What are Amphetamine Abuse and Addiction? Can Treatment Help With Recovery?

Amphetamine addiction continues to be a problem in the U.S., and it will as long as people abuse these drugs. So many do so without any thought to the consequences, and detox and rehab is often needed before they can stop.

In the midst of our country’s opioid epidemic, the misuse of amphetamine has been allowed to continue mostly unchecked. Drugs like Adderall and Dexedrine are often over-prescribed, which leaves a lot of people at risk for abuse and addiction.

Amphetamines are very effective when they are used for their intended purpose. But when they are not, it is very easy for people to become dependent upon them. The reality is that these drugs can be very dangerous when they are abused. We want to do our part to get the word out about the risks involved. But we also want to make sure people know that there is hope.

Both detox and rehab are needed in order to recover from an amphetamine addiction. But before we discuss treatment, we want to talk about how dangerous these drugs really are.

What is Amphetamine?

Amphetamines are a type of synthetic stimulant. They’re often found in prescription medications.

Like most stimulants, their primary purpose is to treat mood disorders and improve focus. They’re most commonly prescribed for conditions like ADHD and narcolepsy. This is why they’re occasionally described as “the opposite of sleeping pills.”

The most popular drug in this class is Adderall, also known as dextroamphetamine-amphetamine. Other drugs in the same class include:

Typically, amphetamine drugs come in pill form. Occasionally, they may come in a salt or powder form.

Amphetamines work by supplying the brain with a rush of dopamine and norepinephrine. These are two neurotransmitters associated with motivation, focus, and memory. Without them, users have a hard time paying attention and retaining information.

Dopamine, specifically, is associated with pleasure. Normally, a person’s brain receives dopamine when they do something pleasurable like eating, laughing, or petting an animal.

Under normal circumstance, the body sends dopamine out of the brain to recycle it later on. When a person takes Adderall or another amphetamine, dopamine is trapped in their brain for several hours. Therefore, it is unable to be flushed out until the medication wears off.

On one hand, this is a good thing. It provides dopamine-deficient people with a larger supply than they would have otherwise. But this can be dangerous. Because dopamine causes pleasure, many people overuse the drugs that generate it. If a person uses drugs purely for the rush (or “high”), they run the risk of developing an addiction.

Not all the effects of amphetamines are positive. These drugs can have several negative side effects including:

  • Disorientation
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pains
  • Chest pains
  • Constipation
  • Inability to sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Anxiety

Amphetamine Abuse

Many users take these prescription medications responsibly. They use them under a doctor’s supervision and use only the recommended dose.

However, plenty of people misuse them. Some people use them for recreational purposes. Others take theirs as a “study drug”, which helps them focus even if they’re not prescribed. Occasionally, prescribed users might abuse their prescription by taking more than the doctor instructs them to.

A lot of people also abuse amphetamines by crushing them up and snorting them. Doing this allows the drug to enter the bloodstream much faster. Therefore, it tends to give the user a greater “high”.

All of these are dangerous practices. The misuse of these drugs can lead to all kinds of problems, including chemical dependency.

Abusing drugs like Adderall or Dexedrine is risky behavior. It can cause a range of negative health problems, including:

Respiratory trouble: Stimulants can take a toll on the lungs. They speed up the central nervous system, which is tied to blood flow and breathing regulation. When the CNS speeds up, the user begins to breathe faster. Over time, the user may overextend their lung capacity.

On top of that, users may experience “Ritalin lung”. This is a condition where small amounts of pill prevent blood from reaching the lungs. It is usually found in people who snort or inject amphetamine salts. This condition increases the risk of lung cancer. It can also cause other terminal illnesses.

Cardiovascular problems: Prescription stimulants are also known to increase the risk of cardiovascular events. Adderall abuse, for example, is closely linked to heart failure.

These drugs cause the blood to flow faster. The heart has to work harder to process all of the blood. As a result, blood pressure increases.

Over time, the heart becomes exhausted. This can lead to heart attacks, heart failures, and other issues.

This is most common in people who have an amphetamine abuse problem. However, it can occur in prescription users as well.

Teeth rotting: Methamphetamine, a subgroup of amphetamines, is known to cause dental issues. This is commonly referred to as “meth mouth”.

Crystal meth isn’t the only drug that causes tooth decay, though. Prescription drugs like Vyvanse and Adderall dry out the mouth, turning them into a hotbed of bacteria.

If the individual fails to take care of their teeth while using these drugs, they may find that their teeth rot.

Hair Loss: Alopecia and amphetamine use are closely linked. Basically, drugs like Adderall induce a type of “stress” on the central nervous system.

As you may know, stress can cause hair to fell out. When the CNS is overactive, the body feels is tricked into thinking that it’s in danger. The brain halts all hair production to focus its energy elsewhere. Over time, the hair may start to fall out.

This can occur in both men and women.

Skin rashes: ADHD medications are known to cause skin rashes. They occur for a lot of different reasons.

Sometimes, skin eruptions happen because the user is allergic to the drug. More commonly, however, they occur due to increased blood flow.

When the blood flows too fast, rashes may show up on the skin. Thus, this is a common side effect of amphetamines.

Delusions/hallucinations: Small amounts of dopamine are good for the brain. This chemical is part of the body’s “reward system”. Essentially, it rewards us with dopamine to remind us to repeat the activities that make us feel good.

But, too much dopamine overstimulates the brain. Someone with an overstimulated brain may start to see or hear things that aren’t real. They may become paranoid. They might develop the irrational belief that they’re in danger.

Over time, this paranoia can develop into psychosis.

Seizures: These are a rare side effect of amphetamines. But, seizures are known to occur in users from time to time.

Most often, this happens in people who have epilepsy or similar conditions. However, ADHD meds like Dexedrine can increase the risk of seizure in people who have never had one.

Overdose: The worst potential side effect is an overdose. This can take many forms.

Most often, amphetamine overdose results in panic attacks, a rapid heart rate, and breathlessness. In extreme cases, an overdose can lead to instant heart failure (i.e death).

Typically, overdoses occur in illicit users who take too much or ingest the drug via snorting or injection.

