amphetamineSpeed, meth, and adderall, are all types of drugs that are classified as amphetamines.  All of these are highly addictive.  Amphetamines are snorted, injected, taken by mouth or smoked; this produces a euphoric feeling for the user as well as increased energy, heightened awareness and insomnia.  These types of drugs are seen in the treatment of ADD and ADHD and sleep disorders like insomnia.  Diet pills also contain amphetamines because they contain an appetite suppressant.  When taken excessively and even recreationally, they can be habit-forming; they are highly addictive. 

Signs of amphetamine addiction include:

  • Compulsive use
  • Using for the feeling
  • Lack in personal care and hygiene
  • Using to cope with everyday activities and life
  • Taking to help interact socially
  • Lack of pleasure in things you used to find pleasure in
  • Taking this class of drug despite problems they are causing with loved ones
  • Taking amphetamines despite known consequences from them
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Amphetamine withdrawal can be severe and those going through it need to be medically detoxed.  When withdrawal sets in, the brain and body will go through a series of reactions that are not very pleasurable for the recovering person.  Some symptoms of withdrawal may include:

  • Excessive hunger
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sleeping for more than 24 hours at a time
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Hallucinations
  • Nightmares

If you or someone you know has been abusing amphetamines it’s never too late to get help! 

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