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Signs of Amphetamine Abuse

Signs of Amphetamine Abuse

Amphetamines are one of the most dangerous illicit drugs because of the impact they can have on your body and mind. Amphetamines can be deadly from the first dose and the danger doesn’t stop there.  The way that amphetamines affect your body can cause extreme long-term adverse effects. 

If you or your loved one are demonstrating signs of amphetamine abuse, it’s time to get help at Indah Recovery. Our drug and alcohol abuse treatment center is fully equipped to support your transition to a sober lifestyle.

What Are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines, known as uppers, are stimulants that impact how the brain and body functions. The stimulants in amphetamines help your body to stay more alert and focused, physically active, and releases dopamine signaling to your body that this is the preferred state. This type of prescription drug is helpful for individuals diagnosed with narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Amphetamines, even when prescribed by a doctor, are addictive. As a matter of fact, many illegal street drugs like Dextroamphetamine and Methamphetamine (Meth) are created using an amphetamine base. However, unlike amphetamines, meth is a primarily recreational, or illegal, drug not used for medical purposes. 

Amphetamines come in tablet or liquid form and can be ingested, injected, crushed and snorted, or smoked. How a person takes the substance indicates how quickly they feel the high from the dopamine burst and how long it lasts.  Drugs that are injected or snorted often have a quicker but shorter “high” because of how fast the body can process the drugs. 

Overdosing on amphetamines is relatively easy due to the impact the drug has on the body. These stimulants increase, or speed up how the organs function. This can physically cause a heart attack, convulsions, hyperthermia (too hot), and increased/abnormal breathing. Mental health symptoms related to amphetamine overdose include confusion, aggression, panic, and hallucinations. 

What Are Signs of Amphetamine Abuse?

Luckily, the signs of amphetamine abuse are typically noticeable. With recreational amphetamine use, individuals will take a drug, experience a high, then crash.  During this high and crash there are some common symptoms to look for. 

When an individual is high on amphetamines you can look for the following signs of amphetamine abuse: 

  • Euphoria
  • Increased energy
  • Feeling of control or self-confidence
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased blood sugar

When an individual crashes and their body withdraws from the drug you can look for the following signs of amphetamine abuse

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings
  • Hallucinations
  • General poor feeling – headache, upset stomach, aches and pains

The physical signs of long-term amphetamine abuse include:

  • Decreased appetite leading to weight loss
  • Heart problems
  • Memory loss
  • Mood and emotional regulation problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Skin sores
  • Tooth Decay

If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s amphetamine use, contact Indah Recovery today to see how we can help.

How Can Indah Recovery Help With an Amphetamine Addiction?

Indah Recovery is a luxury rehabilitation facility in Dana Point, California. We are dedicated to our client’s success by supporting them through detoxification, addiction treatment, and life-time aftercare. Our dedicated medical staff and therapists are compassionate and caring and knowledgeable about addiction and other comorbid mental health disorders. 

At Indah Recovery we combine modern and unique therapies to promote holistic healing in our premier addiction treatment center. Our medical detoxification is completed in semi-private rooms with kitchenettes and en-suite bathrooms. By incorporating treatments like NAD IV therapy, biofeedback, mindfulness, and yoga, we believe that each and every client we help can live a sober life after completing our program.

Contact us today to see how we can help you battle amphetamine addiction.