Amphetamine Intervention

Those who are addicted to amphetamines will rarely seek help on their own. Many people will require an intervention before they are open to getting treatment for their amphetamine addiction. Most of the time, interventions are conducted by concerned family members and friends.

Typically, they contact a drug addiction treatment center that also offers intervention services. They will discuss the amphetamines addiction with a trained interventionist, who will help them arrange the date and time for the intervention to take place. On the date of the intervention, family and friends will have already packed a bag for the amphetamine addict. The intervention specialist will arrive to conduct the intervention with the addict and his or her family members and friends.

During the intervention process, friends and family will read letters to the addict explaining why the addict must seek treatment for their addiction. Some addicts will become angry and they may leave the site of the intervention. However, if the addict chooses to stay, then they will leave immediately to go to treatment after the intervention. Most treatment centers also provide family counseling and therapy to help the family and the addict reconcile any prior issues.

What are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are types of drugs that have stimulating effects on the body. These drugs may be prescription (Adderall, Ritalin) or non-prescription (speed, meth, cocaine). Amphetamines are typically snorted, injected, swallowed, or smoked to produce a euphoric high that increases energy, heightens the user’s awareness of the world, and restlessness. Prescription amphetamines (Adderall, Ritalin) are used to treat a variety of different attention disorders including ADD and ADHD. They may also be used to treat sleep disorders like narcolepsy. However, a serious addiction may occur when these drugs are taken improperly or illegally over a long period of time.

Side Effects of Amphetamines

Most users who take amphetamines report side effects like restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, increased heart beat and blood pressure, irritability, and loss of appetite. Amphetamines can be dangerous because they raise both heart beat and blood pressure. This can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Although it is rare, heavy amphetamines abuse can lead to intense bouts of paranoia and even psychosis. When a user takes amphetamines over a long period of time, they may become tolerant of these substances. That means they need more and more of the drug to achieve the same euphoric high they experienced when they first started using amphetamines. Their bodies also become chemically dependent on the drug, meaning the person will crave the drug if they are denied access to it, even if access is only denied temporarily.

Long-term Effects of Amphetamines

When taken correctly and prescribed by a doctor, prescription amphetamines are not very addictive. However, “street” amphetamines, like meth, are some of the most addictive substances. Some amphetamine users report withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. These withdrawal symptoms typically occur around 24 hours after the last dose of an amphetamine was taken. However, the withdrawal period might be shorter for different types of amphetamines. Withdrawal symptoms include excessive hunger and fatigue, lack of coordination, rapid or irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hallucinations, nightmares, and irritability. Long-term effects of heavy amphetamine use include damage to brain cells, reduced immunity to common illnesses, mood swings, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and aggression.

Amphetamine Addiction

You may be addicted to amphetamines if you find that you are still taking the drug despite negative physical side effects, and other negative behavioral and social effects. If you are experiencing anxiety over having enough of the drug or if you continue to use the drug despite consequences related to work, school, family, or friends, then you may be addicted to amphetamines. There is help for those who are addicted to amphetamines, however. Many treatment centers work specifically to help those addicted to these types of drugs.