6 Key Signs of Stimulant Abuse

Worried that you or a loved one is abusing their prescription? These six behaviors are signs that a person is using irresponsibly:

Using amphetamines without a prescription: Dexedrine, Adderall, and other meds are prescription drugs. No one should take them without a doctor’s permission. Even if the user is taking drugs to enhance their performance at school or work, this is still a dangerous behavior. It is considered drug abuse no matter how little the user takes.

Taking too much: There is a reason why these drugs are prescribed in specific doses. If a user takes too much, they can experience a lot of negative side effects (see Dangers of Amphetamines section above). Any user (even someone with a prescription) who takes too much is abusing amphetamines.

Snorting, smoking, or injecting: Once a user builds a tolerance for these drugs, they may resort to other methods of consumption. For example, many users crush up Adderall and snort it. This allows them to feel heightened effects. Snorting, along with smoking and injecting, are all considered drug abuse. These drugs should only be taken in their intended form.

Mixing with other substances: Someone might mix stimulants and alcohol, or mix them with marijuana, to get high. This is dangerous. These drug cocktails can have disastrous effects on the nervous system. They also increase the risk of overdose.

Recreational use: Any type of recreational use is bad. Users should only take these drugs for medical purposes. Even if a user takes a tiny amount to get high, they are abusing amphetamines.

Substituting cocaine or crystal meth: In extreme cases, a user might transition from Adderall, Dexedrine, or a similar drug to cocaine or meth. Cocaine and amphetamines are both stimulants, after all. Crystal meth is, too. So, a user who no longer has access to prescription drugs might substitute illicit drugs in order to get high. This is a sign that their habit has gotten out of hand.

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Amphetamine Abuse Statistics

The most recent amphetamine abuse statistics are quite surprising. But they tell us that:

  • More people are using amphetamines now than ever before. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of people aged 12 or older who use these drugs is going up quickly.
  • More than 30,000 people visit the ER because of stimulant abuse every year.
  • The majority of those emergency room visits are by people who are aged 18 or older.
  • 45% of ER visits that involved amphetamines also involve other prescription medications.
  • 21% of them also involved other illicit drugs.
  • 19% of them also involved alcohol.
  • For college students, attending a competitive college increases their chances of getting addicted to amphetamines.
  • Amphetamine use is second only to marijuana use when it comes to college students’ substance abuse behaviors.
  • According to one MIT report, 3% of students were diagnosed with ADHD, while 13.7% of them used amphetamines.
Amphetamine Addiction Information

Amphetamine Addiction

These drugs carry a high risk of abuse. They’re also easy to get addicted to. Even those folks who start by taking them for prescription purposes can get hooked. Over time, a user might find that they’re unable to get out of bed without using drugs.

This can have a range of negative effects. It can severely impact their physical and mental health. It can take a toll on their personal, professional, and financial lives. It can even lead them to use hard, illicit drugs down the road.

As we explained in the sections above, these drugs work by releasing dopamine into the brain. They actually have a similar structure to dopamine itself. So, by tricking the brain into thinking it’s receiving dopamine, it causes the brain to open up the floodgates and let more in.

Now, dopamine can be good. But, too much of it is unhealthy.

See, human beings are constantly in search of a dopamine rush. That’s why we eat tasty foods and do fun things. Whenever you eat your favorite meal, a rush of neurotransmitters is sent into your brain. When you exercise or play video games, the same thing happens.

Each of these activities sends a chemical rush into the dopamine receptors. Your body makes you “crave” that activity because it wants the dopamine reward.

Unfortunately, none of these activities can compete with the rush the drugs provide. When you take synthetic stimulants, your brain receives a far bigger rush than any other activity (aside from opioids) can generate.

So, it starts to generate cravings for that activity. Essentially, it becomes the little devil on your shoulder, telling you “Do more stimulants!”, because it knows that they make you feel good.

Amphetamine dependence develops when a user continues to feed their cravings. When they use drugs for a prolonged period of time, their body becomes accustomed to it.

Then, they’ll need to use more in order to get the same effect. This is called “tolerance”.

As a result, many people who started by taking small amounts end up having to take larger amounts. They may even start crushing up their Adderall or using cocaine to get the same rush.

At a certain point, they may not be able to function without the drug in their system. If they’re unable to obtain a dose, they may experience headaches, nausea, and severe anxiety. Unless they get their fix, these symptoms will continue.

Addiction is what happens when someone is unable to live their life without a certain drug. It’s very easy for people to get addicted to Dexedrine, Concerta, Ritalin, and other amphetamines.

Worried that someone you know is addicted to prescription drugs? Look for one or more of the following signs:

Hyperactivity: Amphetamines are most commonly prescribed to hyperactive kids. They help these kids to focus. However, if someone who doesn’t have ADHD uses them, they can actually cause hyperactivity.

The same goes for people with ADHD who take too much. When the CNS is overstimulated, the user might find themselves bouncing off the walls. In extreme cases, overusing can induce insomnia.

Exhaustion/Depression: An amphetamine hangover is no joke. After all, the flood of dopamine doesn’t last forever.

Once the user starts to come down, their system may crash. They’re likely to feel tired or even depressed. They may not be able to get out of bed unless they get another fix.

Delusions/Paranoia: Paranoia is a common side effect of amphetamine addiction. “Meth heads”, for example, are known to have frightening delusions.

One of the central nervous system’s jobs is to trigger fear in us when we’re in danger. That’s why we sweat and tremble when we’re scared.

If the CNS is triggered by synthetic stimulants, the user may become afraid of the people and things around them, even if no real danger is present.

Lapsed sense of responsibility: Drug addicts often neglect their family, friends, and responsibilities when they’re using. Unfortunately, the drug turns into the center of their world.

Addiction is a complex disease. It basically rewires the addict’s brain and causes them to believe that they need the drug to survive. Even if they are conscious of the pain their addiction causes in their life, they continue to use it. Oftentimes, this happens at the expense of their loved ones and obligations.

Lapsed interests: When someone uses drugs frequently, they often stop caring about the things that used to make them happy. This includes their hobbies.

If someone suddenly gives up on all of the things they used to love, it could be a sign of stimulant abuse.

Financial distress: Drugs cost a lot of money, particularly when the user is paying for them out of pocket. Insurance might cover the expenses for a while if the user has a prescription. But, once their habit spirals into drug abuse, they’ll probably have to spend their own money.

