Stimulants, Amphetamines & Adderall

Cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine are all stimulants and attract the higher media profile and notoriety. However, the use and abuse of prescription stimulants and amphetamines is becoming more widespread. While prescription stimulants and amphetamines attract less attention than higher profile drugs, they can have a similar potential for abuse, addiction and negative consequences. Each stimulant works by a different mechanism, but each has similar effects. Stimulants and amphetamines excite the nervous system, heighten focus, keep the user awake and in some cases provide high levels of euphoria and confidence. Professionals, college students, high schoolers and even younger students are abusing amphetamines to stay up late, for schoolwork or just for fun. The distribution of prescription stimulants and prescription amphetamines is controlled by doctors, but like any other controlled substance, the potential for abuse exists. Amphetamine and stimulant abuse often takes the form of off-label use, when an individual takes a drug without a prescription or in an unapproved manner. This includes when someone takes an amphetamine as a study aid or when a pill is crushed and snorted to achieve a stronger, faster high. Mixing stimulants or amphetamines with alcohol is common, and dangerous. When mixed, stimulants can keep the individual awake longer, and encourage them to drink more. The risks of heavy alcohol use only increase when combined with amphetamine or stimulant abuse.

Signs of Abuse

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleeplessness, restlessness
  • Drastic weight loss, loss of appetite
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Symptoms of Withdrawal

Amphetamine or stimulant withdrawal is not life-threatening, however it can be disruptive to

  • Insomnia, sleeplessness
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Drastic increase or decrease in appetite
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle Aches

Amphetamine

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  • Adderall
  • Adderall XR
  • Dex

Dextroamphetamine

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  • Dexedrine

Methylphenidate

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  • Ritalin
  • Concerta

Vyvanse

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  • Vyvanse

Detox Process

Amatus Health detox facilities offer medically assisted detox for individuals facing acute withdrawal from heroin, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy programs designed to build the skills for long term recovery. During detox, every individual in our care has access to around the clock nursing care, to monitor their vitals and provide medication when necessary. Our staff will assess each individual’s needs, and help design a plan for them to taper their use smoothly and safely, with the least amount of discomfort.

Further Treatment Options

At Amatus Health we off the full continuum of care, from intensive inpatient programs through a number of outpatient levels of care. We believe, supported by evidence, that a longer stay in treatment sets patients up for a better chance at long term recovery. We are committed to helping every individual achieve long term recovery. This means treating not only physical addiction, but addressing the mental and spiritual aspects as well. Our staff will create an individualized treatment plan with you, using a variety of therapeutic modalities to help every individual build the skills for long term recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, dealing with acute withdrawal, have just completed detox or another level of care and are looking for the next step in recovery, call us now to speak with a treatment professional.

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