Amphetamine Addiction And Recovery 101

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While many people may think of amphetamines as illegal drugs, there is also a variety of prescription amphetamine drugs. One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in this category is prescribed to patients who are diagnosed with ADHD.

The prescription Ritalin is an amphetamine drug used to decrease hyperactivity and increase focus in children and adults suffering from ADHD. While the medication may have a calming effect on those with ADHD, it has an opposite effect on those without the disorder.

Risk Of Amphetamine Addiction

Whether you are prescribed amphetamines such as Ritalin from your doctor or purchase it on the streets, addiction to amphetamines is common. For those who are prescribed the medication and are becoming dependent, they may begin increasing their dose without a doctor’s recommendation, lie about the severity of symptoms, and/or “doctor shop” to get a stronger prescription.

Amphetamine drugs often cause your body to develop a tolerance to the chemicals. This results in a higher dose being needed to achieve the safe effects the body has become used to.

College students may begin using “study drugs” – ”uppers” like Ritalin to help them stay awake to study for tests or complete assignments. Over time, they are unable to function normally without the use of the drug.

Signs Of Amphetamine Addiction

If you believe your loved one may be addicted to amphetamines, you should look for these three warning signs:

  • Significant loss of weight – Amphetamines are known to decrease appetite while increasing metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia – The prolonged use of amphetamines affects the neurotransmitters in the brain; you may find your loved one unable to sleep for days at a time.
  • Change in mood when they are out of the drug – Many people who are addicted to amphetamines will become aggressive and even violent when they are unable to take the drug.

Amphetamine Treatment Recovery

The treatment for amphetamine addiction varies based on the type of amphetamines the patient is using and the duration of the addiction. Many patients who are detoxing from amphetamines may become aggressive, suicidal, and lethargic. For this reason our Cottage House at Avalon Malibu is tailored specifically for amphetamine recovery. We have a doctors, nurses, and counselors on staff 24/7 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each of our patients.

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