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Amphetamine Detox

Amphetamine Detox in Florida

Amphetamine detox can prevent uncomfortable and dangerous complications that may result from the sudden cessation of drug use and can help the individual clear their body of toxins and achieve abstinence before going forward in recovery.

Amphetamines are commonly prescribed and abused stimulants that can be administered in a variety of ways, but are most often taken in tablet form. They include pharmaceuticals, such as Adderall and Ritalin, which are indicated to treat ADD/ADHD and narcolepsy. When abused, however, they can lead to an intense, euphoric, and energetic high due to a dramatic surge of dopamine that they cause in the brain.

Many people who misuse amphetamines do so to increase productivity or stay awake for long periods, such as students cramming for a test or employees who work long hours, such as truck drivers. However, anyone can get addicted to amphetamines due to their effect on the brain and high potential for abuse and dependence.

Other typical effects of amphetamine abuse include hyperactivity, talkativeness, appetite suppression, and repetitive behavior.

Recognizing an Amphetamine Addiction

Over time, regular amphetamine abuse can develop into an addiction. Long-term effects may include the following:

  • Psychosis (e.g., paranoia and hallucinations)
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Impairments in cognition and motor skills
  • Aggressive or violent conduct
  • Chills and cold sweats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Impaired memory
  • Moodswings
  • Distractability

Binges are also common among those who are dependent amphetamines, meaning that drug use will persist for several days in order to avoid a “comedown.” Moreover, a binge is typically followed by a crash, in which the individual may sleep or be lethargic and moody for an extended period.

One of the saddest effects of amphetamines occurs when the person becomes unable to experience pleasurable feelings not associated with drug use. Brain effects may include semi-permanent changes to the dopamine system related to impaired motor skills and verbal learning. There may also be severe functional and structural changes in brain regions responsible for memory and emotion.

Who Can Become Addicted to Amphetamines?

Anyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, can become addicted to amphetamines. However, there are risk factors that may increase the likelihood that a person will become dependent on these drugs, including the experience of childhood trauma and co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

What to Expect During an Amphetamine Detox

At Just Believe Detox, we conduct comprehensive evaluations on each individual and develop a personalized plan for amphetamine detox that meets that person’s needs and goals.

Individuals will undergo a full psychological and physical examination, and information will also be gathered regarding his or her family history and spiritual or cultural needs. This information will be used to devise a customized detox plan that we believe will be the most effective for that person.

Long-term, frequent amphetamine use can have severe, adverse effects on the mind and body. As with almost any intoxicating substance, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur if the user attempts to quit or cut back. Because of these symptoms, persons who try to stop abruptly often relapse in an effort to prevent them from occurring.

Fortunately, detoxing in a medically-supervised setting can effectively deter individuals from relapsing, and certain medications can be administered that alleviate some of the worst effects of withdrawal.

Symptoms may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe depression
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Mood swings

The intensity and number of symptoms will vary among persons and are often closely associated with the duration of the addiction and frequency of drug use. However, most people will begin encountering symptoms within 24-48 hours after the last dose, and protracted psychological effects can last for months in extreme cases.

The typical pattern of amphetamine detox is as follows:

Days 1-3

Persons in recovery are likely to experience profound fatigue and may sleep or feel tired for an extended period. Depression is common during this time but can be addressed by addiction professionals and therapists during medical detox.

Days 4-10

After several days, cravings are likely to be encountered, in which the former user has a strong urge to return to drug use. This can be a very difficult period and is also a typical time for relapse. Without treatment, people may also experience severe mood swings and body aches and pains.

Psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia, may occur but usually subside after about a week. Medical professionals can also treat these effects.

Days 11-30

Persons in recovery may still feel depressed, and cravings may persist, although they are usually less intense. After 30 days, the recovering user will start to feel a lot better.

During these later days of amphetamine detox, individuals usually continue to struggle with certain psycho-emotional symptoms as well as a lack of motivation.

Let’s End Addiction

If you or someone close to you is suffering from amphetamine addiction, please contact us today for a consultation and learn about our treatment options. Please remember that you don’t have to do this alone. You CAN reclaim your life and the healthy mind and body that you deserve, and we can help you every step of the way!

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