Are Amphetamines Addictive?
Amphetamines are synthetic compounds used to stimulate the central nervous system in the treatment of conditions such as obesity and attention deficit disorder. The more popular brand names of amphetamines include Adderall, Dexedrine, and Desoxyn. The amphetamine family of medications is also infamously known for methamphetamines, which is a popular street narcotic also known as meth or crystal meth.
What are Amphetamines Made From?
Amphetamines are created when the pure forms of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine are mixed together. The most potent ingredient is the pure dextroamphetamine, which only becomes enhanced with the addition of levoamphetamine. While the amphetamine family of drugs has a reputation for addiction, it is also very successful in treating conditions such as narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder.
What are the Addictive Qualities of Amphetamines?
People become addicted to amphetamines primarily because of the intense physical effects the drug has on the human body. The drug comes primarily in pill form, but users have been known to snort it as a powder, put the powder in a pipe and smoke it, or melt it down and inject it directly into their bloodstream. The reason for snorting, smoking and injecting the substance is to both intensify the effects and to feel the effects faster.
In all of its forms, amphetamine medication gives users a euphoric feeling, a strong sense of confidence, a boost in energy, and an immediate shift to a better mood. All of these immediate effects are what makes amphetamines extremely addictive, and the need to intensify those effects is what causes people to experiment with different ways of taking the drug.
How do you Become Addicted to Amphetamines?
Because amphetamines have an immediate and intense reaction with the central nervous system, these drugs tend to become addictive almost immediately. The most addictive amphetamine is methamphetamine, which can have a devastating physical effect on the body when addiction settles in.
One of the more common ways that amphetamines become addictive is when they are taken even after there is no longer a medical need. Users who no longer need to take the drug still want that feeling of euphoria and the other narcotic effects, so they will start taking the drug recreationally after their treatment has ended.
What are the Signs of Amphetamine Addiction?
The initial signs of amphetamine addiction are more behavioral than physical. Some of the more common signs include:
- Forgetting about responsibilities such as work or school
- Inability to focus or complete tasks
- Disregard for personal hygiene or appearance
- Lack of appetite and noticeable weight loss
Persistent amphetamine addiction can lead to more pronounced and visible symptoms such as rotting teeth and physical reactions to stimulus that does not exist. For example, some advanced addicts will insist that they have something crawling on them when there is nothing there.
It is important that friends and family members not discount changes in a user that could indicate amphetamine addiction. For example, severe mood swings and unusual violent outbursts are common among addicts. Some addicts will turn to stealing money from friends or family members to feed their addiction.
What are the Withdrawal Signs of Amphetamines?
Because amphetamines are designed to work on the central nervous system, they become both physically and psychologically addictive. It only takes one day without the drug for addicts to start feeling withdrawal effects. It can be extremely difficult for addicts to hide amphetamine withdrawal effects because of how the medication affects the body. Once addiction has started, it is extremely dangerous for the user to try and stop the addiction on their own.
Some of the more pronounced withdrawal effects include:
- Insomnia and hyperactivity
- Stomach cramps
- Profuse sweating
- Increase in appetite
- Vivid nightmares
These withdrawal effects can be extremely uncomfortable and last as long as three weeks. Amphetamine addiction is one of the conditions that see a lot of users attempt to detoxify themselves rather than seek medical help. The number of people who successfully detoxify themselves is very low because the withdrawal effects can be almost agony and the users will go back to the drug to get rid of the effects.
Several types of amphetamines are prescribed by doctors for a variety of medical conditions. It is this initial introduction to medical treatment that often leads to addiction problems. Patients who do start to experience addiction problems should talk to their primary physician immediately. Patients should never attempt to detoxify themselves as that could result in an even more intense addiction to get rid of the withdrawal effects.
Methamphetamines are becoming more prevalent as an illegal street drug, and amphetamines in pill form are also being sold on the streets in large numbers. The incidents of amphetamine addiction are on the rise, and the only safe way to kick the addiction is with the help of a certified addiction treatment facility with a staff of experienced and professional medical experts.
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