Prescribed Addiction: Amphetamines

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Amphetamines are stimulant medications that are commonly prescribed to children, adolescents, and adults to treat symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While these prescription stimulants do offer benefits to some individuals diagnosed with ADHD, they are also frequently abused and a common reason for individuals to seek prescription drug rehab.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of teenagers and young adults are abusing prescription amphetamines to improve their school performance, increase their wakefulness, and lose weight. Because they also produce a feeling of euphoria, especially when they are crushed and injected, they are highly addictive. In fact, they are among the most addictive legal drugs.

Recognizing Amphetamine Abuse-Summit Behavioral Health

Identifying Amphetamine Abuse

Like with all stimulants, amphetamines increase blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature while decreasing the appetite and need for sleep. Individuals who are abusing these medications often lose weight rapidly and suffer from insomnia and extreme nervousness.

Addiction is a serious risk that can happen to anyone who uses amphetamines without medical supervision. When taken in high doses and via methods other than those prescribed, amphetamines rapidly increase brain dopamine levels and disrupt communication between brain cells causing addiction to occur in a high percentage of individuals. This can also lead to severe withdrawal symptoms including depression, disrupted sleep, and fatigue.

Are You Or A Loved One At Risk Of Prescription Drug Addiction?

There has been no conclusive evidence that individuals who take prescription amphetamines for ADHD are at a greater risk of developing a dependency. However, repeated abuse of these stimulants can lead to a variety of serious consequences ranging from addiction, hostility, and paranoia to serious cardiovascular complications.

Prescription Drug Rehab

At Summit Helps, we believe an individualized and comprehensive approach to treating amphetamine addiction offers the best chance of recovery. We also believe that overcoming prescription drug abuse requires an experienced team of addiction specialists and medical experts.

Prescription drug addiction is complex and requires both treatment and ongoing support. With outpatient resources available, we are here to help you on your journey to overcome addiction and embrace recovery. Take the first step and contact us today.

Call Us Now To Begin You Or Your Loved One’s First Step Toward Healing And Freedom From Prescription Drugs!