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Amphetamines are a prevalent drug in our society because they are stimulants, allowing the user to remain alert for long hours at a time. Eventually, the user burns out and feels the drain of the false energy amphetamines have created.
Amphetamines are otherwise known as “speed,” and come in a variety of forms. There are street versions as well as prescription versions. Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system and increase brain neurotransmitter activity.
Amphetamines are known to reduce appetite, and in some cases are used to treat individuals with obesity. They are also used as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Street amphetamines are sometimes called “whites” or “white cross” and are similar in stimulus effects to cocaine. They are easy to get and can be bought online. Users often take more than a few, creating their own dosage depending on their level of tolerance and use.
When a person is using amphetamines, there are multiple effects that change the way their body functions. Amphetamines will cause an increase in heart rate and a rise in blood pressure. Other effects may be that they make the user feel “up” and focused, as well as more sociable.
When someone has used amphetamines for a prolonged length of time, they may begin to develop additional symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, and even psychosis. Addicts can suffer from hallucinations, tremors, and substantial weight loss. Personalities can be affected, and behavioral changes occur, such as increased aggression or even violence.
When a person decides that they’ve had enough of drug use, they come to Avalon Malibu’s Cottage House for help in their recovery from amphetamine addiction. Most often a user of amphetamines has been taking the drug for quite some time. The idea of living without the “crutch” of amphetamines is daunting, but the wear on the body and the cycle of abuse may have grown even more frightening – enough to seek help. Withdrawal symptoms from prescription amphetamines are similar to that of street amphetamines. Some of the effects are mental fatigue, depression, malnutrition, and hunger.
At The Cottage House, where detox from amphetamines takes place, clients can become agitated, anxious, lethargic, and even suicidal. We provide twenty-four-hour care from licensed physicians, nurses, and therapists who work together to ensure that everyone who comes to Avalon Malibu for treatment gets the care and attention they need to recover.