Amphetamines like meth and Adderall produce intense but short-lived highs. This class of drugs which can be prescribed by doctors (in the case of Adderall) are stimulants which give users feelings of alertness, energeticness, euphoria and invincibility. Even casual use can quickly lead to addiction. Meth, the street version of this amphetamine, proves several times more addicting than its prescribed counterpart, Adderall since meth will pass more quickly into the user’s bloodstream. Adderall is just as powerful as meth, however, and long-term use can easily make users susceptible to addiction as well.
The drug when prescribed as Adderall has legitimate medical uses, and doctors will administer this version to treat ADHD, for example. When used as directed, Adderall can enhance a patient’s concentration and also effectively treat narcolepsy. Meth, however, has no medical uses and is strictly a recreational drug. This makes meth much more dangerous. Street drugs have no regulations over their production and thus may include contaminants or other drugs in addition to the meth. These other drugs and additives multiply meth’s harmful effects and make treating meth addiction much more difficult.
It doesn’t matter which version of this amphetamine you are addicted to — meth or Adderall; either can cause serious, long-term or permanent health problems which can include brain damage and death. Once hooked, users will find all available means to obtain the drug, even illegal ones, especially when their prescriptions run out. An addiction to an amphetamine, like meth or Adderall, always requires a medically-supervised detox and comprehensive rehab. Failed treatment frequently leads to relapse along with ongoing problems.
Amphetamine’s Short-Term Effects
Amphetamines used in the short-term produce numerous adverse side effects which include:
- Panic attacks
- Dilated pupils
- Cardiac probles
- Appetite loss
- Sleeping issues
- Convulsions and seizures
- Increased heart rate
- Unpredictable behavior
Amphetamine’s Long-Term Effects
Serious to very severe medical consequences accompany long-term abuse of amphetamines. They include:
- Concentration problems
- Rapid and significant weight loss
- Violent behavior
- Changes in brain structure and function, similar to Alzheimer’s
- Dental problems
- Memory problems
- Motor skill problems
- Damage to kidney, liver and lungs
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from amphetamines threatens users with frightening, severe and dangerous side effects that can be life-threatening. These include:
- Drug cravings
- Sleep problems
- The shakes
- Convulsions and tremors
- Fever and chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Respiratory issues
- Respiratory failure
- Appetite loss
- Headaches and body aches
- Concentration problems
- Mood swings
- Suicidal ideation
A Highly Individualized Program Like Bayview Recovery’s Gives You Your Best Chance
The first stage of your recovery is detox, and Bayview Recovery can help your detox provider see you through this crucial stage. We do much more than assist you in breaking your chemical dependency, however. To recover, you need to learn new ways to manage urges to use drugs and alcohol, and you need to heal the past wounds that you are medicating through drug and alcohol use. Detox alone does not produce or guarantee sobriety. Sobriety is the result of learning ways to avoid drugs, successfully managing temptations and finding joy in your life instead of through substances.
Bayview Recovery believes that a full recovery includes joy — during your treatment, not after it. This is the reason you want to get well, and this is what can help you get well faster. When you replace drugs alcohol with the things that give you joy — such as meaningful activities and relationships — you can get a natural high and leave drugs and alcohol behind you for good. This is one of the many things you will learn during your stay at Bayview Recovery — one of the many lessons which will accompany your personalized course of treatment.
Call Bayview Recovery today at 855.478.3650. One of our recovery specialists can get you started with personalized treatment that can begin to erode the hold that drugs and alcohol have on you. Bayview Recovery is wholly committed to understanding you and your struggles and strengths. Along with instruction and the support of passionate wellness advocates, it is you who will make your recovery possible. Start now. We’ll be behind you for every step.