As a result, they might end up broke. In extreme cases, they might steal other people’s drugs or money to buy drugs with.

Doctor-shopping: Sometimes, prescription drug addicts start off by taking a prescribed amount of the substance. Over time, however, they fall into a habit of overusing.

At a certain point, it takes more for them to get high than the amount their doctor prescribes. Thus, many addicts start seeing multiple doctors to get multiple prescriptions.

This practice is known as “doctor shopping”. It’s a surefire sign of amphetamine abuse.

Celebrity Amphetamine Addicts

A lot of famous people have struggled with stimulant addiction. Some of the most famous ones include:

Judy Garland: The Wizard of Oz star took excessive amounts of prescription stimulants, mostly to regulate her weight.

Winston Churchill: This British politician was known for abusing stimulants. He often took them to stay up late, strategizing for war.

Philip K. Dick: The renowned science fiction author abused amphetamines for years, eventually dying at age 54.

Demi Lovato: Among other drugs, the singer and actress struggled with Adderall addiction.

Amanda Bynes: In 2018, Bynes’ confessed to having abused Adderall for years. Her substance issues led to a mental breakdown that landed her in recovery.

Are you addicted to Adderall or another stimulant? Recovery is possible.

A stimulant addiction is hard to overcome. But it’s not impossible. Every year, countless numbers of people are able to quit using and get back on the right path.

The first thing an addict needs to do is to admit that they have a problem. That’s the hardest step. Once they’ve confronted the issue, they can move forward with getting help.

There are a lot of different resources that can help an addict get sober. Detox, rehab, and 12-step programs are a few of them.

Detox is the first step in recovery. Without going through amphetamine detox, a person will not be able to get sober.

Essentially, this is the name for the process where an addict flushes all of the drugs out of their system. They can do it in a professional detox facility or on their own using the “cold turkey method”.

Drugs exit the body via sweat, urine, vomit, and stool. This can be somewhat unpleasant. But, once the body flushes all of the drugs out, the user is able to move forward and focus on the amphetamine addiction recovery process.

When an addict tries to quit after many years, they may experience adverse effects. These effects are known as withdrawal symptoms.

These withdrawals take many forms. All of them are signs that the body is trying to fix itself. From diarrhea to anxiety, withdrawals are evidence that the body and brain are trying to adjust to life without drugs.

Common signs of amphetamine withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Profuse sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Head pains
  • Insomnia
  • Exhaustion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Inability to focus

Not everyone experiences all of these side effects. Some people just get nauseous and anxious. Others vomit for several days. The addict’s specific symptoms depend on a range of different factors.

The half-life of Adderall and other stimulants in between 9 and 14 hours. This means that it takes roughly half a day for a user’s body to get rid of 50% of the total amount they used.

So, if someone used large amounts of a stimulant for several years, it can take days to get all the leftovers out of their system.

And even after that, they are likely to experience residual side effects for a week or more.

The withdrawal timeline usually looks something like this:

0 to 2 days: The first signs of amphetamine withdrawal will show up in the first two days of detox. The addict will crave their drug of choice. They’ll become restless. They may feel anxiety and are likely to be unmotivated.

The addict should remind themselves that these symptoms are a good thing. They are signs that the body is trying to readjust itself. Their addiction may have a hold on their body and brain now, but they’ll overcome it if they can avoid relapsing.

2 days to 1 week: Throughout the week, the addict will become more and more anxious. They may have waves of calmness, but restlessness will follow. The cravings are likely to continue.

If the addict is detoxing in a treatment facility, they’ll probably leave by the end of the week.

During this period, it’s important for the addict to eat. Food will speed up metabolism process and help to flush the chemicals out. They should also exercise if possible. This can expedite the amphetamine detox process by generating sweat. Both of these things can stimulate dopamine receptors.

1 week to one month+: Typically, stimulant addicts are able to detox in 7-9 days. However, they may experience withdrawal symptoms for a few weeks afterward. They’ll stop vomiting and won’t feel as sick, but they will probably feel anxious for a few weeks.

This is normal. Many addicts feel anxiety and depression after detox. This is due to depleted dopamine levels. It also occurs because sobriety induces clarity. Therefore, the addict may become embarrassed by how they acted when they were using.

Rehab can help with these side effects. 12-step groups are beneficial, too.

Professional Detox for Stimulant Addicts

Addicts don’t have to go through amphetamine withdrawals at home by themselves. Instead, they can attend a professional detox facility.

These facilities are staffed with doctors and therapists who can help the addict through the process. They’ll monitor the patient’s progress to ensure that they’re detoxing in the safest possible manner. The facility will serve healthy food and prescribe supplements that can ease the addict’s withdrawal symptoms.

Detox treatment centers are the best option for addicts who want to quit.

Detoxing in a professional treatment center is much safer and more comfortable than detoxing at home.

Here are a few of the biggest benefits:

No access to drugs: The biggest problem with home detoxing is that the addict will have access to stimulants. After all, what is stopping them from calling up a friend who can sell them some Adderall? Nothing.

By checking into a detox facility, the addict will cut themselves off from the outside world. Then, they won’t be able to get drugs. When they return home, it will be easier for them to avoid relapsing.

Medical supervision: Doctors can make detox much easier. They’ll ensure that the addict is properly hydrated. And, they may prescribe non-addictive medications to ease the addict’s pain.

Detoxing can hurt. It only makes sense that an addict would want to limit the amount of pain they feel as much as possible.

Comfortable facilities: Treatment centers like Northpoint provide comfortable spaces where addicts can go through withdrawals in peace. This includes a comfortable bed, clean shared spaces, and prepared food.

For many people, this is a lot more relaxing than trying to detox at home.

Time and space: Quitting stimulants doesn’t mesh well with everyday life. After all, most people use drugs as a way to cope with their daily stresses. When the drugs are taken away, addicts often find that life becomes unmanageable.

Professional detox gives addicts the opportunity to step away from their life for a few days. That way, they can focus on getting clean. They don’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or answering phone calls. They can go through withdrawals without any additional stressors to drive them toward relapse.

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Addiction rehab is the second step in the recovery process. After an addict is able to get the stimulants out of their system, they need to address the emotional side of their condition.

In rehab, they’ll meet with therapists and counselors who can help them to understand their addictive behavior. They’ll try to address the root causes of their condition, which may include past trauma or pre-existing mental disorders. Sometimes, this involves medication. Other times, they may just need to talk through things.

