Amphetamine, which can be found in certain drugs such as methamphetamine and Adderall, is a very popular and commonly used drug in the United States. Amphetamine is in a class of drugs that mimic the hormone adrenaline, which is released in our bodies during times of stress. Since it mimics adrenaline, Amphetamines also heighten the senses and makes its user feel more alert and awake.
Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in the body. As a result, the drug increases an individual’s heart rate and blood pressure to make them feel euphoric and energized.
Amphetamines are very addicting both physically and psychologically, and can take a detrimental toll on a person’s body. There are some serious long-term effects of amphetamine abuse including damage to nerve cells and brain cells containing serotonin, convulsions, paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, strokes, and psychosomatic disorders.
Signs of an amphetamine addiction:
- Constantly craving amphetamine
- Have difficulties functioning without amphetamine
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- No appetite or sudden weight loss
- Suffered personal relationships due to amphetamine abuse
Reasons for Addiction
The high from amphetamines can last for hours on end, making its users feel energetic and confident, with a sense of clarity and well-being. Due to these stimulating effects a person can easily become addicted to amphetamines. There are many different reasons a person might want to use amphetamines, some of them being to stay awake for hours on end, to have an all night study session, to partake in a long night of partying, to lose weight or even to treat depression. Whatever the reason may be for taking amphetamines there is always a high risk of overdose.
An amphetamine overdose can be very dangerous, especially if the user has mixed amphetamines with other substances such as alcohol, cocaine or ecstasy. Some signs of an amphetamine overdose can be restlessness, tremor, rapid breathing, confusion, panic, nausea, vomiting or seizures. If you think you or someone around you is overdosing it is important to seek medical help immediately.
Treatment of Amphetamine Addiction
If an addiction has reached the point of an overdose then it might be time to seriously consider seeking professional help at a drug rehabilitation center. Seeking out a professional drug rehab center is the first step towards overcoming an amphetamine addiction. It is hard to overcome an addiction and it is even harder to do it alone, which is why rehab is very beneficial to anyone trying to overcome an addiction. In the long run, rehab will only better your life by saving you physically, psychologically and financially, and it will help you prevent overdosing again.
- Myaddiction.com – From this website I learned that amphetamines are in a class of drugs that mimic adrenaline. I also learned about the high you get from amphetamines.
- Drugs.com – From this website I learned that amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system, and that they increase heart rate and blood pressure.
- Home Drug Testing Kit – From this website I learned what the long-term effects of amphetamine abuse are.
- TheGoodDrugsGuide.com – From this website I learned about amphetamine overdoses and what the signs of an amphetamine overdose are.
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