Commonly prescribed to both children and adults who suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), amphetamines are highly addictive stimulants that are frequently abused. When taken as prescribed, amphetamines, such as Adderall and Evekeo, can help individuals who suffer from ADHD. However, they are also a common cause of addiction, particularly in teenagers and young adults.
Amphetamines work by stimulating the central nervous system by increasing amounts of certain chemicals in the brain. They can have a direct effect on heart rate, blood pressure, and appetite. Because of this, these drugs can cause a variety of side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, and restlessness. The drug can also create a feeling of euphoria that causes it to become addictive. For many users, it’s this feeling that causes the urge to use more, despite the obvious dangers.
When individuals are prescribed amphetamines for specific health issues, they are closely monitored by health professionals to minimize any risk of addiction. However, these medications are widely available on the street and are frequently used off-label by those who want to improve their school performance, increase their alertness, or lose weight. Those who abuse amphetamines will commonly crush and inject the drug to achieve greater effect.
The Impact Of Amphetamine Addiction
When taken in higher than prescribed doses and via delivery methods without medical supervision, amphetamines can dramatically increase brain dopamine levels and disrupt brain activity to cause addiction in a very high percentage of users. This effect ultimately makes withdrawal symptoms extremely serious and recovery particularly challenging.
While many individuals take amphetamines on a daily basis to control symptoms of ADHD without becoming dependent, abuse of these stimulants can lead to long-term health problems including paranoia and cardiovascular abnormalities, as well as serious addiction.
Getting Help For Amphetamine Addiction
At Harmony Place, we understand the unique challenges of amphetamine addiction. This is why we offer integrated treatment programs that provide the best chance of recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse, we encourage you to call us for immediate assistance to learn more about how our programs can help.
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