Amphetamine Dependency

 girl addicted to amphetamines

At Northbound we understand how difficult an amphetamine addiction can be. We know that taking that first step for help is difficult. We are here to help 24 hours a day.

What Is Amphetamine?

Amphetamines are highly addictive stimulants that affect the central nervous system. Though they have been prescribed medically for a wide variety of treatments, from depression to ADHD, they are also illegally synthesized and consumed/sold as a recreational drug. Amphetamines are known to induce pleasure, even euphoria and are linked to increased cognitive function and improved alertness—a group of feelings that can become as addictive to the user as the chemical itself.

Northbound understands that what once started as a temporary use or even a prescribed use can gradually shift into dependence and habit upon a substance. Our qualified skilled team of specialists are capable of helping you or your loved one get back on track and overcome this dependency.

Dependence can quickly follow recreational use of amphetamines, which are considered highly addictive. The intense sense of well-being that amphetamines engender can lead to dangerous binges wherein the substance abuser will continuously imbibe the drug, until either the supply runs out or the body crashes. In the throes of such a binge, the addict becomes so obsessed with the feeling the drug creates that he or she is unable to think of anything else.

The physical effects of amphetamine addiction are considerable, especially in light of the higher doses of the drug that are taken when it is used recreationally. Large doses of amphetamines can cause the breakdown of muscles, impair mental function, induce chest pain, convulsions, heart failure and even bring on a state of psychosis, including paranoia and delusions. Repeated use of amphetamines may lead to paranoid hostility and aggression, especially if the person is unable to replenish their high with more amphetamines. It can even lead to dangerously violent behavior and hallucinations.

Treatment Options

Because the body quickly learns to tolerate amphetamines, the degree of dependency that many addicts fall into requires careful management of their withdrawal period. At our amphetamine addiction rehab and treatment center in Orange County, our specialized detox center ensures that those who come to us suffering from dependency on amphetamines get the care they need to safely stabilize and recover from the physical effects of the drug.

Our experienced clinical staff will create a customized treatment plan that takes into account the client’s individual needs and addresses both the addiction and any co-occurring mental illness. From life skills to group and one-on-one counseling, Northbound focuses on giving every client the tools he or she needs to live a healthy and sober life, free from the burden of amphetamine addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a dependency on amphetamines, don’t hesitate. Contact Northbound today and let us help you with the first steps to a new life.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.