Addiction can be devastating to anyone who experiences it as well as their friends and family. Amphetamine addiction can be especially brutal.
What are amphetamines?
Amphetamines are a stimulant that targets the central nervous system. This drug is usually prescribed for the treatment of such ailments like narcolepsy, asthma, and hyperactivity. There is widespread mass usage of amphetamines like Ritalin and Adderall – but they are unfortunately commonly abused as they are so easily attained. The main purpose of amphetamines is to revitalize and energize an individual, several side effects of long-term use can include weight loss and lack of appetite. It is for that exact reason that people use it as a weight loss mechanism, hence how some people can get sucked into a cycle of drug abuse.
Many students have been caught in amphetamine abuse due to the fact it can cause hyperfocus. It can sometimes be known as the study drug. However, this drug is not as innocent as it sounds. Like any other narcotic, long exposure can cause many negative side effects. According to the Centre for Substance Abuse Research, amphetamine abuse can cause; heart problems, malnutrition, brain disorders and seizing. That is only a small fraction of what amphetamine abuse can do to the user’s body.
How do I tell if a loved one is misusing any kind of amphetamine?
It can be a tragic time to discover that a loved one is abusing drugs, that is why you must be sure before you accuse them or sign them up for treatment. There are several signs and symptoms that appear when an individual is misusing:
- Accelerated speech
- Dilated pupils
- A higher rate of breathing
- Sudden high blood pressure
If a loved one or friend presents any or all of those symptoms, then it is best to speak to them directly and discuss treatment options.
What treatment is available?
There are several broad treatment options available for the afflicted, most of which are typical for any kind of substance abuse.
- The first step is to research and check into a treatment or rehab facility that is right for yourself or a loved one. After that, the patient will most likely be asked to fill out a short form or questionnaire, so the facility can have a better understanding of their individual needs. This provides a stable and nurturing environment that will definitely help the recovery process – especially if the home environment is not suited to a healthy recovery process. Sometimes it is best for the patient to get away from any stressors or triggers in everyday life.
- It bears mentioning that there are several outpatient programmes if the patient’s home life is, in fact, indicative to a stable recovery process. Some addicts can find this a lot less daunting or unsettling. Thus, this is only an option for those who have a stable and supportive home environment who can access transport and lab services. These types of patients are usually highly motivated ones who follow their treatment plans closely.
A number of other treatments are also readily available for those addicted to amphetamines. These can include herbal remedies, vigorous exercise, supplements, and holistic methods; this can be anything from yoga to acupuncture. While they are not necessarily scientific methods, there is tentative proof that they can ease the discomfort associated with withdrawal.
Also included in most treatment programmes are relapse prevention methods. This not only helps prevent patients from using amphetamines again after they finish the programmes but also can stop them from using other drugs. This usually just comprises of rigid action plans and helpful support networks.