Additionally, the addict will participate in daily group support sessions. In these meetings, addicts share their stories and offer support to each other.

Ideally, these programs help addicts to prepare for life after a drug abuse habit.

There are two main types of rehab. They are each designed for different types of people with different needs.

These two types are:

Outpatient treatment: This is a non-residential form of rehab. Addicts live at their own house but report to the facility every day for a few weeks. Each day, they meet with therapists and support groups. They also check in with doctors, who monitor their health.

This works well for people who have school, work, or familial obligations. It gives patients the freedom to get treatment during the day and to tend to their responsibilities in the evening.

Inpatient treatment: Unlike outpatient treatment, this is a residential form of rehab. Addicts live on-site at the facility with other recovering addicts. Each day, they wake up and eat breakfast with the other patients before heading off to a series of check-ups, therapy sessions, and support meetings.

This is the best amphetamine rehab for addicts who are unable to live outside without relapsing. Inpatient rehab cuts off their drug supply so that they can focus on getting sober. It gives them time to acclimate to sobriety. That way, they’re more prepared to live a drug-free life once they get out.

Every amphetamine rehab program is different. Some programs focus on one specific type of therapy while others offer a range of different treatment options.

At Northpoint Recovery, we offer our patient a wide variety of resources. Some of the treatments they have access to are:

One-one-one therapy: This is one of the cornerstones to addiction treatment. Individual counseling sessions give addicts the opportunity to talk through their problems with a professional therapist. They work together to address the addict’s history and develop coping mechanisms that the addict can use to stay sober.

Group support meetings: It’s important for addicts to meet others who’ve struggled with an amphetamine abuse problem. That way, they can see that they’re not alone. In group support sessions, recovering addicts share their stories. The attempt to help each other through the recovery process.

Educational courses: Knowledge is power. Addicts who understand how addiction works are far more likely to get sober. Rehab centers offer classes that help addicts to comprehend why drugs are addictive.

Cognitive behavioral therapy: CBT is a form of therapy that helps people to identify stressful situations. It’s a popular type of therapy for substance use disorders. By identifying the situations that trigger them to use, addicts can learn how to cope with stress and avoid relapse.

Dialectical behavior therapy: DBT is a form of therapy that helps patients to manage emotional pain. In dialectical behavior therapy, they learn how to have healthier relationships. They focus on communication skills, relationship building, and developing personal boundaries.

Meditation sessions: For many people, meditation is a necessary part of recovery. It allows the addict to decompress for a few minutes every day. Meditation is popular among rehab patients, as it offers the relaxation that many people seek.

Physical training: Exercise can be beneficial for recovering amphetamine addicts. It helps them to an outlet for all of their stress. It helps them to develop a sense of self-esteem. And, it releases natural dopamine. This gives the addict the rush that their drug of choice used to give them.

Bibliotherapy: Reading is integral to recovery. Texts like the Big Book offer a roadmap through the recovery process. In rehab, addicts spend a lot of time with these books, studying their teachings and learning the lessons they offer. Some support groups get together to talk about the things they’ve learned from these books.

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Rehab for Co-Occurring Disorders: Addiction and ADHD

Stimulant addiction is notoriously hard to treat. It’s particularly difficult for people who suffer from addiction and ADHD. at the same time.

The problem is that ADHD greatly increases the risk of substance use disorder. Many amphetamine addicts become addicted to their own prescriptions. They start by abusing a drug that they’re prescribed to. After several months of drug abuse, they find themselves chemically dependent on that drug.

This presents a problem in treatment. The addict needs medication to cope with ADHD. But, they have a tendency to overuse or misuse the drug.

People with ADHD are far more likely to develop a substance use disorder.

In order for the addict to get clean, they need to attend a specialized facility. They need to see doctors who understand how to treat both conditions simultaneously.

At Northpoint Washington, we specialize in treating co-occurring disorders. Our doctors administer non-addictive medications and prescribe a personalized therapy routine. The goal is for the addict to learn how to manage their ADHD symptoms without abusing drugs.

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How Much Does Stimulant Addiction Rehab Cost?

Drug rehab isn’t cheap. Between doctors, staff, maintenance, and upkeep, rehab facilities have a large overhead.

But, we believe that every addict should have access to treatment. That’s why Northpoint Recovery offers several different payment plans. By enrolling in a plan, addicts can get the help they need now and pay for it later.

On top of that, most insurance providers cover the cost of rehab. If an addict has insurance, their provider will pay for it, allowing the addict to get help for free.

Don’t let money prohibit you from getting treatment. Verify your insurance plan today. Your provider will probably cover the costs.

Our List of Commonly Abused Amphetamines

Researchers believe that Adderall and other amphetamines are among the most abused prescription drugs in America. The number of people using them has soared in recent years, which leaves ample opportunity for misuse.

There are several different types of amphetamine medications on the market. Each on of them has the potential for abuse, and each one causes withdrawal when it is stopped.

Adderall is a drug that is commonly prescribed to treat ADD or ADHD. It can be given to both children and adults. It works really well for those who need it. Unfortunately, this is a medication that often finds its way into the wrong hands.

When Adderall is taken without a prescription, it can cause serious problems. It’s a popular drug among college students who believe it makes them smarter. Its stimulant effects allow them to stay up later to study and it also improves their focus.

This is a great video that explains how it feels to be on Adderall when you don’t have a prescription:

How it’s Abused

Most people will take Adderall by just swallowing the pills. They may take more than they need at one time, or take frequent doses of it. It is possible to chew the pills to get a more enhanced high. Sometimes people will grind them into powder and snort them. You can also mix the powder with a liquid and inject it; although this method is rare.

Short-Term Side Effects

Many of the short-term effects of Adderall are positive, which is why people keep taking it. However, it can have some dangerous effects for newer users as well.

Some common short-term effects of Adderall include:

  • Sensations of euphoria
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Improved energy levels
  • Irritability
  • Appetite suppression
  • Unhealthy weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Possible heart issues

Long-Term Side Effects

The longer someone takes Adderall, the more dangerous the drug becomes. It’s possible for people to develop:

  • Serious heart problems
  • Depression
  • Hostile behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Continued sleep disturbances

Withdrawal Symptoms

Once you stop taking Adderall, your body will enter a state of withdrawal. This is a result of you reacting as the medication leaves your system.

