Amphetamine Addiction

How to Help Your Loved One Beat Amphetamine Addiction

Your loved one has an amphetamine addiction, but it does not define who they are.

You know, deep inside, that they are tired of the struggle.

Furthermore, they expressed that they are ready to face the demons that haunt them and shed the stigma of addiction. But how?

A little bit of research time on the internet reveals that you can get them help from an amphetamine treatment program.

You know your special person needs the structure of such a plan to help in breaking the cycle of addiction.

But how do you know which treatment center is the right one for your loved one?

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Essential Facts About Amphetamine Addiction

We will go over a few essential facts about amphetamine addiction, including answers to the following questions that you might not know:

  • What is amphetamine?
  • What are amphetamines used to treat?
  • List of amphetamines. What are the prescription amphetamines?
  • How do amphetamines work?
  • How do you get addicted to amphetamines?
  • When is it time to get help for amphetamine addiction?

Once you have answered these questions, you will be able to move forward with confidence in helping get the assistance your loved one requires to beat their addiction.

If you have any questions as you read, please feel free to contact us at Pathfinders Recovery Center. We are always pleased to answer any question, no matter how small it might seem.

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What is an Amphetamine?

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency offers an amphetamine definition in a relatively straightforward manner, as “prescription stimulants.”

They go on to list the street names of amphetamines as the following:

  • Bennies
  • Uppers
  • Speed
  • Eye openers
  • Pep pills
  • Lid poppers
  • Black Beauties
  • Crank
  • Ice

But we will not stop there. We will expand on that point a little bit and look at the darker side of amphetamines—the illegal drug trade.

Yes, your loved one might have a prescription for amphetamines, or perhaps they do not.

The unlawful production of stimulant methamphetamine makes this drug available without a prescription from drug dealers across the United States.

Users might take amphetamines in a pill, crush and snort them, smoke them, or melt them in water and inject them.

Regardless of whether your amphetamine addiction stems from abusing a prescription or manufactured methamphetamine, you are doing the right thing to help them end the cycle.

What are Amphetamines Used to Treat?

In the United States, doctors will prescribe amphetamines to treat specific illnesses. The two most frequent reasons a doctor will write a script for this central nervous system stimulant are the following:

ADHD in Children

Children who suffer from ADHD experience difficulty in controlling their impulses and often cannot focus on learning new concepts. Although amphetamines are a stimulant, they help to focus on a single task.

This ability to help one focus on quiet tasks explains why college students face amphetamine addiction after trying to ace their final exams.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a secondary condition treated with amphetamines, but this therapy is falling out of general practice because of the risks of addiction.

People who suffer from narcolepsy deal with a unique sleep disorder that causes them to be suddenly sleepy and nod off without warning.

The stimulant effect enables narcoleptics to function in life with fewer instances of sudden sleepiness and gives them energy for their day.

This energy is often cited as the reason why production workers often face amphetamine addiction after trying the drug to help them keep up with a demanding workload.

Amphetamine Addiction - A bottle of pills lays on it side with small white amphetamine pills spilling out.

What are the Prescription Amphetamines by Brand Name?

This list of amphetamines provides you with a few of the brand names of this drug that you might recognize:

  • Adderall
  • Concerta
  • Desoxyn
  • Dexedrine
  • Dexedrine Spansule
  • Dextrostat
  • Focalin
  • ProCentra
  • Ritalin
  • Strattera
  • Vyvanse
  • Zenzedi

These are all prescription amphetamines, although they are also available as street drugs, as well.

How Do Amphetamines Work?

One question many family members and friends ask us is the questions of how do amphetamines work. Although this is a relatively complicated answer, we will break it down to a broad and general overview.

Amphetamines trigger the release of neurotransmitters, special messengers between your brain and your central nervous system.

In particular, they release dopamine, the chemical that makes people feel pleasure, gratification, and it also stimulates attention.

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How do You Get Addicted to Amphetamines?

Amphetamine abuse causes a person who struggles to trip that release of dopamine artificially. The brain perceives this stimulation as a “reward.”

Worse yet, the body begins to crave that feeling of pleasure, focus, or energy.

That action inside the brain kicks off the slide down the slippery slope of amphetamine addiction. Here is why.

Once a user experiences “the high,” their body adapts. In time, it either takes more frequent use or higher doses to recreate that same effect over and over again.

So for the user who struggles with amphetamine abuse to keep up their school work or lose weight or stay awake for long work hours, the cycle becomes destructive.

What is worse is that many who are held back by amphetamine addiction are acutely aware of the pervasive nature of the addiction. But try as hard as they might, users do not know how to stop themselves from using again.

Is Amphetamine a Stimulant?

Yes. Amphetamine stimulates the part of your brain that rewards you, making you feel pleasure and enabling you to fix attention on a task by making it seem more enjoyable.

Amphetamine Addiction - A man sits on his couch with a small amount of blood under his nose. This is a sign of amphetamine addiction.

When is it Time to Get Help for Amphetamine Addiction?

If your loved one is struggling with amphetamine addiction, you will notice their reckless behavior. Mood swings, insomnia, and excessive energy are frequent.

Additionally, you will often either witness or hear them express other physical symptoms of amphetamine abuse.

The following signs indicate that it is now time to get help for your friend or family member before further complications develop:

  • Acne breakouts
  • Blurry vision
  • Changes in blood pressure either high or low
  • Dry mouth
  • Facial tics or jerking motions
  • Hives or rashes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Nose bleeding
  • Raynaud’s Disease, a decrease in blood flow to the toes or fingers
  • Reduction in appetite, extreme weight loss
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Sweating

 

A Note on Mixing Amphetamine and Alcohol

Here’s a note on a final sign that your loved one needs help urgently.
If you also notice that your friend or family member uses both amphetamine and alcohol.

This combination can cause an individual to behave violently. If your special person is using amphetamines with alcohol, you must convince them to seek help immediately.

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Help Your Loved One End Amphetamine Abuse and Addiction

You know that your loved one is a worthy human being. You no longer want them controlled by amphetamine addiction.

If they agree with these statements, and they are ready to accept the assistance of Pathfinders Recovery Center, we are here to help. Please reach out to us at 866-414-0220.

An Addiction Counselor can offer you guidance on the next steps.

Furthermore, our team will help you verify insurance coverage to help you get the maximum benefits.

Do not let the paperwork serve as a reason to hold you back from helping your friend—we will take the heavy weight of that worry off their shoulders so they can focus on recovery.

We look forward to helping your special family member, friend, or loved one escape from the nightmare that is amphetamine abuse.