STIMULANTS and AMPHETAMINES

Adderall-MedicationCocaine, 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 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

Stimulants are known as being performance enhancing drugs. Stimulants and amphetamines produce a profusion of dopamine and after prolonged use, the brain will struggle to produce proper levels of dopamine, as it has grown used to overproducing dopamine through the pills. Signs that someone is abusing stimulants and amphetamines include experiencing euphoria, increased energy and attentiveness, having an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, restlessness, and drastic weight loss caused by loss of appetite.

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

Amphetamine or stimulant withdrawal is not life-threatening, however it can cause physical and mental symptoms such as insomnia and sleeplessness, seizures, anxiety, mood swings, drastic increase or decrease in appetite, trouble concentrating and muscle aches.

Brand Name Stimulants and Amphetamines

Stimulants and amphetamines are frequently prescribed by doctors, but can still be abused just like any other drug. Brand name products for amphetamine prescription drugs include Adderall, Adderall XR, Adzenys XR-ODT, Dexedrine, Zenzedi, Dyanavel XR, Evekeo.

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The best way to treat your amphetamine addiction is by seeking help. At all Amatus Health’s detox and recovery programs we treat the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of addiction. You will be seen and assessed by our on-site doctors or nurse practitioner, who will administer care during your treatment and help you deal with both acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms. All necessary medications will be delivered on site, and every patient has access to psychiatric care when needed. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to alcohol learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to alcohol. Amatus Recovery Centers located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.