You may experience some or even all of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue and insomnia
  • Hypersomnia
  • Other sleep disturbances
  • Intense and vivid dreams
  • Extreme hunger
  • Cravings for the medication
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

Ritalin is another medication that is used to treat ADHD. It’s not used as often today as it once was. Its chemical name is methylphenidate, which belongs to the stimulant classification.

Like other amphetamine drugs, Ritalin should only be used with a doctor’s prescription. It’s often abused because it does help with focus and it produces a euphoric sensation.

Methods of Abuse

The most common way of abusing Ritalin is high dosing. It’s very easy to form a tolerance to this drug; especially when it’s not one you take by prescription. People who abuse it may need to periodically increase their dosage in order to feel the effects.

Sometimes people will also crush the powder and snort it. Using it this way will activate effects in the receptors that are similar to those of using cocaine.

Short-Term Effects

Like other stimulant medications, people often view the short-term effects of Ritalin in a favorable light. These are mostly desired effects, and they’re why people begin taking the drug in the first place.

Some of the more common short-term effects of Ritalin include:

  • Increased alertness and energy
  • Increased activity levels
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • A suppressed appetite
  • Talkativeness
  • More sociability

Long-Term Effects

Continuing to abuse Ritalin long-term can produce some horrific side effects. These include:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Frequent seizures
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Other signs of a psychotic disorder
  • Disorientation
  • Apathy
  • Significant weight loss due to anorexia
  • Bouts of mania and depression

Symptoms of Withdrawal

When you stop taking Ritalin, you’re likely to experience several symptoms of withdrawal. These can include:

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperinsomnia
  • Extreme hunger
  • Bouts of fatigue
  • Vivid nightmares
  • The inability to experience pleasure

Dextrostat, Dexadrine and Dexedrine Spansule are drugs that are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as narcolepsy. Zenzedi and ProCentra are other brand names this medication is sold under. They are stimulant medications that should be used to control behavioral problems and issues with concentration. Users claim that they can also improve their organizational and listening skills. The drugs’ generic name is dextroamphetamine.

Because these drugs are used to treat narcolepsy, they’re designed to help people stay awake during the day. People who abuse them will frequently take them late at night to hold off on sleep.

How it’s Abused

Like other amphetamine drugs, Dextrostat is often taken in higher doses when it’s being abused. Some people may chew their pills and swallow them to enhance the effects. It’s also possible to crush the pills and snort the powder for an even more enhanced high. Injecting Dextrostat can be dangerous for the heart, which is why this method is usually avoided.

Short-Term Effects

Most users enjoy the short-term effects they experience with Dextrostat. However, there are some that can be dangerous.

The most common short-term effects of this medication include:

  • A euphoric high
  • An increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Boosted feelings of self-confidence
  • A suppressed appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Increased sociability

Long-Term Effects

The longer someone takes Dextrostat, the more dangerous a drug it becomes. If you take this medication for a longer period of time, you may experience some of the following:

  • Malnutrition
  • Significant weight loss
  • Problems with your memory
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Tooth decay (can develop from dry mouth)
  • Behavioral changes
  • Mood swings
  • Problems with circulation
  • Heart issues, including arrhythmias
  • Sleep issues

Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of withdrawal with Dextrostat may become very severe when the drug has been abused. You may not have all the ones on this list, but you’re likely to have many of the following:

  • Significant drug cravings
  • Painful headaches
  • A depressed mood
  • Low energy
  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Paranoia
  • Changes in your sleep patterns
  • An increased appetite
  • Possible weight gain

Concerta’s generic name is Methylphenidate Hcl. It can be used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy and other sleep issues. This medication is considered to be relatively safe when it’s being used correctly. In fact, there are people who stay on it for years.

It is possible to become dependent on Concerta when you take it for a long time. Because it works so well to improve focus and concentration, it’s often a drug that college students abuse.

How it’s Abused

Usually, people who abuse Concerta will take too much of it at one time. However, it is common for people to crush the pills and snort them, or chew them and swallow them.

Several years ago, the company that makes this medication came out with a once-a-day version. It acts differently in the brain and body than other, immediate release amphetamines. Because the release of the active ingredient is delayed in the brain, it takes longer for it to reach peak levels. The regulating effects tend to last longer than rapid release formulations.

Even so, there are those who will do anything to get high or to get the effects of amphetamine drugs. It’s still possible to abuse Concerta, and people do it every single day.

Side Effects in the Short-Term

People who abuse Concerta are looking for what they call a “focused high.” They enjoy the effects of the drug, but they don’t realize that it can be dangerous in the long run.

Some of the short-term effects of Concerta include:

  • An increased focus
  • Better energy
  • More alertness
  • Sensations of euphoria
  • Appetite suppression
  • Weight loss

Side Effects in the Long-Term

The long-term effects of Concerta should be very concerning for people who abuse it. It’s possible for people to experience:

  • The onset of seizures, which can become life threatening.
  • A growing tolerance, which causes them to need more of the drug as time goes on.
  • Skin that bruises easily.
  • The onset of hallucinations.
  • Addiction and dependence.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Anyone who takes this amphetamine medication will experience some form of withdrawal when the drug is stopped. Some people refer to this as the “Concerta Crash.”

The more common withdrawal symptoms of Concerta include:

  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of energy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • An increased heart rate
  • Problems with focusing

Vyvanse is an amphetamine drug that is used to treat ADHD as well as binge eating disorder. Its generic name is Lisdexamfetamine, and it’s very useful as long as it’s being used correctly. It can help with the cessation of fidgeting behaviors, improve focus and increase productivity.

This drug is a stimulant medication, and it works by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. All too often, this drug is abused, which can eventually lead to an addiction.

This is a great video that explains one person’s experience with Vyvanse the first time taking it:

How it’s Abused

The majority of people who abuse Vyvanse will start by taking higher doses of it. However, this drug doesn’t start working as quickly as other amphetamine medications. That in itself usually causes people to want to try taking it in a different way. The most common method they try is crushing the pills and snorting them.

