These are some of the common indicators:

  • Elevated heart rate 
  • Increased body temperature
  • Talkativeness and unusually ‘chatty’
  • Unusually excessive energy
  • Uncharacteristic confidence
  • Restlessness or jitteriness

The amphetamine high is quite 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 find it very difficult to sleep during (and often after) the high, so sleeplessness and/or the development of new and unusual sleeping habits are also a clue.

It is important to note that these behaviours and side effects are not surefire signs 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.

Quick Development of Tolerance to Amphetamines

One of the biggest reasons that amphetamine abuse is so dangerous is that tolerance develops much faster than expected. The body quickly adapts to the presence of amphetamine-induced neurotransmitters and a dose that achieved the desired result last month, last week or even yesterday no longer works so well. The brain wants more – and it urges the user to ‘make that happen’ (drug seeking).

By nature, the brain needs to feel as though it’s involved in worthwhile activities. However, once it has been hijacked by the neurotransmitters activated by amphetamine use, all previously fulfilling activities become less important. The need to take more and more becomes the core drive. Taking more of the drug requires more time, more energy and more money. Activities 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.

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

Sadly, 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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