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What Do Amphetamines Do?

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that expedite the messages being sent between the brain and the rest of the body. This leads to a high amount of physical alertness and activity. They are commonly used to boost performance in a variety of mediums. These can range from athletics to academics, as well as the professional world. These can also be prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug presents a high risk of dependency that many people struggle to break away from. Legacy Healing Center offers amphetamine addiction treatment to its patients and seeks to enrich their lives in such a way that aids in breaking these damaging cycles once and for all.

Examples of Amphetamines

There are a number of medications available in the United States that contain some type of amphetamines.

Some of the most common include:1

  • – Adderall (dextroamphetamine)
  • – Desoxyn (methamphetamine)
  • – Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • – Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)

Many of these drugs produce similar effects to cocaine, albeit with a slower onset of symptoms. The effects will also last longer due to the extended time it takes to metabolize the substance. Because amphetamines remain in the central nervous system longer, a greater percentage of the drug remains in the body unchanged.

They can have a variety of effects on the user’s body, such as:

  • – Heightened blood pressure
  • – Sped-up heart rates
  • – Decrease in appetite
  • – Insomnia and other symptoms of physical exhaustion

While these drugs are proven to promote productiveness and attentiveness, they are still a substance with the potential to cause greater issues if not considered soon enough.

  • Increased agitation or aggressiveness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increase in cold-like symptoms
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nausea
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Involuntary movements and muscle twitches
  • Paranoia
  • Engaging in long periods of sleep

Are Amphetamines Addictive?

Absolutely. Many are classified as Schedule II stimulants, which means that they present a high risk for abuse. This can be due to a number of reasons. First, a large percentage of people who end up abusing this drug may not necessarily be what we would expect an addict to look like. Amphetamines are commonly used to help fuel performance in a variety of realms and professions. Someone looking to excel at their job likely does not go into their use with the intention of obtaining a drug problem. This phenomenon, however, does little to detract from the likelihood that addiction can form without the user even realizing it until it is too late.

Second, it may stand that while amphetamines are commonly prescribed by a doctor, it leads patients to think that having such a prescription would excuse them from the consequences commonly associated with substance abuse. The reality of the situation is that anyone can become addicted, and straying at all from a doctor’s instructions heightens that risk exponentially. 

Finally, the occurrence of unregulated amphetamine production has risen significantly over the years, making illicit forms of the drug more readily available to dealers and their vulnerable clients. Someone taking an illicit amphetamine runs the risk of an overdose, which can be deadly in some cases.

It can be “freebased” and smoked or dissolved in water which can then be injected into the bloodstream as well as smoked. There is also crack cocaine, which appears as solid “rocks” or crystals that are heated up and smoked.

It is very common for cocaine to be mixed with other additives or adulterants in order for the dealer to preserve their supply. Dealers often “cut” cocaine with similar-looking, powder-like substances such as flour, talcum powder, cornstarch, boric acid, and laundry detergent.

It can also be mixed or substituted with other drugs, such as crushed-up painkillers. While doing cocaine is already very dangerous on its own, using the drug while mixed with another substance (usually unknown to the user) can significantly increase the chances of overdose or death.

The Dangers of an Amphetamine Overdose

While consistently abusing this drug presents the risk of overdose, it is also possible for someone to do so when not following the instructions of a medical professional. 

There are a number of alarming symptoms of an amphetamine overdose, including:

  • Visible agitation
  • Raised body temperature
  • Hallucinations 
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Death

Withdrawals from this drug can be extremely uncomfortable and can last for as long as three weeks. It is in the midst of these cravings that the risk of relapse and overdose is heightened. It is why detoxing from any drug on one’s own is never encouraged. An individual with an amphetamine addiction is encouraged to do so under the watch of a medical professional. For those in the midst of such a condition, contacting our Legacy Detox could be a life-saving experience. 

The Importance of an Amphetamine Rehab Center

Accepting that a problem is present is the first step to overcoming it. Legacy Healing offers treatment for amphetamine addiction that will comprehensively look at what brought the dependence about, care for any current medical issues that a patient is experiencing, and much more. Our facilities offer a variety of unique and effective therapy methods that will help paint the picture of your addiction while helping you to develop healthy coping mechanisms that can be applied once treatment concludes.

Don’t wait for your dependency to worsen. Contact our Legacy Healing Center Locations to learn about amphetamine addiction treatment options today!

Effects of Cocaine Use

Cocaine has many negative side effects on the mind and body. The excessive or long-term use of cocaine increases an individual’s chance of developing many serious health complications, including the following:

Cardiomyopathy:

Cell death in the muscles of the heart.

Endocarditis:

Infection of the inner lining of your heart valves and chambers.

Parkinson’s Disease:

A disorder of the central nervous system that mostly affects the motor system. Behavioral and thinking problems can also occur, including dementia.

Neurological changes:

Cocaine abuse over a period of time causes changes to an individual’s brain chemistry. This can lead to erratic or violent behavior, severe depression, delirium or psychosis, and paranoia.

Other possible complications include heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, HIV, and hepatitis C. Cocaine abuse can also cause the aorta, the main artery in the human body leading from the heart, to rupture.

Cardiac arrhythmia:

Irregular beating of the heart.

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