Snorting Vyvanse will lead to a much faster and more pronounced high. This is because the drug will hit the bloodstream faster than swallowing the pills. Snorting can cause dopamine levels in the body to skyrocket, which can lead to:

  • Problems with breathing
  • Seizures
  • Fainting spells
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Chest pain

Short-Term Side Effects

Once again, this is a drug that produces short-term effects that appear to be positive. This causes people to not associate Vyvanse with danger.

Some of the more common short-term side effects of Vyvanse include:

  • A euphoric sensation
  • Disinhibition
  • Increased sociability
  • Boosted energy levels
  • Increased focus
  • A feeling of being more in control

Long-Term Side Effects

So many people will end up suffering from the long-term effects of Vyvanse. Once these begin, they’re probably already addicted, and it’s hard to stop at that point.

Some of the long-term effects of Vyvanse include:

  • Symptoms of paranoia
  • Malnutrition
  • Hostile or aggressive behaviors
  • Psychosis
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Perforated septum
  • Sinus problems
  • Impaired job performance, or even job loss
  • Problems in relationships

For those who use Vyvanse intravenously, they are also at risk for:

  • Track marks
  • Abscesses
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Infection of the lining of the heart
  • Collapsed veins

Withdrawal Symptoms

When you stop taking Vyvanse, you’re likely to experience several withdrawal symptoms. You may not have all the ones on this list, but you could have several of the following:

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Bouts of fatigue
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Agitation and anger
  • Hot or cold sweats
  • Lucid dreams
  • An increased appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Restless feelings
  • Problems with sleeping

Sometimes users will call this type of withdrawal the Vyvanse Crash. Symptoms can be quite severe and difficult to manage on your own.

The generic name for Focalin is Dexmethylphenidate. This is an ADHD medication that isn’t often used to treat other conditions. It is a stimulant and an amphetamine and it works by balancing neurotransmitters in the brain. The result is a better ability to focus on activities and control behavior problems. This drug has also been shown to improve listening skills and help with organization.

Methods of Abuse

Similar to other amphetamine medications, Focalin is most often taken in higher doses when people abuse it. For those who are looking for a more immediate high, the drug can also be crushed and snorted. This will produce an almost cocaine-like effect.

Most abusers tend to shy away from injecting Focalin. According to accounts on the website, Bluelight, this drug doesn’t work as well when it’s injected. The only exception is to use an extremely large dose, which can lead to an overdose.

Short-Term Effects

Even in appropriate doses, Focalin is likely to result in some short-term effects. You may notice that you experience:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

This medication will create sensations of euphoria when it is abused. You may also notice an increased ability to concentrate or focus, which is what draws people to abuse it.

Long-Term Effects

When it comes to ADHD drugs like Focalin, the long-term effects are definitely the most concerning. When you take this medication for a long period of time, you may be diagnosed with heart disease. You could also experience seizures or an irregular heartbeat. You could also develop:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • High blood pressure

Withdrawals

Coming off Focalin usually comes with a long list of withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • Symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
  • Feelings of agitation
  • Irritability
  • Problems with sleeping, yet feeling fatigued
  • Extreme hunger and thirst
  • Cold chills
  • Low energy levels
  • Vivid and lucid dreams
  • Lack of interest in people or activities
  • Achy muscles
  • Seizures
  • Symptoms of psychosis
  • Strong cravings for the medication

Strattera is another popular amphetamine drug that is often prescribed to treat ADD and ADHD. Its chemical name is Atomoxetine. People who take this drug for attention issues claim that it works really well. It improves their focus and concentration and helps them get tasks accomplished on a daily basis.

Like other amphetamine medications, Strattera is often abused. When this drug is taken nonmedically, it can have significant side effects.  

Abuse Methods

Most experts believe that Strattera’s potential for abuse is lower than it is for other amphetamine drugs. But people do still find ways to abuse it. It works as a central nervous system stimulant and because it improves energy, people are drawn to it.

Most people will take higher doses of the drug than they should. However, it can be snorted after crushing the powder. People will also mix the powder with water or another liquid and inject it. Both of these methods will produce a stronger, longer-lasting high.

Side Effects in the Short-Term

Strattera is known for having a much shorter list of common side effects. In fact, many people who take it short-term don’t experience any at all. They do tend to appear for those who are abusing this drug.

Some of the short-term effects of Strattera may include:

  • A dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • A decreased appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness or dizziness

Side Effects in the Long-Term

Taking this drug long-term can produce much more serious effects. These are generally not a problem for those who have a prescription for Strattera. However, for people without a prescription, they may find that they experience:

  • Problems with urination
  • Fainting spells
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Increased menstrual cramps in women
  • Impotence in men
  • An irregular heart rate

Symptoms of Withdrawal

If you only ever take Strattera according to your doctor’s instructions, withdrawal shouldn’t be that bad. You may not have any symptoms at all, or you may just have a few. People who take it appropriately have reported experiencing some mild anxiety, dizziness and headaches.

On the other hand, if you abuse it, you’re likely to experience serious symptoms of withdrawal, such as:

  • Problems with concentration
  • Extreme anxiety symptoms or even panic attacks
  • Brain fog or confusion
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anger and irritability
  • Problems with your memory

Desoxyn is a drug that’s often better known by its brand name – methamphetamine hydrochloride. This drug is most often used as a drug of abuse, and it’s usually made illegally. However, in some cases it can be prescribed to treat ADHD. Because of the high risk of abuse, it’s most often a last resort.

Ways it’s Abused

The prescription form of methamphetamine carries the same risk of abuse as the illegal form. People may take it in excessive amounts or take doses that are too close together. Some people may crush the powder and snort it, or inject it after mixing it with a liquid. Others may crush the powder and smoke it, much like they do with meth.

Short-Term Side Effects

The short-term effects of abusing Desoxyn are mostly positive in nature. People will use it because it produces feelings of:

  • Euphoria
  • Increased alertness and wakefulness
  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased activity levels
  • Decreased appetite

Long-Term Side Effects

What people don’t realize is that the short-term effects of Desoxyn are really only the beginning. This drug is highly addictive, and it’s possible to become addicted after only one use of it. This, of course, is less common among people who follow their doctors’ orders and have a prescription.

