Amphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is most commonly used to treat ADHD, asthma and narcolepsy. The drug helps messages traveling between the brain and the body send at a faster rate. Amphetamine is usually in the form of pills, powder, tablets or crystals.
However amphetamine drugs, such as Adderall, used to treat hyperactivity can be abused, as it can give off a faster, stronger high when snorted or injected. Other types of amphetamines, like meth, are illegal and highly addictive. When abused, amphetamine can cause long-lasting damage on a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, about 4.8 million people in the U.S. abused prescription amphetamine. This is equivalent to about 1.8 percent of the population, ages 12 and older. In addition, the World Health Organization reported that amphetamines are the second most reported drug used by people ages 15 to 64 worldwide.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with substance abuse is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery Center we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to amphetamine addiction and our treatment programs.
What is Amphetamine Addiction?
Amphetamine addiction occurs when a person develops dependence on the drug and experiences major withdrawal when they stop taking the drug. Amphetamine abuse can alter brain chemistry and destroy its pleasure receptors, making the feeling of pleasure only possible by taking more of the amphetamine. When not high on amphetamine, a person may experience major depression and become suicidal.
Amphetamine addiction can disrupt daily life as well as ruin family and friend relationships and lead to serious money issues, health issues, and illegal activity when not treated.