Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamines have been around for a long time and have traditionally been prescribed to relieve a number of conditions such as insomnia, nasal conditions, ADHD and depression. Whilst the majority are prescribed legally and manufactured by legitimate pharmaceutical companies, there is also a huge black market of illegal production, often using highly noxious and dangerous ingredients which can lead to death and serious injury if ingested.

Amphetamine is often referred to as Speed and is abused in a number of ways. When ingested by unorthodox means such as snorting or injecting, it causes the recipient to have a rush of energy which manifests in a euphoric feeling commonly referred to a  'high". The effects of amphetamine abuse are similar to cocaine, but slower to manifest but last longer. The user will invariably experience an enhanced sense of confidence, alertness and well-being which will later be replaced by a downer when the effects wear off. The ingestion of amphetamine like other drugs causes an increase of dopamine in the brains pleasure centers, which over time requires more and more stimulation by the drug to create the same high as the bodies tolerance to the drug increases. The addict will continue to use amphetamines to help cope with stressful emotional events and difficult day to day challenges all of which will escalate their dependence on the drug.

Some useful signs of amphetamine addiction usually include some or all of the following symptoms.

  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Aggression
  • A sudden increase in heart rate
  • Increased levels of blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite

Unlike treatments for heroin addiction there are no available medicines which work to help the user withdraw from amphetamine addiction. At some stage the  user will become aware of how harmful their habit has become, they may have already tried to confront the problem and ease off their habit or quit altogether. They may even have discussed their use of the drug with their partner, family or friends. 

Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your amphetamine  addiction   and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on amphetamines  to cope with life’s ups and downs. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire

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