Taking Desoxyn long-term is likely to result in:

  • Frequent bouts of confusion
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Violent behaviors
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Delusional thinking patterns

You are also at risk of a stroke, heart attack or even sudden death if you abuse this drug for too long. It’s extremely dangerous, which is why it’s not prescribed very often in the United States.

What is the Amphetamine Withdrawal Timeline Like?

The amphetamine withdrawal timeline can look different for everyone. So much depends on the type of drug you’re taking, and how long you’ve been using it. There are other factors to consider as well, and we’ll talk more about them in just a moment.

For now, what you really want to know is, how long does it take amphetamine to leave your system? This is an important question to get the answer to; especially if you’re planning on quitting your use of them soon.

You may be able to follow the following schedule when you quit using:

  • The First Three Days: The first three days are generally the most difficult once you quit using amphetamine. Your brain is made to attempt to function without them, and that can be hard. Your symptoms should begin within the first 12-24 hours after your last dose. At first, withdrawal should only be mild, and you may even think you can handle it without professional help. As the hours and days go on, you may find that you start to get cravings and become more irritable. You may also develop symptoms of depression, or even become paranoid.
  • Days Four to Seven: At this point, the worst part of withdrawal is usually over for most people. Your symptoms should be easier to manage, and you may only be left with cravings for amphetamine. You could still feel pretty tired, and it may take a bit more time before you get your energy back.
  • Days Eight to Fourteen: The second week may bring you continued sleep problems. When you do manage to get some rest, it may be interrupted by unpleasant dreams. Your appetite should start to return to normal during this period. It’s possible that you may still feel moody, but even that should be improving compared to how you’ve been feeling.
  • Days Fifteen to Twenty-Eight: By this point, amphetamine should be completely out of your system. You may still have some cravings for your drug of choice, but these are usually only psychological. Physically, your brain has adjusted quite well to you no longer using the drug.
  • Beyond the First Month: If you continue to struggle with withdrawal symptoms beyond the first month, you may have developed PAWS. That stands for Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. It means that you’ll have extensive withdrawal that can last for as long as two years. This condition doesn’t happen to everyone, but it can happen for those who are addicted to amphetamine.

How Does Amphetamine Affect the Brain?

By now, you can see how harmful amphetamine drugs are for you, both physically and mentally. The question is, why are they perceived to be safe? Also, what is it that draws people to abuse these medications?

The question about the perception of safety can be answered easily. They’re believed to be safe because a doctor prescribes them. Someone who is considering abusing Adderall, for instance, would feel more at ease than if they were offered cocaine. Adderall is perfectly legal, and doctors give it to their patients all the time. The problem is that the perception of safety actually means that these drugs are the most dangerous of all.

As far as what the attraction is to amphetamine, the majority of abusers are college students. These are young adults who are looking for a way to get ahead in school. They turn to amphetamine to give them a competitive edge.

College Students and “Study Drugs”

Many college students will guzzle coffee or energy drinks to help them stay awake and study. Some will even take over the counter caffeine pills. However, in recent years, there has been a shift, and now more than ever, students are turning to amphetamine.

They call them “study drugs,” and Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse are among the most common on college campuses. Students will use them to increase their concentration and give them stamina. They’re especially popular during finals week when students will stay up all night to cram for their exams. To make matters worse, as students get older, their tendency to misuse these medications only increases. One study shows that 80% of students in a fraternity or a sorority have taken them.

Most college kids don’t have prescriptions for these drugs. They get them from their peers, most of whom have prescriptions, but never use them all. This is a growing problem on college and university campuses, and it’s most likely only going to get worse.

What Really Happens to the Brain and Body With Amphetamine Abuse?

Most students romanticize the effects of amphetamine abuse. They assume that they’ll only use the drugs short-term, and then they’ll quit. What they don’t realize is that they are highly addictive; especially when they’re taken without a prescription.

Your mind and your body are going to respond after just one time of abusing amphetamine. You may begin to exhibit hostile behavior. The drug might make you become really anxious, and you could even start having hallucinations. Your breathing rate might increase, and your blood pressure could go up.

These drugs are not safe to take – even one time – without a prescription. As you continue to do it more and more, you may find that you have grown dependent on them. That dependence can quickly develop into an addiction. Once you’re addicted, it’s very difficult to stop taking them.

3 Reasons it’s Best to Detox From Amphetamine Professionally

If you have become addicted to amphetamine, detoxing professionally is extremely important. You’ll want to avoid any over the counter or natural remedies for detox. These methods sound like they might work, but they can actually be pretty dangerous. It’s simply not safe for anyone to detox at home from these drugs.

There are three reasons why it’s better for you to detox from amphetamine in a professional setting.

Having Access to Proven Detoxification Methods

Detox kits and other methods you can find in stores are not proven to work. None of them are FDA approved, which means you can’t guarantee that they’re safe. You also don’t know if they’re going to work for you.

When you choose a drug detox program, you’ll have access to methods that have a track record of success. This means that they’ve worked for other people with the same type of addiction you have. You have a much better chance of recovering when you go through professional detox.

Getting the Best Medical Care

In a professional setting, you’ll also have access to the very best in medical care. Your doctor will work with you to decide the right options for your treatment. If medication is believed to be right for you, you can be placed on it right away. There are several different medications that have been approved for use during amphetamine detox.

You’ll also be monitored closely during every step of your recovery. If the staff suspect that you could be at risk for a problem, such as seizures, they can intervene ahead of time. If you do have a medical emergency, you’ll be able to get the help you need right away.

Being Able to Receive Supervised Holistic Treatments

There is definitely a place for holistic detox; it’s just not something you should attempt on your own. While you’re going through detox, you’ll be able to work with a nutritionist. They will make some important dietary changes that will improve your overall health. You may also begin a regular exercise regimen.

You may receive other holistic treatments as well, but these two are very important. Your body is really good at detoxing on its own as long as it’s healthy enough do to it. This type of detox will help to make that happen.

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Inpatient Detox Vs. Outpatient Detox: Which is the Best Option?

By now, you may have decided that you need to seriously consider going through detox for your amphetamine addiction. If you have, that’s wonderful! It’s so hard to admit that you have a substance abuse problem, and we’re glad you’ve decided to get help. The only thing you have left to decide is whether to detox on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

There is no one “right” detox method that works for everyone. However, when it comes to recovering from an amphetamine addiction, an inpatient program is probably best. There are a few reasons for this, including:

  • Having medical supervision as you recover.
  • Removing yourself from the situation where you once used drugs.
  • Taking time away from everything to focus on your recovery.
  • Being able to avoid relapsing.
  • Immersing yourself in an environment of healing and recovery.

