Amphetamines: Types, Uses and Dangers

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Amphetamines: Types, Uses and Dangers

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs, and they essentially speed up messages sent through pathways in the brain and body. Most often, amphetamines are prescribed to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy, and it’s also known by nicknames such as “speed”, “fast”, “up” and more. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) of Australia explains that amphetamines may come in the form of powder, tablets, crystals and capsules; these drugs can also be taken in a variety of ways, such as swallowed, dabbed on to the gums, inhaled through the nose, injected or smoked. There are many side effects that come with using amphetamines, and that’s what makes they so addictive:

  •    Euphoria
  •    Feeling as though thoughts are incredibly clear
  •    Greater feeling of being “in control”
  •    More sociability
  •    Increased energy

Methamphetamine, Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall and Ephedrine are different types of amphetamines, and all of them have high abuse potential. One person shared their personal story of abusing amphetamines via The Basement Project, a UK-based organization that sheds light on addiction recovery. He stated, “…I’d start doing amphetamines again; my relationship was breaking down, it came to an end and I just started hitting the clubs and drinking…I did a bit of heroin in between, did all the pills and stuff like that, but it didn’t seem like a problem then because I was working.”

High doses of amphetamine can lead to psychosis, in which a person experiences delusions, hallucinations, and out-of-character behaviors (such as through violence and aggression). When mixed with other drugs, the result can be incredibly dangerous. If you’ve been struggling with amphetamine addiction, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today. Now is the time to get the personalized help that you need – and the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can begin working towards your mental, physical and spiritual health.

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