Outpatient programs can work for some people, but they’re not always the best option. There is always the risk that you might relapse. If you live alone, you could even develop a withdrawal complication and be unable to get help.

Tapering Off Amphetamine Drugs

Sometimes people assume that they can quit amphetamines on their own if they taper their dosage. Maybe you have also had this thought, and it’s something you wanted to try.

medical taper can be a very effective way to come off amphetamine. It can help to minimize the severity of your symptoms, and it can also help you avoid complications. The problem is that it’s not something that anyone can do.

When you begin at your drug detox center, your doctor may want to start tapering right away. You’ll receive tapered doses of your medication, but your dosage will be lowered gradually. If you were to attempt this on your own, you might come off the drug too quickly. This could throw you into extreme withdrawal, and even potentially lead to some dangerous complications.

Tapering is an excellent form of treatment, but please take our word of caution to heart. It’s not something you should try on your own.

Getting Amphetamine Addiction Help

Amphetamine abuse and addiction have become serious problems in the United States. In fact, some experts are even comparing their misuse to that of the current opioid epidemic.

If you’re abusing these drugs, or if you have an addiction, you need to consider getting treatment. You may need to go through a period of detox and then get further assistance through an Amphetamine rehab program.

It’s understandable if you think that your addiction is out of control. Many people believe that there’s nothing they can do to stop taking these drugs. Because of that belief, they resign themselves to taking them forever. We want you to know that you don’t have to continue to live that way. There are ways for you to get help so you can stop.

It’s important to understand the seriousness of your addiction. A doctor may prescribe amphetamine drugs, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. If you’re misusing them in any way, you are continually putting your life at risk.

Will Insurance Cover Amphetamine Rehabilitation Programs?

One of the most common questions that’s asked about amphetamines rehab is, will addiction treatment be covered by my health insurance? This is a great question, and it’s important to get an answer to reassure yourself that you won’t have to pay for it on your own.

Everyone who needs addiction treatment is able to go because of our new healthcare policy in the U.S. Changes in healthcare have allowed so many more people to get the help they need, because insurance companies are required to provide benefits to help cover the costs. There are even instances in which detox and rehab are covered in full.

If you have questions about your own health insurance coverage, contacting a local treatment center. They can verify your insurance to get information about your policy and benefits. They can also work with your insurance company to minimize your out of pocket costs.

How to Choose the Best Addiction Treatment Center

It’s not always easy to know how to look for the best option for rehab. When you search online, you may find that there are hundreds of possibilities near you. Still, there are a few characteristics that indicate one facility might be better than another.

Before you commit to a rehab program, look for the following features:
  • A smaller patient population with many staff members.
  • A detoxification program.
  • Accreditation through The Joint Commission.
  • A better than average long-term success rate.
  • Staff members who are committed to seeing you recover successfully.
  • Utilization of the most modern addiction treatment methods available.

Northpoint Washington Offers Hope for People Who Are Addicted to Amphetamines

As we mentioned earlier, the majority of people who become addicted to amphetamines are young people. Many are in college, and they use the medication as a way to stay up late and study for exams. That can be a very hard habit to break, and many are unable to do it on their own.

At Northpoint Washington, we offer hope to those who are addicted to these drugs. Stopping the use of amphetamines can be scary because of the withdrawal symptoms that result. But we know the best ways to treat this addiction to minimize the severity of withdrawal.

Our facility is located in Edmonds, Washington. It is completely modernized and comfortable. In fact, many people say that they feel more like they are at home or on vacation than in rehab.

But we have also taken the time to research and implement the best ways to treat Amphetamine addiction. Many of our staff members are also recovered addicts themselves. They understand how nervous people are when they reach out to us for help, and they are very good at putting patients at ease.

When patients come to us for treatment, we want them to know that they are individuals with their own unique needs. Their addiction experience is different from what someone else may be going through. The same should be assumed for their recovery experience.

We offer one of the best 28-day recovery programs in the State of Washington. Our facility is equipped with just 22 beds, which allows us to maximize the amount of time we can spend with patients. That way, they get our undivided attention, and we can make sure that their needs are being met.

We are an inpatient facility, which means that patients come to spend almost a whole month at our treatment center. The first step they will take is detox, which we discussed earlier. This step is essential because it addresses the physical side of the addiction.

Next, our patients move on to rehab, where they will spend approximately 21 days. During rehab, they work with a therapist and in several types of group settings. They may participate in a 12-Step program, or have group therapy that is centered on specific topics.

Once rehab is over, aftercare is the final step. But most experts believe it is the most important one. During this phase, patients return home and have to stay vigilant to avoid relapsing. This is done by continuing to get support through outpatient rehab, NA meetings and other forms of treatment.

Many of the patients we see are suffering from co-occurring disorders, which we discussed earlier. Conditions like depression and bipolar disorder are common among people who are addicted to amphetamines. Of course, ADHD and ADD are also typical as well.

When a person has a co-occurring disorder, using amphetamines offers them a way to self-medicate. The drug may help to ease their symptoms, but the effects never last for very long. It is not uncommon for people to increase their dose, or add additional drugs into the mix for maximum effectiveness.

Which leads us to cross addictions. This term means that a person has become addicted to more than one drug. When going to rehab, it is important to get help for every substance abuse problem that individual has. Otherwise, the treatment will not be effective.

At Northpoint Washington, we make it a point to identify any cross addictions our patients may be battling. That allows us to maximize their treatment and give them a better chance for a positive outcome.

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Learn More About Amphetamine Abuse, Addiction and Recovery

More than anything, we want people to know that there is hope if they are addicted to amphetamines. Many people do not realize they are addicted until they try to stop and then withdrawal sets in. Students may be afraid of getting into trouble because they used an illicit substance. That can keep them from getting the help they need.

At Northpoint Washington, we want you to know that we are not here to judge you based on your addiction. It can happen to anyone, and what matters most is that you get the help you need to recover.

Do you have questions about amphetamine addiction or abuse? Would you like to know more about our treatment program? Please contact us today.

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